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25 Best Comedies Streaming on Netflix [March 2021]

25 Best Comedies Streaming on Netflix [March 2021]

Of all genres of film, there’s no type of film more difficult to recommend than comedies. While a well-produced drama can keep most viewers glued to their seats, and a quality horror film can produce frights and scares without resorting to jump scares, what constitutes a “good” comedy is far more subjective. Everyone finds different things to love about a comedy, be it the outrageousness of what’s happening in a situation, the romance between the two leads, or the witty wordplay exchanged between characters.

Comedy can be broad, based on physical stunts or laughing at the poor decisions of the characters in a film, or it can be subtle, focused on hidden details in the backgrounds or double entendres in the script. And while a horror film can be universally looked at as “poor” or “not scary,” even the worst-received comedies have their defenders, with a solid amount of fans defending the work for being truly hilarious.

Still, we can’t simply ignore the need for comedy recommendations, especially when you’re looking for something easy to laugh at on a night in with Netflix. The world’s most popular streaming service offers hundreds of comedies for you to choose from, from broad and slapstick comedy to subtle and dialogue-based humor. We’ve gathered a small selection of the best that Netflix has to offer, with everything from raunchy, provocative humor, to gallows-based dark comedies, to family-friendly films that can make anyone ages 5 to 105 smile. Make sure to take a look at the description of each film, where we’ve done our best to designate each film with a certain style of humor to better allow for our readers to find a film that will fit their sensibilities. Let’s dive into the 25 best comedies streaming right now on Netflix!

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

By Noah Baumbach

star 6.9/10

by IMDb Rating

From director Noah Baumbach, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) tells the story of three children: Danny, Matthew, and Jean Meyerowitz, played here by Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, and Elizabeth Marvel, respectively. Danny and Jean are siblings, with Matthew as their half-brother, all tied together by their rocky relationship with their father Harold (Dustin Hoffman). Though the three children are relatively estranged from each other, their father’s upcoming career retrospective brings all three to New York City to reunite, bicker, and deal with their life’s problems. Despite the prominence of Sandler and Stiller, don’t expect this to be a broad comedy. Like Baumbach’s other tales, this is drama first, comedy second, though critics have praised Sandler’s dramatic turn here as his best since Punch Drunk Love.

Set It Up

Set It Up

By Claire Scanlon

star 6.5/10

by IMDb Rating

Set It Up is one of Netflix’s many new releases in the romantic-comedy genre, something it seems desperate to bring back to life regardless on whether the studio system will allow it. Like many old-school rom-coms, Set It Up has a pretty basic plot: two assistants to rich, self-important bosses (one the editor of an online sports empire a la Deadspin or SB Nation, the other an investment and venture capitalist) decide that, in order to get their bosses to calm down for a bit, will use their loneliness to set up dates for each other. With a cast including Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs, and Joan Smalls, Set It Up is perfect for a Friday night in or for a lazy Sunday morning.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

By Edgar Wright

star 7.5/10

by IMDb Rating

One of the most underrated films of this decade, Edgar Wright’s (Hot Fuzz, Baby DriverScott Pilgrim vs. The World is a visual triumph, a funny and charming story that wears its heart on its sleeve. The film follows bass guitarist and 22-year-old Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera, in a pitch-perfect casting), who is floundering in his adulthood without a job after being crushed by his ex-girlfriend. Now dating a high schooler, he seems content in just letting his life pass him by, when he runs into Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a girl new to Toronto who seems to be, quite literally, the girl of Scott’s dreams. A visual triumph, pulling direct inspiration from video games, anime, and the graphic novel this series is based on, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a perfect action-comedy.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

By Susan Johnson

star 7.1/10

by IMDb Rating

Based on the book of the same name, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before follows Lara-Jean, a half-Asian, half-Caucasian 16-year-old high school student who begins her first year of high school without her older, now-graduated sister, Margot. Lara-Jean has never had a boyfriend, but has had multiple crushes, including on her sister’s now-ex-boyfriend Josh and the popular boy at school, Peter. She keeps a series of five letters to her former crushes in her room, a method that allows her to clear out her love of these boys without having to worry about keeping her feelings bottled up. When her younger sister mails the letters, she’s forced to reconcile with her feelings now being out in the open.

A Futile and Stupid Gesture

A Futile and Stupid Gesture

By David Wain

star 6.7/10

by IMDb Rating

Directed by David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer) and starring an ensemble cast of comedians and actors like Will Forte, Joel McHale, Domnhall Gleeson, Seth Green, Annette O’Toole, Max Greenfield, and Ed Helms, A Futile and Stupid Gesture tells the story of Doug Keeney, the founder of National Lampoon magazine in the 1970s. The film follows the life of Keeney as a comedy writer, following his childhood through his time at Harvard and the founding of National Lampoon. Though Doug Keeney is obviously brilliant to the people around him, his behavior and troubled mind often lands in in hot water, and his drug problems follow him throughout his life, up to and including at the press conference surrounding Caddyshack, a film he co-wrote, that had received negative reviews. A Futile and Stupid Gesture is a Netflix Original, so you can be sure this film will always be ready to stream on Netflix at your heart’s content.

The Week Of

The Week Of

By Robert Smigel

star 5.2/10

by IMDb Rating

The Week Of is by no means high art, but it’s a surprisingly realistic take on a father’s hopes of paying for his daughter’s wedding while simultaneously having to budget the entire thing out of pocket. The film follows fathers of the bride and groom Kenny (Sandler) and Kirby (Chris Rock), as they attempt to put aside their differences in views in order to present their children the perfect wedding. Directed by longtime Sandler contributor Robert Smigel (the writer of You Don’t Mess With The Zohan and the voice of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog), the film manages to score more laughs than the majority of Sandler’s recent projects, thanks to effort on Sandler’s part and the supporting cast featuring Rachel Dratch, Steve Buscemi, Allison Strong, Noah Robbins, and more.

Dumplin'

Dumplin'

By Anne Fletcher

star 6.5/10

by IMDb Rating

A brand-new Netflix original film, Dumplin’ was released at the tail end of 2018 quietly onto Netflix. Unlike a film like Bird Box, which saw massive promotion during the holidays, Dumplin’ went more unnoticed by fans, and it’s time to correct that. Based on a young adult novel of the same name, Dumplin’ follows a plus-size teenage daughter (Danielle Macdonald) whose mother is a former beauty queen (Jennifer Aniston). When she signs up for her mother’s pageant as a protest against the idea of mainstream beauty contests. When other contestants follow in her footsteps, however, things escalate quickly, leading to a full-on revolution of the pageant in Dumpin’s small Texas town.

The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin

By Armando Iannucci

star 7.2/10

by IMDb Rating
Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

By

star 8.2/10

by IMDb Rating

Following the conclusion of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, the group didn’t wait long to begin releasing theatrical films expanding on their now-legendary comedy chops. The first of three original films, Monty Python and the Holy Grail continues to be praised for being a groundbreaking film in the world of independent comedy. Though original reviews of the film were mixed upon release, the group’s loving parody of the legend of King Arthur has become beloved for its weird sense of humor, it’s ability to spin out of control at all times, the meta-awareness of the film, and its legendary ending. Though some viewers prefer the successor, Life of Brian, if you’ve never seen Holy Grail, now is the time to do it.

Monty Python's Life of Brian

Monty Python's Life of Brian

By Terry Jones

star 8.0/10

by IMDb Rating
The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist

By James Franco

star 7.3/10

by IMDb Rating
The Muppets

The Muppets

By James Bobin

star 7.1/10

by IMDb Rating
Lady Bird

Lady Bird

By Greta Gerwig

star 7.4/10

by IMDb Rating
Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

By Taika Waititi

star 7.8/10

by IMDb Rating
The Lovebirds

The Lovebirds

By Michael Showalter

star 6.0/10

by IMDb Rating

Originally planned for an April 2020 theatrical release, The Lovebirds moved to Netflix after having its theatrical release canceled. That’s probably for the best, because The Lovebirds is a perfect Sunday afternoon watch: breezy, action-packed, and full of laughs. Starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae, The Lovebirds is directed by Michael Showalter, who previously worked with Nanjiani on The Big SickThe Lovebirds follows a couple on the verge of breaking up, until they find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery investigation. As the two work together to clear their names, they eventually find themselves tied up in a bizarre conspiracy that goes all the way to the top. It might be just what this couple needs to stay together.

Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook

By David O. Russell

star 7.7/10

by IMDb Rating
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

By David Dobkin

star 6.5/10

by IMDb Rating
Julie and Julia

Julie and Julia

By Nora Ephron

star 7.0/10

by IMDb Rating

Nora Ephron was one of the most important women working in the film industry while she was alive, writing one of the best romantic comedies of all time in When Harry Met Sally and following that film up with her own rom-coms in Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail. Julie and Julia marks her final film before her death, and it’s a great tale for anyone looking for a heartwarming film on Netflix. Frustrated with a soul-killing job, New Yorker Julie Powell (Amy Adams) embarks on a daring project: she vows to prepare all 524 recipes in Julia Childs’ landmark cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” Intertwined with Julie’s story is the true tale of how Julia Child (Meryl Streep) herself conquered French cuisine with passion, fearlessness, and plenty of butter.

Superbad

Superbad

By Greg Mottola

star 7.6/10

by IMDb Rating

The teen comedy that rocketed stars like Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse to the big screen, Superbad is one of the quintessential coming-of-age movies of the 21st century. A raunchy and clever film produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Greg Mottola (Adventureland, Paul), the film follows Seth and Evan (Hill and Cera, respectively), two high school seniors who wish they weren’t virgins and could have a handle on high school popularity. Faced down with their first separation since high school with college on the way, Evan gets invited to a party after being paired in Home-Ec with Jules (Emma Stone). Armed with a fake ID, the two nerds promise to bring alcohol to the party, and attempt a quest to purchase the booze before making their last play to become high school stars.

Good Burger

Good Burger

By Brian Robbins

star 5.7/10

by IMDb Rating

Saturday Night Live has had its fair share of cinematic spin-offs, so when Nickelodeon created their own kid-friendly sketch show, it seemed like a matter of time until they followed suit. One of the most popular sketches on All That, Good Burger follows Dexter (Kenan Thompson) and Ed (Kel Mitchell) as they work at the titular friendly neighborhood burger joint. However, when big chain rival Mondo Burger sets up across the street, Good Burger seems doomed to fail. With the public going crazy over the new burgers offered by Mondo Burger, Ed and Dexter make their way to Mondo to infiltrate the restaurant and find the dangerous secret behind their success.

Hubie Halloween

Hubie Halloween

By Steven Brill

star 5.2/10

by IMDb Rating
Rango

Rango

By Gore Verbinski

star 7.2/10

by IMDb Rating
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

By Liam Lynch

star 6.8/10

by IMDb Rating

How serious should you take Tenacious D? Just because they got their starts in comedy rock doesn’t mean that Jack Black and Kyle Gass can’t shred on guitar. After a three season run on HBO, the duo finally got to make it to the big screen in 2006’s Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, a certified box office bomb that has nevertheless managed to build a cult following over the last fifteen years. The film is a fictional origin story, a rock opera following JB (Jack Black) as he travels from the Midwest to find fame and fortune in Hollywood. After he meets KG (Kyle Gass) the two learn about the Pick of Destiny, a supernatural guitar pick used by all the greats. Supporting roles from Ronnie James Dio, Meat Loaf, and Dave Grohl, along with comedians Ben Stiller, Paul F. Tompkins, John C. Reilly, and Amy Poehler help make Tenacious D a must-see stoner classic.

Crazy, Stupid, Love

Crazy, Stupid, Love

By

star 7.4/10

by IMDb Rating

Steve Carell’s post-Office career is pretty hit or miss, but no one can deny his excellent performance in 2011’s Crazy, Stupid, Love. Directed by Glenn Ficara and John Requa (I Love You Phillip Morris) and written by Dan Fogelman (This Is Us), Crazy, Stupid, Love follows Cal Weaver (Carell), a 40-something family man whose life is torn apart after his wife Emily (Julianne Moore) discloses she’s had an affair and asks for a divorce. Single for the first time in decades, Cal turns to Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling), an expert in the world of dating, takes him under his wing, all while struggling with girl problems of his own. Crazy, Stupid, Love was a hit at the box office, and the relationship twists will be familiar to any fans of Fogelman’s work on This Is Us.

About Time

About Time

By Richard Curtis

star 7.8/10

by IMDb Rating

Directed and written by Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral), About Time is a romantic-comedy tinged with science-fiction elements, weaving together a charming story that delivers a great love story and a father/son tale. When Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) is 21, his father (Bill Nighy) tells him a secret: The men in their family can travel through time. Although he can’t change history, Tim resolves to improve his life by getting a girlfriend. He meets Mary (Rachel McAdams), falls in love and finally wins her heart via time-travel and a little cunning. However, as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds that his special ability can’t shield him and those he loves from the problems of ordinary life.

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Mar 1, 2021

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