Ted was the biggest surprise of the year for me. I just didn’t expect to love a live-action movie that involved a talking teddy bear. Boy was I wrong. The plot is familiar and even cliche, but Seth MacFarlane delivers the goods. This movie is gut-bursting funny from the get go, and that’s all I ask for from a movie by the Family Guy creator.
4. Safety Not Guaranteed
Safety Not Guaranteed is another delightful indie. It tells the story of three journalists who go on a mission to find a mysterious guy who believes he can travel in time. Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass play the romantic leads, and before you point out the age difference (something I did too), let me just say that they win you over with their charming performances. The film’s finale is also worth pointing out – it’s so surprising you’re going to want to watch again.
3. Pitch Perfect
I walked into Pitch Perfect expecting to hate it. I literally sat in the theater, with my arms crossed and a grumpy face. I saw the trailer and automatically wrote it off as another cheesy musical. But once the movie started, I just couldn’t keep from laughing, I tried, I really did, but Rebel Wilson’s charm won me over. Now I am her faithful servant. Also, for those of you who might be skeptical like I was, Pitch Perfect is not a regular musical. The characters never sing their feelings. This isn’t a Glee knock-off. The music is just there for fun.
2. This Is 40
Like I mentioned before – I want a comedy to make me laugh. That’s the most important thing for me. The story comes after. Judd Apatow’s This Is 40 is LOL hilarious. There’s tons of jokes, funny pop cultural references and hilarious one-liners. There’s also great cameos and a sidesplitting performance by Melissa McCarthy. Heck, even Megan Fox is amusing. This Is 40 is not as funny and focused as Knocked Up, but Apatow still delivers the laughs.
1. Moonrise Kingdom
Moonrise Kingdom is a fascinating coming-of-age movie. Wes Anderson‘s latest tells the story of the young love between two eccentric teenagers who decide to be runaways together. This precious film is held together by Wes Anderson’s charming visual style and some very strong performances. This quirky comedy is a soon-to-be classic.