With a satire that takes on two genres at once and ends up being one of the funniest and most quotable movies of the past five years, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright fused quirky romance with George Romero to bring us the world's first "RomZomCom."
Verdict: A slacker getting his life together and reclaiming the love of his life is boring, but a slacker getting his life together and reclaiming his lost love while under constant threat of being devoured by the shambling hordes of the walking dead? That's genius.
Cracked Fact: Ask any married woman: There's nothing more romantic than shooting your own zombified mother in the head with a rifle.
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Originally titled The Adventures of King Bastard and the Romulan Child , the largely unlikeable cast is saved by Hugh Grant playing a self-described "emotionally stunted a*****e." It's an amazing performance, second only to the time he put Colin Firth through a plate-glass window in Bridget Jones's Diary.
Verdict: Trust us, this one's all about how awesome Grant really is, but the scene where Marcus shuffles through school singing "Shake Ya Ass" by Mystikal might just be the funniest thing in the entire movie.
Cracked Fact: As recently as 2003, filmmakers still thought it was a good idea to end on a freeze-frame of a laughing child, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary.
Back before he traded teenage girls for Jake Gyllenhall and a scenic mountaintop view, Heath Ledger caught a break from the late '90s push to make Shakespeare hip for the kids. And since Shakespeare never wrote a story about an ugly girl suddenly becoming beautiful when she takes off her glasses, this one's already one step ahead of every other teen romance.
Verdict: Considering that it's Taming of the Shrew without the puns and set in a high school, it actually works out a lot better than you'd think-although to be fair, Julia Stiles' "I need agua!" would stand as the worse use of Spanish on film until Mind of Mencia 's debut six years later.