In honor of the action comedy The Man From U.N.C.L.E. opening this week (click here for our review!), our own John Mathews is here to give you his picks for the 5 best movies the “action comedy” genre has to offer. Keep in mind that these are his picks, not yours. So, without further ado, let’s get this party started!
#5. 21 & 22 Jump Street
Coming in at #5 is both 21 and 22 Jump Street. Yes, they are two different films, but essentially, they are the same movie. Based on a late 80’s/early 90’s television series starring a young Johnny Depp, 21 Jump Street follows two underachieving cops (played by Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill) who get assigned to infiltrate a local high school’s drug ring, while blending in as high-schoolers. Its sequel, 22 Jump Street follows these same two cops, who after taking down crime in the previous installment, now get assigned to infiltrate a university’s drug ring, while blending in as college students. The two movies basically share the same plot, but ’22’ is clearly in one the joke that it’s a rehash of its predecessor, which makes the movie all the more funnier. Tatum and Hill’s “bromantic” chemistry is a treasure in both installments.
#4. Kingsman: The Secret Service
Ever wanted to know what a spy movie directed by Quentin Tarantino would look like? Check out Matthew Vaughn’s ultra-cool spy comedy that came out in February this year, Kingsman: The Secret Service. While Tarantino has no involvement in ‘Kingsman’, Vaughn seeps some Tarantino-esque humor in here, along with unabashedly bloody action sequences, something Tarantino is famous for. It’s a ballsy action movie that doesn’t give a damn if it’s controversial or not. Without going into spoilers for those who haven’t seen the movie, all we’ll say is an action scene taking place in a church that draws similarities to the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, and a certain world leader suggestively getting their head blown up. Not for the faint of heart, but if you’re into spy movies, you need to check this puppy out.
Speaking of Matthew Vaughn, coming in at #3 is Matthew Vaughn’s superhero comedy, Kick-Ass. Following an everyday nerdy (and horny) teenager who decides to take crime into his own hands by becoming the self-titled vigilante “Kick-Ass”, this R-rated superhero comedy is definitely not for kids. Though its got an inspiring premise (you, reading this sentence could be a “superhero” if you wanted to be!), the movie is filled with brutal violence and profane language. But boy, is it a blast to watch! Though our titular hero doesn’t exactly have a “superpower” per say, it’s ridiculously fun to watch him kick baddies’ asses with two batons (his weapon of choice). As awesome as Kick-Ass himself is though, the real reason to see this movie is for Chloe Grace Moretz’s “Hit-Girl”. She’s a freakin’ badass (whose dad is played by Nicholas Cage, how awesome is that?) that curses like a sailor. By the way, she’s eleven.
#2. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
The “runner-up” of this list is Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Perhaps one of the most underrated films of all-time (it only took in $47.7M at the worldwide box office), ‘Scott Pilgrim’ is perhaps one of the most creative movies I’ve ever seen. Based on a graphic novel, this film stars Michael Cera as a bass guitarist, who must battle his girlfriend, Ramona’s (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead) seven evil exes. If that doesn’t sound awesome enough, try on the fact that the battles between Cera and his girlfriend’s exes play out as a video game complete with numerous “power-ups” and everything on for size. Wright, known for his brilliant Cornetto Trilogy (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, and The World’s End) injects tons of infectious energy and wit into a film that is both irresistible and endlessly rewatchable.
Coming in at #1 spot is a film that came out in 1984. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. It’s called Ghostbusters. This iconic classic is one just about everyone has seen, and the few that haven’t are familiar with both its catchy “Who ya gonna call?” theme tune and the Stay Puft Marshallow Man scene in which a corporate mascot of a fictional marshmallow-making company basically becomes the size of Godzilla. Starring familiar faces like Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and the late Harold Ramis as parapsychology professors who decide to start up a ghost-catching business, this movie is one the whole family can enjoy. Sure, its effects are dated, but the comedic chemistry between these three is perfect. This is a movie you’ll probably find yourself watching at least once a year. It’s borderline spooky how fun this movie is.
What would be your list? Let us know in the comments section below! Thanks for reading!