In many ways, Hulu is often the underdog of the streaming world. When it comes to comedy, many people’s first thought is to opt for a Netflix stand-up special or Amazon series. But, if Hulu has made one thing clear with its comedy selection as of late, it’s that they’ve got no more time for funny business. Or … well, rather, they have a lot of time for funny business. And they’re becoming a major contender in the streaming world with their library of comedy movies, especially.
With a variety of blockbuster laughs like Booksmart and Superbad, along with commentary-driven dark comedies like Parasite, and indie favorites like Tangerine, Hulu has some serious comedic range.
Whether you consider yourself more inclined to high-brow humor; are into the heartwarming gut-buster; or are someone who tries not to take comedy too seriously, there’s guaranteed to be a Hulu pick to make you laugh out loud. Or … to smirk cynically in silence. Whatever tickles your funny bone, we’ve got a lineup of hilarious headliners. Here are some of the best comedic movies on Hulu.
Sorry to Bother You
With the fresh perspective of Boots Riley in his directorial debut, Sorry to Bother You is as sharp in its commentary as it is in its wit. Lakeith Stanfield stars as Cassius Green, a telemarketer in Oakland, California, whose professional key to success comes in the form of adopting a white accent over the phone. As Cassius rises in the ranks, the world around him becomes an increasing moral dilemma when his loved ones begin to protest against corporate oppression.
Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut Booksmart has become an instant classic in the coming-of-age canon. Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever star as two academic-oriented best friends who make a Hail Mary pass to make up for lost time, attempting to fit four years worth of “carpe diem” into their last night of high school. The comedic chemistry between Feldstein and Dever is both heartwarming and gut-busting, with a wacky ensemble and plot that guarantee its superlative as class clown in the Hulu bunch.
When it comes to coming-of-age comedies, some would argue that Superbad is just the irreverent, awkward, and hornier big brother of Booksmart. And, sure, technically Superbad star Jonah Hill is the older brother of Booksmart’s Beanie Feldstein. But both films haved forged their own chaotic path through the awkward adolescent genre. And the path forged by Hill and Michael Cera in Superbad is one marked by fake IDs, romantic faux pas, desperation, and an offbeat sincerity.
A pitch black, dark comedy if there ever were one, but a comedy nonetheless. The film follows the Kims, a lower-income family in South Korea, as they steadily infiltrate the home of the wealthy Park family via household jobs. Making international waves in 2020, Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite boasts a plot as charmingly cunning and urgent as its characters.
Ingrid Goes West
Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen make for an unexpected comedic duo in this dark indie. Plaza stars as the titular Ingrid, a directionless and unstable young woman who resolves to start anew by moving to Los Angeles and befriending her favorite Instagram influencer Taylor Sloane. As the chaotic commentary on social media and obsession unravels, Taylor soon realizes that Ingrid is less a “follower” and more akin to a stalker.
The perfect happy medium for those movie nights when the crowd is split between action and comedy, Deadpool packs a perfect blend of punches and punch lines. Ryan Reynolds stars as the irreverent Marvel anti-hero as he embarks on a quest for vengeance against the man who turned him into a mutant.
There’s something sardonically hilarious about a high school clique whose drama shifts swiftly between “What’s your damage?” gossip and literal murder. Whether you need a reminder that your high school years could have been worse, or just want to witness a young Winona Ryder in action, Heathers is the perfect blood-splattered dark comedy.
Crazy, Stupid Love
If you’re a rom-com skeptic, Crazy, Stupid Love might just make you a believer. With a star-studded cast including Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone, the oddly heartwarming flick follows newly single 40-something Cal as he is taken under the wing of young ladies man, Jacob. Though not exactly your typical network narrative, the film packs in plenty of hilarious romantic affairs.
Spinning a biopic on notorious Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding and the 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan into a dark comedy takes about as much precision as a triple axel. And I, Tonya just about sticks the landing. Featuring a transformative lead performance by Margot Robbie, I, Tonya’s humor is deftly balanced between outward laughs and a sympathetic perspective on the life and legacy of Harding.
A perfect family-friendly pick for movie night, Chicken Run’s charming wit and spectacular animation quality is enough to keep viewers of any age engaged. From Wallace & Gromit creators Aardman Animations, Chicken Run follows a Great Escape-esque tale of a chicken coop determined to evade the confines of their farm before they fall prey to the farm’s new chicken pie-making venture.
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