It’s the weekend. And what better than to sit in the comfort of your home on a Saturday night and laze away with a good comedy movie. We’ve got you covered if you’re stumped on what to watch. Here’s a list of the best comedy movies on Netflix right now. That includes new releases, so keep a watch for whenever it gets updated. Oh, this isn’t in any particular order, by the way, so you can just take any pick from here. Or better yet, all of them.
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1. Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010)
After the successes of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Edgar Wright decided to adapt Bryan Lee O’Malley’s beloved comic books into a brilliant action, romance, comedy.
The editing, visuals and cinematic style of the film are an absolute treat to watch, and most of the cast has gone on to achieve greater things, like Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Brie Larson, and Chris Evans. It’s a very strange movie with wacky, out-of-place elements all put together and made into one perfect script. It’s among the best comedy movies Hollywood had to offer this decade. I love, love, LOVE this film.
2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
The OG comedy, which still gets people laughing till they’re way out of breath. If there was ever a timeless classic, this would be it. Intelligent comedy mixed with ridiculous jokes, this movie still works and still gets you laughing. Based on the mythical King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, this movie, low budget as it is, has produced some of the finest moments in cinematic history. That fight with The Black Knight still gets to be. “‘Tis but a flesh wound.”
3. Superbad (2007)
Superbad was the coming-of-age comedy for the 90s kids. It was the movie you’d watch with your bros. It’s got heart, it’s got humour, it’s got dick jokes. Of all of Judd Apatow’s creations, this one is truly special.
Who knew that the fat kid from Superbad would go on to be a multiple Academy Award nominee? Where has the time gone?
4. Hot Fuzz (2007)
Edgar Wright stormed into Hollywood with his amazing Shaun of the Dead, and he continued that form with the better, much more funny Hot Fuzz, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost once again. But the director didn’t just look at the the comedic element. It was an action-thriller-noir-pulp-satire-comedy fusion, and it was absolutely brilliant. Simon Pegg only complemented Edgar Wright’s ideas with his excellent performance, as well as his writing prowess, forming a formidable duo with the director. Wright could do no wrong.
5. Always Be My Maybe (2019)
The most politically correct rom-com ever, this movie is about diversity, gender equality, and the dynamic of a relationship all rolled into one, and it still manages to be a funny, well-written movie with great characters. Ali Wong and Randall Park star as two former best friends who rekindle an old relationship, and they’re clearly having a ball. It’s funny, it’s thoughtful, it’s intelligent, and it’s worth a watch. Check this one out. Oh, it’s also got Keanu Reeves in it too.
6. The Big Short (2015)
In all fairness, this is a comedy-drama of sorts, but the humour is very evident. Directed by Adam McKay, with an all-star cast of Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carrel and Brad Pitt, The Big Short is one of the most underrated movies of recent years. While it may not be laugh-out-loud comedy, it turns a real-life event into something of a satire, with some brilliant performances by the lead actors. And if you’re into movies like Wall Street and stuff, you’ll love this one.
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7. Zombieland (2009)
This exaggerated apocalyptic comedy was an instant hit that saw the rise of stars like Emma Stone and Jesse Eisenberg. It also gave us tips on the many ways to kill a zombie, if the occasion ever called for it. Funny, scary, with a tinge of romance and not enough of Bill Murray. Still a fun movie to watch. Can’t wait for the sequel to come out.
8. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
A comedy by the Coen Brothers? Yes, please. Known for classics like Fargo and The Big Lebowski, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs will soon join the Coen Bros’ list of timeless classics in a few years’ time. Sure, the comedy isn’t evident, but there are several hints of dark humour that are so typical of their style. Not your slapstick comedy, fun for the whole family type, but if you watch this, you just might feel the same way I do about this movie. After all, the Coen Brothers are two of the greatest filmmakers of our time.
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9. Horrible Bosses (2011)
Three dudes, who’re fed up with their dead end jobs and their bosses, each of who give them hell, decide to murder them. This movie didn’t need much direction, with Seth Gordon just letting the insanely talented cast loose and let them do their thing. Granted, overall, it’s just an okay movie, but it is brilliant on the comedy front. And it’ll be a damn good watch on a lazy weekend on the couch. If you haven’t already seen this, you’ll love it.
10. The Dictator (2012)
I would’ve liked to put Borat on this list, seeing as it’s one of the most shocking, audacious movies and performances I’ve ever seen in a comedy movie. But Netflix doesn’t have a lot of options in India. But do not worry. Here’s another great Sacha Baron Cohen parody of another political topic, a sex/money/power crazed dictator by the name of Admiral General Aladeen. This is a bit of a silly movie in truth, but Sacha Baron Cohen is enough to reel you in and keep you laughing for the duration of the movie.
There we are! These are top 10 comedy movies Hollywood has to offer on Netflix.
Over to you. What are you binge-watching on Netflix this weekend?
By Aditya Sarna
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