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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'State and Main' (2000)
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10. 'State and Main' (2000)

Writer-director David Mamet's spirited showbiz satire skewers Hollywood pretension, casting a pre-30 Rock Alec Baldwin as a vain, lecherous movie star who gets into trouble when his latest over-budget production rolls into a sleepy Vermont small town. A crude, pushy director (William H. Macy), a sad-sack screenwriter (Philip Seymour Hoffman), and an emotionally fragile leading lady (Sarah Jessica Parker) take turns getting fleeced by not-as-innocent-as-they-look locals, as Mamet makes his version of a fast-paced backstage farce. State and Main is both savage and silly, a genius riff on the chutzpah of the rich and famous filled with hep, imaginatively vulgar lines: "Who designed these costumes? It looks like Edith Head puked, and that puke designed these costumes." NM

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