Comedy movies with R ratings attached to them, filled with crude humor and wacky antics, became all the rage after a certain film about a bachelor party gone wrong in Las Vegas was released in 2009. According to Box Office Mojo, that movie hauled over $400 million at the worldwide box office, making it the highest grossing R-rated comedy at the time (it has since been topped by Ted, which grossed over $500 million globally).
However, the well has dried up in recent years. Newer comedy movies, such as Holmes & Watson and Tag, have been falling flat at the box office. Even the hits, like Night School and Game Night, aren't making that much of a splash. According to IGN, comedy overlord Judd Apatow has theorized that movie studios are making fewer comedy movies because writers simply aren't writing movies that are funny anymore. In the comedy genre's heyday, there were movies coming from the Apatow camp, the Will Ferrell camp, the Ben Stiller camp, all with their own distinctive styles.
Only a true comedy fan will be able to name all of these funny movies. So, prepare for tickled ribs and split sides and give this quiz a go!
What is this absurdist '70s news satire?
According to IMDb, the director of this movie was recently nominated for an Oscar for his movie Vice. He previously won one for writing the movie The Big Short. If someone told a moviegoer back in 2004 that the guy who directed this absurdist comedy movie about a bunch of newscasters in the 1970s would eventually be doing Academy Award caliber filmmaking, they would laugh in their face. But that's exactly what happened. This movie made a star of Will Ferrell and ended up getting a belated sequel in 2013. What is the title of this absurdist '70s news satire?
What is this hit comedy about a bachelor party gone wrong?
According to Box Office Mojo, this movie once held the title of highest grossing R rated comedy movie ever made. It grossed over $400 million at the worldwide box office, which is an unprecedented amount for an adult-oriented comedy about a bachelor party where the groom goes missing. The movie ended up getting two sequels, with Zach Galifianakis and Ken Jeong, the trilogy's true stars, getting a bigger and bigger role in each installment. This film made big stars out of everyone in its cast. What is the title of this hit comedy about a bachelor party gone totally wrong?
What is this all-female hit comedy?
This movie directed by Paul Feig and starring Kristen Wiig started the wave of female-led comedies that led to The Heat, the all-female Ghostbusters reboot, Blockers, Sisters, Trainwreck, and countless other hit comedies. This is the movie that introduced the world to Melissa McCarthy as a comedy force to be reckoned with, as her portrayal of the Megan character earned her an unprecedented nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She didn't win, but still, the fact that she was nominated is pretty impressive. What is the title of this all-female hit comedy from 2011?
Which comedy features a toilet-flushing cat named Jinx?
Robert De Niro has done a number of comedies in recent years, including movies like Dirty Grandpa and The Big Wedding, but the first movie that introduced us to him as a funny actor was this Ben Stiller movie. He plays the father of Stiller's girlfriend who he comes to stay with. He turns out to be a former CIA agent who interrogates Stiller to get information out of him. The movie was so successful that it led to the production of two sequels. What is the name of this hit Ben Stiller comedy featuring a toilet flushing cat named Jinx?
What is this wacky golf comedy starring Adam Sandler?
Adam Sandler made his name as a cast member on the hit NBC sketch variety series Saturday Night Live. That was followed by his first starring role in a movie called Billy Madison. However, it was this golf comedy that really made him a star. It has Sandler fighting with Bob Barker and Ben Stiller being mean to old people in a nursing home and it might not have been a huge box office success when it was released, but it is now a beloved cult classic film. What is the title of this wacky golf comedy starring Adam Sandler?
What movie stars Jack Black as Dewey Finn aka Mr. S?
According to IMDb, this wacky family comedy starring Jack Black was directed by Richard Linklater, who is best known for his more dramatic movies like Boyhood and Before Sunrise. Of course, he has done comedies like Slacker and Dazed and Confused. Black plays Dewey Finn, a failed rock musician who steals his substitute teacher friend's identity for some quick cash and ends up recruiting his students to be in his new band. The movie has been followed by a Broadway musical adaptation, while a sequel has been in and out of development for years. What movie stars Jack Black as Dewey Finn aka Mr. S?
What is this classic supernatural comedy?
This movie got a sequel with the original cast, and then a reboot with a female cast, and now, it's getting another sequel with a cast of kids that purports to follow on from the original films. It's one of the most critically acclaimed comedies of all time, coming from the mind of Dan Aykroyd and starring the SNL legend alongside Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson. The movie tells the story of some regular guys who get together to form an agency to get rid of the ghosts in New York City. What is this classic supernatural comedy?
Which movie gives Jim Carrey the powers of God?
Jim Carrey is one of the biggest movie stars in the world, with box office numbers that are virtually unparalleled. Due to his wacky acting style, studio execs know that all they have to do is give him a premise with a lot of comedic potential and then just let him go wild. In this one, he is granted the powers of God. God is played by Morgan Freeman, who gets sick of Carrey's character questioning him and decides to see if he could do a better job and relinquishes his powers. Which movie gives Jim Carrey the powers of God?
What is this dysfunctional family comedy?
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly made a big impression on audiences when they starred in this movie, which has since become a cult classic. However, they recently reteamed for Holmes and Watson, supposedly a comedic take on the Sherlock Holmes stories, and it was not as successful. In fact, it was recently "awarded" the Razzie for Worst Picture. But nothing will ever be able to take away the legacy of their partnership, thanks to the strength of this zany comedy about a dysfunctional family. What is the title of this dysfunctional family comedy starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly?
What is this hit comedy starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn?
It is often thought that the wave of R rated comedies that came about in the 2000s and 2010s was started by The Hangover. However, this movie starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn actually came first. The pair of actors tried to replicate their success with this movie in 2013 when they made the Google commercial The Internship, but while it wasn't a total box office flop, it was nowhere near the hit that this movie was. What is the title of this hit comedy starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as a pair of freewheeling, fun-loving bachelors? This should be an easy one.
What is this high school comedy?
This might be the only high school comedy ever produced by a Hollywood studio that was actually written by a pair of high school kids. According to IMDb, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg began writing the movie when they were 13 years old and kept developing the script as Rogen worked as a comedian and started working for producer Judd Apatow on the short-lived TV series Freaks and Geeks. Years later, Apatow finally bought the script and got it into production with Jonah Hill and Michael Cera as the leads. What is the title of this high school comedy?
What is this satirical comedy about a male model called?
This movie had a sequel released in 2016, but the sequel was nowhere near as successful as the original. The original movie was released in 2001 and stars Ben Stiller (who also directed the movie and worked on the screenplay) as a male model with limited intelligence. He created a look called the "Blue Steel" look that has become a staple of popular culture. The movie stars Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, and Will Ferrell alongside Stiller, along with a litany of celebrity cameos appearing at the movie's red carpet event scenes. What is this satirical comedy about a male model called?
What is this ensemble vehicle starring Adam Sandler and friends?
Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider have appeared in most of Adam Sandler's movie, and the premise of this one seems to have been conjured up just to get them all together in an ensemble cast. It's about some childhood friends who reconvene at a cabin in the woods after they lose their old high school basketball coach. In Sandler's recent comedy special 100% Fresh, he sang a song about how he wishes Chris Farley were still alive, so he could be in it. What is the title of this ensemble vehicle starring Adam Sandler and his friends?
What is this road trip comedy starring Robert Downey, Jr.?
This movie was released one or two years after Robert Downey, Jr. had his big comeback with Iron Man, kicking off the MCU, and Zach Galifianakis had his big break with the original Hangover movie. In fact, this one had the same director as The Hangover, helming it between The Hangover and its sequel on his schedule. It's a road trip movie about a guy who races across the country to make it to his wife going into labor with the guy who got him kicked off the plane. What is the title of this road trip comedy starring Robert Downey, Jr.?
What is this Farrelly brothers classic?
Peter Farrelly, one of the directors of this movie, just picked up two Oscars, including the Best Picture award, for his work on the movie Green Book. This early road trip comedy starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels doesn't exactly set up the guy for a future Academy Award win, but it does show a guy who can follow a singular cinematic vision. It's just that those skills were later repurposed for Green Book. This movie later got a belated sequel in 2014, but the critics were not as kind to it. What is the title of this Farrelly brothers classic?
In which movie can Jim Carrey not lie?
It's never a bad idea to attach a positive message to a movie. Here, Jim Carrey made a movie about a lawyer who has to go a whole day without lying, because his son made a birthday wish saying so after he disappointed him yet again. The curse of not lying presents a lot of opportunities for Carrey to go nuts with his rubbery face and vocal acting. But the message at the end is that people shouldn't lie and should be a good parent, along with the movie. What's wrong with that? In which movie can Jim Carrey not lie?
What is this buddy cop action comedy?
According to Wikipedia, when Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg were having dinner with director Adam McKay, McKay sent a movie producer an email saying they would be great in a movie together. He gave a buddy cop action comedy movie just as an example, but the producer loved the idea and the movie ended up getting developed and produced on a $100 million budget. Now, it's one of Ferrell's best-loved movies on his filmography. What is the title of this 2010 buddy cop action comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as a pair of New York City detectives?
What is this mockumentary spun off from Da Ali G Show?
Sacha Baron Cohen came back last year with a new mockumentary series on Showtime in which he showcased a new batch of comedy characters in the political field. The show was made in the style of Cohen's previous series Da Ali G Show, which introduced audiences to him in the first place. This hit mockumentary movie was spun off from that series and features one of the characters from the show coming to the US and traveling across the country to meet Pamela Anderson. What is the title of this mockumentary comedy movie spun off from Da Ali G Show?
What is this music mockumentary?
The Lonely Island made their name making Digital Shorts for Saturday Night Live, with Andy Samberg becoming the biggest star of the three of them. Then they teamed up with producer Judd Apatow to make a mockumentary about a pop musician who becomes more famous than the other two guys in his boy band. The plot of the movie seems to be adapted very closely from the Lonely Island's actual story, swapping out comedy for pop music, but that could just be a coincidence. They did make the movie, after all. What is the title of this music mockumentary movie?
What is this mix of Hollywood satire and war comedy?
This movie isn't quite a satire of the film industry and it isn't quite a comedy about war, but it is sort of both. It's about a bunch of actors who are making a war film whose director flies them out into an actual war zone to get more intense and authentic performances out of them and capture more visceral shots. Of course, this plan goes awry very quickly. Ben Stiller stars in the movie with Robert Downey, Jr. and Jack Black, with Stiller in the director's chair. What is the name of this mix of Hollywood satire and war comedy?
What is this jailbirds versus wardens football comedy?
This comedy movie stars Adam Sandler and Chris Rock as a couple of prisoners who train for a football game against the warden and his staff. Sandler plays a character who used to be an NFL player and was then caught speeding, so he's the one put in charge of getting the team of jailbirds into shape. The movie ended up being one of Adam Sandler's highest grossing movies, according to Box Office Mojo, and the cast also includes Terry Crews and Courteney Cox. What is the title of this jailbirds versus wardens football comedy movie starring Adam Sandler and Chris Rock?
What is this dark comedy inspired by Strangers on a Train?
Strangers on a Train is an Alfred Hitchcock movie about a couple of people who want people who have wronged them rubbed out of the picture and decide to take out each other's targets. This dark comedy movie takes the same basic premise. Three guys, played by Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis, decide to take each other's bosses out. The bosses are played by Kevin Spacey (yikes), Jennifer Aniston, and Colin Farrell. The movie was so popular that it led to a sequel released in 2014. What is the name of this dark comedy movie inspired by Strangers on a Train?
What is this hit comedy based on an SNL sketch?
Mike Myers came up with the Saturday Night Live sketch that this movie was based on and it was initially thought that the target, public access rock 'n' roll talk shows, was way too obscure. But it quickly became popular enough for Paramount executives to want to make a feature-length movie out of it. Myers starred in the sketches with Dana Carvey, who then joined him in the movie. The movie was such a huge success that it went on to have a sequel with the same cast. What is this hit comedy movie based on a Saturday Night Live sketch?
Which comic book movie made Jim Carrey a star?
There's a well-circulated story about how before Jim Carrey was famous, he wrote himself a check for $10 million for "acting services rendered" and hoped to cash it within a couple of years. Then he starred in Dumb and Dumber, Ace Venture: Pet Detective, and this comic book film adaptation all in the same year and he was able to cash it by the date he put in the dateline. It's one of those success stories that gets repeated in self-help books and the so-called life gurus. Which comic book movie made Jim Carrey a star? Let's see who knows this one!
What is this NASCAR comedy?
This NASCAR movie was the follow up to Adam McKay and Will Ferrell's cult hit Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. They wrote this movie together, then McKay directed it and Ferrell starred in it. It's one of their many collaborations. This was Ferrell's first movie with his co-star John C. Reilly, with whom he would go on to make Step Brothers and Holmes & Watson. This NASCAR movie is what showed studios and producers that these two actors had fantastic chemistry together that could be used for future movies. What is the title of this NASCAR comedy directed by Adam McKay?
What is this buddy cop movie starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum?
This comedy movie was so popular that it spawned a sequel that was released in 2014 and there has even been talk among the Sony executives of doing a crossover with the Men in Black franchise. The story sees a couple of young cops being paired up to go undercover in a high school. It was based on a TV show starring Johnny Depp in his early days. The captain is played by Ice Cube from the rap group NWA, according to IMDb. What is the title of this buddy cop action comedy movie starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum?
What was Amy Schumer's movie debut?
According to IMDb, Judd Apatow had only ever directed movies that he also wrote the screenplays for before he decided to take on the first movie script written by Amy Schumer. He had taken on movies written by burgeoning comedians before, like Seth Rogen and Jason Segel and Kristen Wiig, but he had never directed them before, just written them. The movie is a romantic comedy, but it's a romantic comedy written in the comic style of Amy Schumer, not a generic one. What was the title of Amy Schumer's movie debut directed by Judd Apatow and co-starring Bill Hader?
What is this sports comedy starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn?
The director of this movie would go on to direct such comedies as We're the Millers and Central Intelligence, according to IMDb. His name is Rawson Marshall Thurber, and after forging a working relationship with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson while shooting that movie, they reteamed to make the action thriller Skyscraper that came out roughly this time last year. This movie, starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, was a strong debut as it became a hit at the box office and also received warm reviews from critics. What is the title of this sports comedy starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn?
What is this '90s-set Adam Sandler Netflix movie?
According to Wikipedia, Adam Sandler was given a deal to make four movies for Netflix, one every year, and when they proved to be successful, they asked him to make four more. He's got four under his belt now, so the next four are on their way. They've gotten more and more obscure as the years go by. He started with the western comedy The Ridiculous 6, then made the twisty action comedy The Do Over, and then he made this movie about a talent manager in the '90s. What is the title of this '90s set Adam Sandler Netflix movie?
What is this border-crossing road trip comedy?
This comedy movie about a pretend family crossing the border to pick up an illicit shipment was a huge hit back in 2013, according to Box Office Mojo. Wikipedia reports that a sequel has been in development, but it's been six years and all of the actors have moved on to other projects, so it might never happen. Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston star as an unlikely couple who pretend to be married to not arouse suspicions at the border, while Will Poulter and Emma Roberts play the street kids pretending to be their children. What is the title of this border crossing road trip comedy?
What is this '80s high school comedy classic?
This is the movie that made Matthew Broderick a star. It was written and directed by John Hughes, according to IMDb, and he's the guy who also wrote and directed pretty much every high school comedy released in the '80s: Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science etc. But it's arguably this one that has had the most lasting success. People still enjoy watching this wacky movie about a popular kid who skips school so he can spend the day in Chicago with his best friend and his girlfriend. What is the title of this '80s high school comedy classic?
What is this wacky Jim Carrey comedy?
This was one of the three movies released in 1994, along with The Mask and Dumb and Dumber, that made Jim Carrey one of the most bankable movie stars in the world, virtually overnight. According to Box Office Mojo, those three movies made around $1 billion total at the worldwide box office in 1994, and they were the first ever movies that Carrey starred in. In this one, he appears alongside Courteney Cox. It's also the only one of the three he helped write the screenplay for. What is the title of this wacky slapstick comedy movie starring Jim Carrey?
Which family comedy reteamed Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg?
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg established themselves as a hilarious duo with great chemistry in the buddy cop action comedy movie The Other Guys. Their partnership was so strong, and so popular with audiences, that just five short years later, they were teamed back up for a family comedy movie about co-parenting. Ferrell plays the stepdad to Wahlberg's kids who finds himself threatened when Wahlberg returns home to reclaim his family. Two years later, there was a sequel starring Mel Gibson and John Lithgow as their own dads. What is the name of the family comedy that reteamed Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg?
What is this wacky spoof of the James Bond franchise?
Mike Myers has created a lot of interesting characters, but a mix of James Bond parody and '60s hippie is the most iconic. There were three of these movies and he played one extra role in each one. In the first movie, he played the lead role and the villain Dr. Evil. In the second movie, he played a third character, and then in the third movie, he played a fourth character. In the fourth movie, if there ever is one (it's been mentioned a lot over the years, but never gotten into production), he might play a fifth character. What is this wacky spoof of the James Bond franchise?
What is this romantic comedy starring Jason Segel and Mila Kunis?
With this movie, Jason Segel became one of many actors before him, like Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who became movie stars by writing a script for themselves to lead. He wrote this romantic comedy about a guy who goes on vacation to get over a breakup, only to find that his ex is staying at the resort with her new rock star boyfriend, and then got his former Freaks and Geeks producer Judd Apatow to get it into production. Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell also appear. What is the title of this romantic comedy starring Jason Segel and Mila Kunis?
What is this romcom about five men in love with Cameron Diaz?
The Farrelly brothers have produced some wacky gross-out comedies over the years, like Dumb and Dumber and Me, Myself & Irene and Hall Pass. One of their best-known movies is this romantic comedy, which blends their signature gross-out humor with an earnest love story. Ben Stiller plays a guy who wants to track down his high school sweetheart, except the private eye he hires to do it falls in love with her, too. And then it turns out three other guys are in love with her. What is the title of this romantic comedy about five men who are in love with the character played by Cameron Diaz?
What is this dramedy directed by Judd Apatow?
Judd Apatow wrote and directed this movie about a standup comic who faces a terminal illness on his own experiences as a comedian in his early days, before he got into movies. Adam Sandler plays the lead role, while Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann provide support as his friend and love interest, respectively. According to Wikipedia, some critics objected to the movie's running time. It is two and a half hours long and it's a comedy. Comedies are usually less than two hours long. The shorter, the better, actually. What is the title of this comedy drama written and directed by Judd Apatow?
What is this bromantic comedy starring Paul Rudd?
The so-called "bromantic comedy" was a staple of the comedy film genre of the late 2000s and Paul Rudd was the poster boy for the subgenre, thanks to movies like this. In this case, his bromance is with Seann William Scott, who is best known for playing Stifler. The two of them work at an energy drink company as spokesmen who go from school to school to promote it and end up having to take part in a "Big Brother" program as a form of community service to pay off a debt to society. What is the name of this bromantic comedy starring Paul Rudd?
What is this SNL-based musical comedy called?
This musical comedy movie was adapted from a pair of characters who first appeared on Saturday Night Live, and it's one of the most critically acclaimed and beloved comedy movies ever made. Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi created the characters based on their shared love of the blues and it concerns the characters trying to raise money to save the orphanage where they grew up. This is why they keep insisting they're "on a mission from God" as they get into wacky capers throughout the film. What is this musical comedy movie based on a series of SNL sketches called?
In which movie does Jim Carrey have to agree to everything?
Jim Carrey hasn't starred in many movies lately, at least not the mainstream high concept Hollywood comedies that he's used to. This is the last one of them that he made, the high concept premise being that his character is brainwashed into agreeing to every opportunity that comes his way, and it was released over a decade ago. According to IMDb, the movie was directed by Peyton Reed, who would go on to helm Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wap for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In which 2008 romantic comedy movie does Jim Carrey have to agree to absolutely everything?