Hulu may be more widely known for its TV offerings, but the streaming giant has a huge collection of films as well. Included in that collection are a number of great comedies, from raucous to subtle. Sometimes, you just want to kick back on the couch and laugh at a film, so we’ve done the hard work of sifting through Hulu’s library for you. Take a look at the best comedies currently available on Hulu.
Big Time Adolescence (2020)
Big Time Adolescence premiered at Sundance in 2019, where Hulu picked it up and rebranded it as a Hulu Original in 2020. Griffin Gluck stars as Mo, a teenager with an unusual best friend in this coming-of-age comedy. Mo has a promising future ahead of him, but he has one big problem: He worships his college-dropout, drug-dealing older best friend Zeke (Pete Davidson). While Mo’s hard-working dad tries to steer him onto the right path, he’s not the kind of guy to force his son to stop seeing his best friend, creating a precarious balancing act of maturity. Davidson gives a refreshingly clever performance in this comedy and has a great rapport with Gluck.
Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Stars: Pete Davidson, Griffin Gluck, Jon Cryer
Director: Jason Orley
Runtime: 90 minutes
Sweeping the Academy Awards and giving director Bong Joon-ho some serious clout in Hollywood, this black comedy is almost universally liked by anyone who watches it. Set in South Korea, it tells the tale of a poor family who concocts a clever plan to work for a wealthy family, each by recommending one another for different jobs within the home, even though they aren’t the least bit qualified. The film took home four Oscars, including those for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film. If nothing else, it’s worth checking out just to see what all the fuss is about.
Stars: Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik
Runtime: 132 minutes
The Art of Self-Defense (2019)
If you’re looking for a feel-good martial arts flick, this isn’t the movie for you. If anything, The Art of Self-Defense is the anti-Karate Kid. Jesse Eisenberg headlines this darkly comedic story as an accountant named Casey Davies. After getting assaulted by a gang, Casey joins a local karate dojo under the instruction of Sensei (Alessandro Nivola). He also befriends Anna (Imogen Poots), the only female student in Sensei’s dojo. Casey gradually comes under Sensei’s wing, and he embraces his inner toxic masculinity … with devastating results on his personal life. All of Casey’s new instincts are wrong, and they lead him to some wild places.
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots
Director: Riley Stearns
Runtime: 104 minutes
Back to School (1986)
Back to School is one of those quintessential comedies that could have only been made in the ’80s. The late Rodney Dangerfield stars as Thornton Melon, a successful businessman who never completed his higher education. To keep his son, Jason (Keith Gordon), from dropping out, Thornton bribes his way into the school and embraces the college lifestyle. Along the way, Thornton catches the eye of literary professor Diane Turner (Sally Kellerman), and he earns the wrath of the campus authorities for his constant partying. This film largely exists for Dangerfield’s signature comedic riffs, but the impressive supporting cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Sam Kinison, Terry Farrell, William Zabka, and Adrienne Barbeau. And where else are you going to find a movie where Kurt Vonnegut makes a cameo as himself?
Stars: Rodney Dangerfield, Sally Kellerman, Keith Gordon, Robert Downey Jr.
Director: Alan Metter
Runtime: 96 minutes
Evil Dead II (1987)
While the original Evil Dead was more of a straight horror film, Evil Dead II fully embraces its comedic side as it gets even gorier than before. The movie plays like a remake of the original as Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) and his girlfriend, Linda (Denise Bixler) take a vacation to a cabin in the woods where a demonic force awaits them. A good deal of this film involves Campbell beating himself up in darkly hilarious situations. Linda, and even Ash’s hand, turn on him as he tries to make his escape. This is the true beginning for the Evil Dead franchise, and it’s a hell of a comedy in its own right.
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks
Director: Sam Raimi
Runtime: 119 minutes
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
Tim Burton’s live-action feature film debut sent Paul Reubens’ Pee-wee Herman on a cross-country journey to find his beloved bicycle after it gets stolen by a jealous rival. Pee-wee lives in a world and reality all of his own, much to the astonishment of almost everyone he meets along the way. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure is a bizarre story, to say the least. But the movie is also relentlessly funny, and it helped shape the course of Burton’s cinematic career. When anyone asks why you had to see this film, tell ’em Large Marge sent ya.
Stars: Paul Reubens, E. G. Daily, Mark Holton
Director: Tim Burton
Runtime: 91 minutes
Sorry to Bother You (2018)
Marking the directorial debut for Boots Riley, this absurdist black comedy features elements of sci-fi and magic. The film follows Cassius (Lakeith Stanfield), a young, Black telemarketer who fakes an accent to make him sound white in an effort to do better at his job. Riley drew from his own experience of having worked as a telemarketer in his youth and finding success in doing the same thing. In the film, however, as Cassius enjoys greater success, he uncovers a corporate conspiracy and faces a crisis of conscience: What’s more important, making money and being successful or speaking out against the dirty dealings of the company for which he works?
Stars: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler
Director: Boots Riley
Runtime: 112 minutes
Christian Bale stars as former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney in this satirical comedy-drama about Cheney’s journey to the White House. Released on Christmas Day, views were split about the film, which received eight Academy Award nominations. While some pundits criticized the film, making it one of the worst-reviewed films to ever be nominated in the Best Picture category at the Academy Awards, others applauded Bale’s transformation and the film’s ability to present truths in a humorous way. It’s one of those films you just need to watch to decide for yourself.
Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell
Runtime: 132 minutes
The Interview (2014)
For a time,?The Interview?was the most famous film nobody in the world had seen. It’s imminent arrival, featuring portrayed attempts to assassinate the dictator of North Korea, caused an international firestorm, leading to its initial delay and a hacking of Sony Pictures by a group with ties to the country. Ultimately, the chatter surrounding the film let up and it was allowed to stand on its own merits. While Dave Skylark (James Franco) and Aaron Rapaport (Seth Rogen) ultimately had more success altering the geopolitical landscape than their real-life counterparts, they seemingly had a hilarious time doing it. Randall Park’s portrayal of Kim Jong-un remains memorable, as do standout comedic performances from Franco and Rogen.
Rotten Tomatoes: 52%
Stars: James Franco, Seth Rogen
Directors: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
Runtime: 112 minutes
One of the seminal comedies of the 2010s is back on Hulu. Screenwriters Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg loosely based Superbad on their own lives, with Jonah Hill and Michael Cera as young Seth and Evan, respectively. The film chronicles Seth and Evan’s last big high school adventure before college, as they go to great lengths to get alcohol for a party and to impress their would-be girlfriends. Rogen also co-stars in the film as Officer Michaels, alongside Bill Hader’s Officer Slater. Seth and Evan’s friend Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) befriends the two officers after they catch him with a fake ID, and his night with them is even wilder than his friends’ experiences. More impressively, the film manages to successfully interweave both stories before they reconnect with each other near the end.
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Stars: Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen
Director: Greg Mottola
Runtime: 113 minutes
One of the most acclaimed comedies of 2019, Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut provides an unflinching, hilarious look at coming-of-age from a female perspective. Molly Davison (Beanie Feldstein in a Golden Globe-nominated performance) and Amy Antsler (Kaitlyn Dever) are determined to finally party and have the night of their lives as their high-school careers come to a close and their paths diverge ahead of college. The jokes come often and come packed with social commentary and witticisms, and despite being geared toward a younger audience, there are elements any film fan can enjoy. It’s essentially the flip side of Superbad, and proves Wilde is just as proficient behind the camera as in front of it.
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Stars:?Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever
Director: Olivia Wilde
Runtime: 102 minutes
A Simple Favor (2018)
For those who like their comedy a little darker,?A Simple Favor dives into mystery and murder, all while maintaining its comedic edge. Based on a Darcey Bell novel of the same name,?A Simple Favor follows Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick), a mommy-vlogger who befriends Emily Nelson (Blake Lively), a mysterious and rich woman who suddenly disappears without a trace, leaving her child in Stephanie’s care. Stephanie slowly shifts from feelings of concern toward curiosity, going down a long path to discover where Emily has gone… and who she really is. Twists come at every turn, keeping audiences guessing as to how the caper will end.
Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively
Director: Paul Feig
Runtime: 117 minutes
Chicken Run (2000)
Stop-motion animation may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but when it’s done right, it can provide more depth than typical animation does. That’s the case with Chicken Run, a turn-of-the-century stop motion comedy that perfected the formula of?Wallace and Gromit. The film follows a group of chickens who are constantly trying to escape a farm, with failure all but assured each time. A rooster (voiced by Mel Gibson) soon joins their ranks, however, and conspires to help them escape before they all are turned into pie. It’s all very British, which makes it even better. Two decades later, the movie doesn’t feel dated, and now may be the perfect time for a refresher, with a sequel reportedly in the works.
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Stars: Julia Sawalha, Mel Gibson
Directors: Peter Lord, Nick Park
Runtime: 84 minutes
I, Tonya (2017)
Sometimes, truth is funnier than fiction. At least that’s the premise of?I, Tonya, which can be darkly dramatic at times and downright silly at others. Based on a true story, the sports flick takes on the trials of 1990s figure skater Tonya Harding in the lead-up to, and aftermath of, the 1994 attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan. While the story is told from the perspective of Harding, played brilliantly by Margot Robbie, it’s dictated through interviews with the characters, weaving an intricate tale where it’s not always clear how to separate fact from fiction. Robbie earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance, while Allison Janney won Best Supporting Actress for playing Harding’s abusive mother.
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Stars: Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Sebastian Stan
Director: Craig Gillespie
Runtime: 119 minutes
Anne Hathaway is a giant monster…or at least she controls a giant monster in Colossal. That really is the premise of this dark comedy, which has been called “Godzilla meets Lost in Translation.” Hathaway plays Gloria, a woman struggling with alcoholism and other personal issues when she discovers an apparent link between herself and a kaiju menacing Seoul half-a-world away. At first, controlling the monster is just a lark for Gloria. But when Gloria realizes the damage that she’s causing, she tries to put her inner demons away and refrain from her self-destructive ways. Unfortunately for Gloria, she’s not able to keep a bottle on her issues forever. And she’s not even the only person in her life who is controlling a giant avatar in Seoul.
Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
Runtime: 110 minutes
Critics have not been kind to Spaceballs on the basis that it’s “not peak Brooks.” To paraphrase Yogurt, that’s bupkis! For anyone who has ever loved Star Wars, Spaceballs is a hilarious sci-fi comedy that doesn’t just target George Lucas’ famous franchise — there’s an Alien callback that’s particularly funny, as well as references to Planet of the Apes, Star Trek, and other targets that are ripe for parody. Mel Brooks does double duty as Yogurt and President Skroob, while Bill Pullman’s Lone Starr manages to channel both Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. The late John Candy and Joan Rivers are also terrific as Barf and Dot Matrix, respectively. But Rick Moranis walks away with the entire movie thanks to his side-splitting riff on Darth Vader: Dark Helmet. Set a course to watch this movie at Ludicrous speed!
Rotten Tomatoes: 57%
Stars: John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, Mel Brooks
Director: Mel Brooks
Runtime: 96 minutes
Ingrid Goes West (2017)
In the age of social media and influencers, Ingrid Goes West is a very timely dark comedy. Aubrey Plaza headlines the movie as Ingrid Thorburn, a young woman who is obsessed with the idea of social media fame. Ingrid’s not exactly the picture of mental health, as she uproots her life to move to Los Angeles and insinuate herself in the life of Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen). But once Ingrid gets an up-close look at Taylor and her life, even she realizes that Taylor’s social media image is just a fa?ade. Meanwhile, Ingrid also finds herself feuding with Taylor’s scumbag brother, Nicky (Billy Magnussen), who almost instantly recognizes Ingrid’s deception and attempts to blackmail her. Ingrid isn’t well-equipped to deal with any type of adversity, but she does try some unique solutions to fix her ever-escalating problems.
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr.
Director: Matt Spicer
Runtime: 97 minutes
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