Critics' Choice Awards: What are the Best Comedies of 2012?

2013 Critics Choice Awards

I just received my ballot for the 2013 Critics Choice Movie Awards and have set up a spreadsheet with all the 2012 films I've seen or intend to see before nominations are due on Sunday, December 9 and there are some categories I'm certainly having trouble with -- the genre categories being the toughest. So, I thought I would take it out to the readers to gauge what you think of the year in movies with regard to these categories and felt we would begin with comedies.

Here are the categories we're discussing in this post:

  • Best Comedy
  • Best Actor in a Comedy
  • Best Actress in a Comedy

Now I have listed below 37 films you may or may not consider comedies from this past year and I say that because I'm not entirely convinced I should consider The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Silver Linings Playbook, Jeff, Who Lives at Home or even something like Safety Not Guaranteed a comedy, but are they? The decision is up to me, of course, but I don't want to feel like my vote was wasted.

You'll notice below there are a few films listed that I have not yet seen and they are identified by an * and of those I hope to watch Klown, God Bless America and Goon before I vote.

As it stands right now, I think my top ten would look something like this, assuming I don't consider Perks, Silver Linings or Jeff to be comedies:

  1. Moonrise Kingdom
  2. Think Like a Man
  3. Safety Not Guaranteed
  4. Butter
  5. The Oranges
  6. Seven Psychopaths
  7. Bachelorette
  8. 21 Jump Street
  9. That's My Boy
  10. The Watch

Yes, Ted was left off intentionally considering it wasn't funny, though I did consider including Red Dawn because it was so bad it was almost funny.

As for the actor and actress categories my current picks would look like this, and they include supporting actors since I have to assume that's allowed since there is no separate category.

Best Actor in a Comedy

  1. Christopher Walken (Seven Psychopaths)
  2. Tom Cruise (Rock of Ages)
  3. Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street)
  4. Sam Rockwell (Seven Psychopaths)
  5. Kevin Hart (Think Like a Man)

Best Actress in a Comedy

  1. Kara Hayward (Moonrise Kingdom)
  2. Kirsten Dunst (Bachelorette)
  3. Allison Janney (The Oranges)
  4. Aubrey Plaza (Safety Not Guaranteed)
  5. Rebel Wilson (Bachelorette)

Now check out the list below and if you believe I've missed any let me know and let me know what your favorites are.

The Comedy Contenders

  • 10 Years
  • 2 Days in New York*
  • 21 Jump Street
  • American Reunion
  • Bachelorette
  • Bernie
  • Butter
  • The Campaign
  • Damsels in Distress
  • Dark Shadows
  • The Dictator
  • The Do-Deca-Pentathlon
  • The Five-Year Engagement
  • Friends with Kids
  • God Bless America*
  • Goon*
  • The Guilt Trip*
  • Jeff, Who Lives at Home**
  • Klown*
  • Mirror Mirror
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • The Oranges
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower**
  • Pitch Perfect
  • Project X
  • Rock of Ages
  • Safety Not Guaranteed**
  • Seven Psychopaths
  • Silver Linings Playbook**
  • Ted
  • That's My Boy
  • Think Like a Man
  • This is 40
  • This Means War
  • To Rome with Love
  • Wanderlust
  • The Watch

* Didn't see it yet
** Should it be considered a comedy?

  • SeenSome

    Silver Linings has a very conventional romantic comedy structure, it's certainly a comedy though it does have dramatic elements. Perks of Being a Wallflower I don't really see as a comedy at all, Jeff Who Lives at Home I'm on the fence about (in terms of genre, not quality, it was a great movie) so won't include it in my list.

    Why is Liberal Arts not eligible?

    That said, the top ten comedies I've seen this year, in no particular order would be...

    Silver Linings Playbook
    21 Jump Street
    Pitch Perfect
    The Five Year Engagement
    Seven Psychopaths
    Moonrise Kingdom
    2 Days in New York
    To Rome With Love

    I also liked Friends With Kids, The Campaign, Wanderlust and The Dictator. A few of those movies aren't out here yet that would most likely make my list, like This Is 40 and Safety Not Guaranteed.

  • Shane

    21 Jump Street

  • SP1234

    As long as Edward Norton and Tilda Swinton get some notice for Moonrise, I'll be happy.

    • Jesse

      Tilda was great, but she wasn't in the film enough to merit award nominations.

  • The Dude

    Not a fan of This is 40, Brad? I thought it was pretty good.

    • Brad Brevet

      Not in the least... my review is coming soon.

  • Travis

    I don't think of Perks as a comedy,but I'd vote just to get it some nominations. I'd consider Silver Linings as more of a comedy. Also, I'm fond of 21 Jump Street and Moonrise for the award based on straight comedy. Just my opinion

  • SP1234

    My Top 10
    21 Jump Street
    Dark Shadows
    The FIve-Year Engagement
    Moonrise Kingdom
    Pitch Perfect
    Seven Psychopaths
    This Means War
    To Rome With Love

  • SP1234

    There's one film not on here, and I would love to get feedback, I thought that Magic Mike had a lot of comedic elements, but would that be considered a comedy?

  • shahbakht

    I haven't seen Perks of Being a Wallflower and Silver Linings Playbook, but from what I hear, they are movies with more drama and some comedic overtones. So technically, they are not comedies, but light hearted dramas. And they would be up against conventional comedies like 21 Jump Street, Ted, etc and it is not fair to judge these two types of movies in one category. Hence, I guess, dramedies should NOT be grouped together with comedies.

  • bill

    Also, Perks is not a comedy, I'd say Safety is, haven't seen Linings and Jeff I thought was awful.

  • Bertram J. Krogh

    Well, I basicly hated That’s My Boy, and I consider Think Like A Man, Butter and The Watch to be incredibly mediocre.
    My list, of those I have seen, would probably consist of:
    1 Safety Not Guaranteed
    2 Moonrise Kingdom
    3 Ted
    4 Bernie
    5 Klown
    6 Jeff, Who Lives At Home
    7 21 Jump Street
    8 10 Years
    9 American Reunion
    10 The Campaign.

    I haven’t seen Perks, Playbook, Rome, Pitch, Psychopaths, Damsels, Goon and 40.

  • Movie fan

    Ted was definitely alot funnier than that's my boy and the watch and pitch perfect was pretty funny for being a chick flick

    • MajorFilmFan

      I disagree on Ptich Perfect being a Chick Flick. Well, I can actually see why you'd say that, but as a guy, I GREATELY Enjoyed it, and it remains one of my favorite movies of 2012.

    • MajorFilmFan

      I disagree that Pitch Perfect is a chick flick, but I can see why you're saying that. I'm a guy, and I saw it twice, and laughed hysterically both times. I may have even enjoyed it more than Ted, if only by a little bit, and it remains one of my favorites of 2012

      • SeenSome

        I thought Pitch Perfect was fantastic. If you really wanted to be cynical, you could sit there and pick it apart but if you just relax and enjoy it, it's a lot of fun. I don't really think it's a chick flick either per se.

  • Lenny feder

    Killer Joe!!! That was a dark comedy through and through! even if you don't like the film the performances are of merit. One could also consider Magic Mike a dramedy (but i guess it's as much a comedy as "Linings" which you aren't counting).

  • Ferdi

    My 10 Favorite Comedies of 2012 (not in order):

    Project X
    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (have no idea if this movie will be considered a comedy but let's just go with it, lol!)
    American Reunion
    Dark Shadows
    21 Jump Street
    Pitch Perfect (in my opinion the best of the bunch ;-) )
    The Five-Year Engagement
    God Bless America

    Best Actress in a Comedy:

    Rebel Wilson - Pitch Perfect (I don't think she has a chance for Bachelorette since that was more of a supporting role)
    Kirsten Dunst - Bachelorette
    Anna Kendrick - Pitch Perfect
    Tilda Swinton - Moonrise Kingdom (This is just a guess as I haven't seen the movie yet)
    Catherine Zeta-Jones - Rock of Ages (Highly unlikely but who knows...)

    Best Actor in a Comedy:

    Channing Tatum - 21 Jump Street
    Johnny Depp - Dark Shadows
    Mark Wahlberg - Ted
    Edward Norton - Moonrise Kingdom (again a guess)
    Tom Cruise - Rock of Ages

    • MajorFilmFan

      SO GLAD to see someone who loves Pitch Perfect as much as I do. It may be somewhat cliche, but it was fresh, inventive in some ways in the way it handles those cliches. It's FAR from the Glee ripoff that some are calling it.. I saw it twice and enjoyed the hell out of it both times! I loved the wicked sense of humor, electric sense of energy that was put into the performances, and just got swept up in it. Easily one of my favorite movies of 2012. I agree that Wilson should be nomianted not for 'Bachelorette'. A) Because it's basically an indie version of 'Bridesmaids' and B) becuase she OWNED IT in Pitch Perfect. Anna Kendrick may have played the main character, but Fat Amy MADE the movie.

      • Ferdi

        I absolutely loved this movie when I saw an advanced press screening on November 15th in my country! I already fell in love with this movie when I saw the first trailer back in June! The movie will finally get released in theatres in my country on January 3rd 2013! I will see it numerous times, definitely one of the best movies of 2012! I loved everybody in it: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson (best performance of her career so far), Alexis Knapp (a great up and coming actress) and darlings like Anna Camp and Brittany Snow! It was great, fresh, hilarious, heartfelt and I liked some movie references in it! It was everything that I expected it to be with the cherry on top the hilarious performance by Rebel Wlson! If she doesn't get nominated there just isn't any justice in this world lol! Do you think that Rebel Wilson is able to put the same upset like Melissa McCarthy did when she was nominated for Bridesmaids at the Oscars?

        • Michael

          I really liked Pitch Perfect, it was one of the most enjoyable films i've seen all year. Huge fan of Anna Kendrick (have a little crush one her ;), terrific performance. Rebel Wilson took some stuff out of Melissa McCarthy's book and stole each scene she was in. As a fan of Bridesmaids, I thought she was the least funny part of that movie but after this, i'm interested in seeing her more (I haven't seen Bachorelette yet but will). I love Elizabeth Banks & John Michael Higgins, they were great in their small roles. I still think there will be a sequel, the way it ended.

          • Ferdi

            I read this the other day however:

            'It was said that Rebel Wilson improvised most of her lines and would go on 20 minute tangents that would have the whole cast and crew in stitches.'

            Anna Kendrick is a great actress! The only person from Twilight that builded up a career nicely with an Oscar nomination on her belt already! She was amazing in 50/50, What to Expect When You're Expecting, and ofcourse most recently Pitch Perfect

            By the way you should check out What to Expect too, Pitch Perfect is actually the second collaboration between Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson (first one being What to Expect) It's awesome and Rebel also stole the show in that movie! I definitely hope there will be a sequel!

            • Michael

              I was never really interested in What To Expect despite a good cast (Anna Kendrick, Liz Banks, Chris Rock, Rebel Wilson, Brooklyn Decker) but i'll give it a chance. My dad actually saw this on the plane coming back from visiting his mom and I asked if he liked it, he said it was ok though wasn't too thrilled about it but still recommend me to see it on Netflix or o TV so that's what i'm going to do but I won't rush on it. I have a lot of movies to catch up to, i'll give it a watch whenever I have time.

              • Ferdi

                I already own the movie on DVD, after seeing it numerous times in theatres. But honestly I cracked up at every scene that had Rebel Wilson in it, she really was the scene-stealer! She, Anna Kendrick and Elizabeth Banks were my favorites of the movie! Yeah I definitely have a lot to catch up too, especially the Oscar hopefulls! Last year I was more up to date with that and saw every Best Picture nominated movie in theatres!

  • Erik Samdahl

    Moonrise Kingdom was a good movie, but I laughed much more at Silver Linings Playbook than I did at that movie. Then again, it sounds like we have different tastes, as you didn't find Ted funny and you have Bachelorette on your list, which I didn't find funny at all.

  • Marcus

    so let me get this straight: you didn't like Ted but you liked The Watch/That's My Boy? Oh dear God

    • MajorFilmFan

      and he actually has a pretty good taste in movies.....

  • Jack

    That's My Boy. Just something hilarious about calling vanilla ice your uncle and hanging out with him. 21 jump street. Klown.

  • Good Grief

    I'm bewildered as to why "Safety Not Guaranteed" could possibly be considered a comedy. Did people actually laugh during it? Granted, I didn't like the film as any kind of genre but I find it difficult to consider it a comedy.
    I thought "Cabin in the Woods" was genuinely hilarious but, unfortunately, that gets lumped in the horror category.

    I'd certainly say "21 Jump Street" was one of the most surprisingly solid comedies of the year, though I haven't seen many of the others.

  • Movie Fan

    Dark Shadows is funnier than The Watch but I believe Moonrise Kingdom should win

  • Winchester

    Ironically the only film anywhere on your article Brad I've seen is in fact Ted.............which apparently is forbidden. Therefore I'm no assistance in this matter.

  • maja

    I don't consider Moonrise Kingdom or Safety not Guaranteed as comedy at all. Sure they have comedic elements but they are as much of a comedy as Silver Linings and Perks. I guess it's these kind of independent movies that are hard to categorise but i wouldn't consider any of these comedies.

    As for the remaining, I find it quite hard to categorise as I'm not traditionally a big fan of comedies. Ted is probably the best that I've seen this year. One thing is for sure though, I would definately give Tom Cruise that actor vote for Rock of Ages.

  • Joe

    Perks of Being A wallflower is tough because I think it was advertised as a comedy, at least the trailer had a comedic feel. The same thing with Silver Linings Playbook. Since it's being listed as a comedy on the ballot I would check it off because it deserves some awards recognition.

    Actress - I loved Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect I know it's not this deep movie but I thought she was amazing in it.

    Actor - Logan Lerman hands down.

  • DavidG

    I think Silver Linings is a comedy with dramatic elements and would by far be my favorite comedy of the year considering that. Moonrise Kingdom would follow for me, and then Seven Psychopaths. These three were fantastic. I agree with your actors and actresses.

  • Jordan B.

    Tough to say on Silver Linings: it definitely has both comedic and dramatic elements, and I did laugh quite a bit during the movie -- a lot at times -- but I would lean more "drama" than "comedy" as far as genre is concerned. Then again, maybe I'm not the best barometer of drama vs. comedy. If you consider it a comedy, I'd list it as #1 (followed by Moonrise and Jump Street, respectively).

    However, if we aren't considering Silver Linings a comedy, I would say:

    Best Comedy:
    Moonrise Kingdom

    Best Actor in a Comedy:
    Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street)

    Best Actress in a Comedy:
    Kara Hayward (Moonrise Kingdom)

  • Christophe

    Go Moonrise!!! Favorite movie of the year so far! It'll need as much love as it can get to become the Indie frontrunner come Oscar time.

  • Stiggy

    Marvel's Avengers was quite funny. especially when Hulk randomly punched Thor.

    • G-Man

      Although not a comedy, Avengers had some fantastic comedic moments and timing.

  • Stiggy

    How about Men in Black 3? With Jermaine "Flight of the Chonchords" Clement chewing the scenery.

  • MajorFilmFan

    I've seen a few off the list, but I feel only two really count as comedies: Pitch Perfect, and Ted. I did laugh at The Campaign, but it was far from memorable. Ted and Pitch Perfect, on the other hand, were absolute riots, and two of the funniest movies I've ever seen. I'm sad to see Rebel Wilson not getting conisdered for Pitch Perfect, because she OWNED that movie. Fat Amy is the core of the movie, even more so than the charming Anna Kendrick. My guess is that Pitch Perfect and Ted will make their way into the nominations, because they were both mostly Critical successes. I must say that I HATED 'Seven Psychopaths'. I honestly can't see why people are so in love with this movie. I thought it was a twisted, distrubing movie, and I walked out of the theater. Safety Not Guaranteed, while extremely charming and quirkly, was NOT a comedy, nor are Perks or Silver Linings

    • Ferdi

      It's so strange cause I actually thought that Rebel Wilson's performance in Pitch Perfect was the best of her career so far and way better than her little supporting role in Bachelorette. I really hope that the Critics Choice Awards will notice that and nominate her for Pitch Perfect instead of Bachelorette!

      • MajorFilmFan

        Face it: Bridesmainds introduced American audiences to Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect made her a STAR! She is absolutely HILARIOUS in Pitch Perfect, and they'd be idiots not to nominate her for Best Actress

        • Ferdi

          100% AGREED! I just wanna see her pulling off an upset at the Oscars and being nominated for Best Supporting Actress!

  • MajorFilmFan

    Did you see Pitch Perfect, Brad? What are your thoughts??

    • Brad Brevet

      Felt like a Disney Channel movie and was way too long.

      • Ferdi

        And this is why I love it that everybody has their own opinion, lol!

  • Elijah

    Really glad Moonrise is getting all this praise, I also highly recommend you check "Goon" out if you can. It totally caught me off guard and I was laughing quite a bit. Not quite academy material but it's definitely a good time.

    I know you weren't a huge fan but you should also include Cabin in the Woods! Also I wish Silver Linings counted here because I saw it yesterday and it was really a great film, just the genre's tricky...

  • Rick

    Your #1 is good. Moonrise Kingdom was perfect. I would put Silver Linings or Perks in there just because they are also terrific movies and deserve some name recognition. Also, Pitch Perfect was a great comedy and should be included. I've heard great things about This is 40 also.

  • AS

    I nominate The Watch, 21 Jump Street, Killer Joe and Your Sister's Sister (although it's 50% comedy, 50% drama).

  • Vince Smetana

    Comedies: Safety, Jeff, Silver.

  • jackfletcher75

    Sorry, folks, not all of us liked Moonrise Kingdom. I respect the talent involved, but quirkness for the sake of quirkiness is just not enough for me. My comedy votes go to:

    Picture: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
    Actor: Tom Cruise (Rock of Ages)
    Actress: Maggie Smith (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)

    • G-Man

      Thankfully I'm not the only one on Moonrise Kingdom. Just watched last weekend and as much as I respect the cinematography, quirky characters, and world that Wes Anderson created, the movie itself was a bore. Nothing particularly intriguing or exciting happened, ever.

  • G-Man

    Thanks for getting the readers' opinions. I didn't particularly care for Moonrise Kingdom, Seven Psychopaths, or Goon. I would recommend you give "Goon" a watch though, Brad, as many have enjoyed it.

    Personally, I would love for you to give "Think Like A Man" a push. It's easily one of my favorite comedies of 2012 (actually one of my favorite movies, overall). I also loved "Ted" but know you didn't, and "American Reunion", but recognize nostalgia was probably a huge factor with the latter.

    "That's My Boy" and "21 Jump Street" I quite enjoyed as well, but I would put them a rung slightly below the others I've mentioned.

    There are still a lot of comedies I need to see before 2012 wraps, but unfortunately time is running out. These include "Perks" and "Safety Not Guaranteed", but I would consider "Silver Linings Playbook" a comedy. Heck, that's the first genre listed for it on IMDB.

    • G-Man

      Forgot to also say...Wreck-It Ralph. Definitely a comedy, definitely funny, definitely good.

  • Jonathan

    Definitely consider Safety Not Guaranteed a comedy, and Jeff, Who Lives at home too. Here's my top comedies of the year. Also i think you'd have to include Cabin in the Woods which is much moreso a comedy than a horror.

    1. Seven Psychopaths
    2. Cabin in the Woods
    3. Ted
    4. Jeff, Who Lives at Home
    5. Goon
    6. Safety Not Guaranteed
    7. Moonrise Kingdom
    8. Men In Black 3
    9. American Reunion
    10. Ghost Rider 2 (cause that was supposed to be a comedy, right?)

  • Juan

    Perks was my favorite movie of the year, and though I did consider it drama with comedy, I would definitely nominate it here, same with silver lining which I really liked, perks totally deserves it though

  • Jonathan

    forgot to include my actors and actresses (of the films i've seen)

    1. Christopher Walken (Seven Psychopaths)
    2. Sam Rockwell (Seven Psychopaths)
    3. Ed Norton (Moonrise Kingdom)
    4. Sean William Scott (Goon)
    5. Jason Segel (Jeff, Who Lives at Home)

    1. Kara Hayward (Moonrise Kingdom)
    2. Aubrey Plaza (Safety Not Guaranteed)
    3. Kristin Connolly (Cabin in the Woods)
    4. Allison Pill (Goon)
    5. Mila Kunis (Ted)

  • Michael

    I still have to see Silver Linings Playbook, Ted, The Campaign, This is 40, Seven Psychopaths, Moonrise Kingdom, Goon, Hotel Transylvania, The Perks, MIB 3, Bernie & Bachorelette. Here are my top 10 Comedies of the year as of today:

    1. Wreck-It Ralph
    2. 21 Jump Street
    3. American Reunion
    4. Pitch Perfect
    5. The Five-Year Engagement
    6. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (a comedy/dama but a really good one)
    7. Think Like a Man
    8. Madagascar 3
    9. Brave
    10. Safety Not Guaranteed

    Honorable Mentions:

    The Cabin in The Woods (I LOVED this movie but I thought it was more fun than funny, still it deserves to get mentioned)
    Magic Mike
    The Three Stooges (A lot avoided this one, I liked it despite being a fan of the Three Stooges since I was 3, it also had a nice heart)
    Friends With Kids
    That's My Boy
    The Watch
    The Dictator

    • Michael

      Oops, I forgot to add Project X to my Honorable Mentions, I probably enjoyed that movie more than a lot did.

  • Mikey

    I think you have to consider Silver Linings Playbook a comedy. Comedies can (and often should) be emotionally involving and you shouldn't detract from a movie for doing this. Other than 7 Psychopaths, I never laughed harder or more often this year than at Silver Linings. Just because it's not the type of comedy the trailers sell it to be, doesn't stop it from being a comedy.

    I would also consider Jeff a comedy, but I won't devote a whole paragraph to why. And I don't think Perks is a comedy. There are laughs, but the movie's appeal does not hang (even partially as with SLP) on the jokes. Anyway, I would personally nominate...

    1) Silver Linings Playbook
    2) Moonrise Kingdom
    3) Seven Psychopaths
    4) Cabin in the Woods
    5) 21 Jump Street
    6) Wreck-It Ralph
    7) Goon
    8) Jeff, Who Lives at Home
    9) Butter
    10) Think Like a Man

    1) Sam Rockwell (Seven Psychopaths)
    2) Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
    3) Fran Kanz (Cabin in the Woods)
    4) Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook)
    5) Sean William Scott (Goon)

    1) Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
    2) Kara Hayward (Moonrise Kingdom)
    3) Olivia Wilde (Butter)
    4) Alison Pill (Goon)
    5) Jennifer Westfeldt (Friends with Kids)


    Brad, what about Magic Mike? It doesn't seem to be on the list and your review for it was a pretty positive one. Sorta' embarrassed to say it, but I thought it was a surprisinlgy good film.

    • Brad Brevet

      I don't think it's a comedy in any way.

      • Movie Fan

        My picks:

        - Moonrise Kingdom
        - Pitch Perfect
        - Think Like A Man
        - Seven Psychopaths
        - 21 Jump Street
        - This is 40
        - Safety Not Guaranteed
        - Dark Shadows
        - Bernie

  • Michael

    @Ferdi - Ha! Yeah again, i'll give it a chance when I have time. I already seen some Oscar contenders but got a long way to go: Lincoln, Argo, Flight, Skyfall, Silver Linings Playbook, The Perks, Life of Pi, Cloud Atlas, Frankenweenie, Moonrise Kingdom, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Rust & Bone, The Hobbit, Les Mis, Django Unchained & most movie i've been looking forward of the bunch: Zero Dark Thirty.

    • Ferdi

      Don't even know where I have to get started with all these movies, I haven't seen a single one what you just mentioned and movies like Looper, Taken 2, Sinister, House at the End of the Street and many more I have not seen yet! I really have to make a fresh start in 2013 lol and that begins good with the first week cause then is Pitch Perfect released in my country!

      • Michael

        Forgot to mention The Sessions, Smashed (to see Mary Elizabeth Winstead's performance), The Impossible & End of Watch but yeah, it's going to be exhausting (sighs) but hopefully worth it. Oscar hopefuls i've seen: The Avengers, Prometheus, Brave, The Dark Knight Rises, The Master, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Lawless (could get a nod for a couple Original songs), Looper (hopefully gets that Original Screenplay nod), Take This Waltz (Michelle Williams deserves & needs Oscar attention for her terrific performance in this) & Wreck-It Ralph.

        • Ferdi

          Yeah The Sessions is opening in January in my country, Smashed is not coming out in theatres in my country I think, The Impossible in January, End of Watch I missed out (you guys are lucky with the re-release). I've seen from those movies you mentioned: The Avengers, Prometheus, Brave, The Dark Knight Rises and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The other movies I missed out or hasn't yet got released in my country. It damn sure is exhausting!

  • Randall P McMurphy

    My picks:
    1.Moonrise Kingdom
    2.American Reunion
    3.To Rome with Love
    5.Safety Not Guaranteed
    6.21 Jump Street
    7.God Bless America
    8.Jeff, Who Lives at Home
    9.Project X

    I don't think Perks is a comedy

  • MKing

    21 jump Street was easily the funniest film of the year (IMO) and it has the one amazing factor that most movies don't have: rewatchability.

  • Newbourne

    Both Safety not Guaranteed and Jeff who Lives at Home were written by the same guys. They normally write indie comidies such as those. I'm pretty sure Jeff is supposed to be viewed at as a comedy [this is especially noticeable when you look at the cast].

    I think you should consider it a comedy, same goes for The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

  • Newbourne

    I think Jennifer Garner was great in Butter. I think she deserves to be ranked higher than Aubrey Plaza who didn't do anything particularly engaging in Safety Not Guaranteed.

  • Bea

    Based on what I've seen this year:

    Best Comedy – Bachelorette, Goon, 21 Jump Street
    Best Actor in a Comedy – Channing Tatum, 21 Jump Street; Chris Rock, 2 Days in New York
    Best Actress in a Comedy – Kirsten Dunst, Bachelorette

  • marlonwallace

    Three films that I would recommend, if you haven't seen them already, are:

    "Dark Horse" by Todd Solondz
    "Robot & Frank" starring Frank Langella
    "Gayby" by Jonathan Lisecki who is up for a Spirit Award

  • Caddie

    Two that seem to be missing from the list as possible Best Actresses in a Comedy are Rashida Jones in Celeste and Jesse Forever, and Zoe Kazan in Ruby Sparks. Both these actresses wrote or co/wrote the script to create the kind of part an actress would actually like to play. Not just a supporting actress in a comedy with a male lead.

    Hello, I Must Be Going is probably about as much a comedy as SLP, and has a well-regarded performance by Melanie Lynskey (as a supporting actress, she's been the best thing in so many films).

  • Arturo

    I see what you mean on those films that are hard to categorize, but i think serious awards consider drama comedies for their races. In my opinion I think partly because joke after joke movies are usually too lame for serious awards. But don't really know why, just saying.

    For Best Comedy I would say
    1) Silver Linings Playbook (IMDB has it under comedy, drama and the golden globes are considering putting it in the comedy/musical category)
    2) Moonrise Kingdom
    3) 21 Jump Street
    4) Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (same thing as Silver Linings Playbook)
    5) Hope Springs

    Best Actor
    1) Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
    2) Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street)
    3) Matthew McConaughey (Bernie)
    4) Tommy Lee Jones (Hope Springs)
    5) Bruce Willis (Moonrise Kingdom)
    note: there is buzz of Jack black picking up a best com actor at the globes, but since you did mention to include supporting actors, In my opinion McConaughey was the best part about Bernie.

    Best Actress
    1) Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
    2) Maggie Smith (Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
    3) Judi Dench (Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
    4) Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Smashed, same thing I mentioned above for Silver Linings Playbook and Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
    5) Meryl Streep (Hope Springs)

  • GothamCity151

    Best Comedy:
    1. Moonrise Kingdom
    2. Safety Not Guaranteed
    3. Seven Psychopaths
    4. The Pirates! Band Of Misfits
    5. Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World
    6. Bernie
    7. God Bless America
    8. Jeff, Who Lives At Home
    9. Celeste And Jesse Forever
    10. The Five-Year Engagement

    Best Comedic Actor:
    1. Christopher Walken - Seven Psychopaths
    2. Mark Duplass - Safety Not Guaranteed
    3. Sam Rockwell - Seven Psychopaths
    4. Jack Black - Bernie
    5. Joel Murray - God Bless America

    Best Comedic Actress:
    1. Kara Hayward - Moonrise Kingdom
    2. Aubrey Plaza - Safety Not Guaranteed
    3. Keira Knightley - Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World
    4. Tara Lynne Barr - God Bless America
    5. Emily Blunt - The Five-Year Engagement

    *I do not consider Silver Linings Playbook and The Perks Of Being A Wallflower comedies. Otherwise, they'd be all over this list.

  • PJ

    1. Silver Linings Playbook
    2. Pitch Perfect
    3. Moonrise Kingdom
    4. Butter
    5. Safety Not Guarenteed
    6. Ted
    7. Friends with Kids
    8. The Five-Year Engagement
    9. 21 Jump Street
    10. Project X

    In terms of what Comedy should achieve and represent this is my list. And I'm not looking at these films as the "best," but rather the films that best represent the genre of Comedy.

  • adu

    Seven Psychopaths by a mile. That graveyard sequence was classic!

  • Alex Thomas

    Moonrise Kingdom is my 2nd fave film of the year but I don't really see it as a comedy, bit torn.

    Would vote:
    1. Pitch Perfect
    2. 21 Jump Street
    3. Moonrise Kingdom
    4. The Dictator
    5. Safety Not Guaranteed
    6. The Cabin in the Woods
    7. Bernie
    8. Goon
    9. Ted
    10. American Reunion

    *Haven't seen Klown, Batchelorette or SLP
    **I don't consider Perks a comedy. Was tough with Safety Not Guaranteed too.

    1. Christopher Walken (Seven Psychopaths)
    2. Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street)
    3. Jonah Hill (21 Jump Street)
    4. Sam Rockwell (Seven Psychopaths)
    5. Sasha Baron Cohen (The Dictator)

    1. Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect)
    2. Kara Hayward (Moonrise Kingdom)
    3. Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect)
    4. Sarah Snook (Not Suitable for Children)
    5. Aubrey Plaza (Safety Not Guaranteed)

    Rebel Wilson was just so hilarious in Pitch Perfect for mine!

  • luk

    Dunst for Bachlorette but also Jack Black for Bernie. Moonrise for best.

  • Jake

    Silver linings playbook is more comedy and Bradley cooper should win best actor this year-- such a multi-layered performance. Consider this-- compare movies like Lincoln or dark knight-- definitely not comedies.

  • SeenSome

    Silver Linings has a conventional romcom structure and narrative, it's definitely a comedy, there shouldn't even need to be a debate. Just because it isn't empty gags and has well written characters and a lot of heartfelt moments doesn't mean it isn't a comedy, it's just a really good one.

  • SeenSome

    Kind of strange that Ruby Sparks isn't on the list either considering some of the other films that are there, same goes for Liberal Arts.

  • Jack

    1. Channing Tatum- 21 Jump Street
    2. Frank Hvam- Klown
    3. Vanilla Ice- That's My Boy
    4. Edward Norton- Moonrise Kingdom
    5. Jonah Hill- 21 Jump Street

    1. Greta Gerwig- Damsels in Distress
    2. Kara Hayward- Moonrise Kingdom
    3. Ari Graynor- For A Good Time Call- a film I hate, but she brought spark
    4. Zoe Kazan- Ruby Sparks-know you hated it, but I really liked her
    5. Brie Larson- 21 Jump Street

    1. 21 Jump Street
    2. Klown
    3. That's my Boy
    4. Moonrise Kingdom

  • asiandude

    5-Y eangagement is a REALLY heartwarming movie! And Emily Blunt gave not just 1 - but 2 (and possibly 3 if you count the first + second act of "Your Sister's Sister" as comedy) amazing comedic performances in "5-Y engagement" & "Salmon fishing in the yemen". Honestly, seeing those 2 movies back-to-back made me a huge fan of hers.

    But, speaking of comedy, I think the real breakout is Rebel Wilson, Kevin Hart & (to a lesser extent) Channing Tatum / Anna Kendrick.

  • iammovieman

    Anyone having the nerve to suggest they know the best comedies of 2012 and isn't aware of "For A Good Time Call" is really really funny.

  • RememberTheTightOnes

    Funniest Films of 2012:
    2."21 Jump Street"
    3."The Dictator"
    4."Django Unchained"
    5."This Is 40"
    6."The Campaign"
    8."God Bless America"
    9."Safety Not Guaranteed"
    10."Moonrise Kingdom"
    11."The Babymakers"
    12."Jeff Who Lives At Home"
    13."For A Good Time, Call..."
    16."The Five Year Engagement"
    17."Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World"
    18."Friends With Kids"
    19."Damsels In Distress"
    20."Why Stop Now"
    21."Dark Shadows"
    23."That's My Boy"
    24."Your Sister's Sister"
    25."Project X"
    26."2 Days In New York"
    27."Struck By Lightning"
    28."The Comedy"
    29."Take This Waltz"

    Films I haven't seen that look potentially funny:
    "Seven Psychopaths"
    "The Oranges"
    "The Do-Deca-Pentathalon"
    "To Rome With Love"
    "Silver Linings Playbook"
    "Pitch Perfect"
    "Killer Joe"
    "Dark Horse"
    "Robot & Frank"
    "Hello I Must Be Going"
    "Not Suitable For Children"
    "Liberal Arts"