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 13:
13) What We Do in the Shadows (2 votes, 195 points)
Yeah, some of our clothes are from victims. You might bite someone and then you think, “Oooh, those are some nice pants!”
Chris: I’m not going to go through 100+ movies to check, but my assumption is that this is the lowest-earning film on our list. It earned just $6.9 million in the international box office, although that was still a strong return on a $1.6 million budget. Perhaps the more instructive view of What We Do in the Shadows comes from Rotten Tomatoes, where it has a 96% rating amid a slew of favorable reviews.
What We Do in the Shadows riffs on most vampire tropes by avoiding them entirely. Instead, it’s mostly about hundreds-year-old roommates sharing a home and trying to figure out all of the complexities of the 21st century. Because it’s a film within a film, we get the usual fun of camera crews following around vampires who like to bicker with each other (and what roommates don’t, really).
WWDitS is one of those picks that identifies this list as our own — I’m sure other top 25s wouldn’t touch it, and that quite a few people haven’t even seen it. But it’s very entertaining; between impossibly polite werewolves and vampire first-world problems like not being able to see how good you look in a mirror before you go to the club, there are clever homages to the genre all over the place.
Cary: What is this, and do I need to see it?
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