10 Best Paul Rudd Movies That You Can’t Miss

My first encounter with the charismatic person of Paul Rudd was in the affable capacity of Phoebe Buffay’s rich-ass boyfriend, Mike. As I started digging into more and more comedies, an epiphanous lucidity took form: Rudd is as good as anybody. The adorable actor has been a mainstay in the genre since almost two decades now, and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. An integral part of the “golden generation” of comedians, Rudd has starred and been a part of the ensemble in innumerable comedies. His style is often abrasive and dysfunctional, something which is both appealing and self-abhorrent. The point is always not to try hard. But watching Rudd, it seems as if he isn’t even trying! Saluting this dedicated artist, we decided to conjure up a list of best Paul Rudd movies.

 

10. Dinner for Schumcks (2010)

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The movie is a remake of the classic French-version of 1998, ‘Le Diner De Cons’. Even though the film falls miles short of matching up-to he original, the likable leads do deserved commendation. The movie bases its premise on the envious and cantankerous relationship between bosses and its employees. Tim is a wary simpleton, downtrodden by his arrogant boss. When he discovers of the latter’s monthly dinner tirade, wherein the guests are the subject of ridicule and mockery of his eponymous colleagues, he is disgusted. That doesn’t last soon, and he finds the perfect guest to take. Carell plays the man in question, and oh boy, does he do it well. The chemistry between him and Rudd is one of the highlights of the film, which marks their third collaboration.

 

9. Knocked Up (2007)

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‘Knocked Up’, upfront, revolves around the characters played by Seth Rogen and Katherine Hegel. Rudd satiates in a supporting character, again playing him along familiar lines as his other characters. Ben is a carefree and irresponsible bachelor, living in a rented house with his other friends in the hopes of launching a website that identifies porn stars and something more. One fateful day, he meets Alison Scott, a successful TV anchor, who is out celebrating her promotion, and innocuously impregnates her. Rudd plays the part of Pete, the frustrated and timid husband of Alison’s sister Debbie, who is heavily involved in the former’s life. Reflecting the stereotypical image of a common-place American husband, who is tired of his everyday married life, Rudd embodies with perfection their anguish and yearning for freedom.

 

8. Anchorman (2004)

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Oh, boy. This film. If there’s something like a cult-film, ‘Anchorman’ is it. An unconventional story about the leading news crew of the town, led by the fatuous, yet charismatic and imperfectly flawed Alpha Male Ron Burgundy (Ferrel), the film is a winner all the way through. The hilarious team comprises of Brick, Brian, and Champ, each drastically different from the other and stupid in their own way. Rudd, who plays Brian Fantana, is a treat to savor on screen, with his brazen act as a self-consumed and enigmatic piece of craft. The film is cited to be one of the best comedies of the 21st Century. And we concur.

 

7. 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

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Whenever the name of this particular movie pops up, I can but think of only two things: Steve Carell’s unbridled and shameless erection, and the improvised banter between Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen. And then there is the clichéd story, told in the most alluring of fashions. Andy is, literally, a 40-year-old virgin, who works at a video store as a salesman. His posse, which is richly ethnic and surprisingly diverse, encourages him to try harder and vow to help. The culmination of which is a never-ending laughing riot, that is bound do leave you with a severe, yet pleasant stomach-ache. So grab some tissues and start the fest! (That’s what she said!)

 

6. The Object of My Affection (1998)

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I, for one, thought the film to be a perfect work of art. Relying on an unpopular yet endearing premise, of true friednship and love between people with different sexual orientations, ‘The Object of My Affection’ lays down a solid ground. Rudd plays the sensitive and caring George Hanson, a homosexual, who is best friends with a struggling friend in life, Nina (Anniston). The two are always there for each other, when one fateful day, Nina asks George to be the father of her child, whose original biological father leaves her.  The film could have been a wonder-shot, if dealt and caressed with more care. But either ways, the two ‘Friends’ do a superlative job in constructing a soulful narrative, one which we should refer to in real life as well.

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