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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
The debut film from filmmaking pair Phil Lord and Chris Miller is one of the finest comedies of the twenty-first century. While their 2009 animated blockbuster Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs isn’t as well-known as 21 Jump Street or The LEGO Movie, it’s a delightful, bright, and innovative comedy about a village where food is pouring from the sky.
Flint Lockwood is played by Bill Hader, a scientific outcast whose invention goes awry, turning his tranquil hamlet into the epicentre of a food calamity. For good measure, there’s a dash of romantic comedy sweetness thrown in, making this not just a fantastic and amusing comedy but also a strong feel-good film
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
The story follows a pair of lifelong friends and musicians from Iceland unexpectedly thrust into the Eurovision Song Contest, testing their talents and relationships. Ferrell is hilarious as always, but it’s Rachel McAdams who steals the show here and proves yet again she’s one of the best comedic talents working right now. Oh, and the songs? They’re spectacular.
Think again if you believe Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is just another “stupid Will Ferrell comedy.” This musical comedy is one of the 2020s most delightful surprises; it’s shockingly lovely and truly emotional – don’t be shocked if you find yourself crying by the end.
Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks! is one of his finest films, and it’s unlike anything else he’s done before. The film, released in 1996 and based on the same-named comic book, follows various individuals as they struggle with the aftermath of a Martian invasion.
The whole thing has a weird, sarcastic edge to it – you can see Burton winking through the camera as he enjoys pushing humanity’s feet to the fire. It’s odd, and there’s a hint of Burton’s Ed Wood spirit mixed in with his wacky Beetlejuice antics. But, first and foremost, Mars Attacks! is a hilarious film.
Team America: World Police
Team America: World Police is perfect for times you need to laugh so hard it aches. Outside of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone haven’t done much in the previous 20 years, but Team America from 2004 is just as snappy and amusing as you’d expect.
The film is a spoof about the US’ War on Terror, focused on the titular “World Police,” who travel into foreign countries and damage everything in the name of freedom. This film features some very bizarre moments, culminating in a third act that aims at almost everyone.
The Disaster Artist
Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Ari Graynor, Josh Hutcherson, and Jackie Weaver are among the film’s cast members. A documentary about creating the infamously bad film The Room should not be this wonderful or emotional, yet it is. The Disaster Artist is a documentary about how Tommy Wiseau disregarded almost every cinematic standard (for the worse) to produce his picture The Room and how the film became a cult classic due to its completely insane structure and execution.
The relationship between Tommy and Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) serves as an unexpectedly emotional basis for this stranger-than-fiction narrative that is also very, very, very hilarious, and James Franco is truly fantastic both in front of and behind the camera in this picture.
Look no farther than The Babysitter, director McG’s black comedy-horror from writer Brian Duffield, if you want a little blood, guts, and gore mixed in with your laughter (Spontaneous). Misfit adolescent Cole (Judah Lewis) is looking forward to a night with his babysitter, Bee (Samara Weaving).
Still, things take a sinister turn when Cole discovers that Bee and the group 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. Even if you have to hack through a few layers of skin to see it, this film is pure mayhem in its purest form. However, there is a genuinely lovely beating heart at its heart.
If you’re looking for a buddy comedy with some excellent action and a humorous twist on the standard, Pineapple Express from 2008 is a great choice. Instead of two capable individuals at its heart, it’s a process server and his drug dealer in this remake of a famous 1980s mismatched buddy action-comedy.
When they witness a murder, the two — portrayed by Seth Rogen and James Franco — find themselves on the run, but they keep running into hijinks at every step, which is made worse by their sheer ineptness. Danny McBride gets bonus points for stealing the show.
Even if you’ve never seen Step Brothers, there’s a decent chance you’ll be able to recite at least 65 percent of it. This film is featured on the Mt. Rushmore of Quotable Comedy. “I used to use weed with John Hopkins,” says a fifth of the world’s population at any one time. That’s because there’s a reason for it.
Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell) and Dale Doback (John C Reilly) are two adult men who become step-brothers, terrible adversaries, inseparable friends, and, eventually, a jaw-droppingly stunning drum-and-opera-singing musical combo. But it’s also the pinnacle of a few recognizable things, from the Man-Child subgenre to Will Ferrell as comedy’s biggest star and Adam McKay as a comedy filmmaker solely and beyond.
Check out American Ultra if action-comedy is your thing. The film, released in 2015, reteams Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart from Adventureland for a different type of narrative. Eisenberg plays a drifting stoner who becomes the CIA’s target, which awakens something buried deep inside him when he discovers he’s a sleeper agent with precision combat abilities. He and his girlfriend (Stewart) flee, and the film is a mix of action and stoner humour.
21 Jump Street
I’m not sure Phil Lord and Chris Miller ever achieved the same level of “well, that shouldn’t have worked but it did” with their hit animated comedy about Legos. (It’s also on this list right now!) But, boy, did they come close with their first film, 21 Jump Street, an adaptation of the dark late-80s police procedural that starred Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as buddy cops. To be clear, this film should not be as amazing or as funny as it is, yet it is.
Morton Schmidt and Greg Jenko are Morton Schmidt and Greg Jenko; rookie police officers assigned undercover at a high school to find out whoelling a new narcotic known as HFS. (It’s pronounced “Holy Fucking Shit.”) 21 Jump Street is the finest modern take on the buddy police comedy, and in most places, not seeing it is a crime.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Almost all of the Coen Brothers’ films are comedies in some fashion, and even their few pure dramas are full of dark humour. That is certainly the case with The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a six-part Western anthology covering six different stories, all of which have the same theme: death.
At least three pieces, notably the boisterous opening section featuring Tim Blake Nelson and the second chapter “Near Algones,” starring James Franco and consisting essentially of one long joke with a superb payoff, qualify as comedies. You’ll receive a strong dosage of sorrow and reflection to go along with the belly laughter if you watch the whole thing, but considering that the Coen Brothers are two of our finest living directors, it all gels together like a beautiful feast.
Chef is the ultimate comfort film, a top-notch “put it on when you need some pleasant feelings” film. After working on mega-budget blockbusters like Iron Man and Cowboys vs Aliens, Jon Favreau returned to his indie roots by writing, directing, producing, and acting in this short film about a LA chef who loses his job and starts a food truck in Miami with his young kid (Emjay Anthony). Chef is a charming film, more of a warm embrace than a laugh-a-minute yuck fest, one that will tug at your emotions while making you quite hungry.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, released in 1975, is one of the finest comedies of all time and one of the best films of all time. Monty Python’s Holy Grail tells the storey of King Arthur’s search for the Holy Grail in a wonderfully ludicrous way, with some brilliantly inspired visuals and the high production value is thrown in for good measure.
After acquiring fame for their TV programme, Monty Python made their second feature film, Holy Grail. Unlike their first film, And Now for Something Completely Different, Holy Grail is a single continuous storey rather than a series of skits. Even though people’s perceptions of humour and the comedy genre as a whole have evolved over the last four decades, Holy Grail remains a landmark achievement and, above all, a brilliantly entertaining film.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a true classic and one of the greatest films ever created. This comedy captures the essence of high school life well, and it’s the ideal movie to watch on a rainy day. The John Hughes film masterfully depicts the “senioritis” feeling of skipping school and hanging out with your buddies, making the audience feel they follow Ferris on his excursions.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off has an undercurrent of sorrow, as do most of Hughes’ films, but it’s also a laugh riot that’s stood the test of time.
So enjoy these movies and have a laugh Riot!!