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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'Fantastic Mr. Fox' (2009)
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48. 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' (2009)

So the quintessential Wes Anderson dysfunctional family film is ... a stop-motion animation adaptation of a Roald Dahl children's book?! The filmmaker and his cowriter Noah Baumbach are loose with the details but loyal to the author's fiendish spirit, plopping the irrepressible dandy thief/eponymous patriarch (George Clooney) in between avenging farmers and a community of furry creatures weary of his exploits. Anderson's deadpan humor has never been better served than by anthropomorphized animal puppet reaction shots while – typecasting at its best – Willem Dafoe plays a rat and Bill Murray's a put-upon badger. As for Clooney, he delivers a note-perfect, shockingly ham-free comedic performance. What the cuss? EH     

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