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10 Best Comedy Movie DVD Releases of 2010

Sometimes blockbuster special effects action movies or 3D fantasy features don’t translate as well on smaller television screens. To get the full effect, you really have to watch them at the cinema. That’s one of the greatest aspects of comedy movies: they’re funny anywhere – from the largest IMAX auditorium to the smallest handheld device.

The following comedy movies released on DVD in 2010 represent the funniest selections of that year. Borrow, rent, or buy them to see what everybody’s talking (and laughing) about.

Going the Distance: Best Romantic Comedy DVD of 2010

This cross-country romance concerns a new couple trying to keep the fires lit despite the physical distance between them. Real-life on-again, off-again couple Drew Barrymore and Justin Long manages to achieve what many previous acting couples failed to deliver.

  • Why It’s Best: Chemistry!
  • Starring Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Christina Applegate, Ron Livingston, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Jim Gaffigan
  • Director: Nanette Burstein
  • Writer: Geoff LaTulippe
  • Genre: Romantic Comedy
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Rating: R (for sexual content including dialogue, language throughout, some drug use and brief nudity)
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2010

Cyrus: Funniest Independent Comedy DVD of 2010

A lonely divorced man finds the perfect woman until he meets her perversely possessive son. This offbeat romantic comedy written and directed by the Duplass brothers presents a darkly comical modern-day version of the Oedipus Complex when the two men prepare to battle for the woman they love.

  • Why It’s Best: This quirky comedy is funny, poignant, romantic, and uncomfortable all at the same time.
  • Starring John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei, Catherine Keener, Matt Walsh, Diane Mizota, Kathy Wittes, Katie Aselton, Jamie Donnelly
  • Directors: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
  • Writers: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass
  • Genre: Romantic Comedy
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Rating: R (for language and some sexual material)
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010
  • For additional information, read Movie Review of Cyrus Starring John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill.

Hot Tub Time Machine: Best Buddy Comedy DVD of 2010

In this non-stop comedy feature, three middle-aged men (and a nephew) accidentally travel back to the 1980s through a magical hot tub at a ski resort. Seen as their younger selves, but possessing their current knowledge, they get to relive special moments, correct past mistakes, and change their futures.

  • Why It’s Best: Even with its clichéd flashback to the 80s, this film provides fresh laughs and original surprises as the men explore their relationships.
  • Starring John Cusack, Lizzy Caplan, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Crispin Glover, Chevy Chase, Sebastian Stan, Lyndsy Fonseca
  • Director: Steve Pink
  • Writers: Josh Heald, Sean Anders, John Morris
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated (theatrical version rated R for language, nudity, crudeness, and sexuality)
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010

Grown Ups: Best Family Comedy DVD of 2010

Five middle-aged friends from childhood reunite for a vacation together after the death of their former basketball coach. Their families join them for the celebration of food, fun, and games, which involve spirited teasing and practical jokes.

  • Why It’s Best: Yes, it’s often lowbrow humor, but look at the cast list! Be sure to catch Adam Sandler’s song on the end credits.
  • Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph, Joyce Van Patten, Ebony Jo-Ann, Steve Buscemi, Colin Quinn, Tim Meadows, Di Quon
  • Director: Dennis Dugan
  • Writers: Adam Sandler, Fred Wolf
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13 (for crude material including suggestive references, language, and some male rear nudity)
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2010

Easy A: Best Teen Comedy DVD of 2010

A high-achieving wholesome high school student who fancies herself a character in a 1980’s John Hughes movie accidentally spreads a false rumor about herself that ruins her reputation. Inspired by the book The Scarlet Letter, which she’s reading in English class, she dons a red “A” and takes financial advantage of her newfound fame.

  • Why It’s Best: Great writing, great acting, great casting; in particular, Emma Stone embodies her role so well it’s hard to imagine another actress in the part.
  • Starring Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Dan Byrd, Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm McDowell, Alyson Michalka, Stanley Tucci, Fred Armisen
  • Director: Will Gluck
  • Writer: Bert V. Royal
  • Genre: Romantic Comedy
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements involving teen sexuality, language, some drug material)
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2010

The Other Guys: Best Action Comedy DVD of 2010

Two mismatched New York City police detectives leave their paperwork and desks behind and try to fight crime like the big boys. Their opposite personalities and overall ineptitude get in the way of their performance, however, in this comedy film with action (rather than action film with comedy).

  • Why It’s Best: Eva Mendes as Will Ferrell’s unappreciated wife is truly inspired casting.
  • Starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Derek Jeter, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Damon Wayans, Jr., Steve Coogan
  • Director: Adam McKay
  • Writers: Adam McKay, Chris Henchy
  • Genre: Action Comedy
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13 (for crude and sexual content, language, violence, and some drug material)
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010

She’s Out of My League: Best Sex Comedy DVD of 2010

An average guy sparks the romantic interest of a beautiful young woman and his friends and family get jealous. In this raunchy comedy, the guy takes extreme measures to improve his physique and social skills to impress her – in some ways reminiscent of The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

  • Why It’s Best: Jay Baruchel is a hilarious guy-next-door kind of romantic hero.
  • Starring Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve, T.J. Miller, Mike Vogel, Nate Torrence, Lindsay Sloane, Kyle Bornheimer, Jessica St. Clair, Krysten Ritter
  • Director: Jim Field Smith
  • Writers: Sean Anders, John Morris
  • Genre: Romantic Comedy
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Rating: R (for language and sexual content)
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010
  • For additional information, read She’s Out of My League DVD Review.

Get Him to the Greek: Most Outrageous Comedy DVD of 2010

A record company rookie hopes to impress his boss by rounding up loudmouth British rock star Aldous Snow for a comeback concert at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California. Snow provides a crash course in drugs, sex, rock and roll, and rudeness for his impressionable new friend.

  • Why It’s Best: Jonah Hill and Russell Brand make the most unlikely of duos…plus those wonderful cameo appearances.
  • Starring Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Sean Combs, Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Moss, Nick Kroll, Aziz Ansari, T.J. Miller; appearances by Pink, Christina Aguilera, Lars Ulrich, Pharrel, Meredith Viera, Billy Bush, Mario Lopez, Kurt F. Loder, and Paul Krugman
  • Director: Nicholas Stoller
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run Time: 109 minutes; 114 minutes
  • Rating: R (for strong sexual content and drug use throughout, and pervasive language); also unrated version
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010
  • For additional information, read Unrated and Original Theatrical Versions of Get Him to the Greek.

Old Dogs: Funniest Mid-Life Crisis Comedy DVD of 2010

A middle-aged bachelor learns he’s the father of seven-year-old twins. He and his best friend agree to watch the children while their mother serves a brief prison term. The two friends and business partners try to negotiate an important advertising deal while simultaneously juggling the responsibilities of parenting.

  • Why It’s Best: Once you accept the silly premise, this movie delivers the comedy with a terrific cast, funny effects, and ridiculous situations.
  • Starring John Travolta, Robin Williams, Kelly Preston, Seth Green, Matt Dillon, Lori Laughlin, Bernie Mac, Justin Long, Ella Bleu Travolta, Conner Rayburn
  • Director: Walt Becker
  • Writers: David Diamond, David Weissman
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2010

MacGruber: Best Guilty Pleasure Comedy DVD of 2010

Based on recurring Saturday Night Live skits, this take-off of the 1980’s television show MacGyver features a crude, gadget-loving goofball who wants to avenge a murder from year’s ago. He joins forces with more skillful crime fighters in his efforts to bring the killer to justice.

  • Why It’s Best: The story is silly; Val Kilmer isn’t a very effective villain; and some of the frequent callback jokes aren’t that funny either. However, Kristen Wiig generates huge laughs throughout, especially during her coffee shop scene, and Will Forte reprises his SNL role with the same zany exuberance we’ve come to expect.
  • Starring Will Forte, Kristin Wiig, Ryan Phillipe, Val Kilmer, Powers Boothe, Maya Rudolph, Rhys Coiro, Andy Mackenzie, Jasper Cole, Timothy V. Murphy
  • Director: Jorma Taccone
  • Writers: Will Forte, John Solomon, Jorma Taccone
  • Genre: Action Comedy
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Rating: Unrated Edition (theatrical version was rated R for strong crude and sexual content, violence, language, and some nudity)
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010