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The Best Comedy Movies of 2012

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List RulesMovies must have been released in 2012.

The best comedy movies of 2012 kept audiences laughing as they hit the theaters throughout the year. These comedy films feature some of the best and most talented actors as well as witty writing, both of which combined to create comedic blockbusters. So grab some popcorn, sit back, and prepare to laugh your butts off with the best comedy movies of 2012.

The 2012 year in comedy movies brought us a number of original movies, adaptations, remakes and sequels. Many of the remakes and sequels got the most buzz, such as the remake of 21 Jump Street, the new installment of Men in Black III and American Reunion, which reunited the American Pie cast for one more adventure. But there were also plenty of original movies and adaptations that entertained viewers all year long.

Butter introduced the highly competitive world of butter sculpting, Friends with Kids showed us a different side of parenting, and For a Good Time, Call... allowed us to live vicariously through two phone sex operators. 2012 also brought us a bevy of hilarious characters such as Ted, a foul-mouthed teddy bear, The Dictator, the latest personality from Sacha Baron Cohen, and the five very different women of What to Expect When You're Expecting.

These comedy films are just a handful of those released in 2012 but highlight the funniest movies of the year. Think one movie is better than the rest? Want to add something not already listed or put this list in your own order? Do all of that and more below on this list of the best 2012 comedy movies.

Be sure to also check out the All-Time Best Comedies, The Best Romantic Comedies, and The Best Stand Up Comedy Movies on Netflix Instant, The Best Comedy Films on Amazon Prime, and the Best Comedy Movies on Netflix Instant
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    American Reunion
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    American Reunion

    Alyson Hannigan, Neil Patrick Harris

    Released2012

    Directed byHayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz

    American Reunion is a 2012 ensemble comedy film written and directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    21 Jump Street
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    21 Jump Street

    Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum

    Released2012

    Directed byPhil Lord, Chris Miller

    21 Jump Street is a 2012 American action comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Men in Black 3
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    Men in Black 3

    Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber

    Released2012

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

    Men in Black 3 is a 2012 American 3D comic science fiction-action film directed by Barry... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Ted
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    Ted

    Mila Kunis, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2012

    Directed bySeth MacFarlane

    Ted is a 2012 American comedy film directed by Seth MacFarlane. The screenplay by MacFarlane,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    This is 40
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    This is 40

    Megan Fox, Melissa McCarthy

    Released2012

    Directed byJudd Apatow

    This Is 40 is a 2012 American spin-off comedy film written, co-produced and directed by Judd... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
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    Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

    Keira Knightley, Steve Carell

    Released2012

    Directed byLorene Scafaria

    Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a 2012 comedy-drama film written and directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    ParaNorman
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    ParaNorman

    Anna Kendrick, John Goodman

    Released2012

    Directed bySam Fell, Chris Butler

    ParaNorman is a 2012 American 3D stop-motion animated horror comedy film produced by Laika,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Bernie
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    Bernie

    Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black

    Released2011

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Bernie is a 2011 black comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, and written by Linklater and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    The Dictator
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    The Dictator

    Megan Fox, Anna Faris

    Released2012

    Directed byLarry Charles

    The Dictator is a 2012 American comedy film co-written by and starring Sacha Baron Cohen as... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Campaign
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    The Campaign

    Will Ferrell, John Goodman

    Released2012

    Directed byJay Roach

    The Campaign is a 2012 American political satire comedy film directed by Jay Roach. An... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    The Three Stooges
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    The Three Stooges

    Kate Upton, Sofía Vergara

    Released2012

    Directed byPeter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

    The Three Stooges, also known as The Three Stooges: The Movie, is a 2012 slapstick comedy film... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    What to Expect When You're Expecting
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    What to Expect When You're Expecting

    Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz

    Released2012

    Directed byKirk Jones

    What to Expect When You're Expecting is a 2012 American comedy-drama film directed by Kirk... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Silver Linings Playbook
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    Silver Linings Playbook

    Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro

    Released2012

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

    Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    The Inbetweeners Movie
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    The Inbetweeners Movie

    Laura Haddock, Theo James

    Released2011

    Directed byBen Palmer

    The Inbetweeners Movie is a 2011 British coming-of-age comedy film based on the E4 sitcom The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Friends with Kids
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    Friends with Kids

    Megan Fox, Jon Hamm

    Released2011

    Directed byJennifer Westfeldt

    Friends with Kids is a 2011 independent American ensemble romantic comedy that was written,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Moonrise Kingdom
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    Moonrise Kingdom

    Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

    Released2012

    Directed byWes Anderson

    Moonrise Kingdom is a 2012 American film directed by Wes Anderson, written by Anderson and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Wanderlust
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    Wanderlust

    Jennifer Aniston, Malin Åkerman

    Released2012

    Directed byDavid Wain

    Wanderlust is a 2012 American comedy film directed by David Wain, starring Jennifer Aniston... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Goon
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    Goon

    Liev Schreiber, Jay Baruchel

    Released2011

    Directed byMichael Dowse

    Goon is a 2011 Canadian-American action sports comedy-drama film directed by Michael Dowse,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    The Watch
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    The Watch

    Ben Stiller, Willam Belli

    Released2012

    Directed byAkiva Schaffer

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    Hotel Transylvania
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    Hotel Transylvania

    Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler

    Released2012

    Directed byGenndy Tartakovsky

    Hotel Transylvania is a 2012 American 3D computer animated fantasy comedy film produced by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev

    Released2012

    Directed byStephen Chbosky

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a 2012 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film, and an... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 22
    Jeff, Who Lives at Home
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    Jeff, Who Lives at Home

    Susan Sarandon, Jason Segel

    Released2011

    Directed byMark Duplass, Jay Duplass

    Jeff, Who Lives at Home is an American comedy-drama film starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    That's My Boy
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    That's My Boy

    Adam Sandler, Leighton Meester

    Released2012

    Directed bySean Anders

    That's My Boy is a 2012 American comedy film starring Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Seven Psychopaths
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    Seven Psychopaths

    Colin Farrell, Olga Kurylenko

    Released2012

    Directed byMartin McDonagh

    Seven Psychopaths is a 2012 comedy film written and directed by Martin McDonagh.Amazon buy button
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    Pitch Perfect
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    Pitch Perfect

    Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2012

    Directed byJason Moore

    Pitch Perfect is a 2012 American musical comedy film directed by Jason Moore. Featuring an... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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