Today marks the final matchup in the first round of The Tournament of Movie Fanatic to find the best comedy movie of all time! Yesterday pitted Groundhog Day and This Is Spinal Tap against each other, and in what may be the most clear-cut victory of the entire tournament so far, Groundhog Day has emerged victorious, grabbing a whopping 76% of the vote.
Bill Murray is now represented twice in the second round, as Groundhog Day joins Rushmore, along with Annie Hall, The Big Lebowski, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Airplane!, and Swingers. The final first-round matchup sees the first appearance of some of today's most beloved comedic voices, including Judd Apatow, Will Ferrell, and Simon Pegg, as Anchorman is pitted against Hot Fuzz. Scroll down to read our cases on why these movies deserve to win, and cast your vote! Then check out an updated bracket below.
Anchorman: A movie with Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller and Luke Wilson should be a smash. That is exactly what happened when Anchorman debuted in 2004. It became an instant comedy classic. The film has only endeared itself more to its passionate fan base as the years have gone on. Can you change the channel when the film is stumbled upon? Hardly! Ferrell plays a wildly popular San Diego local news anchor who is challenged by the upstart female anchor added to his news team, as played by Christina Applegate. The film’s ever-rising popularity is proof of why Anchorman 2 was finally green-lit earlier this year. Take a look at our Anchorman quotes page for more.
Hot Fuzz: The most flat-out funny film from writer/actor Simon Pegg, Hot Fuzz is the dark action-movie counterpart to Pegg and Edgar Wright's earlier film Shaun of the Dead. Telling the story of a London cop who is transferred to a small English town only to uncover a shocking conspiracy, Hot Fuzz is spattered with flawless aesthetics, spoofy set pieces, and amazing comedic performances, all with a mere $8 million budget (it pulled in 10 times that at the box office). It's a comedy movie for the sci fi/action nerd, occupying the odd no-man's-land between cult film and blockbuster. It demonstrates the shrewd awareness of film and pop culture of its creators, and it does it all while bursting at the seams with laughs. Hot Fuzz may indeed be the most unique comedy in the entire tournament. Head to our Hot Fuzz quotes page for more.
Which comedy film is better?