10 Best Comedies Streaming on Netflix – February 2017
Comedy is one of those genres where, when it’s good it’s good, and when it’s pretty terrible. But sometimes a good comedy is just what you need. 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 a comedy to watch for all tastes. Here is our list of the best comedies available on Netflix.
Tommy Callahan (Chris Farley) is a bonafide party animal who's 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. Life couldn’t be any better for Tommy as he returns home to find his dad (Brian Dennehy) is marrying a real “10” (Bo Derek), and he is going to get the stepbrother (Rob Lowe) he has always wanted. But then Tommy is sent out on the road as a salesman as the family business takes a nosedive. 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.
Clueless is modern a re-imagining of Jane Austen’s 1816 novel Emma as 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 care less about getting good grades than about wearing the right clothes and becoming 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 feels called to help those less fortunate than she is. This leads her to do things like bringing together two introverted teachers (while "negotiating" herself a better grade in the process) and helping her new friend Tai (Brittany Murphy) transform from a geek into a prodigy. Along the way, Cher ends up finding what she needs where she least expects it.
White Chicks is a hilarious gender-bending comedy starring funnyman brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans. The film explores what happens when two fumbling FBI agents disguise themselves as mega-rich princesses to infiltrate high society. It's filled with frantic antics and nonstop hilarity as the brothers go from hapless G-men to high-class G-strings. Catchy tunes, hardcore jams, and a sidesplitting disco dance-off with the police fuel outrageous laughs from beginning to end.
This film was inspired by writer/director Greg Mottola’s own true-life job-from-hell experience. Adventureland stars Jesse Eisenberg as a recent college graduate who's 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. He's left with the stark reality of having to work at a local amusement park with no summer traveling, no German beer, no world-class museums, and no cute French girls. But when he 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.
This film focuses on two recurring characters from the movies of director Kevin Smith. Jay (Jason Mews) and Silent Bob (Smith) are a pair of New Jersey slackers who have been used as the templates for a pair of popular comic book heroes, Bluntman and Chronic. When they hear that their comic book alter egos are going to be turned into a major motion picture without their consent, Jay and Silent Bob head for Hollywood to sabotage the production. On their journey, they encounter various characters including an ape, a nun (Carrie Fisher), the cast of Scooby-Doo, a Charlie's Angels-style band of diamond thieves, and an unhinged wildlife ranger (Will Ferrell). Smith packs the movie with characters from his other films: 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 playing 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.
Written by both by Paul Reubens and Phil Hartman, Pee Wee's Big Adventure was the directorial debut of Tim Burton, who shows what would become his idiosyncratic trademark style all over this film. Pee Wee (Reubens), an overgrown pre-pubescent kid sporting a cropped hair cut, blush, lipstick, and a gray flannel suit, lives a quiet yet unique life in his rather bizarre home 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, endures a myriad of nightmares, and has a supernatural encounter with a ghastly trucker. For this movie, Paul Ruebens reprised the character from his popular Pee Wee standup routine and surreal spin-off 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 talent for cutting class and getting away with it. The movie finds Bueller planning 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, social commentary, and slapstick comedy. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off proved to be a hit, and even spawned a TV sitcom.
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. To get rid of him, the other officer have him "promoted" to serve in the small village of Sandford. Sergeant Angel struggles to adjust to his new, calmer lifestyle and his new partner--the somewhat oafish Danny Butterman (Nick Frost). However, a series of inexplicable accidents leads Angel to uncover a ridiculous conspiracy that it will take all of his police skills to uproot. Directed by the always-hilarious Edgar Wright, Hot Fuzz is the middle movie of the "Three Flavours of Cornetto Trilogy," and features much of the same cast as the other two movies, Shaun of the Dead and The World's end.
Disney took a detour from its usual animated formula for this story of Cuzco (David Spade), a self-absorbed Incan prince who gets turned into a llama by a scheming sorceress (Eartha Kitt). Cuzco does eventually learn a lesson in humility after he teams up with a peasant (John Goodman) for buddy-comedy hijinks, but this movie is short on moralizing and long on out-of-left-field humor.
The dashing Westley (Carey Elwes) has to save his true love, Buttercup (Robin Wright) before she marries the evil Prince Humperdinck. (If this sounds like a ridiculously sappy love story, that's part of the joke.) His adventures take him some strange places, as he teams up with a good-natured giant (Andre the Giant) and a master swordsman (Mandy Patinkin) for a series of bizarre fairy-tale adventures. At least half of the scenes in this movie have passed into pop culture immortality, including Billy Crystal's cameo as a reluctant wizard with convenient miraculous powers.