The Top 5 Paul Rudd Movies

This weekend is the last weekend of the summer movie season and based on the previews only one of the three major movies coming out has any chance of being good. That movie is Our Idiot Brother starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, and Zooey Deschanel. The preview has some funny moments and it looks far better than Colombiana and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. So in honor of this film I am going to take a look at the five best movies of Paul Rudd’s career.


5. I Love You, Man (2009)-

This is actually the only movie on this list where Paul Rudd plays a leading man, but he knocks it out of the park in this wonderful twist on the romantic comedy. In this film we get a very socially awkward character for Rudd who is engaged and realizes that he doesn’t really have anyone to be his best man. This causes him to go on a series of man-dates (gentlemen you know you love them). He eventually meets Jason Segel who he ca clearly see is the right guy for him. The great writing and acting we see develop in the two leads makes for one of the funniest movies in recent memory.


4. Knocked Up (2007)-

Paul Rudd is the perfect supporting man for any type of comedy as he proved with this Judd Apatow hit. He plays Katherine Heigl’s brother in law and friend to Seth Rogen. Rudd has a wonderful on screen chemistry with Leslie Mann as they portray a marriage failing without love. They eventually pick up the pieces and sort things out, but not until after a wild trip to Vegas involving shrooms and Cirque Du Soleil.



3. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)-

Paul Rudd has a very small role in this movie, but he has many of the stand-out moments from the film. He plays a surfing instructor in Hawaii and tries to teach a depressed Jason Segel how to surf. The results are pretty hysterical. Then there’s the moment he finds a bleeding Russel Brand on the beach and claims he can’t do anything and proceeds to imitate his accent. Rudd looked like he was having a great time playing this character but as a whole this movie is fantastic and definitely one of the best comedies of the last decade.


2. The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)-

Here is another movie where Paul Rudd’s supporting role is one of the best parts of the movie. Rudd’s character here is trying to help Steve Carell get laid for the first time but he is also having girl problems of his own. The scene where they meet at the speed-dating event is brilliant as we see just how crazy Rudd might be. What happens after is a hilarious downward spiral with Rudd filming his private parts on all of the TV screens at the electronics store he works at. Genius.


1. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)-

“It works 60% of the time, every time.” Every character in Anchorman is iconic at this point. All the major characters are now superstars. Paul Rudd wouldn’t be nearly as famous if it wasn’t for Anchorman. No movie form the last decade delivers laughs as consistently as this one does. It will go down as a classic for generations to come.



Anyone annoyed I left off Role Models? Do you think Our Idiot Brother could have a place on this list? Just know that I wrote this article despite the massive earthquake (by massive I mean my house shook a teeny bit) that ravaged the East Coast but moments ago! So if you want to relive the earthquake just read this article.


~ by mattsmoviethoughts on August 23, 2011.

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