The decade of the 2000’s was dominated by comedy films, particularly those made by Judd Apatow. Anchorman became a big hit in 2004. It starred Will Ferrell as a newsman in the 1970’s. This film led to the actor starring in a string of popular comedy movies in this decade. This includes Blades of Glory, Semi-Pro, Step Brothers and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
Shaun of the Dead was one of the most successful comedy films of the decade. The 2004 zombie film starred Simon Pegg as a man who must save his friends during an outbreak of the undead in London. The movie is lauded for its direction by Edgar Wright as well as the loving homages to earlier zombie classics. Shaun of the Dead helped to make comedy horror a popular genre in Hollywood. It spawned a number of similarly toned comedies such as Severance and Botched.
The start of the decade saw the first installment of the Scary Movie franchise. These films parody popular horror movies in a style similar to Airplane. The first two Scary Movie installments were creatively influenced by the Wayans Brothers. However, they soon left and since then the quality of the comedies has devolved.
Sacha Baron Cohen took the comedy world by storm with Borat! Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. The film starred Cohen as a hapless foreigner who comes to America to experience the culture. This film had hidden camera elements similar to the Jackass movies.
Stoner comedies were as popular as they have ever been in this decade. Dude, Where’s My Car? and Road Trip is just two examples of a plethora of this genre that were released during the decade. There were also oddball examples of the genre such as the bizarre Napoleon Dynamite.