50 Greatest Comedies of the 21st Century

From rom-coms to raunch-coms, 'Anchorman' to 'Wet Hot American Summer' – the funniest movies of the new millennium so far

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'American Psycho' (2000)
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49. 'American Psycho' (2000)

Yes, it looks more like a slasher flick than a yukfest, what with Wall Street yuppie Patrick Bateman heartlessly dismembering his nearest and dearest. But Mary Harron's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel – which, at the core of its ripped-out heart, was a satire – is one of the sharpest splat-stick comedies in recent history, mostly because of how over-the-top it is. Christian Bale's disaffected apex predator grows homicidally envious of his colleagues' business cards. He offers a thoughtful critique of Huey Lewis' discography while wilding an axe. Everybody mistakes each other for somebody else. And it offered a better one-liner for going on a killing spree than anything a Batman supervillain could come up with: "I have to return some videotapes." KG

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