2020 sucks. There is no other way around it. The good news is, we have less than three months left until it’s 2021. Do you know how we’re gonna survive the next cosmic disaster to come our way this year? With laughter. Because laughter, my friends, is indeed the best medicine, and we could all use a little dose during this Beetlejuice of a year. Cancel your plans to scroll through Instagram because you are going to want to watch (or rewatch) the funniest movies available on Netflix right now, and give a big middle finger to 2020.
The hilarious movie that propelled Zach Galifianakis and Ken Jeong into stardom, follows three friends looking for their lost groom on a bachelor party gone wrong in Vegas. The only trouble is, they can’t seem to remember what happened the night before. There are too many amazing moments to name: the man-purse, the wolf pack, the taser, Baby Carlos, the list goes on and on.
This movie will never not be funny. Bridesmaids was written by women and for women and more than proves that women are just as funny as men. And it’s a toss up for funniest moment between Maya Rudolph saying “It’s happening it’s happening” or “It happened.” You know the scene.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Biggest surprise ever. We did not expect to laugh as hard as we did during this remake. But halfway through Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and we were cackling. Cackling. Tears were streaming down our eyes, and we had to pause the movie so we could finish laughing and not miss the next funny moment. Thank you Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Dwayne Johnson.
Superbad, the coming-of-age teen comedy (why, oh, why do we love these awkward teen movies so much) about a pair of boys about to graduate high school, was first conceived when the writers of the movie were themselves only 13 year old boys, and is loosely based on their high school experiences. Those writers? None other than Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Their first names are kept for the characters, but the actors who got to play them are Jonah Hill and Michael Cera.
Along Came Polly
Ben Stiller has perfected the art of the uptight but lovable guy who just needs a carefree woman to bring him out of his shell. Enter Jennifer Aniston, a sprinkle of Philip Seymour Hoffman, sharting, and you have yourself some comedy gold.
As the only Christopher Guest mockumentary available on Netflix right now, we’ll take it. But seriously, who can resist Spinal Tap, the not-so-greatest band of all time? To get the full effect of the film, turn your speakers up to 11.
What We Do In The Shadows
What We Do In The Shadows is a horror-comedy mockumentary, and a great one to watch leading up to Halloween. Multi-hyphen New Zealanders Jermaine Clements and Taika Waititi follow four vampire roommates haunting the streets of Wellington, and is cleverly written, subtly witty, and surprisingly charming. It became such a cult hit that it garnered a brilliant television spin-off by the same name, available on FX.
Three college roommates in their 30s who start a fraternity in order to relive the golden days of their youth? Yes. Starring Will Ferrell, Luke Wilson, and Vince Vaughn? Yes. Are we going streaking tonight? If you’re holding this letter, you already know.
The Invention of Lying
From the man who brought us the British – the original and slightly more cringeworthy – version of The Office comes a comedy about a man (Ricky Gervais) who realizes that he is the only person in the world who can lie. And in a world full of truth-tellers, what a beautiful gift that is.
Once you’ve watched The Invention of Lying about the only man in the world capable of lying, switch gears and take a trip down Jim Carey lane and watch one of his funniest movies about the only man in the world – and a lawyer to boot – who couldn’t lie in Liar Liar.
The 40 Year-Old Virgin
The 40 Year-Old Virgin is – surprise, surprise – about a 40-year old virgin, played with surprising pathos by Steve Carrell, whose co-workers devise ways to release him of his little circumstance. Co-starring Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, and Seth Rogen, this raunchy comedy is the brainchild of Carrell and comedy genius Judd Apatow.
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson bring the house down in this comedy about two divorce mediators who crash weddings to meet women. With special appearances by Bradley Cooper and Isla Fisher — who is the best surprise in the whole movie — this movie is a go to for a good belly laugh.
Melissa McCarthy plays Susan Cooper, a middle-aged, desk-bound CIA agent who is finally released into the field to stop a murdering crime boss. Hilarity, of course, ensues. Aside from the side-splitting laughs, the best thing about this movie is that it is undoubtedly the women who rule the roost: from the badass villain, to super spies, savvy analysts, and ultimately to the one who saves the day. The men —played by Jude Law and Jason Statham—are just eye candy.
Speaking of movies where women rule the roost and the men are just eye candy, the remake of the classic comedy Ghostbusters starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, and Snickers bar himself, Chris Hemsworth, was a box-office bomb because people were so ticked off that they remade the movie with women. Now don’t get us wrong, the original with Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Rick Moranis is legend, on Netflix as well, and you seriously need to see it. But we do think the girls did a pretty decent job reviving the old comedy classic. Haters just gonna hate.
The movie that birthed seventy gajillion memes and the perfect line of dismissal, “Bye Felisha,” Friday was also a revolutionary film in that it was one of the first movies to portray ‘the hood’ in a positive and comedic light. Writers Ice Cube and DJ Pooh drew from their own personal backgrounds to bring about genuine, relatable, and funny characters to help emphasize the positive aspects of growing up in the hood.
The Disaster Artist
Is it a comedy? Is it a drama? We’re not really sure, but what we are sure of is that it is laugh-out-loud hilarious. The Disaster Artist stars brothers James and Dave Franco in this biographical film about the unlikely partnership between Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero, which resulted in the making of the best-worst movies of all time, The Room. Which is worth a watch on it’s own, in a different I’m-laughing-because-this-is-so-bad kind of way.
The Big Lebowski
If The Big Lebowski isn’t on a ‘funniest movies list’, then it isn’t any ‘funniest movies list’ you should be reading, Dude. And lucky for us, it’s on Netflix. Jeff Bridges stars as Dave “The Dude” Lebowski – bowler and slacker extraordinaire. And it just gets better from there. This crime comedy is chocker-block full of comedy greats including John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, John Turturro, and Philip Seymour Hoffman (may God rest his soul).
Jason Bateman is not a movie. We are aware of that fact. However, everything Jason Bateman does is funny. Everything. He gives one look, and we’re giggling. A word and we’ve started howling. Even in Ozark, a drama that is most decidedly dark, he still manages to make us chuckle. That being said, our advice to you when you’re down in the Corona Blues is to seek thee out a Jason Bateman movie. And since The Switch is not currently on Netflix, just start with Game Night. Or Horrible Bosses. Or Couples Retreat. Or The Change-Up. It’s never a wrong day for Bateman.