Ten Comedies That Won’t Insult Your Intelligence

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Nick Frost and Simon Pegg in Shaun of the Dead (2004) Movie Image

Comedy and intelligent are not exactly synonymous, or at least not anymore. The era of sex /gross-out comedies and parodies is here, and it seems that any truly funny movie you can show to your friends or family and still feel cultured and intelligent is just a dream. Judd Apatow and his crew are doing a lot of good for the comedy world, with surprisingly sharp writing and even gaining critical acclaim (something almost unheard of with sex comedies), but can their films really be considered classy and smart? Well there’s good news. You can be pretentious and elegant but still have your laughs at the same time.

Here are the top ten films (in no particular order; we’re on the internet, I don’t want to start any trouble here) that prove this to be true…

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Author: Johnny Dunn

  • Pedo Bear

    Seen them all and loved them all!!! But MY top 3 HAS to be:

    3.Shaun of the dead
    2.Airplane

    And last but not least, the ultimate comedy classic…
    1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail!!!

    Nothing can compare to that, not opinion! FACT!
    :]

  • Pedo Bear

    Seen them all and loved them all!!! But MY top 3 HAS to be:

    3.Shaun of the dead
    2.Airplane

    And last but not least, the ultimate comedy classic…
    1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail!!!

    Nothing can compare to that, not opinion! FACT!
    :]

  • Pedo Bear

    Seen them all and loved them all!!! But MY top 3 HAS to be:

    3.Shaun of the dead
    2.Airplane

    And last but not least, the ultimate comedy classic…
    1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail!!!

    Nothing can compare to that, not opinion! FACT!
    :]

  • morgan s

    I LUV BEETLEJUICE this may sound dumb but i watch it with my mom
    And why does that guy on #5 have an Ice cream cone man now i want one be back later gotta run to Cold Stone and get one sorry

  • morgan s

    I LUV BEETLEJUICE this may sound dumb but i watch it with my mom
    And why does that guy on #5 have an Ice cream cone man now i want one be back later gotta run to Cold Stone and get one sorry

  • http://beyondhollywood morgan s

    I LUV BEETLEJUICE this may sound dumb but i watch it with my mom
    And why does that guy on #5 have an Ice cream cone man now i want one be back later gotta run to Cold Stone and get one sorry

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    Shaun of the Dead is a well made parody movie but I think seriously overrated in the laugh department. I chuckled a bit but can’t remember ever laughing out loud at anything. I’ve found actual horror movies to be funnier than Shaun of the Dead.

    There’s Something About Mary is very laugh out loud funny. Never really thought of it as an intelligent comedy though.

  • vid

    Shaun of the Dead is a well made parody movie but I think seriously overrated in the laugh department. I chuckled a bit but can’t remember ever laughing out loud at anything. I’ve found actual horror movies to be funnier than Shaun of the Dead.

    There’s Something About Mary is very laugh out loud funny. Never really thought of it as an intelligent comedy though.

  • vid

    Shaun of the Dead is a well made parody movie but I think seriously overrated in the laugh department. I chuckled a bit but can’t remember ever laughing out loud at anything. I’ve found actual horror movies to be funnier than Shaun of the Dead.

    There’s Something About Mary is very laugh out loud funny. Never really thought of it as an intelligent comedy though.

  • Amelia

    What about some “teen comedy” +”intelligent” movies starring females in leading roles? I’d seriously love to see some of those listed. Some witty and clever young female lead characters with comedic timing. Juno, for instance.

    It seems that most teen comedies have ugly guys as the lead characters goofing off & trying to get “THAT hot chick that every guy wants” who is completely out of their league (yet typically falls for the ugly guy anyway). The male fantasy – only a male director and writer could come up with so many versions of that laudibly unrealistic story line – and only a male producer would dish out the bucks to produce it again and again. Men can identify with the plain, goofy “boy next door boy” but they forget that girls want someone WE can identify with: and it is not that hot, mean, 2-Dimensional ‘babe’ of teen comedies. The role of females in too many teen comedies is just to be “that hot chick”, a girl who I can’t personally relate to.

    Sorry for the rant. Anyway, I am thrilled to see a list (albeit short, and lacking films with leading actresses) about INTELLIGENT comedies.

    • Josesolismusic

      I’m interested to know what you think about Easy A.