This is At the Buzzer’s countdown of the best 25 comedies of all-time. Our panel of 10 cast their votes, and we’re revealing the results one by one until we get to No. 1 on Tuesday, May 10.
And now, our number 19:
19) Zombieland (6 votes, 135 points)
Chris: Ah, Zombieland. From little fanfare to surprisingly strong box office receipts and critical reviews. The movie succeeds primarily on the strength of its cast — Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin just have this connection. We’re supposed to believe that over the course of their journey to the west coast, these guys become a family; with the camaraderie and rapport the characters have, that’s an easy sell.
The continued references to the rules are amusing, and I like the random old woman’s Zombie Kill of the Week bit, but the point at which I was sold on the comedy in Zombieland was the Bill Murray cameo. I love that we go from two of the characters being star-struck and hanging out with Murray in his mansion to a practical joke gone horribly wrong and an admission that Garfield might be the worst thing ever made.
There are some personal reasons why I should probably be bitter when I think back on this movie (relationship stuff, icky), but instead, it’s still one of my favorites. Is it the funniest movie on this list? Not by a long shot. But between the tight editing and the humor and the heartfelt moments, it’s one I greatly enjoy.
Cary: It’s possible that I choose to forget any movie that Michael Cera is in. It’s like…huh? What’s that? That was Jesse Eisenberg? Oh. Even more forgettable then.
Michaela: Zombieland takes the tropes of the zombie genre and turns it into a hilarious comedy, with fun, memorable characters, clever cameos, and smart writing. Zombieland makes me wish that, if the zombie apocalypse ever did happen, that people could still have fun, eat Twinkies, and go on rides like there’s no tomorrow.
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