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The Best Comedies of 2020, Ranked by Tomatometer

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From rom-coms to coming-of-age stories to straight up joke machines, we’ve collected all the Fresh and Certified Fresh comedies with at least 20 reviews to create our guide to the best comedies of 2020, ranked by Tomatometer.

We’ve mashed together all the comedy styles, including romantic comedies (The Lovebirds, Happiest Season), comedy-dramas (On the Rocks, Yes, God, Yes), coming-of-age tales (How to Build a Girl), road trips (Come As You Are, The Trip to Greece), and genre mixers (Kajillionaire, Get Duked!, Save Yourselves!). And, of course, there are the comedies that go straight for the jokes: Eurovision Song Contest, Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm, Bill & Ted Face the Music.

If you needed a laugh in 2020, these were the best comedies of the year to watch.


Adjusted Score: 73767%

Critics Consensus: If the breezily enjoyable The Lovebirds feels like a little less than the sum of its parts, it's still an enjoyable showcase for the talents of its well-matched stars.

Synopsis: Accused of murder, a desperate couple embark on a dangerous quest to solve the mystery and clear their names.... [More]

Starring:Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae, Paul Sparks, Anna Camp

Directed By:Michael Showalter


Adjusted Score: 79609%

Critics Consensus:The High Note doesn't quite soar above rom-com formula, but audiences seeking some comfort viewing should find themselves solidly in harmony with this well-acted genre entry.

Synopsis: Maggie is the overworked personal assistant to Grace Davis, a superstar singer whose talent and ego have reached unbelievable heights.... [More]

Starring:Dakota Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Ice Cube

Directed By:Nisha Ganatra


Adjusted Score: 68239%

Critics Consensus:Stargirl's feel-good story hits familiar coming-of-age beats, but self-assured performances and an earnest mission worn proudly make it a tune worth listening to.

Synopsis: An unassuming high school student finds himself inexplicably drawn to the free-spirited new girl whose unconventional ways change how they... [More]

Starring:Grace VanderWaal, Graham Verchere, Giancarlo Esposito, Maximiliano Hernandez

Directed By:Julia Hart


Adjusted Score: 80261%

Critics Consensus:An American Pickle lacks the tart snap viewers might expect given its creative premise, but Seth Rogen's dual performance makes this a low-key comedy to relish.

Synopsis: Preserved in pickle brine for 100 years, an Orthodox Jewish factory worker wakes up in New York City and tracks... [More]

Starring:Seth Rogen, Sarah Snook, Jorma Taccone, Sean Whalen

Directed By:Brandon Trost


Adjusted Score: 89063%

Critics Consensus:The King of Staten Island's uncertain tone and indulgent length blunt this coming-of-age dramedy's ability to find itself, but Pete Davidson's soulful performance holds it together.

Synopsis: An aimless slacker dreams of becoming a tattoo artist while living with his mother and hanging out with his friends... [More]

Starring:Pete Davidson, Marisa Tomei, Bill Burr, Bel Powley

Directed By:Judd Apatow


Adjusted Score: 79094%

Critics Consensus:Eternal Beauty deals unevenly yet honorably with complicated themes, elevated by strong work from the ever-reliable Sally Hawkins and David Thewlis.

Synopsis: After Jane falls into a state of despair over her schizophrenia, she encounters new sources of love and life with... [More]

Starring:Sally Hawkins, David Thewlis, Billie Piper, Penelope Wilton

Directed By:Craig Roberts


Adjusted Score: 81094%

Critics Consensus: This late-capitalism comedy is undeniably uneven, but Zoey Deutch's effervescent performance gives Buffaloed wings.

Synopsis: A woman is desperate to escape her life in Buffalo and finds a way by becoming a debt collector.... [More]

Starring:Zoey Deutch, Judy Greer, Jai Courtney, Noah Reid

Directed By:Tanya Wexler


Adjusted Score: 82660%

Critics Consensus:Uncle Frank finds writer-director Alan Ball still untangling the modern American family dynamic, aided by standout work from Paul Bettany and Sophia Lillis.

Synopsis: In 1973, teenaged Beth Bledsoe (Sophia Lillis) leaves her rural Southern hometown to study at New York University where her... [More]

Starring:Paul Bettany, Sophia Lillis, Peter Macdissi, Steve Zahn

Directed By:Alan Ball


Adjusted Score: 86583%

Critics Consensus: A low-key charmer led by Adam Brody's sharp performance, The Kid Detective uncovers dark comedy in a story of unfulfilled childhood potential.

Synopsis: A once-celebrated kid detective, now 31, continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bouts of self-pity. But... [More]

Starring:Adam Brody, Sophie Nélisse, Sarah Sutherland, Wendy Crewson

Directed By:Evan Morgan


Adjusted Score: 91534%

Critics Consensus: A jolly good time with heartfelt performances and more than enough holiday cheer, all you'll want for Christmas is Happiest Season.

Synopsis: This romantic comedy is about longtime lesbian couple Abby (Kristen Stewart) and Harper (Mackenzie Davis), who made plans to go... [More]

Starring:Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Mary Steenburgen, Victor Garber

Directed By:Clea DuVall


Adjusted Score: 88626%

Critics Consensus: Funny, heartfelt, and brought to life by a smartly assembled ensemble, Big Time Adolescence finds fresh pleasures in the crowded coming-of-age genre.

Synopsis: A drug-dealing college dropout becomes a mentor to his best friend -- a straight-laced teen who idolizes him.... [More]

Starring:Pete Davidson, Griffin Gluck, Jon Cryer, Oona Laurence

Directed By:Jason Orley


Adjusted Score: 99355%

Critics Consensus:On the Rocks isn't as potent as its top-shelf ingredients might suggest, but the end result still goes down easy -- and offers high proof of Bill Murray's finely aged charm.

Synopsis: A New York woman and her impulsive, larger-than-life father try to find out if her husband is having an affair.... [More]

Starring:Bill Murray, Rashida Jones, Marlon Wayans, Jessica Henwick

Directed By:Sofia Coppola


Adjusted Score: 100965%

Critics Consensus:Borat Subsequent Moviefilm proves Sacha Baron Cohen's comedic creation remains a sharp tool for exposing the most misguided -- or utterly repugnant -- corners of American culture.

Synopsis: Released from prison for bringing shame to his country, Kazakh funnyman Borat risks life and limb when he returns to... [More]

Starring:Sacha Baron Cohen, Maria Bakalova

Directed By:Jason Woliner


Adjusted Score: 84791%

Critics Consensus: A fun, fast paced film for all, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made celebrates the power of imagination with a delightful sense of humor and just the right amount of bears.

Synopsis: ... [More]

Starring:Winslow Fegley

Directed By:Tom McCarthy


Adjusted Score: 91442%

Critics Consensus: The rare comedy thriller that's funny as well as thrilling, Get Duked! marks writer-director Ninian Doff as a filmmaker with a bright future.

Synopsis: A camping trip in the Scottish Highlands turns into a fight for survival when four teens become the target of... [More]

Starring:Eddie Izzard, Kate Dickie, Kevin Guthrie, Jonathan Aris

Directed By:Ninian Doff


Adjusted Score: 99313%

Critics Consensus: Other adaptations may do a better job of consistently capturing the spirit of the classic source material, but Jane Austen fans should still find a solid match in this Emma.

Synopsis: Beautiful, smart and wealthy, Emma Woodhouse navigates her way through misguided matches, romantic missteps and the challenges of growing up... [More]

Starring:Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, Mia Goth

Directed By:Autumn de Wilde


Adjusted Score: 90046%

Critics Consensus:Banana Split serves up a sweet comedic dish that serves as a delightful calling card for co-writer and star Hannah Marks.

Synopsis: After a messy break-up with her high school boyfriend, April strikes up an unexpected friendship with his new girlfriend, Clara.... [More]

Starring:Hannah Marks, Liana Liberato, Dylan Sprouse, Jacob Batalon

Directed By:Benjamin Kasulke


Adjusted Score: 99530%

Critics Consensus: Whether you see Kajillionaire as refreshingly unique or simply bizarre will depend on your cinematic adventurousness -- and fans of writer-director Miranda July wouldn't have it any other way.

Synopsis: Two con artists have spent 26 years training their only daughter to swindle, scam and steal at every turn. During... [More]

Starring:Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez, Richard Jenkins, Debra Winger

Directed By:Miranda July


Adjusted Score: 96087%

Critics Consensus:Come As You Are approaches sensitive subjects with heart and humor, taking audiences on a thoroughly entertaining road trip to a crowd-pleasing destination.

Synopsis: A traveling nurse takes three disabled men on a road trip to Montreal so they can lose their virginity at... [More]

Starring:Grant Rosenmeyer, Hayden Szeto, Ravi Patel, Gabourey Sidibe

Directed By:Richard Wong


Adjusted Score: 98072%

Critics Consensus: Natalia Dyer's charming performance -- and writer-director Karen Maine's sensitive work -- will leave audiences saying Yes, God, Yes to this coming-of-age dramedy.

Synopsis: A Catholic girl finds herself having tempting thoughts after an AOL chat turns unexpectedly racy.... [More]

Starring:Natalia Dyer, Christian Adam, Susan Blackwell, Alisha Boe

Directed By:Karen Maine


Adjusted Score: 100593%

Critics Consensus: Anchored by an outstanding Hugh Jackman, Bad Education finds absurd laughs -- and a worthy message -- in the aftermath of a real-life scandal.

Synopsis: A Long Island school superintendent and his assistant are credited with bringing the district unprecedented prestige. Frank is a master... [More]

Starring:Allison Janney, Hugh Jackman, Kathrine Narducci, Geraldine Viswanathan

Directed By:Cory Finley


Adjusted Score: 106600%

Critics Consensus: Strong performances, assured direction, and a refreshingly original concept make Palm Springs a romcom that's easy to fall in love with.

Synopsis: Stuck in a time loop, two wedding guests develop a budding romance while living the same day over and over... [More]

Starring:Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons, Meredith Hagner

Directed By:Max Barbakow


Adjusted Score: 101710%

Critics Consensus: For viewers in search of an uncommonly smart, tender, and funny coming-of-age story, The Half of It has everything.

Synopsis: A shy, introverted student helps the school jock woo a girl whom, secretly, they both want.... [More]

Starring:Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer, Alexxis Lemire, Enrique Murciano

Directed By:Alice Wu


Adjusted Score: 98605%

Critics Consensus: A dark teen comedy with an explosive twist, Spontaneous reaffirms Katherine Langford as a rising star -- and marks debuting director Brian Duffield as a filmmaker to watch.

Synopsis: When students in their high school inexplicably start to explode, seniors Mara and Dylan struggle to survive in a world... [More]

Starring:Katherine Langford, Charlie Plummer, Yvonne Orji, Hayley Law

Directed By:Brian Duffield


Adjusted Score: 104276%

Critics Consensus:The Forty-Year-Old Version opens a compelling window into the ebbs and flows of the artist's life -- and announces writer-director-star Radha Blank as a major filmmaking talent with her feature debut.

Synopsis: A struggling New York City playwright finds inspiration by reinventing herself as a rapper.... [More]

Starring:Welker White, Reed Birney, Radha Blank, Peter Y. Kim

Directed By:Radha Blank


In a time where we could all use a bit of kindness and healing, laughter is the best medicine. Song, in our opinion is a close second. Thus, we give you the rundown of the best comedies and musicals from this year's slate of films. (Which, by the way, has yielded many excellent movies.) And now that we're nearing the end of the year, there are a handful of features that you can tune into tonight from home, if you so wish. Comedic relief is just waiting in the wings. And it may or may not include Venom. Just sayin'.

Has To All The Boys: Always and Forever burst your heart yet? How about something that'll make you cry laughing tears, like Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar? (Seriously: Kristen Wiig makes everything better. So does Jamie Dornan. Trust us.) If you're a little tougher to crack, the rest of this year's slate has been pretty damn good. We got an adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's In The Heights. Plus, a Miranda-made animated musical, if that's not enough LMM for you. Whatever you're into, you'll find something to look forward to here with our list of the best comedies and musicals of 2021.

Red Rocket

One of the year's best film surprises, Red Rocket tells the story of a down-on-his-luck porn star who returns to his hometown. Antics ensue. Plus, in what you can always expect from Sean Baker's work (he previously directed The Florida Project and Tangerine), a ton of heart.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Venom? A comedy? Yep. A dark (like, very dark) comedy, but still, Venom: Let There Be Carnage was most definitely written to make you spit popcorn out of your mouth, cackling. We'll never get tired of Eddie and Venom's love affair, which included the symbiote kindly making breakfast for his host.

Dear Evan Hansen

Sure, Dear Evan Hansen wasn't a perfect film, and it didn't quite live up to the level of success it aimed for. But we'll hang with Amy Adams and sing a couple tunes with Ben Platt any day.


Luca is 2021's newest entry into the sweet comedy canon. An animated film suitable for the whole family, Luca follows a boy of the same name on a Mediterranean adventure. There, he meets Alberto, a new friend with whom he discovers a shocking surprise—when the two are in water, they become mermaids. Mermen? Merboys? No matter the term, the sweet film about friendship is one of the lightest and friendliest movies of the year.

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Bad Trip

Sure, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm took a bit of hype away from Eric Andre's Bad Trip in terms of being a once-in-a-generation comedy of the hidden-camera variety. Still, it's a mistake to sleep on this, which features the most chaotic first 30 minutes of a film you may ever see.

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Thunder Force

Ben Falcone is... well, he's a taste. Whether you like his style or not, there's one thing he can't be faulted for: giving us Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy in a superhero film. Silly from start to finish, it's nice to see two of the biggest movie stars of our time let loose and have fun doing something a little out of character. And kicking ass while they do it.

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Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, a delightful romp of a vacation comedy, deserved a summed theatrical run right in that early-July sweet spot. Still, don't let the opportunity for nearly two hours with Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo go to waste.

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To All The Boys: Always and Forever

If you, reader, don't have a soft spot for Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky in your beating little heart, then I don't know what to say. The third installment in the To All The Boys trilogy is as hilarious as it is heartwarming. Lara Jean and Peter find their song, too! C'mon. They find their song.

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Coming 2 America

Nothing like a brief 33 years between an original and a sequel, right? Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall have reunited on the big screen for Coming 2 America, which shows us what Prince Akeem Joffer has been up to all these years.

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Puppies beware when Disney revamped the 101 Dalmatians story with Emma Stone in the two-toned villainous role.

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I Care a Lot

I Care a Lot doesn't particularly read as a comedy at first, but it's a dark and twisty as they come with a hell of a lot of comedic moments baked into it. Rosamund Pike plays a pitch-perfect maniac whose sociopathic nature fuels her larger plan to con old people out of their fortunes. But she picks the wrong target when she plucks a woman out of obscurity who just so happens to have ties to the Russian mob.

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Free Guy

Ryan Reynolds's action-comedy about a man caught in the throes of, you know, being caught in a video game universe he doesn't control was supposed to initially have a 2020 release. He was trapped a bit longer than expected, but come 2021, he's officially Free Guy. Thanks, we're here all night.


Who wants to see Lin-Manuel Miranda voice a singing kinkajou? You want to see Lin-Manuel Miranda voice a singing kinkajou. Vivo will see Miranda get into the animated-movie-musical game with an original soundtrack and a cast that includes—wait for it—Gloria Estefan.

In The Heights

Lin Manuel Miranda’s first massively successful musical is finally getting the movie treatment. Set in New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood, the movie-musical covering three days in the Dominican-American community that was supposed to be released last year had a solid summer debut this June.

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Space Jam: A New Legacy

Space Jam: A New Legacy followed a similar format to the first, but instead of MJ, LeBron James stepped in to work his way through the world of Bugs Bunny and friends.

Together Together

We're still not quite sure how Together Together—which follows a man who develops a relationship with a gestational surrogatefell under the radar, but the dramedy sees Ed Helms give his best performance in years.

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Jungle Cruise

Don't let anyone tell you that the age of themovie star is over quite yet, when we have Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt whirling around boats in old-timey clothes under the Disney banner.

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Led by the always dry-witted Joel McHale, Happily tells the story of a (very) merry-go-lucky couple who find themselves the envy of their friends. Then a dead body shows up. Time to press play.

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We could all benefit from a little extra laughter these days because 2020 was, well, you know, very 2020. The good news is that despite Covid-related production delays, 2021 is not disappointing when it comes to new funny movies. Anticipated films like Cruella and Space Jam: A New Legacy that were once delayed due to the pandemic are finally getting their chance in the sun. Even better, you can catch these films online or, if you're lucky, in a theater near you. Whether you’re laughing out loud at the ridiculousness that is Kristin Wiig's Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar or you find yourself relating to the embarrassing moments in To All the Boys: Always and Forever, the variety of comedies this year are off to a great start. Here, we've compiled a list of the best comedies of 2021 so far. Check them out and be prepared to laugh your pants off.

1Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

This new Kristin Wiig film will be sure to make you LOL. The movie begins when to women, Barb and Star, decide to leave their Midwestern homes for the first time. Watch this outlandish comedy unfold as the two find themselves falling in love while getting tangled up in an evil villains plan to kill everyone in the town.

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2Thunder Force

Thunder Force has arrived and they are not your typical heroes. After childhood best friends Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer reunite, they hit the streets as a crime fighting duo when one develops a formula that can give ordinary people superpowers.

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3Bad Trip

Are you a prankster looking for some inspiration or just a good laugh? Join Eric Andre on his Bad Trip and watch as he travels across America in this extravagant expression of practical comedy. With a mix a scripted comedy and hidden camera pranks Bad Trip is guaranteed to have you on the floor laughing.

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4To All The Boys: Always and Forever

Laura-Jean and Peter have returned to our screens once more. This time, though, your favorite couple is tasked with planning their future. Watch as the two try to navigate the final days of high and choosing the right college. Will they spend the next four years together?

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5Tom and Jerry

The iconic animated duo is coming at you live. When Jerry Mouse takes refugee in the Royal Gate hotel Tom Cat teams up with Kayla an employee to drive him away. Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, the two must work together to exterminate Jerry before the day of a big wedding arrives.

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6Plan B

The race is on! Straight -laced high school student Sunny and her slacker best friend Lupe only have 24 hours to hunt down a Plan B pill in America's heartland after a regrettable first sexual encounter. Will they secure the pill they need before the clock runs out? Only time will tell.

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We finally learn the story behind the infamous Cruella De vil in Disney's Cruella. A young Estella has dreams of becoming a fashion designer and when she finally gets her chance to work with fashion legend Baroness von Hellmanshe begins to embrace her wicked side as Cruella when she learns an ugly truth.

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8Coming 2 America

The long awaited sequel to one of Eddie Murphy most iconic movies finally here. Coming 2 America picks up right where the original left off following the African monarch Akeem must return to America after learning that he has a long-lost son in the United States.

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9Raya and the Last Dragon

From the people that gave you Elsa and Mona, I introduce you to Raya. Starring the always hilarious Awkwafina, Raya a lone warrior must track down the last dragon in order to restore peace in her land.

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10The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run

The beloved underwater duo has returned and this time they are in for one epic adventure. After Gray has been taken by Poseidon Spongebob and Patrick find themselves in the mystical land of Atlantic City on a mission to save Gary.

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If you are looking for some girl power this movie is the one for you. Fed up with the sexist and toxic status quo at her high school, Vivian, a shy 16-year-old, anonymously publishes a zin after finding inspiration from her mother’s rebellious pas. This sparks a school-wide, coming-of-rage revolution.

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Is dark comedy your thing? If so the newest from Joel Hale might be your new favorite movie. After their friends get fed up with their seemingly perfect relationship the happy couple gets a visit from a stranger which leads to a dead body and a lot of questions.

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13Ghostbusters: Afterlife

After numerous delays due to COVID-19 Ghostbusters: Afterlife is finally being released and will leave you nostalgic for the original. Starring Finn Wolfhard and Paul Rudd, watch as a small family discovers their connection to the original Ghostbusters.

Release Date: November 11th

14Space Jam; A New Legacy

LeBron James steps off the court to take his shot on the big screen. The movie follows the superstar and his son after they get trapped in digital space. In order to make it home safely LeBron must team up with looney tunes gang to win against the AI's digitized champions of the court in a high-stakes basketball game.

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From twitter to a major movie this story is based off the real life events that Zola, a Detroit waitress graced the internet with in 2015 twitter thread. The movie follows Zola as she starts a new friendship with a customer who seduces her into joining in a weekend of dancing and partying in Florida. What seems like a glamorous full of adventure quickly becomes a 48 hour bender filled with wild shenanigans.

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16The Map of Tiny Perfect Things

In a groundhog day type fashion this rom-com follows two teens as the live the same day over and over. Their love story begins when they set out to collect all the little things that make this one day perfect. Watch as they determine whether or not to escape their never ending day.

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17The French Exit

Skipping town in style is no easy feat. After her inheritance starts to run dry Michelle Pfeiffer and her son Lucas Hedges flea the city to a small apartment in Paris with their cat.

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18Yes Day

Ever wonder what a day without "No" would be like? Watch as these parents decide to say yes to their kids craziest request with just a few ground rules they are guaranteed a day of fun and adventure.

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19I Care A Lot

If someone says, "I care a lot" do you trust them? This thriller follows a crooked legal guardian who drains the savings of her elderly wards until one day her con scheme is threaten when a woman she tries swindle turns out to be from a well connected family.

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20Free Guy

From the creators who brought you Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds is back as a bank teller called Guy in a film unlike any other. Set in a video game the story begins when Guy realizes he is a background character in an open world video game called Free City that will soon go offline.

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21Spider-Man No Way Home

Marvel is not given enough credit for some of the one liners these heroes say. The Spider-ManMovies are no different with one Mr. Tom Holland delivering them. Catch the latest installment this winter.

Release Date: December 17

22The French Dispatch

I'll watch Chalamet in anything and this film has been long awaited. The newest project from Wes Anderson has a star studded lineup France.

Release date: October 16, 2020

23The Addams Family 2

The most aberrant family is back. Watch what wacky adventures the Addams Family gets up to in the sequel to the 2019 animated film, The Addams Family.

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24The Boss Baby 2: Family Business

As adults the Templeton brothers have drifted away from each other. When they take a magical formula that transforms them into babies for 48 hours they are force to spend time together which inspires a family business.

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This coming-of-age movie follows Luca as he embarks on the best summer yet. Watch as he and his friend Alberto enjoy ice cream and moped rides in costal Italy but all the fun his threaten by one secret: they are sea monsters from another world.

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26Sing 2

Buster Moon is a can-do kind of guy. When he and his all-star cast of animal performers set out to launch the most dazzling on-stage performance, they must convince the world's biggest rock star to come out of hiding and join them.

Release Date: December 22, 2021

27Afterlife of the Party

Cassie is a social butterfly who loves a good party. After a freak accident during her birthday week, she dies and is given a second chance to right her wrongs on earth.

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The 33 Best Comedies on Netflix Right Now (October 2021)

By Collider StaffUpdated


Need a laugh?

So you’re browsing through Netflix, looking for something to watch, but you’re in the mood for something light. Netflix’s massive library can be intimidating, especially when you’re looking for a good comedy amidst a sea of subpar entries in the genre. Not to fear, though, because we here at Collider have you covered. Below, we’ve curated a list of the very best comedies on Netflix right now. We’ve got everything from silly buddy comedies, big splashy commercial comedies, more esoteric indies, and even a couple of films that toe the line between comedy and drama. Surely you’ll find something to your liking, so scroll through our list of the best comedies on Netflix below and find that perfect pick.

Editor's note: This article was last updated on October 12th to add Step Brothers

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Step Brothers

Director: Adam McKay

Writers: Adam McKay, Will Ferrell

Cast: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Richard Jenkins, Mary Steenburgen, Adam Scott

Even if you've somehow never seen Step Brothers, there's still a good chance you can quote at least 65% of Step Brothers. This film is on the Quotable Comedy Mt. Rushmore. At any given time, a quarter of the Earth's population is saying the words "I used to smoke pot with John Hopkins." [citation needed] There's a reason for that. This is the tale of two grown men, Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell) and Dale Doback (John C Reilly), who become step-brothers, then mortal enemies, then inseparable friends, and, finally, a jaw-droppingly beautiful drum-and-opera-singing musical duo. But it's also the absolute peak of a few familiar things, from the Man-Child sub-genre to Will Ferrell as comedy's biggest star and Adam McKay as exclusively a comedy director, and beyond. Why try and re-create perfection? --Vinnie Mancuso

The Babysitter

Director: McG

Writer: Brian Duffield

Cast: Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Hana Mae Lee, Andrew Bachelor

If you want a bit of blood, guts, and gore mixed in with your laughs, look no further than The Babysitter, director McG's black comedy-horror from writer Brian Duffield (Spontaneous). Pre-teen misfit Cole (Judah Lewis) is looking forward to a night with his babysitter, Bee (Samara Weaving), but things take a turn for the demonic when Cole accidentally discovers that Bee and the crew of high schoolers she's invited over—Max (Robbie Amell), Allison (Bella Thorne), Sonya (Hana Mae Lee), and John (Andrew Bachelor)—are, in fact, a devil-worshipping cult hellbent on human sacrifice. This movie is absolute mayhem in its purest form, but there's actually a really sweet beating heart at its center, even if you have to cut through a few layers of skin to see it. --Vinnie Mancuso

Tommy Boy

Director: Peter Segal

Writers: Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner

Cast: Chris Farley, David Space, Rob Lowe, Brian Dennehy

Tommy Boy is about a goofy slacker hitting the road to sell brake pads in order to keep his beloved late father's auto parts company afloat, but it could have been about anything. Director Peter Segal's buddy road-trip movie is really just an excuse to watch Chris Farley do what he did best, tossing his hefty frame across the set and giving 110% at every single moment to put as much joy on to screen as possible. And man, it works; there's a reason Tommy Boy catapulted Farley from everyone's favorite Saturday Night Live cast member to everyone's favorite human being. And while that does, of course, mean Tommy Boy is very, very funny, Farley's inimitable presence also ensures it's just deeply sweet and life-affirming as well. --Vinnie Mancuso

Mystery Men

Director: Kinka Usher

Writer: Neil Cuthbert

Cast: Ben Stiller, William H Macy, Hank Azaria, Janeane Garofalo, Paul Rueben, Kel Mitchell, Geoffrey Rush

Ten years before superhero movies fully took over Hollywood, director Kinka Usher and an ensemble cast of some of the best bit player of all time debuted a comic book comedy send-up, Mystery Men, and it was a...complete and total box office bomb. But like most works of staggering genius, it just took a while for Mystery Men to get recognized as a deeply strange, genuinely funny capes-and-costumes pre-2000s gem. The extremely unsuccessful superhero trio of the rage-fueled Mr. Furious (Ben Stiller), the garden tool-wielding Shoveler (William H. Macy), and utensil-throwing Blue Raja (Hank Azaria) are having trouble recruiting when madman Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush) captures the Earth's mightiest hero, Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear). Bringing aboard the likes of the Bowler (Janeane Garofalo), the Spleen (Paul Ruebens), and Invisible Boy (Kel Mitchell), the Z-tier crew of disrespected heroes is tasked with saving not only Amazing, but the entire world. The scenery gets chewed to pieces across this entire madcap circus of a movie which, it must be stated, made iconic use of Smashmouth's "All-Star" two years before Shrek. --Vinnie Mancuso

Mars Attacks!

Director: Tim Burton

Writer: Jonathan Gems

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Pam Grier, Michael J. Fox, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, and Natalie Portman

Mars Attacks! is absolutely one of Tim Burton's best movies, and it's unlike anything else he has made thus far. Released in 1996, the film is based on the comic series of the same name and revolves around a host of different characters all dealing with the fallout of an invasion of Martians. There's a kooky, satirical edge to the entire proceeding — you can feel Burton winking through the camera as he has a blast holding humanity's feet to the fire. It's certainly weird, and there's a bit of Burton's Ed Wood spirit in there mixed with his zany Beetlejuiceantics. But first and foremost, Mars Attacks! is just really freaking funny. - Adam Chitwood

School of Rock

Director: Richard Linklater

Writer: Mike White

Cast: Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike White, Miranda Cosgrove, Joey Gaydos Jr., Kevin Clark

Not giving Jack Black the Best Actor Oscar for School of Rock is one of society's greatest errors, because it is genuinely one of the most wonderful, full-bodied comedic performances of all time. In Richard Linklater's heartfelt music-comedy, Black stars as Dewey Finn, recently ousted from his local rock band and posing as a substitute teacher to pay some bills. When it turns out the students at Horace Green are pretty dang good at music, Dewey sees an opportunity to form the greatest rock band of all time (in which 98% of the musicians are 15-years-old). Featuring a classic-rock-fueled soundtrack, Linklater's signature loose direction, and Black's balls-out performance, School of Rock is such a great time all the way through you don't even see it coming when the climax packs an emotional wallop worth ten face-melting solos. --Vinnie Mancuso

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Directors/Writers: Phil Lord and Chris Miller

Cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Andy Samberg, James Caan, and Terry Crews

One of the best comedies of the 21st century is the first film from filmmaking duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller. While not as high-profile as 21 Jump Street or The LEGO Movie, their 2009 animated feature Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is a hilarious, colorful, and inventive comedy about a town where food literally rains from the sky. Bill Hader voices Flint Lockwood, a scientist outcast whose invention goes wrong and turns his sleepy town into the center of a food disaster. There's a bit of romantic comedy sweetness mixed in for good measure, making this not only a great and hilarious comedy, but a solid feel-good movie as well. - Adam Chitwood

Pineapple Express

Director: David Gordon Green

Writers: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg

Cast: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride, Amber Heard, Gary Cole, and Rosie Perez

If you want to watch a buddy comedy with some solid action and fun twist on the formula, 2008's Pineapple Express holds up tremendously well. This is basically a classic 1980s mismatched buddy action comedy, except instead of two capable characters at its center, it's a process server and his drug dealer. The two — played by Seth Rogen and James Franco — find themselves on the run when they witness a murder, but keep running into shenanigans at every turn, made worse by their complete ineptitude. Points for Danny McBride who steals the entire movie. — Adam Chitwood

Team America: World Police

Director: Trey Parker

Writers: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Pam Brady

Cast: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Kristen Miller, Daran Norris, Phil Hendrie

For when you want to laugh so hard it hurts, Team America: World Police will do the trick. Trey Parker and Matt Stone haven’t done much outside of South Park over the last 20 years, but 2004’s Team America is just as sharp and funny as you’d expect. The film was made entirely with marionette puppets and is a satire that takes aim at the United States’ War on Terror, focusing on the titular “World Police” who go into foreign countries and wreck everything in the name of freedom. This one has some absolutely insane sequences and culminates in a third act that takes aim at just about everyone. – Adam Chitwood

The Edge of Seventeen

Director/Writer: Kelly Fremon Craig

Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Blake Jenner, Kyra Sedgwick, Haley Lu Richardson, and Hayden Szeto

If you're in the mood for a sweet coming-of-age comedy with a tremendous lead performance, look no further than the gem that is The Edge of Seventeen. This hilarious and heartfelt R-rated comedy stars Hailee Steinfeld as a high school junior who experiences the ups and downs of teen life in brutally honest fashion. She strikes up a close friendship with a teacher, played by Woody Harrelson, who counsels her through friend, boy, and family troubles. It’s as sweet as it is filthy, but what makes Edge of Seventeen so striking—beyond Steinfeld’s stellar performance—is how true to life it all feels. The anxiety. The self-consciousness. The importance of it all. – Adam Chitwood

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Director/Writer: John Hughes

Cast: Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, Alan Ruck, Jeffrey Jones, and Jennifer Grey

A bona fide classic if there ever was one, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is quite simply one of the best films ever made. This coemdy gets high school life exactly right, and is the perfect movie to watch if you're playing hooky. The John Hughes film captures the “senioritis” feeling of skipping school and hanging out with your friends perfectly, genuinely giving the viewer the feeling of joining along on Ferris’ adventures. As with most of Hughes' movies there's an undercurrent of melancholy throughout Ferris Bueller, but the film also remains a laugh riot that has aged tremendously well. – Adam Chitwood

Due Date

Director: Todd Phillips

Writers: Alan R. Cohen, Alan Freedland, Adam Sztykiel, and Todd Phillips

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Jamie Foxx, Juliette Lewis, and Michelle Monaghan

Due Date is not a Great film with a capital "G," but it's good for a few laughs and is a pretty fascinating case study in Robert Downey Jr.'s career post-Iron Man. This was one of the first movies RDJ signed onto after Iron Man came out and took the world by storm, and it marked an exciting collaboration between him, red-hot Zach Galifianakis, and The Hangover filmmaker Todd Phillips. The story owes a great deal to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles as Downey plays a successful architect due to fly home from Atlanta to Los Angeles to be with his wife while she gives birth to their child. Downey's character ends up being escorted off his flight due to a mishap with a fellow stranger — Galifianakis' character, who is an aspiring actor who also plans to scatter his father's ashes. The two take a cross-country road trip during which Downey's character has nothing but disdain for Galifianakis' character, who seems to keep messing everything up. Along the way the film gets a bit dark as it deals with both characters' daddy issues, and there's a really interesting character study hidden deep within the movie. As it currently stands Due Date is a somewhat forgettable Planes, Trains, and Automobiles remake, but if you're looking for a few good laughs and a peek at a time when Downey, Galifianakis, and Phillips were three of the most in-demand talents in Hollywood, it's worth checking out. - Adam Chitwood

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

Director: Jay Roach

Writer: Mike Myers

Cast: Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York, and Mimi Rogers

Does Austin Powers hold up? Surprisingly, the answer is a resounding yes. Released in 1997, this extremely silly comedy owes a lot to SNL (no surprise, given its writer and star) as it's full of absurd situations packed with gags. But what makes Austin Powers timeless is the sincerity with which Mike Myers plays the central character. For those unfamiliar, the film is a riff on the James Bond franchise and finds Myers playing a spy from the 1960s who is frozen in time until his nemesis Dr. Evil (Myers) returns. That day takes longer than expected, as Powers is unfrozen in 1997 and struggles to fit in having missed the wide cultural shifts. Myers wrote the film as a love letter to Bond, and you can tell he really cares for his characters regardless of how buffoonish they become. And the sight gags? Still funny. - Adam Chitwood

American Ultra

Director: Nima Nourizadeh

Writer: Max Landis

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart,Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, and Tony Hale

If action comedies are your jam, check out American Ultra. Released in 2015, the film reteams Adventureland’s Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart for a different kind of story. Eisenberg plays a going-nowhere stoner who finds himself the target of the CIA, which suddenly activates something buried deep within as he realizes he’s a sleeper agent with precision fighting skills. He and his girlfriend (Stewart) go on the run, and a blend of action and deadpan stoner comedy ensue. – Adam Chitwood

Midnight Run

Director: Martin Brest

Writer: George Gallo

Cast: Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Dennis Farina, and Joe Pantoliano

If you like buddy comedies but have never seen Midnight Run, prioritize this one as your next watch. Released in 1988 this critically acclaimed comedy is a gold standard alongside Lethal Weapon and Planes, Trains and Automobiles, as it follows a bounty hunter (Robert De Niro) who is tasked with capturing and escorting an accountant accused of embezzlement (Charles Grodin). The two end up on a road trip filled with misadventures, and the chemistry between De Niro and Grodin is electric. This is hands-down one of my favorite movies of all time, and it might be one of yours as well. – Adam Chitwood

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Director: Adam McKay

Writers: Adam McKay and Will Ferrell

Cast: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen, Leslie Bibb, Amy Adams, Gary Cole, Jane Lynch, and Michael Clarke Duncan

If you’re feeling withdrawals from the comedic duo of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly (and felt burned by Holmes & Watson), you can’t go wrong with a rewatch (or first-watch) of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. The film came on the heels of Ferrell and co-writer/director Adam McKay’s success with Anchorman, and for their next feature they decided to skew a bit more commercial while still injecting some biting social commentary. Talladega Nights is set in the world of NASCAR and follows an incredibly dim-witted driver named Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) who suffers a setback and must watch his best friend Cal Naughton (Reilly) take center stage. Buffoonish jealousy and wild antics ensue, with McKay delivering the same kind of smart-silly comedy that made Anchorman so rewatchable. – Adam Chitwood

Fun with Dick and Jane

Director: Dean Parisot

Writers: Judd Apatow and Nicholas Stoller

Cast: Jim Carrey, Tea Leoni, Alec Baldwin, and Richard Jenkins

Here’s a comedy that really flew under the radar, but is far better and funnier than it has any right to be. Fun with Dick and Jane is based on a 1977 film of the same name and takes place in the year 2000, where Dick (Jim Carrey) gets promoted at his major media corporation, only to realize he’s been made the fallguy for a disastrous plunge in which Dick and everyone else at the company lose their jobs, savings, and pensions. Faced with total financial collapse, Dick and his wife Jane (Tea Leoni) become criminals and soon hatch a plan to confront the CEO who got out scott-free with a golden parachute. The film was directed by Galaxy Quest helmer Dean Parisot and written by Judd Apatow and Neighbors and The Five-Year Engagement filmmaker Nicholas Stoller, and is well worth checking out. – Adam Chitwood

I Care a Lot

Director/Writer: J Blakeson

Cast: Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González, Chris Messina, and Dianne Weist

If you like your comedy dark – and I mean pitch black – you’ll probably love I Care a Lot. The Netflix original stars Rosamund Pike as a savvy, unrelenting, and unapologetic con artist who makes a living by winning guardianship over elders and using their money as her own piggy bank. But when her next target turns out to be the mother of a ruthless criminal (played by Peter Dinklage), she finds she may finally be in over her head. While this film could have gone wrong a number of ways, writer/director J Blakeson plays it perfectly, and the point of this satirical comedy comes into clear focus in the final minutes of the film. Pike is pitch perfect in the lead role, making a despicable character tremendously watchable. – Adam Chitwood

Bad Trip

Director: Kitao Sakurai

Writers: Dan Curry, Eric Andre, and Kitao Sakurai

Cast: Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, and Tiffany Haddish

Bad Trip is outrageously juvenile, and will make you laugh incredibly hard. The film is a cross between Jackass and a traditional road trip comedy, as Eric Andre and Lil Rel Howery play a pair of friends who drive from Florida to New York so that Andre’s character can track down the girl of his dreams. Hot on their tale is Howery’s characters sister, fresh out of a prison break and played by Tiffany Haddish. But every scene in the film is shot as a prank, with unwitting strangers serving as the background and supporting characters throughout the movie. It’s silly and embarrassing, but also singles out how ridiculous some of the tropes in traditional romcoms are – like when Andre breaks out into song in the middle of a mall, surrounded by strangers with “WTF?” looks on their faces. And be warned, this is insanely R-rated. – Adam Chitwood

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Director/Writer: Taika Waititi

Cast: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rhys Darby, Rima Te Wiata, and Rachel House

If you're in the mood for a whimsical comedy from Thor: Ragnarok writer/director Taika Waititi, you absolutely have to see Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Released in 2016, this New Zealand adventure movie follows a grumpy Sam Neill as he's forced to team up with a foul-mouthed child when the two are the target of a manhunt throughout the New Zealand bush. It’s based on an existing book, but in tone and execution Hunt for the Wilderpeople oftentimes feels like an adaptation of a Roald Dahl book we never knew about. It’s delightful and whimsical and a little terrifying, with Waititi’s playful anarchy filling the whole thing out for good measure. This movie is guaranteed to put you in a good mood.


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Because 2020 know, stressful, we all need a little extra comedy. There have been delays on hotly anticipated movies—I've been waiting to watch Cruella for what might be years at this point—but last year also gave us some new, fresh storylines. There are not one but two quarantine films on here, and there are also some pretty solid metaphors for the past year: Reliving the same day over and over! Desperately needing a vacation! Getting stuck inside an abandoned funhouse and having to fight the demonic animatronics! (Nicolas Cage is starring in that one, which makes perfect sense.) There are also some new comedy films to watch out for, including a new Judd Apatow movie, as well as some up-and-coming comic actors like Kathryn Newton.

Whatever you're particularly craving, this list has it all, from chic intercontinental widows to Melissa McCarthy in a super-suit to Awkwafina as a very derpy dragon. A few of these have a release in cinemas first, and some are going straight to streaming, but they'll all hit our televisions soon. Curl up with a glass of wine and let these funny, witty, or just plain silly picks wash over you. And bookmark this list for later because we'll be adding to it as more comedy movies come out throughout the year.

1'Friends: The Reunion'


Release Date: May 27, 2021

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer

While not technically a ~movie,~ the Friends cast has reunited to reminisce on the show's '90s glory that ran for 10 epic seasons. You can expect the same humor during the reunion as the cast reflects on some of their favorite moments and plays trivia games.

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2'Bad Trip'


Release Date: March 2, 2021

Starring: Eric André, Lil Rel Howery, and Tiffany Haddish

One word: pranks. Sold to Netflix in March, Bad Trip is about two best friends who go on a road trip from Florida to New York City together and, well, let's just say a lot of crazy sh*t happens.

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Release Date: March 3, 2021

Starring: Amy Poehler, Hadley Robinson, Lauren Tsai, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Nico Hiraga, Sydney Park, Josephine Langford, and more

Featuring classic Amy Poehler humor, Moxie centers on a shy 16-year-old, inspired by her mother's rebellious past, who publishes an anonymous zine that calls out sexism in her school.

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4'Space Jam: A New Legacy'

Release Date: July 16, 2021

Starring: Lebron James, Don Cheadle, Sonequa Martin-Green, Cedric Joe, Ceyair J. Wright, and Harper Leigh Alexander

The highly-anticipated live-action/animated sports comedy featuring Lebron James in all of his basketball glory will be released this summer. In the movie, James attempts to save his son by helping the Looney Tunes win a basketball match.

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5'Don't Look Up'

Release Date: TBD 2021

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Rob Morgan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Himesh Patel, Tyler Perry, Ron Perlman, Chris Evans, and Mark Rylance

Yes, you read that cast correctly. In this dark comedy, two astronomers, played by DiCaprio and Lawrence, warn the world through a media tour about an asteroid that will destroy the earth.

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6'Jackass 4'

Release Date: October 22, 2021

Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Jason "Wee Man" Acuña, Preston Lacy, Chris Pontius, Ehren McGhehey, and Dave England

The infamous Jackass franchise is back in theaters this fall that includes new and old cast members doing hilariously stupid things.

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7'Raya and the Last Dragon'


Release Date: March 5, 2021

Starring: Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Izaac Wang, Daniel Dae Kim, Sandra Oh, Benedict Wong, Lucille Soong

All hail Kelly Marie Tran. This film is many things—a gorgeous fantasy vision, a powerhouse cast of predominantly Asian-American actors, a sweeping epic story—but at its core it's a buddy comedy between Raya (Tran) and Sisu (Awkwafina). When the hilarious trailer's not nearly as funny as the actual film, you know you're watching something magical.

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8'Blithe Spirit'


Release Date: February 19, 2021

Starring: Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher, Leslie Mann, Judi Dench, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Michele Dotrice

Man uses medium to jump-start his writer's block. Medium accidentally conjures man's dead wife. Man's new, living wife is pissed. Hijinks ensue. Dan Stevens has chosen some really interesting roles lately and was the absolute best part of Eurovision Song Contest, so hopefully he's found his niche as a comic leading man. And Mann and Fisher are always welcome, so this promises to be the kind of OTT, weird love triangle I'm into.

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9'To All The Boys: Always and Forever'


Release Date: February 12, 2021

Starring: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, John Corbett

The first two were super-sweet, and even though I'm in the "Lara should have chosen John Ambrose" camp (I KNOW) this is still the sweet ending to the saga we all needed. I appreciate that to an 18-year-old, going to college with your boyfriend and starting your happily ever after is the most important decision of all time, but as an old person I can still appreciate the sweetness even if the stakes are lower than I expected.

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10'The Map of Tiny Perfect Things'


Release Date: February 12, 2021

Starring: Kathryn Newton, Kyle Allen, Josh Hamilton, Jorja Fox, Jermaine Harris, Anna Mikami

If Palm Springs was your thing, and it should be, then you'll want to give this film a spin. Two teens are trapped in an infinite time loop, and they have to figure out why and how to get out of it. The wrinkle in this time-travel movie is that the girl (Newton) might not want to break the loop after all. Time travel love stories are always interesting, and this one looks like tween rom-com gold.

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11'Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar'


Release Date: February 12, 2021

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo, Jamie Dornan, Damon Wayans Jr., Reyn Doi, Vanessa Bayer

This film kind of shouldn't work—it's about two friends (Wiig and Mumolo) who take a vacation, while a supervillain (also Wiig) plans to destroy the town because they...made fun of her when she was a kid? Some film critics hate, hate, hated this film with a passion. But a lot more of them loved the cuteness, the banter, the fact that these two women live in their own world of pure joy. I'm in the second camp, and I recommend it to everybody.

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12'Willy's Wonderland'


Release Date: February 12, 2021

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Emily Tosta, Beth Grant, David Sheftell, Ric Reitz, Chris Warner, Kai Kadlec, Caylee Cowan

As goofy as it is nuts, Nicolas Cage is PERFECTLY cast. He's the nearly wordless hero(?) who's tasked with cleaning a "family fun center" a la Chuck E. Cheese in exchange for the owner fixing his car. Except instead of the animatronics jerkily lapsing into song, they try to murder you. Cage's character tries to murder them first—it's schlocky ridiculousness with a slasher feel.

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13'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run'


Release Date: March 4, 2021

Starring: Tom Kenny, Antonio Raul Corbo, Bill Fagerbakke, Jack Gore, Rodger Bumpas, Awkwafina, Clancy Brown, Keanu Reeves

SpongeBob loses his meowing snail Gary and has to go find him. That's it, that's the whole movie, but honestly who needs anything else? With continued wacky shenanigans, the fun is in the voice cast: Awkwafina, Brown, Reeves(!), as well as the silly sight gags that work for adults just as much as kids.

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14'Locked Down'


Release Date: January 14, 2021

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Stephen Merchant, Mindy Kaling, Lucy Boynton, Dulé Hill, Jazmyn Simon

We knew there would be some quarantine movies, but this packs quite a bit of star power with Ejiofor and Hathaway as a couple who are thisclose to getting a divorce when COVID-19 hits. Stuck at home for what feels like an eternity (ugh), they hatch a plan to solve their financial problems...and maybe rediscover what they liked about each other in the first place. It's not exactly a heist film, but minus the stealing of a multi-million-dollar diamond, it's absolutely relatable.

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15'I Care a Lot'


Release Date: February 19, 2021

Starring: Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González, Dianne Wiest, Chris Messina

This might be the most divisive film of 2021? There's basically no in-between with this: You either love-to-hate Pike as her character defrauds senior citizens, or you just hate her. This is the definition of black comedy, and it's not for everyone, but Pike post-Gone Girl plays merrily abhorrent to perfection.

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16'French Exit'

Release Date: February 12, 2021 (TBD on streaming)

Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, Lucas Hedges, Danielle Macdonald, Imogen Poots, Tracy Letts, Valerie Mahaffey

Patrick deWitt's razor-sharp book has been compared to a kind of "trans-atlantic Arrested Development." At the center is Frances—Pfeiffer has never been better, apparently—whose spendthrift days as a socialite are behind her. She faces pennilessness in Paris along with an eclectic cast of characters. It's worth the read, and the watch, for the wittiest dialogue ever. (Check out the content warnings if that's important to you though, because this puts the "dark" in dark comedy.)

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17'Thunder Force'


Release Date: April 9, 2021

Starring: Octavia Spencer, Melissa McCarthy, Bobby Cannavale, Ben Falcone, Jason Bateman, Pom Klementieff, Kevin Dunn, Melissa Leo, Melissa Ponzio

Ooo, Spencer and McCarthy were the duo I didn't realize I needed. Emily (Spencer) has invented a serum to give people superpowers, and her BFF Lydia (McCarthy) accidentally takes it. The two turn into an unlikely crime-fighting duo against The King (Cannavale, who had excellent banter with McCarthy in Spy). McCarthy's IRL husband Falcone directs; After a few misses including Tammy and Superintelligence, hopefully this is the perfect vehicle for everybody involved.

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Release Date: March 19, 2021

Starring: Joel McHale, Kerry Bishé, Stephen Root, Natalie Zea, Paul Scheer, Natalie Morales, Kirby Howell-Baptiste

McHale mastered the deadpan in Community and has now graduated to creepier humor in Happily. A married couple have the perfect relationship, and their friends loaaathe them for it. A mysterious stranger suggests a "correction" of sorts—and, just like with The Shining, it goes super poorly. This has very funny people in it, so let's hope for laughter alongside the blood spatter.

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19'Ghostbusters: Afterlife'

Release Date: June 11, 2021

Starring: Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Carrie Coon, Sigourney Weaver, Paul Rudd, Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd

Egon has grandkids?? This second attempt at a reboot, finally being released after a lot of COVID delays, is informed by a lot of nostalgia for the original. Paul Rudd, who showed he can do serious-funny with Ant-Man, is here to teach a new generation of kids all about ghost traps and proton packs.

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Release Date: May 28, 2021

Starring: Emma Stone, Mark Strong, Emma Thompson, Paul Walter Hauser, Kirby Howell-Baptiste

"I was born different, born bad, and a little bit mad." And with that, the one-of-a-kind Cruella DeVil gets her own backstory. The dog-wearing fashion designer definitely looks stylish and sexy, thanks to Stone, but I think I'm most intrigued to see how we're supposed to root for her?? Thompson and Strong look like they're chewing the scenery like crazy, so come for the A-list stars giving it 110 percent.

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21'The French Dispatch'

Release Date: TBD 2021

Starring: Benicio del Toro, Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand

This long-delayed Wes Anderson flick has a typically stuffed cast of characters as they work at a newspaper in 20th century France. Anderson-esuqe shenanigans ensue. I'll basically watch Chalamet and Wright in anything, and this is another film that's eagerly awaited after long delays.

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Release Date: June 30, 2021

Starring: Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun, Ari'el Stachel, Colman Domingo, Jason Mitchell, Nelcie Souffrant, Nasir Rahim

This is THAT movie. The one based on a Twitter thread? You know! This one was supposed to come out in 2020 but we're finally getting it this summer: Zola (Paige) bonds with fellow pole dancer Stefani (Keough) and the two decide to take a road trip to Florida with Stefani's pimp and boyfriend. What could go wrong? Everything.

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23'The Starling'

Release Date: TBD 2021

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kevin Kline, Chris O'Dowd, Timothy Olyphant

Netflix paid $20 million for this, so that's probably an encouraging sign. A grieving woman (McCarthy) separates from her husband and turns to gardening, until a large starling in a nearby tree...goes crazy and starts trying to kill her? The ensuing shenanigans and her efforts to get rid of the bird with the help of a veterinarian (Kline) drive the probably ridiculous plot.

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24'I'm Your Man'

Release Date: TBD 2021

Starring: Maren Eggert, Dan Stevens, Sandra Hüller, Hans Löw

Stevens appears on this list for the second time speaking German (is he bad at anything??) in this look at modern love. A researcher reluctantly agrees to take part in an experiment in which she lives with an android (Stevens), whose sole purpose in life is to make her happy. Yes, please? It promises to be equal parts creepy and funny, judging by the clips.

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25'I Want You Back'

Release Date: TBD 2021

Starring: Jenny Slate, Charlie Day, Manny Jacinto, Gina Rodriguez, Scott Eastwood

Slate and Day play exes who get dumped, are worried about dying alone, and concoct a plan to get back with their exes (their plan is to fake-date each other, isn't it? I can feel it!!). With Jacinto, Rodriguez, and Eastwood, it promises to be a lot of hot people falling in and out of love with each other. Into it.

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26'Spider-Man: No Way Home'

Release Date: December 17, 2021

Starring: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Marisa Tomei, Alfred Molina, Jamie Foxx, Jacob Batalon

One of the most underrated aspects of some Marvel movies is their sense of humor (see also: Thor: Ragnarok, basically Chris Hemsworth doing standup). The Spider-Man films benefit from this as well as a cheerfully earnest Holland delivering them. No spoilers, but the ending of the second film takes the story in new directions, which should help it feel fresh.

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27'The Bubble'

Release Date: TBD 2021

Starring: Karen Gillan, Maria Bakalova, Iris Apatow, Fred Armisen, David Duchovny, Keegan-Michael Key, Leslie Mann, Pedro Pascal, Peter Serafinowicz

This Judd Apatow quarantine comedy (coming to Netflix) is...about a bunch of actresses in quarantine trying to finish a movie. Not only is it meta, it'll give us a whole new set of quarantine jokes. Thank god, because I'm honestly all out of ideas at this point.

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List of the latest comedy movies in 2021 and the best comedy movies of 2020 & the 2010's. Top comedy movies to watch on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+ & other Streaming services, out on DVD/Blu-ray or in cinema's right now.

New comedy movies in 2021 in Cinema & on VOD

Top movies up for release in 2021 in cinema and on VOD

  • Don’t Look Up

    DIRECTOR: Adam McKay
    CAST: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence & Meryl Streep
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The 50 Best Comedies on Netflix Right Now

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This post is updated frequently as movies leave and enter Netflix. *New additions are indicated with an asterisk.

As the world continues to fall apart, don’t you just want to something to make you laugh? Netflix is becoming the country’s biggest source for a laughter after a long week at work, but it can be hard to find exactly what you’re in the mood for when you log on to the service. So we’re here to help. (And for more public service announcements, check out our regularly updated lists of the 100 Best Movies on Netflix and the 50 Best TV Series on Netflix.)

The romantic comedy genre has been in a dire state for many years now, but Hollywood occasionally produces a clever twist on the stale formula. Take this Richard Curtis (Yesterday) movie that features Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams at their most charming. Gleeson plays a man who can travel back in time, and uses that ability to alter his romantic future, learning that it’s better to accept life one day at a time with all of its imperfections.

Believe it or not, this is the last movie to win both the Oscar for Best Actor (Jack Nicholson) and Best Actress (Helen Hunt). James L. Brooks’ romantic comedy is a perfect example of a movie that caught its cast at just the right moment, getting one of the last Nicholson performances that could be called charming and supporting it with great work from Hunt and Greg Kinnear. Some of it is a bit dated, but it catches just enough lightning in a bottle in terms of casting to justify another look.

Mike Myers never could have imagined that his goofy superspy parody would launch a franchise, but all three films about the inimitable Austin Powers are on Netflix, just waiting for a rainy-day marathon. The reason these movies work is Myers’ complete fearlessness — he’ll do anything to make you laugh.

Eric Andre turns his prank-tastic schtick into a brilliant hidden camera comedy that focuses its Borat-esque energy on the good people of this country, those who are shocked by Andre’s ridiculous behavior, and often reach out to help. Andre plays a Florida Guy who travels with his buddy (Lil Rel Howery) to chase after who he thinks is the love of his life. Tiffany Haddish steals the movie, but it’s really the bystanders who make it work.

Audiences fell so in love with this look at barbershop culture in the Black community that they turned this low-budget film into a franchise with two sequels. Tim Story’s 2002 film is charming and funny, held together by a great cast that includes Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, and Anthony Anderson. One wonders what they’d be talking about at the barbershop in 2020. Maybe it’s time for another sequel?

Do you ever think about what could have been if we didn’t lose Chris Farley so young? This 1997 martial comedy is far from a classic comedy, but it’s one of the few cinematic projects that we got from one of the funniest men that ever lived, and that alone makes it worth at least one look. Farley plays an orphan who was raised by ninjas. That’s about all you need to know.

Just before he gave his sword to the MCU and Star Wars universes, Jon Favreau made arguably his most personal film, writing, directing, and starring in this 2014 comedy about a famous chef who has to find his passion again after falling from grace. A sweet and tender film, it features a great supporting cast and Favreau’s best performance.

Another family movie! This adaptation of the famous kids’ book by Judi and Ron Barrett completely expands on the world of its source material to tell the story of an inventor (voiced wonderfully by Bill Hader) who unleashes a storm of food. The character design here is clever and the script is very smart, written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who went from this to make a little flick called The LEGO Movie and produce Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. They know a thing or two about great cartoons.

In The Death of Stalin, Armando Iannucci’s acid dramatization of the days in October 1953 when the Soviet Union lost its paranoid-psychotic totalitarian leader of three decades, the characters’ accents are Cockney, Brit-twit, and Yank — no Russian is spoken — while tortures and mass murders are ordered in tones of crisp English understatement. It takes some time to adjust to the mix of silly, peevish bureaucrats and the serious atrocities they inflict. But that’s the beauty of the thing. Iannucci gets that grotesque horrors often emanate from egotists, clowns, and stumblebums, from small-minded people with vast and unchecked powers.

Eddie Murphy is back! It’s been a long time since we saw this version of Eddie, who reminds us how funny and charismatic he can be with the right part. That part is the flashy personality that was Rudy Ray Moore, a washed-up musician who transformed himself into the character of Dolemite. Like The Disaster Artist and Ed Wood, this is an ode to DIY filmmaking with not just a great performance from Murphy, but Wesley Snipes and Keegan Michael Key too.

There was a time, young readers, when Eddie Murphy was the biggest stand-up comedian in the world. Raw remains the highest-grossing stand-up comedy concert movie of all time, and one of the funniest that will ever be made.

Great comedies about those harrowing days of late teenage life, especially from a female perspective, are few and far between. So it’s a shame that more people didn’t see this one with Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, and Woody Harrelson. It’s truthful, hysterical, and anchored in reality in a way that most of the movies don’t even try to be.

One of the most delightful surprises of the dumpster fire that is Summer 2020 has been Eurovision Song Contest, an unexpectedly sweet and clever flick and Will Ferrell’s best comedy in a decade. The Anchorman star plays half of an Icelandic duo who stumble their way through the Eurovision singing contest, but the movie really belongs to Rachel McAdams, who gives a performance that joyfully reminds everyone that she has absolutely perfect comic timing.

One of the most popular comedies of its era turned its title character into a household name. The pitch is so beautifully simple: The most popular kid in high school takes the day off and gets into trouble in Chicago while driving his sister and principal insane. Great physical sequences mix with a very hip ‘80s sensibility to create a classic comedy that could be a hit if it came out today.

Netflix dropped a few classic Eddie Murphy movies on the service recently, including the 1986 action/fantasy/comedy hit from director Michael Ritchie. Murphy is in full charming mode as a normal guy who discovers he’s the “Chosen One,” the only man who can save the title character, who just happens to be the savior of mankind.

The Coen brothers wrote and directed this divisive 2016 comedy about the film industry in the 1950s. Forget Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood and stick with this razor sharp gem with a great Coen ensemble that includes Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, and many more.

Alice Wu wrote and directed a delightful coming-of-age dramedy that spins the norms. A loose retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac, it features a star-making performance from Leah Lewis as Ellie Chu, a girl who starts writing love letters for the awkward Paul Munsky (Daniel Diemer). The object of his affection, Aster Flores (Alexxis Lemire), turns out to be more than just a typical unrequited love. It’s a sweet and smart film.

Remember Kid ‘n Play? There was a time when this rap/dance duo was so popular that they launched a comedy film franchise that was big enough that it produced multiple sequels (the next two are also on Netflix). The movie is a nostalgic time capsule now to how people dressed, acted, and, most of all, danced three decades ago. It’s fun.

Before he made Hemsworth your favorite Chris in Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi wrote and directed this adaptation of Barry Crump’s Wild Pork and Watercress. Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) has a new foster family, including a sweet foster mother. Sadly, he’s stuck with the surly husband when his new mom passes away, leading Ricky and Hec (Sam Neill) on an unforgettable adventure. Funny and truly heartwarming, this is a comedy that’s almost impossible to dislike.

There are not a lot of great Netflix Original comedies (sorry, Adam Sandler fans) as the company has focused more on sci-fi and drama in its first few years of nonstop production. One of the exceptions is this Sundance hit, a great vehicle for Jessica Williams. The former Daily Show correspondent stars as the title character, someone trying to find happiness and love. She’s charming and delightful in a movie that not enough people have seen.

Remember the movie that almost started a war? It was actually pretty funny. The drama leading up to the release of The Interview, which made Kim Jong-un so mad that he ordered a hack of Sony and threatened terrorist attacks against multiplexes, understandably overshadowed the actual movie. The truth is that while it’s not perfect, The Interview contains some inspired work from James Franco, and a great supporting turn from Randall Park as Kim. Go ahead and watch it. North Korea will never know. (We hope.)

No, not the Will Ferrell soccer movie — this is the directorial debut from Netflix darling Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story). He wrote and directed a personal story about a group of college grads struggling with how to move on from what they experienced in education and join the real world. It’s a charming, funny movie that stars Josh Hamilton, Chris Eigeman, Eric Stoltz, and Parker Posey. Fun trivia: The film also marked the first production effort from Baumbach’s college roommate, Mr. Jason Blum.

Greta Gerwig’s Oscar nominee is one of the most personal and striking coming-of-age films of the 2010s. Saoirse Ronan stars as a young Californian who longs for someplace cooler than her own hometown. It’s a heartfelt and very smart film, buoyed by great performances throughout, including Ronan, Tracy Letts, Timothee Chalamet, Lucas Hedges, Beanie Feldstein, and Laurie Metcalf, who was robbed of that Oscar.

Nicole Holofcener is one of the most underappreciated writer-directors alive, even if she did just earn an Oscar nod for co-writing Can You Ever Forgive Me? You simply have to see Enough Said, Lovely and Amazing, and Please Give. Her latest stars Ben Mendelsohn as a man deep in a mid-life crisis that comes from the realization that he’s not as important as he thought that he was his whole life. It’s not as good as some of her best work, but minor Holofcener is still worth a look.

Long before she won an Oscar or worked magic with Big Little Lies, Reese Witherspoon turned a ditzy blonde into a comedy star in this 2001 romantic comedy from director Robert Luketic. It could be stretching it to call this silly fluff “great,” but what elevates the saga of Elle Woods from sorority queen to legal eagle is the total charm and commitment of Witherspoon herself. It’s one of her most likable and memorable performances.

It’s hard to say that you’ll laugh out loud at this look at marital dysfunction, but Azazel Jacobs indie critical darling has enough black humor to qualify. The wonderful Tracy Letts and Debra Winger star as an estranged, middle-age couple who are both having relatively open affairs. As their lovers insist that they end the marriage, the couple is surprised to fall back in love with each other.

One of Tim Burton’s most purely enjoyable flicks was based on a series of trading cards. The sci-fi ensemble comedy about an alien attack features one of the director’s most remarkable casts, including Jack Nicholson, Annette Bening, Glenn Close, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, and so many more. Most of all, it’s just a goofy, fun time.

Lorene Scafaria transcended a relatively sitcomish set-up: the story of a mother who meddles a bit too much in her daughter’s life. She did so by staying true to her characters and trusting Rose Byrne and especially Susan Sarandon to imbue them with truth. They’re both excellent, carrying a film that can be a little overdone to a believable place.

Martin Brest directed one of the best ‘80s buddy comedies in a gem of a movie that paired Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin. The Oscar winner plays a bounty hunter assigned to bring back Grodin’s embezzling accountant, who stole money from the Chicago mob. Easier said than done. Grodin and De Niro have perfect comic chemistry.

There’s a bunch of Monty Python specials and movies on Netflix, but this remains arguably the career peak of one of the most beloved comedy troupes of all time. A parody of tales like those of the Knights of the Round Table, Holy Grail is one of the most heavily quoted movies of all time, a comedy that feels like it’s playing in some theater somewhere in the world, probably at midnight, every single day. Its popularity simply never recedes.

Holy Grail may be laugh-out-loud funnier, but it’s arguable that Life of Brian is actually smarter. Monty Python’s most controversial movie stars Graham Chapman as Brian Cohen, the neighbor of Jesus Christ. It’s an incredibly smart film that caused quite an uproar when it was released due to accusations of blasphemy. Modern comedy could use a little more blasphemy every now and then.

Not every movie on a list like this should be a smash hit, so we’re digging a little deeper for this South by Southwest hit starring the delightful Noël Wells of Master of None and Saturday Night Live. She also wrote and directed this story of a young lady returning to her hometown and dealing with some unresolved issues regarding her ex-boyfriend, now with a new partner. Wells is charming and funny.

The cult of the 1999 superhero comedy MysteryMen grows every single year. Sadly, when it came out, almost nobody saw this clever adventure film about mediocre superheroes. Two decades later, it can be seen as ahead of its time, deconstructing comic book culture in a way that modern offerings like The Boys have turned into smash hits. The cast here is just wonderful, including Ben Stiller, William H. Macy, Paul Reubens, Hank Azaria, Janeane Garofalo, and — wait for it — Tom Waits.

When it was released in 1988, this romantic comedy barely had an audience, although people who did see it could tell that co-star Julia Roberts would be something special (this was the year before Pretty Woman), and it also marked the debut of Matt Damon. In the three decades since, the cult status of Mystic Pizza has only grown. Check it out and remember the good old days.

Streaming services often have the Jerry Lewis original, but not the Eddie Murphy remake and its sequel — until now. Murphy is phenomenal in the 1996 original twist on the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story of a portly professor who becomes a ladies’ man. The sequel is a little disappointing, but it also has its moments thanks to Murphy’s fearless physical comedy.

Spike Lee directed one of the best stand-up movies of all time when he helmed The Original Kings of Comedy, a look at a tour featuring sets by Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, and a movie-stealing Bernie Mac. Shot over two nights of the tour, Lee focuses mostly on the stand-up, but we also get some nice behind-the-scenes footage on a magical event.

This a case of a relatively mediocre indie comedy being elevated greatly by a remarkable cast. The ensemble here is perfect, consisting of Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer — with Paul Rudd as the title character to these women. Rudd’s brother is a memorable character, a guy who means well but generally causes problems for his sisters.

David Gordon Green directed Seth Rogen and James Franco to two of the best performances of their career in a film about an average guy and his dealer who find themselves in criminal crosshairs after they witness a murder. More than just an average stoner comedy, Green imbues the film with a wonderful action movie pace too, recalling buddy flicks of the ‘80s while still feeling fresh at the same time.

Gore Verbinski directed one of the best animated films on Netflix, an Oscar-winning film featuring voice work by Johnny Depp in the lead role and some of the most inspired visuals in any animated film this decade. Rango is a chameleon who stumbled into a town called Dirt in this inventive riff on the Western genre that plays equally to children and adults.

Andrew Bujalski’s Support the Girls got a lot of buzz last year, even winning some awards for its great central performance from Regina Hall. If you liked it, check out Bujalski’s last film, another movie about a very unique working environment. Cobie Smulders, Guy Pearce, and Kevin Corrigan star in this quirky rom-com set in the high-pressure world of personal trainers.

Richard Linklater directed Jack Black to the best comedy of his career in this 2003 movie about a guitarist who become a substitute teacher at a prep school and teaches the stuck-up kids there how to rock. It’s a smart, funny family comedy with a huge heart and one of Black’s most lovable performances.

Michael Cera stars in Edgar Wright’s vibrant adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel, a movie that feels like it could come out exactly the same way today, almost a decade after its release. Wright’s style is perfect for this material, capturing the tone and structure of the source material with his razor-sharp editing and wit.

When Set It Up hit Netflix in the Summer of 2018, it felt like a splash of cold water for one reason: the rom-com is in a dire state. They barely get released in theaters at all any more, and they’re typically awful when they do. So to see an old-fashioned, charming romantic comedy felt like something new again. It also helps that Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell have future stars written all over them. They’re charming and delightful — two things we wish we could say about more rom-coms in the past decade.

Sometimes a director finds a cast at just the right time and that’s exactly what happened when David O. Russell tapped Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Jacki Weaver in this romantic dramedy. They’re all perfect, making this one of the more likable and easy-to-watch movies you could possibly bring up on Netflix.

The list of great Will Ferrell comedies has to include Ricky Bobby’s story, that of a NASCAR driver who falls from grace and climbs back up again. Co-written and directed by Adam McKay and featuring great supporting turns from John C. Reilly and Sacha Baron Cohen, this is one of Ferrell’s most consistent comedies, a movie that’s wonderfully goofy.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone broke out of their South Park world with a 2004 spoof of not just the action genre but the entire industry of faux patriotism. Hysterical and subversive, it doesn’t entirely hold up today, but there’s enough to like here, and a comedic fearlessness that isn’t seen that often, then or now.

Long before Jumanji made him a star to a new generation, Jack Black was known as half of the best comedy metal band in the world, Tenacious D, with Kyle Gass as the yin to Black’s yang. This 2006 feature comedy debut for the band is kind of an origin story for the most metal band of all time as they try to find a pick that belonged to Satan himself, and can turn them into legends.

If a studio had released this delightful romantic dramedy in theaters, even just in major cities, people would have noticed. It’s smart, funny, and contains a pair of wonderful young performances. It’s the story of Danny (Callum Turner) and Ellie (Grace Van Patten), two struggling New Yorkers drawn together over a mysterious briefcase.

Natalie Dyer (Stranger Things) is delightful in this 2020 coming-of-age comedy that has had a quick cycle from July VOD to Netflix. She plays Alice, a junior at a Catholic high school in 2000 who learns a few things about sexuality. It’s a smart character study that avoids the clichés of the teen sex comedy to present something truer.

Peyton Reed directed Jim Carrey in one of his last blockbuster comedies as a bank loan officer who promises himself that he will say yes to everything that crosses his path, leading to some unexpected developments. It’s not one of Carrey’s best, but it has a fantastic ensemble that includes Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, John Michael Higgins, Rhys Darby, Terence Stamp, and many more.

Jason Reitman directs the always-great Charlize Theron in this 2011 dark comedy about a writer of young adult novels who returns to her hometown to wreak havoc. The movie is a bit inconsistent at times but Theron (and Patton Oswalt) is simply great, especially in the way she allows her character to be genuinely unlikable. It’s a smart movie about someone who thinks she’s superior to those around her and learns maybe she’s not.


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