Summer of laughs: Ranking the season’s hottest comedies

Matt Merlino, Assistant Lifestyles Editor

This summer was huge for the film industry, but aside from a few movies, comedies were slightly lacking.

I won’t lie… I watched A LOT of movies over the summer (like more than a normal person ever should). Some were awesome, while others totally sucked.

With that being said, I thought I would give my expert opinion.

1. 22 Jump Street– This movie was projected to be one of the biggest summer blockbusters and it did not disappoint. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill were absolutely hysterical, but Ice Cube also provided multiple gut busting scenes.

22 is easily the best comedy sequel I have ever seen and I could not stop laughing throughout. What I loved about the film was that it was blatantly obvious that it was the exact same movie in a different setting. Not once did they attempt the Hangover II style and act like this movie was anything different from 21.

Laugh meter: Phase 1 – The gigs (10/10)

2. Neighbors – Until I saw 22 Jump Street for the second time, this movie was at the top of my list. Seth Rogen was good, but I was a bit surprised to find myself enjoying Zac Efron’s character more.

Neighbors was just a typical Seth Rogen movie: crazy antics among friends, lots of cursing, and an obscene amount of drug usage. When I say that though, it is never a bad thing. Rogen knows what he’s good at and just does his thing.

Watching this movie with my grandma was probably one of the most awkwardly hilarious moments of my summer break.

Laugh meter: 7/10

3. ChefChef was the best movie I saw all summer. This movie flew WAY under the radar. It is listed as a comedy but it wasn’t aimed to make you laugh out loud like many of the others on this list. It was just an excellent movie with an excellent storyline.

Jon Favreau was fantastic in both of his acting and directing roles. The rest of the cast, which included Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr. and Dustin Hoffman, did not disappoint either.

The story was well written and the soundtrack was absolutely spectacular. (If you are into Latin pop, that is) If you are searching for a great movie with a feel-good attitude, look no further.

Laugh meter: 3/10

Overall rating: 8.5/10

4. A Million Ways to Die in the West – I thought for sure this movie was going to top my chart when the summer began.

Those expectations fell totally flat.

Seth MacFarlane is one of my comedy idols, so I was highly disappointed that I did not enjoy this movie. Yeah, it made me laugh, but I was never overly impressed.

For my full review of A Million Ways to Die in the West, check out

Laugh meter: 5.5/10

5. Blended – Adam Sandler has not made a good comedy since The Longest Yard, and that is coming from probably one of his biggest supporters. I had no intention of seeing this movie until I got the idea for this article.

I was pleased that I ended up seeing it.

It was one of the better movies that Sandler has done. It was nowhere near the caliber of Billy Madison or Happy Gilmore, but it was not his typical stupidity.

Overall, it was a Sandler film that moms would enjoy.

Laugh meter: 5/10

6. They Came Together – When you combine Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, you are bound to at least laugh a little bit.

Unless you don’t like either of them.

Being that this movie is a parody of romantic comedies, it does what you would expect for a parody film: A few good one-liners, but overall a bit tough to get through.

This is not a good movie by any means, but it was able to draw out a few decent laughs here and there.

Laugh meter: 5/10

7. Sex Tape – I thought this movie would be okay because I usually like Jason Segel.

I was wrong.

I guess marketing the washed up (and not so attractive) Cameron Diaz didn’t work out the way the producers had hoped. If Jennifer Lawrence or Olivia Wilde were cast for Diaz’s role, the movie would have been 10x more watchable.

This movie was said to be the “Number One Comedy in America” when it was released, but that was only because no other comedies were released that weekend.

I wasn’t expecting anything, but man, this movie was just bad.

Laugh meter: 4/10

8. Tammy – This movie was horrible. I really have nothing good to say about it. Melissa McCarthy played the same slobby character that she has become notable for.

Women led comedies just don’t produce big laughs.

Laugh meter: 3/10 (And that’s being generous)

9. Happy Christmas – This movie was not mainstream at all (#hipsterstatus).

It was also not good at all. I wasted one and a half hours watching this, and was not interested one bit. It was torturous.

The only reason I watched it is because I find Anna Kendrick extremely attractive.

Laugh meter: 2/10