24 Best Comedies Streaming on Netflix – January 2017
Comedy is one of those genres that when it’s good it’s good and when it’s bad it can be pretty terrible. The comedy genre has always been a go-to for stress relief. Thankfully, Netflix has a great selection of comedies to suit all tastes.
Whether it’s a classic like “Tommy Boy” or something newer like “Adventureland” there is something to watch for all comedy tastes. Here is out list of the 24 best comedies on Netflix.
Tommy Callahan (Chris Farley) is a bonafide party animal who is a few cans short of a six-pack. After seven years, Tommy has finally earned a diploma and a cushy job working at Callahan Auto Parts. Timmy is living the dream! Live couldn’t be any better Tommy as he returns home to find his dad (Brian Dennehy) is marrying a real “10” (Bo Derek), and he is going to be getting the stepbrother (Rob Lowe) he has always wanted. Tommy is sent out to hit the road as a salesman as the family business takes a nose dive. His partner for this journey is his dad’s right-hand man Richard (David Spade). What ensues is a road comedy where every turn leads to laughter. Starring two of the funniest Saturday Night Live alumni, the duo of Spade and Farley make for a rollicking movie.
Coming to America features popular comedian Eddie Murphy as pampered African prince Akeem. He rebels against an arranged marriage and heads to America to find a new bride. Murphy's regal father (James Earl Jones) agrees to his son the prince to have 40 days to roam the U.S., sending the prince's faithful retainer Semmi (Arsenio Hall) along to make sure nothing controversial occurs. To avoid people recognizing his nobility, Prince Akeem conceals his true identity and gets a blue collar at a fast-food restaurant. Murphy and Hall play multiple roles in the film, and there are countless celebrity cameos sprinkled throughout the movie - including the Duke Brothers (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) from Trading Places. Coming to America made headlines beyond the movie itself when humorist Art Buchwald sued the film's producers for plagiarizing one of his works. Buchwald carried the case to trial, where he won a large judgment against the film's producers.
Clueless is a re-imagining of Jane Austen’s 1816 novel Emma. This book is turned into a fresh and satirical look at rich teenagers in a Beverly Hills high school. Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Dionne (Stacey Dash), both named after great singers of the past, are pampered upper-class girls who are un-interested in getting good grades But would rather wear the right clothes and become as popular as possible. But Cher, who lives with her tough and warm-hearted lawyer dad (Dan Hedaya) and hunky, sensitive step brother (Paul Rudd), also has a call to help those less fortunate than she is. Two examples include two introverted teachers she brings together (while during the process "negotiating" herself improved grade) and helping her new friend Tai (Brittany Murphy), who starts out a geek and ends up a Cher prodigy. Cher possesses her own sensitive side, and she is looking for the perfect boyfriend, whom she ends up finding where she least expected.
White Chicks is a gender-bending, hilarious comedy starring funnymen brothers Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans. The film explores what happens when two fumbling FBI agents disguise themselves as mega-rich princesses to infiltrate high society? It is filled with frantic antics and nonstop hilarity as the brothers go from hapless G-men to high-class G-strings. Filled with catchy tunes, hardcore jams and a sidesplitting disco dance-off with the police fuel outrageous laughs from beginning to end.
Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) is VH1's three-time male model of the year. His ego and pride take a hit when hippie-chic Hansel (Owen Wilson) scooters in to steal this year's award. Evil fashion guru Mugatu (Will Ferrell) seizes the opportunity to take advantage of Zoolander’s anger and jealousy to turn Derek into a killing machine. This is a well though out conspiracy and only with the help of Hansel and a few well-chosen accomplices like Matilda (Christine Taylor) can Derek make the world safe one gain for male models everywhere.
Dante Hicks (Brian O’Halloran) is one of the worst days ever. He works as a clerk in a small convenience store, and the boss tells him to come into work on his day off. Dante thinks life is a series of disappointments and roadblocks and this day is proving to be no different. He finds out while reading the newspaper that his ex-girlfriend Caitlin is getting married. He is in an ongoing fight with his current girlfriend, Veronica (Marilyn Ghigliotti) which is not adding to his stress. Next door, his friend and alter ego Randall (Jeff Anderson) is a clerk at a video store. Randall’s disdain for his job and sharp tongue towards the customers is a stark contrast to Dante’s feeble attempts at customer service. Filmed in black-and-white on a $27,000 budget this film launched the career of Kevin Smith.
Wayne’s World is based on the popular Saturday Night Live skit of the same name. This is a is a wacky, pop-culture comedy about the adventures of two aimless metal-head friends, Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey). The duo broadcast a talk-show called "Wayne's World" from Wayne’s basement which airs on a local public access television. The show comes to the attention of sleazy network executive (Rob Lowe) who has an idea to produce a big-budget version of "Wayne's World." He also wants Wayne's girlfriend, a rock singer named Cassandra (Tia Carrere) to appear on the show. Wayne and Garth have to battle the executive not only to save their show. Not only that, Wayne has to keep his girlfriend, Cassandra from falling for the executive.
When this movie was first released in 1978, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong had already become known as professional potheads. Cheech & Chong: Up In Smoke, features the pot smoking duo on a road trip throughout California. The mission - finding some quality weed. A series of mishaps ensures throughout the story resulting in their respective deportations to Mexico. The pair is desperate to get back to the United States, so they will be able to perform in their band's gig later that night. Cheech and Chong unwittingly agree to drive a unique car across the border -- rather than the standard construction of steel and bolts, this vehicle is constructed entirely out of marijuana. Back in the States and accompanied by two unbelievably out-of-it female hitchhikers, the stoned group travels aimlessly trying to get their musical performance together. They narrowly escape from local law enforcement agencies on multiple occasions despite being completely oblivious to the fact they were being followed. The low-budget movie surprised critics grossed millions and cemented Cheech & Chong's cult-status.
This film is inspired by writer/director Greg Mottola’s own true-life job-from-hell experience. Adventureland stars Jesse Eisenberg (James Brennan) as a recent college graduate who discovers that he'll have to get a degrading minimum-wage job. James had been all set to embark on his dream tour of Europe when his parents (Wendie Malick and Jack Gilpin) let him know that they won't be able to subsidize the trip. James now faces the stark reality of having to work at a local amusement park with no summer traveling, no drinking German beer, no visiting world-class museums, and no flirting with cute French girls. When James embarks on a relationship with captivating co-worker Em (Kristen Stewart), he finally sees some light at the end of the tunnel. Suddenly, this terrible summer doesn't seem quite so bad.
Another Saturday Night Love spinoff, this comedy feature the skit characters portrayed by SNL alumni Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan. The two Steve (Will Ferrell) and Doug Butabi (Chris Kattan) two head-bobbing losers who spend their days going out on the town, looking for action. When they hear the disco-tune What Is Love? the signature head-bobbing ensues. Attempting to look cool, brothers Steve and Doug invariably always fail to pick up women in their hapless nightclub jaunts. The two work in a fake-flower shop owned by their father (Dan Hedaya). They are always denied entrance into the leading discotheque club, The Roxbury. That is until an auto accident with Richard Grieco (portraying himself) gives them a foot in the door. Fortune looks down upon the two as they soon find themselves owners of their very own nightclub.
This film focuses on two recurring characters of director Kevin Smith. Jay (Jason Mews) and Silent Bob (Smith) are a pair of stoned New Jersey slackers who have often been used as the templates for a pair of popular comic book heroes, Bluntman and Chronic. When they hear that their alter comic book egos are to be turned into a major motion picture without their consent or compensation, Jay and Silent Bob head for Hollywood to sabotage the production. During their journey, they encounter various characters including an ape, a nun (Carrie Fisher), the cast of Scooby-Doo, the Charlie's Angels-style band of sexy women who use them as stool pigeons in a diamond heist, and an unhinged wildlife ranger (Will Ferrell). Included in the film are numerous characters Smith has in his backlog: Alyssa Jones (Joey Lauren Adams), Brian O'Halloran as Dante Hicks, Jason Lee as Banky Edwards, Alanis Morissette as God, and actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon in dual roles as themselves and two other familiar characters. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back also co-stars a who’s who of Hollywood in various roles, including Shannen Doherty, Jason Biggs, James Van Der Beek, Shannon Elizabeth, Tracy Morgan, Judd Nelson, Chris Rock, and George Carlin, among others.
Director Robert Zemeckis offers a groundbreaking film with a combination of both animation and live-action. It’s 1940’s Hollywood and cartoon stars are treated as a minority. They reside in a cartoon town called “Toontown” where every move they make is closely monitored by the humans in charge. Roger Rabbit leads this band of misfit toons who perform in night-club but are forbidden to patronize the establishment. Suspiciously, Roger Rabbit is framed for the murder of nightclub owner Marvin Acme (Stubby Kaye). Private Detective Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), agrees to take the case and clear Roger of the accusations. He takes the case despite the fact that he has a deep-seeded aversion to Toons which came about as a result of his brother having been killed by a falling cartoon piano.
Developed by the power houses of Disney, Warner Bros., Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, and George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic, the film artfully combines animation and live action to make a hilariously enjoyable film.
One lady's rough path to the church altar gets played for rollicking fun in this comic drama. My Big Fat Greek Wedding is adapted from the one-lady off-Broadway show composed by and featuring Nia Vardalos. Lead character Toula (Vardalos) is a Greek-American lady who is in her mid-thirties and single, with no prospects of changing that status at any point shortly. This disturbs Toula a bit, yet not half as much as it troubles her mom (Lainie Kazan) and father (Michael Constantine), who need to send her to Greece with expectations of finding a spouse in the old nation. Toula isn't keen on heading to Greece in search of a man, however since she works in a Greek eatery in Chicago called Dancing Zorba's.
One day, in the wake of seeing a good-looking stranger in the eatery and not having the bravery to converse with him, Toula decides she needs a touch of self-improvement. In spite of her father's apprehensions, Toula agrees to a night-school class considering PCs, exchanges her glasses for contacts, lands an alternate position at a travel organization, and spruces herself up with another look and another state of mind. Teacher Ian Miller falls for Toula and pops the question to which she heartily says yes. Things become complicated as her family discovers that Ian is not Greek and he’s a vegetarian which stuns Toula’s family. The hilarity ensues as Ian and the family come to grips with their differences.
Similar to George Lucas' American Graffiti, Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused takes a loving look at the adolescent culture of a past time. While Lucas targeted the traditionalist 1950s, Linklater hops ahead an era to the bicentennial year of 1976 to praise the delights of lager impacts, pot smoking and Frampton Comes Alive. Set on the most recent day of the academic year, the film takes after the random and hapless activities of a large group of Texas high schoolers as they celebrate the beginning of summer, their paths crisscrossing at a freshman hazing, a neighborhood pool parlor lastly at a keg party. This film starred current Hollywood solids Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, and Jason London. The film has reached cult favorite immortality.
Written by both by Paul Reubens and Phil Hartman, Pee Wee's Big Adventure was the directorial debut of Tim Burton, who places what would become his idiosyncratic trademark style all over this film. The story line involves Pee Wee (Reubens), an overgrown pre-pubescent kid porting a cropped hair cut, blush, lipstick, and a gray flannel suit, lives a quiet yet unique life in his rather bizarre home. That is until someone steals one of his most prized possessions: a fire engine-red customized bicycle.
This leads Pee Wee to embark on a cross-country quest to nab the thieves. Along the way, he makes friends with a variety of original characters, visits the Aloma, endures a myriad of nightmares, and has a supernatural encounter with a ghastly trucker. The role is a reprisal of Paul Ruebens popular standup Pee Wee routine and spin off from his Saturday morning show, Pee Wees Playhouse the film is a delightful comedy for young and old alike.
Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is a teenaged legend in his own time thanks to his finely-honed skills of cutting class and getting away with it. The premise of the story finds Bueller intending to cut class one last time for graduation. He calls in sick, “borrows” a Ferrari, and embarks upon a one day adventure through the streets of Chicago. The entire time high-school principal Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) is hot on Bueller’s tail, determined to finally catch Ferris cutting class. The film is filled with a blend of satire, nods to social commentary and slapstick comedy. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off proved to be a hit, a huge moneymaker and spawned a TV sitcom.
The last thing Calvin (Ice Cube) ever wanted to do was to take over the family business, a barbershop on the south side of Chicago. Located in a high crime neighborhood and possessed with his own ideas of money-making schemes, Calvin decides to sell the shop to the shady Lester (Keith David). His wife Jennifer (Jazmin Lewis) is less than thrilled with his rash decision. Calvin ends up instead spending his days cutting heads at the shop, and begins to understand the importance of the legacy his grandfather and father have left to him in the business.
The bickering barbers are an all-star lineup of Eddie (ceric the Entertainer), Terri (rapper Eve in her film debut), Jimmy (Sean Patrick Thomas), Ricky (Michael Ealy), Isaac (Troy Garity), and Dinka (Leonard Howze). Calvin learns to appreciate them all, and discovers that their work place is more than just a place to get a haircut -- it's a meeting place for the neighborhood, a place where folks can speak their minds and find out what's happening. Calvin begins to change his mind about selling the shop, but it may be too late.
Director Richard Linklater and writer Skip Hollandsworth team up to create a dark comedy detailing a rather unusual friendship between a likable Texas mortician and a wealthy but reviled widow, and the shocking crime that followed. Bernie takes place in Carthage, TX, where mortician Bernie Tiede (Jack Black) has become known as an important, well-respected member of the community. Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine) in contrast, couldn't make herself less-liked on the local social scale. Repressed and bitter, nasty Marjorie has isolated herself from her neighbors, and as a result has been essentially shunned in her small town. Bernie to show kindness to Marjorie ends up with a widow who clings to him tightly and refuses to let go. Marjorie quickly fill the role of Bernie's sugar mama, and the pair becomes inseparable, while the local rumor mill begins to churn. S the relationship continues Marjorie becomes extremely jealous of Bernie and watches his every move. Eventually, her intense jealousy becomes too much for Bernie to handle. When the abrasive widow's body is discovered stuffed in her own freezer, local District Attorney Buck Davidson (Matthew McConaughey) vows that justice will be served. However, he finds it difficult to build a convincing case against Bernie as the locals rally to his defense.
In this hilarious nod to popular sci-fi, a team of intrepid adventurers travels through the far reaches of the galaxy, each week finding excitement and adventure on the fictional TV show Galaxy Quest! At least that's the way it was in the mid-1970s, when brave if reckless Captain Peter Quincy Taggart, Lieutenant Tawny Madison, and alien Dr. Lazarus were the main characters of an interstellar law enforcement team on the TV series of that name. Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen), Gwen DeMarco (Sigourney Weaver) and Alexander Dane (Alan Rickman) desperate to keep themselves relevant are forced to attend sci-fi conventions, where they grudgingly shake hands and give autographs for the show's faithful watchers. They soon come to discover that their sci-fi roadies aren't the only ones tuning into the show: a group of alien rebels from another solar system living under a crushing dictatorship has picked up broadcasts of the Galaxy Quest show, and have no idea that it's fiction. In an attempt to enlist the crew's help, they travel to Earth to search out Galaxy Quest cast, who assume the alien travelers are simply some fans who like to dress up. They soon quickly realize that they are not being hired for another convention or autograph-signing but a real-life outer space rescue mission.
Monkey Business was an attempt by director Howard Hawks to recapture the comic genius of his 1938 film Bringing Up Baby. As in the previous film, Cary Grant stars as an absent-minded professor in this 1952 offering. This time he’s a chemist (Dr. Barnaby Fulton) on a quest to find a “fountain of youth” formula that will revitalize the middle-aged crowd. In an unusual twist a lab monkey escapes from its cage in Fulton’s lab randomly mixes a few chemicals and creates exactly the concoction Fulton is looking for.
Laughs and hi-jinks begin when the “formula” is dumped into the lab’s water supply. The doctor drinks some of the water and reverts to his teenage behavior. Things get interesting after Dr. Fulton’s secretary Lois Laurel (Marilyn Monroe) drinks some of the newly discovered youth formulae. Their behavior raises the ire of Fulton’s wife Edwina (Ginger Rogers).
Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is a top London cop who is so good at his job that he makes his fellow officers look like slackers, by comparison, is "promoted" to serve in the small village of Sandford. Sergeant’s Angels spotless record and devotion to the force only serves to highlight the shortcomings of his peers. To rid themselves of this overachiever they have him shipped off to Sanford. There, in this tranquil village where garden parties are the most excitement the town has, they expect little or no additions being made to his track record. After all, Sanford was devoid of the violent crime and heated gunplay of the city.
Sergeant Angel struggles to adjust to his new calmer lifestyle and his new partner the somewhat oafish Danny Butterman (Nick Frost). However, just when it appears Angel has been shipped off to an uneventful career change in the countryside, a series of unexplainable accidents leads Angel to believe these reek of foul play.
The popular yet crude animated third graders make their jump from TV to the big screen in this, their movie debut. This change allowed creators Trey Parker and Matt Sone to push the envelope by adding foul-mouth humor that would be inevitably banned on cable. Like the TV series, the film takes place in the small Colorado town of South Park. The new R-rated film “Asses on Fire” has released and the South Park gang of Stan Marsh Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, Kenny McCormick Will stop at nothing to sneak in to see the film. After a successful mission to see the movie he boys’ foul language is going out of control, their parents and school administrators decide something must be done. Kyle’s mom blames Canada, the country where the film’s stars Terrance and Philip are from. What ensues is Terrence and Phillip being jailed for corrupting the youth of America, the Canadian Air Force implementing an airstrike against the Baldwin brothers, and the boys figuring out a way to spring Terrance and Philip from prison before they are executed. Voice contributors include George Clooney, Minnie Driver, Eric Idle, Dave Foley and Mike Judge.
Another movie featuring Saturday Night Live alumni makes our list. Tina Fey wrote as well as appears in this movie which focuses on the realities of life as a teenaged girl. It follows lead character Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) a 15-year old who has spent the majority of her life in Africa, where she was home-schooled by her parents who were zoologists. Her family relocates to the US, and Cady finds her herself attending high school in suburban Illinois. To her surprise, she soon finds herself accepted in a clique of girls who are rich and popular. The girls, known as “the Plastics” are a manipulative bunch. Led by Regina (Rachel McAdams), Gretchen (Lacey Chabert), and Karen (Amanda Seyfried), the group soon has a falling out with Cady when she goes on a date with Aaron (Jonathan Bennett), the charming and good-looking former boyfriend of Regina. The group goes on the warpath and Cady faces vengeful behavior that years in Africa did not have her prepared for. Sprinkled throughout the movie are SNL alum Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, and Tim Meadows.
Paul Hogan’s portrays a legendary crocodile hunter from the Australian Outback who finds himself having trouble adjusting to the wilds of New York City after an American Journalist bring him to the US. This comedy is filled with numerous gags centered around the hinter’s reactions to the absurdity of big city, modern urban life. Though initially, Crocodile Dundee seems a naïve bloke out water, his natural ways prove to be perfectly suited to city life. He finds himself quite adept at defeating muggers and schmoozing high society type. Of course, a romance develops between the rugged outdoorsy crocodile hunter and the journalist who becomes thoroughly enchanted with his down-to-earth behavior.