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The Best Comedy Movies of 2012 

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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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Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

Released: 2012

Directed by: Phil Lord, Chris Miller

21 Jump Street is a 2012 American action comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, executive produced by and starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, and scripted by Michael ...more

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Mila Kunis, Mark Wahlberg, Ryan Reynolds

Released: 2012

Directed by: Seth MacFarlane

Ted is a 2012 American comedy film directed by Seth MacFarlane. The screenplay by MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild is from MacFarlane's story. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, ...more

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Will Ferrell, John Goodman, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 2012

Directed by: Jay Roach

The Campaign is a 2012 American political satire comedy film directed by Jay Roach. An incumbent Representative (Will Ferrell) embroiled in personal scandal faces a no-holds-barred challenge ...more
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Megan Fox, Anna Faris, Edward Norton

Released: 2012

Directed by: Larry Charles

The Dictator is a 2012 American comedy film co-written by and starring Sacha Baron Cohen as his fourth feature film in a leading role. The film is directed by Larry Charles, who previously ...more

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Alyson Hannigan, Neil Patrick Harris, Tara Reid

Released: 2012

Directed by: Hayden Schlossberg, Jon Hurwitz

American Reunion is a 2012 ensemble comedy film written and directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. It is the fourth installment in the American Pie theatrical series and eighth ...more

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Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith

Released: 2012

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

Men in Black 3 is a 2012 American 3D comic science fiction-action film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, and Josh Brolin. It is the third installment in the ...more

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Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow

Released: 2012

Directed by: Jason Moore

Pitch Perfect is a 2012 American musical comedy film directed by Jason Moore. Featuring an ensemble cast, including Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Ester ...more

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Silver Linings Playbook ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of 2012
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Released: 2012

Directed by: David O. Russell

Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by David O. Russell, adapted from the novel The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. The film ...more

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Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton

Released: 2012

Directed by: Wes Anderson

Moonrise Kingdom is a 2012 American film directed by Wes Anderson, written by Anderson and Roman Coppola. Described as an "eccentric pubescent love story", it features newcomers Jared ...more

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Laura Haddock, Theo James, Belinda Stewart-Wilson

Released: 2011

Directed by: Ben Palmer

The Inbetweeners Movie is a 2011 British coming-of-age comedy film based on the E4 sitcom The Inbetweeners, written by series creators Damon Beesley and Iain Morris and directed by Ben Palmer. ...more
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Ben Stiller, Willam Belli, Vince Vaughn

Released: 2012

Directed by: Akiva Schaffer

Neighborhood Watch is a 2013 comedy science fiction film directed by Akiva Schaffer
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Megan Fox, Melissa McCarthy, Paul Rudd

Released: 2012

Directed by: Judd Apatow

This Is 40 is a 2012 American spin-off comedy film written, co-produced and directed by Judd Apatow. It is a stand-alone sequel to the 2007 film Knocked Up and stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. ...more

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Liev Schreiber, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill

Released: 2011

Directed by: Michael Dowse

Goon is a 2011 Canadian-American action sports comedy-drama film directed by Michael Dowse, written by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg, and starring Seann William Scott and Liev Schreiber. The ...more

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Jimmy Kimmel, Alexis Knapp, Miles Teller

Released: 2012

Directed by: Nima Nourizadeh

Project X is a 2012 American comedy film directed by Nima Nourizadeh and written by Michael Bacall and Matt Drake based on a story by Bacall, and produced by director Todd Phillips. The film ...more

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Keira Knightley, Steve Carell, Connie Britton

Released: 2012

Directed by: Lorene Scafaria

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a 2012 comedy-drama film written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, in her directorial debut. The film stars Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. The ...more

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Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Snoop Dogg

Released: 2012

Directed by: Genndy Tartakovsky

Hotel Transylvania is a 2012 American 3D computer animated fantasy comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation. It was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of Samurai Jack, Dexter's ...more

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That's My Boy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of 2012
KingDDK added Adam Sandler, Leighton Meester, Susan Sarandon

Released: 2012

Directed by: Sean Anders

That's My Boy is a 2012 American comedy film starring Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg. The script was written by David Caspe and directed by Sean Anders. The film is about a slacker named Donny ...more

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The Perks of Being a Wal... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of 2012
BriBurke-Carroll added Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd

Released: 2012

Directed by: Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a 2012 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film, and an adaptation of the 1999 epistolary novel of the same name; it was written and directed by the novel's ...more

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ParaNorman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of 2012
Walter Graves added Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Ariel Winter

Released: 2012

Directed by: Sam Fell, Chris Butler

ParaNorman is a 2012 American 3D stop-motion animated horror comedy film produced by Laika, distributed by Focus Features and was released on August 17, 2012. It stars the voices of Kodi ...more

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Susan Sarandon, Jason Segel, Judy Greer

Released: 2011

Directed by: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass

Jeff, Who Lives at Home is an American comedy-drama film starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms, written and directed by Jay and Mark Duplass and co-starring Judy Greer and Susan Sarandon. The film ...more
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This Means War is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of 2012
wiabux added Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy, Laura Vandervoort

Released: 2012

Directed by: Joseph McGinty Nichol

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Walter Graves added Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloƫ Grace Moretz

Released: 2012

Directed by: Tim Burton

Dark Shadows is a 2012 American horror comedy film loosely based on the gothic television soap opera Dark Shadows that was broadcast between 1966 and 1971. The film was directed by Tim Burton ...more

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Olivia Peterman added Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine

Released: 2011

Directed by: Richard Linklater

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Salma Hayek, Arianny Celeste, Kevin James

Released: 2012

Directed by: Frank Coraci

Here Comes the Boom is a 2012 Action Comedy film written by Kevin James, Allan Loeb, Rock Reuben and directed by Frank Coraci.

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PeteBoyle added Colin Farrell, Olga Kurylenko, Christopher Walken

Released: 2012

Directed by: Martin McDonagh

Seven Psychopaths is a 2012 comedy film written and directed by Martin McDonagh.

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