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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'What We Do in the Shadows' (2014)
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17. 'What We Do in the Shadows' (2014)

Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement's macabre mock doc about vampires is great PR for creatures of the night and the perfect introduction to New Zealand's deader-than-deadpan humor – a wonderfully inane strain that thinks nothing of blending gory set pieces with po-faced reaction shots to the camera and plenty of stealth quotables. ("We're werewolves, not swear-wolves.") As this houseful of bloodsuckers bickers, blusters and try not to wake up an 8,000-year-old roommate, the filmmakers keep mining every nook and cranny of his premise for laughs, and with a $1.6 million budget, this comedy squeezes in more jokes-per-dollar than every other film on the list. You can see why Marvel felt confident in letting Waititi wreak humorous havoc with a Thor-in-outer-space movie. AN 

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