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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
    Mankind is in for a catastrophic event when a comet is soon to hit Earth and obliterate the planet. Tasked with delivering this news, however, are two astronomers that are not as highly regarded and have to warn humanity about its oncoming extinction from such an event. Written and directed by Adam McKay (The Big Short, Vice), this dark comedy with a sci-fi edge features an all-star cast that includes Matthew Perry, Timothée Chalamet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Ron Perlman, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Tyler Perry, Ariana Grande, and Mark Rylance. Read more

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  • America: The Motion Picture

    DIRECTOR: Matt Thompson
    CAST: Channing Tatum, Simon Pegg & Judy Greer
    American history is given an over-the-top revisionism in this animated farce. In this version of the American Revolution, George Washington is seen as a leader who takes charge with a chainsaw and Sam Adams is more of a beer-chugging bro. Directed by Matt Thompson (Archer) and written by Dave Callaham (Mortal Kombat, Wonder Woman 1984), this action-packed Americana satire features the voices of Channing Tatum, Simon Pegg, Judy Greer, Bobby Moynihan, Amber Nash, Lucky Yates, and Killer Mike. Read more

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  • Coming 2 America

    DIRECTOR: Craig Brewer
    CAST: Eddie Murphy, James Earl Jones & Arsenio Hall
    In this sequel to the 1988 comedy classic, Eddie Murphy reprises the role of the eccentric Prince Akeem Joffer from country of Zamunda. In the original film, he came to America seeking a bride. Coming 2 America will feature Akeem now taking on the role of a king in Zamunda, only to find out that he has a son he didn’t know about back in America. This unexpected event forces him back to the United States to fulfill the dying wish of his father to groom a prince. But it may be a case of history repeating itself as Akeem faced a similar situation. The all-star cast will include Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler, KiKi Layne, Leslie Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos, Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes and James Earl Jones. Read more

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Best comedy movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+ or DVD in 2021

2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and the 2010's best rated comedy movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+ & More).

  • On the Rocks

    DIRECTOR: Sofia Coppola
    CAST: Rashida Jones, Bill Murray & Marlon Wayans
    Laura Keane (Rashida Jones) fears that her husband (Marlon Wayans) may be cheating on her. Her fears are further stoked by her misogynistic father Felix (Bill Murray) who not only stresses how piggish men can be but urges Laura to pursue her husband in an undercover case. And while her husband is foremost on her mind, this may be more about her father than anything else. Written and directed by Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation), this romantic drama of a daughter reconnecting with her cheating father is filled with quiet moments of charm and somber moments of an uneasy history played up with stellar performances by Jones and Murray. Read more

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  • Let Them All Talk

    DIRECTOR: Steven Soderbergh
    CAST: Meryl Streep, Gemma Chan & Candice Bergen
    Steven Soderbergh directs this all-star dramedy about writing and aging. Meryl Streep plays Alice Hughes, an aged screenwriter hoping to get back in the game. She finds time to both work and connect with her friends Roberta (Candice Bergen) and Susan (Dianne Wiest) while on a boat cruise. Also along for the ride is Alice's nephew, Tyler (Lucas Hedges), unsure how to feel around such older figures. What follows is a bittersweet tale of Alice struggling to discover herself through her work. Read more

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The Best Comedies of 2020, Ranked by Tomatometer

(Photo by Orion/courtesy Everett Collection.)

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: 100549%

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

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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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The Best Comedy Movies of 2020

By Collider StaffUpdated


Because we could all use a laugh right about now.

If there was ever a year that needed some good laughs, it’s 2020. Times are tough, we’ve all had an unusual amount of alone time this year, and there’s nothing like a good guffaw to burn off a little stress and make you feel primally connected to something. Fortunately, while many of the year’s biggest blockbusters and highly-anticipated horror titles were delayed, a lot of high-profile comedy movies made their way to streaming and DVD, giving us something to laugh about at home.

Like everything else in 2020, it’s been an interesting and unusual year in comedy. There’s a whole lot of genre-bending; comedies that skew towards drama, action-comedies, horror-comedies, and animated funny movies for kids. And then there’s that Will Ferrell movie that made us cry like babies. A strange year indeed.

We sorted through 2020’s comedy releases, from the streaming hits to the straight-to-VOD surprises, and the few that had the chance to screen in theaters, and picked our favorites. Check out the Collider Staff’s best comedy movies of the year below, and if you’re looking for something you can watch right now, head over to the Best Comedies on Netflix and the Best Comedies on Amazon Prime.

12 Hour Shift

If you like your comedy it bit twisted and very bloody, settle in for a super-fun thriller with Brea Grant’s 12 Hour Shift. Set in a hospital during one very gnarly, unrelenting shift, the film stars Angela Bettis as a nurse whose black market organ-selling scheme goes way off track when her not-to-bright but extremely determined cousin (Chloe Farnworth) loses a harvested kidney. Grant has snappy dialogue and a sharp eye (especially in one dance-fuelled scene transition that truly delighted me,) but as an experienced actor herself, she’s especially keen at getting killer performances out of her cast. Bettis is reliably excellent in the lead, and David Arquette charms his way through his minimal scenes, but Farnworth is a dang force of nature as an unstoppable dimwit who will do whatever it takes to save her own dolled-up skin, no matter how dastardly. It's the kind of genre-bender that will have you cringing through the comedy and smiling through the squirmiest bits. - Haleigh Foutch

An American Pickle

As a longtime fan of Seth Rogen, An American Pickledidn’t have to sell me too hard on watching it earlier this year when it dropped onto HBO Max. Penned by Simon Rich (who also wrote the short story on which his script is based), An American Pickle follows Herschel Greenbaum (Rogen), an immigrant working in a pickle factory who accidentally gets sealed up into a vat of pickle brine in the early 20th century and is released from his salty tomb 100 years later into modern-day Brooklyn. Herschel’s only surviving relative is Ben (also Rogen), an app developer who welcomes Herschel into his home. As the two reconnect, their very different approaches to life get them into some very odd situations, including Herschel’s spectacularly failed attempts to start his own pickle business. Cue Herschel learning what an intern is, what a health inspector is, and what wokeness is with a 20th-century attitude.

Things get very silly very fast as Ben reacts poorly to Herschel’s new life, leading them both to confront their own issues around loss and loneliness. Much of American Pickle’s comedy is infused with earnestness and sweetness rooted in the idea that families are stronger together, so when it falls apart, it can lead to places that are as amusingly absurd as they are enlightening. -Allie Gemmill

Bad Boys for Life

The most endearing element of the Bad Boys movies isn’t the over-the-top action and wild-as-all-hell setpieces, but rather the charisma and comedic banter of its two lead actors. Even after a 17-year hiatus, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence easily reconnect with that magic in Bad Boys for Life, delivering a movie that’s equal parts hilarious and high-octane.

The movie leans into the fact that these two guys are well into middle age (although looking at Smith, you’d never be able to tell), resulting in some truly delightful gags that are closer to the near-farcical comedy of the first film. One particularly memorable scene involves Mike (Smith) trying to stealthily drop off Marcus’ (Lawrence) baby grandchild before pushing Marcus into a high-speed chase in the Burnett family minivan. There’s also several easter eggs for fans of the series that produce some solid laughs, in particular the film’s masterful opening sequence. Bad Boys for Life manages to be one of the year’s best comedies without slimming down the action one iota, which is another way of saying you should watch it immediately. The only bummer is that it’s a cop movie, with one scene in particular that has aged horribly since its release back in January. So maybe just pretend that they’re superheroes? -- Thomas Reimann

Bad Education

Hugh Jackman turned in one of the strongest performances of 2020 in Bad Education, a dramedy based on one of the biggest embezzlement cases in U.S. history. Jackman plays Frank Tassone, a Long Island superintendent who is the model leader with an unblemished record. Frank’s carefully-constructed veneer of perfection begins to crack when it is revealed his close friend, assistant superintendent Pam Gluckin (Allison Janney), is revealed to have been using school district funds for her own personal gain. Pam’s downfall begins to expose just how long and deep her deception has gone and Frank’s participation in this crime.

Bad Education is not a comedy in that it explicitly aims for laughs. However, you will find yourself laughing at the characters of Bad Education because those on both the right and wrong side of history are depicted through Mike Makowsky’s script and Cory Finley’s direction. Bad Education is a comedy steeped in dark, dry humor that helps increase the tension as the plot moves forward while exposing its blandly callous antagonists. -Allie Gemmill

Bill and Ted Face the Music

One of the brightest spots of 2020 was Bill and Ted Face the Music. In an otherwise very bleak year, the third movie in the Bill and Ted franchise gave us a shot of joy. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter return for the threequel after nearly 30 years away, once again playing our favorite San Dimas time-travelers nearly 30 years after 1991’s Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey.

Bill and Ted Face the Music makes very smart and interesting choices with its story. The movie brings us into the present day, where Bill (Winter) and Ted (Reeves) are still living in San Dimas and still trying to make the song that will apparently unite the world. While they’re still musicians and best friends, they’re also dads and husbands, so the pressures of life weigh even heavier on them. (They’re also still very co-dependent on one another — a running joke that often results in some of the funniest moments of the movie.) Bill and Ted Face the Music sees the guys trying to save the world once more. This time, they try to steal their world-saving song from themselves. As they bop around on their own timelines, they meet multiple Bills and Teds, some who are in jail, some who are failed rock stars, and some who are hanging out in a nursing home together. This set-up allows Reeves and Winter to really play around and indulge in the goofiness, making for a very fun and heartwarming romp. -Allie Gemmill

Birds of Prey: and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

In the year 2020, it’s not hard to make “the best DCEU film thus far.” But Birds of Prey accomplishes this task with unparalleled, unprecedented flair. It backflips over the DCEU finish line with glitter bombs and double middle fingers up. It redefines how much auteurs can and should flex in mainstream superhero cinema (Cathy Yan is doing everything, and I love every second of it). It gives Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn her necessary emancipation and then some -- watching Robbie inhabit this role without any icky need to pacify the male gaze is a goddamn joy. Its action sequences (with assists from John Wick’s Chad Stahelski) are pounding, fluid, brutal, clear pieces of poetry. Its comedy bits are committed to, hard; nothing has made me laugh harder than Quinn’s love and desire for a breakfast sandwich. It reminds us that Mary Elizabeth Winstead is a powerhouse comedian, Ewan McGregor and Chris Messina are powerhouse villains, and Rosie Perez is a powerhouse, period. It is, sincerely, one of the wildest “mainstream action-comedy films” I’ve ever seen in a movie theater released by a major studio, and I look forward to revisiting it as the fearlessly alive pop art object it is for years to come. -- Gregory Lawrence

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

If you haven’t seen Borat Subsequent Moviefilmyet, you’ve definitely heard about it. Sacha Baron Cohen’s surprise revival of his 2006 character/pop culture phenomenon made headlines for all kinds of reasons (from the right-wing rally prank spotted earlier this year to the shameful display from Rudy Guilliani that became a bonafide political talking point), but the sequel isn’t just another satirical skewering of America’s political hypocrisy, it’s a surprisingly tender reminder of the humanity behind the partisan hate. Where Borat sought to expose the vile beliefs that belied illusions of decency, the sequel looks to highlight the shared bit of vulnerability behind the now explicit hatred that dominates our discourse, and of course, make us laugh.

Cohen is unsurprisingly fearless and hilarious in his return to form, but arguably the breakout of the year is Maria Bakalova, who stars as Borat’s daughter and steals the show, going toe-to-toe with Cohen for every outrageous gag, and anchoring the film in her character’s journey to independence. So yes, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is surprisingly touching, but also the hardest I’ve laughed out loud in quite a while, and all these years later, you still can’t help but marvel at just how far Cohen (and now, Bakalova along with him) is willing to go for the bit. – Haleigh Foutch


Downhilldoesn't quite measure up to its Swedish predecessor Force Majeure, but it's a solid film in its own right that deserves to be seen. Fox Searchlight's remake from The Way Way Back directors Jim Rash and Nat Faxon boasts some serious star power between Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The duo play a longtime couple whose marriage is put to the test by a harmless avalanche. As a wall of snow descends upon their family, Ferrell makes a split-second decision to grab his phone run, abandoning his wife and children in the process. He argues that his survival instincts simply kicked in, but she's having none of it, and the rest of their vacation suffers from the resulting fallout. Miranda Otto co-stars as a randy hotel concierge who is very open and honest about her busy sex life. Ferrell is somewhat miscast here, but Louis-Dreyfus does wonders with the role, and truly deserves a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical. It's a treat whenever she graces the big screen, and her comic timing here is as impeccable as always. - Jeff Sneider


The most recent take on Jane Austen's Emma. is perhaps the most sumptuous and salty entry into the canon ofmovie adaptations based on the beloved author’s work. Screenwriter Eleanor Catton takes care to preserve the more biting tones of Austen’s wits in this version of the Emma tale, while director Autumn de Wilde and her crew craft a vision of Regency-era England which borders on pure confectionary delight. These two elements serve as the perfect stage for Emma.’spitch-perfect cast, led by Anya Taylor-Joy as the titular wannabe matchmaker, to play out the dramas within a small town.

Unlike previous Emma adaptations starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Romola Garai respectively, or even the uber-popular modern takeClueless, de Wilde’s Emma. brings out the darker, more searing aspects of Austen’s story. Taylor-Joy’s Emma is a bit more overtly conniving in her schemes to push together two unsuspecting potential lovers, with those efforts making the pain more acutely felt when it all goes awry. But for every sour, there is plenty of sweet which comes in the form of dry, pointed comedy. You need look no further than Josh O’Connor as the insufferable vicar Mr. Elton, always prone to a bit of self-important monologuing, or Emma’s down-the-nose stares which blatantly communicate her dislike of a particular person or comment, or moments of more physical comedy (like a chuckle-worthy piano forte duel), all of which bring out the funnier side of Emma. -- Allie Gemmill

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga isn’t like any classic Will Ferrell film. Nor is it like Wedding Crashers, the last Ferrell-Rachel McAdams joint from the same director, David Dobkin. If it can be compared to any other Ferrell comedy, the closest I can come up with is Stranger than Fiction with a seasoning of Blades of Glory. I’m not even sure if it’s interested in being a “comedy” the way any other comedy is. It plays more like an inspirational sports drama that happens to use wigs, elves, European accents, and theatrical songs to convey its earnest messaging. Its heart is fully, unabashedly, designedly on its sleeve. The big climactic set piece is a performance of a gorgeous ballad with barely any jokes. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Eurovision is a wholly unique experience, one that made me feel — and made me cry — throughout. The tagline says it all: “Nobody wins solo.” -- Gregory Lawrence

Extra Ordinary might just be the sweetest movie of 2020, and this odd little horror-comedy is never quite what you expect. Completely charming, laugh-out-loud funny, and occasionally quite creepy, Extra Ordinary is a ghost-busting good time that lovingly embraces the hallmarks of the haunting genre and repackages them as a rom-com. Directed by Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman, the Irish indie stars Maeve Higgins as Rose Dooley, a gentle and kind, if a bit lonely, woman who happens to have powerful (and sometimes terrible) paranormal gifts. Usually, that leads her to some pretty quotidian ghosts who just need a little help passing over, but all that changes when she takes a gig helping a local man named Martin (Barry Ward) get rid of his angry deceased wife’s spirit and the sinister has-been rock star Christian Winter (Will Forte) rolls into town with a devilish plan to find his way to new glory. Higgins and Ward make for a positively delightful duo and their chemistry eases you right into Extra Ordinary’s joyful oddball romance-meets-exorcism riff. -- Haleigh Foutch


Arguably the best horror-comedy since the original Scream, Freaky is a bloody body-swapping comedy wherein an awkward teenage girl (Kathryn Newton) trades places with that of a hulking serial killer (Vince Vaughn). This unholy mash-up of Friday the 13th and Freaky Friday (hence the legally clearable title) shouldn’t work but it does, spectacularly, thanks largely to the two committed, wholly believable, and often laugh-out-loud funny lead performances and a whip-smart script by director Christopher Landon and Michael Kennedy, which thoughtfully embraces modern-day sensitivities (“Pronouns!”) while still delivering the gore-drenched goods (the bisection of a mercurial shop teacher played by high school movie legend Alan Ruck is particularly satisfying). As he did with Happy Death Day 2 U, Landon also makes room for some wonderfully emotional moments, proving that if you’re going to make a movie this obsessed with pumping blood, you’re going to need a beating heart too. Underseen during its initial drive-in/theatrical run in November, Freaky is already available to rent on VOD and should have its cult classic status cemented immediately. It’s that good. – Drew Taylor

The Gentlemen

Guy Ritchie has never been one to pussyfoot around, and neither am I, so I'll give it to you straight. The "c-word" is used a lot in this testosterone-driven flick. It's a vulgar term that's even more unbecoming when you consider the film's title, but if you can get past that popular British slang word -- and a bunch of other offensive stuff too, to be sure -- you'll see that Ritchie really is an equal-opportunity offender, and no one gets off easy in The GentlemenMatthew McConaughey plays a major weed dealer who is looking to cash out and sell his operation to the highest bidder. Charlie Hunnam plays his right-hand man, one who's forced to deal with a nosy reporter (a hilarious Hugh Grant) who comes snooping around while McConaughey fends off a power-hungry gangster played by Henry Golding. The film co-stars Colin Farrell in a scene-stealing turn as a boxing coach who has taught his fighters how to use their unique athletic skills outside of the ring. The Gentlemen may not be a crime comedy on par with Ritchie's early films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, but it'll satisfy fans of those films with its clever twists and turns. Just don't say we didn't warn you about the pottymouth on this movie. - Jeff Sneider

Happiest Season

Fair warning, Happiest Season is a bit heavier and a lot more emotional than a lot of folks were expecting when they hit play, but that’s part of what makes Clea DuVall’s Christmas dramedy worth watching. Kristen Stewart stars as Abby, a gay woman who wants to propose to her girlfriend Harper (Mackenzie Davis) at her family’s big Christmas gathering. There’s just one problem – Harper’s family doesn’t know she’s gay, leading to a classic rom-com set-up of farcical false identities and secret trysts. Except they play a bit different here, because Happiest Season marks a long-overdue chapter in queer representation as the first gay Christmas rom-com.

That meant that Happiest Season had a lot of weight on its shoulders that your average holiday romp doesn’t have to carry, and the conversations the film sparked only proved how hungry people are for that representation. (And the film’s conspicuous absence in Hulu’s presentation at the 2020 Disney Investor Day, despite the fact that it reportedly shattered Hulu’s viewership records for Hulu originals, only shows have far we still have left to go.) But whether you're Team Harper or Team Riley (Aubrey Plaza in a film-stealing supporting role), Happiest Season is a heartfelt romantic dramedy with a fantastic comedic cast. Now I just need a spinoff sequel that’s all about Mary Holland and Dan Levy’s characters being the best. – Haleigh Foutch

Hubie Halloween

Adam Sandler’s Netflix output has, by and large, been largely underwhelming. But Hubie Halloween, his first Halloween-themed movie for the streamer and his first, period, since the underrated supernatural comedy Little Nicky, was surprisingly successful; a warm-hearted, low-stakes romp, more trick than treat. Sandler plays the title character, a resident of Salem, Massachusetts who loves Halloween despite being scared of just about everything. On this Halloween, though, there might just be something to be frightened of – a series of mysterious kidnappings leads to a number of suspects including an escaped lunatic and, possibly, a werewolf.

Stacked with Sandler’s usual supporting cast of regular all-stars (including Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Tim Meadows, Maya Rudolph and Rob Schneider) and some notable new additions to the team (Julie Bowen, Ray Liotta, a scene-stealing June Squibb), Hubie Halloween meanders but never feels lost, with a number of wonderful character bits and recurring gags (like a weird runner about women dressing like Harley Quinn). Who knows, this could wind up an annual favorite, like a PG-13, piss-joke-filled version of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. – Drew Taylor

The Hunt

Nothing will prepare you for The Hunt— and that’s a good thing. After an unfortunate shelving back in 2019, The Hunt was finally released in early 2020 to a very curious public. What was all the fuss about? Why was it shuttered away? Was it really the shocking, politically polarizing movie it was marketed as and which earned it that unusual shelving away? Welp, no, not really. Look, The Hunt makes it clear in plain fuckin’ English that both liberals and conservatives are in its crosshairs and takes every opportunity to mercilessly mock the behavior of both sides. But that is both the point and not quite the point of this Craig ZobelNick Cuse and Damon Lindelof-penned comedy starring Betty Gilpin.

The Hunt begins with a seemingly disparate group of people drugged and tossed in the middle of a forest. Upon waking, the group discovers they share a common thread: They represent the portion of the American populace that clings to the kind of insidious ignorance which another portion of the populace believes is ruining the country. From there, a ham-fisted rendition of The Most Dangerous Gameensues, with the mysterious Crystal (Gilpin) breaking away from the pack to figure out what the hell is going on.

Crystal’s search for answers leads to some big surprises. It also allows her to showcase a very unusual set of skills, which might put her up next to John Wick as one of the best action heroes in recent memory. Through Crystal’s arc, The Hunt delivers its most brutal and shocking plot twists. Along the way, Gilpin brings her full range as a comedic actor to the table, nailing some tricky line delivery that toes the line between absurd and black comedy. The movie’s plot twists, as well as some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments (keep your eyes peeled for a very good sequence set in a bunker), help argue The Hunt’s thesis that, honestly, we might be well and truly fucked here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. because whatever is going on right now just ain’t working. -- Allie Gemmill

The King of Staten Island

While The King of Staten Island really is more of a drama than a comedy, A) It's a Judd Apatow movie and B) It's still classified as a comedy, so we’re saying it counts for the purposes of this list. And it’s a good movie! Pete Davidson pulls from his own personal life to chronicle the story of a directionless young man aimlessly wandering about Staten Island, wondering if he’ll ever make it out. The comedy comes mostly from Davidson’s dark humor with regards to his father’s death and his interactions with his friends, but the film makes clear that the humor masks a deep pain and grief that he keeps avoiding at all costs. It’s Apatow’s most ambitiously dramatic and emotional film yet, while also maintaining an overwhelming sense of humanity through humor. – Adam Chitwood

Love and Monsters

Well, this one came out of nowhere. Love and Monsters was one of a host of genre movies Paramount quietly shuffled to VOD when it was very clear that theaters wouldn’t be open in time (see also: Spontaneous, Spell), and it was a huge surprise (in a very good way). In the future an asteroid threatens to wipe out the earth; when the asteroid is destroyed, the chemical fallout turns all of the cold-blooded creatures on earth into huge, hideous mutated monsters. Dylan O’Brien plays a survivor who sets out to connect with his long-separated (socially distanced?) love, traversing a world that threatens to gobble him up at every turn. Visually sophisticated with a surprising amount of heart, Love and Monsters ventures into some unexpected territory, including a tender relationship between O’Brien’s character and a stray dog (supposedly the two loved each other in real life) and a Twilight Zone-y twist that, wouldn’t you know it, humans were the real monsters? With winning supporting performances by Michael Rooker (as a jaded wanderer) and a very adorable Jessica Henwick as O’Brien’s paramour, Love and Monsters is very much worth seeking out. – Drew Taylor

On the Rocks

At least 2020 gave us a new Sofia Coppola movie. The weirdly overlooked On the Rocks, part of A24’s partnership with Apple TV+, is a fine, effervescent return to form for Coppola whose last film was the darkly hued (but still quite funny) female revenge film The Beguiled. In On the Rocks, Rashida Jones plays a creatively stunted writer who suspects that her husband (Marlon Wayans) might be cheating on her, leading her to team up with her rascally father (Bill Murray) to try and get some answers. Lighthearted, full of unabashedly delightful performances and ensconced in the velvety, extremely wealthy version of New York City that only someone like Coppola could adequately portray, it oscillates between frivolity and deep pathos with ease. In fact, it’s the interludes where Jones is obsessed with the vitality of her creative life that you feel Coppola reaching for an autobiographical truth that just so happens to be nestled inside an airy screwball comedy. Featuring a terrific score by French pop band Phoenix (led by Coppola’s husband) that is, damnably, still unavailable, and lush cinematography by Philippe Le Sourd, On the Rocks is a truly unsung gem. – Drew Taylor


Pixar’s first original film since 2017’s Coco (yes, seriously), Onwardis Pixar at their most imaginative and heart-tugging. Based, in part, on the childhood of co-writer/director Dan ScanlonOnward tells the tale of two elf brothers (MCU refugees Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) who live in a mundanely magical realm and who embark on an epic quest to spend another day with their dearly departed father. This is an undeniably clever contraption; seeing how Scanlon and a small army of talented artists, technicians, and storytellers conjure a world that is at once suburban and super-fantastical is a feat in and of itself. (We want a pet dragon!) But that Pixar difference, of course, is the intricateness of that storytelling and the way that they are able to inject real emotion into something that, in the wrong hands, could have been a purely intellectual exercise. It’s also one of the studio’s funniest films, with a centerpiece sequence set at a mythical beast’s chain restaurant, that will leave you howling with laughter. It might have gotten the short end of the stick with its theatrical run, but Onward (which plays and looks a lot like the Pixar version of an Amblin movie) is on Disney+ now. If you haven’t seen it yet, do it now. It is an epic quest very much worth embarking on. -- Drew Taylor


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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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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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