TOP 10 COMEDY FILMS TO CURB THE QUARANTINE BLUES

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In this scary time of global crisis, laughter may not be the best medicine, but it sure is a good distraction. For those who are fortunate enough to be able to work from home or otherwise self-isolate, boredom can set in quickly during off hours, and streaming is what most people turn to for comfort first. So if you are looking for a good laugh to distract yourself from the fact that the world is on fire, you could do worse than one of these ten funny films:

Booksmart (2019)

Olivia Wilde’s first foray into directing may be just another teen movie at face value, but despite its cast of characters’ average age is perfect for adults and teens alike. Booksmart’s over the top, somewhat surreal take on present day American high school brings the laughs, outlandish characters, and good old fashion heart. For those missing out on their high school or even college graduation this year, this won’t fill the void, but at least bring you back to the best times at school for a few moments.

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Hail, Caesar! (2016)

Taking a cue from the likes of Quentin Tarentino, this Coen Brother’s comedy is a full on A-list ensemble romp. The story predominantly follows Josh Brolin’s portrayal of Eddie Mannix, a real-life “fixer” for Hollywood in the 1950’s as he works to maintain its star’s public images by keeping their scandals out of the media. One of the few Coen Brother’s films that can be called a comedy without the word “dark” in front of it, the absurd nature of this one is sure to tickle any cinephile.

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Trolls World Tour (2020)

Not long after the majority of the United States went into quarantine, Universal Pictures made the unprecedented announcement that the premiere of their upcoming Trolls film would be entirely through on-demand services. Now that the movie is out, families have been gathering round to enjoy the sequel to Universal’s surprise 2016 hit. With a lively voice cast and an emphasis on a rocking soundtrack, this one will keep you smiling with the family from beginning to end.

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The Little Hours (2016)

Thanks to Netflix, this little gem that initially went under the radar during its theatrical run has begun to get some at-home recognition. For fans of the absurdist comedy style of the likes of Monty Python, this anachronistic medieval tale very loosely based on portions of The Decameron will leave you both confused and completely delighted. Don’t let the classical source material or the setting scare you off, this one will leave you in stitches.

Available with subscription: Netflix

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Clue (1985)

It’s easy to assume that any movie based on a board game would be a giant mess, and in many ways you’d be right! This box-office bomb turned cult comedy classic (Tim Curry really has a knack for those) sees the eccentric faces of everyone’s favorite detective game scurrying the halls of a New England mansion piecing together clues about the untimely murder from that evening. Full of slapstick, unmatched wit and three different endings, this one will keep you guessing between every laugh.

Available with subscription: Amazon Prime

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Available to stream free: Sony Crackle

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Marvel have always given a light tone to most of their superhero outings, and Into the Spider-Verse takes that comedy a step further. Based on the 2011 Miles Morales Spider-Man continuity, Into the Spider-Verse is Marvel’s first attempt at an animated Spider-Man property. With just as many genuinely funny moments as high-octane fight scenes (more in fact), this film is dripping with style and jaw-dropping animation.

Available with subscription: Netflix

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The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

If you prefer your comedies to have a scarier tone (or your horror movies a funnier tone for that matter), The Cabin in the Woods is your quarantine go-to. A satire of sorts of the teen slasher genre, the film follows a group of college students as they attempt to survive a weekend in the titular cabin while being attacked on all sides by zombies orchestrated by an underground facility. A love letter to 80’s horror, fans of the genre will have a good laugh spotting all the Easter eggs and references.

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The Disaster Artist (2017)

If you haven’t seen Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 cult film The Room, then consider making this one a double feature. Based on the memoir of the same name in which Greg Sestero recounts the process of creating the film with Wiseau, The Disaster Artist takes us on a hilarious journey behind the scenes of one of the worst films ever made. With hysterical and cringeworthy recreations of The Room’s most iconic scenes, those who love the original will get a kick out of being back in that world for a couple hours.

Available with subscription: Amazon Prime

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Step Brothers (2008)

Virtually everyone has seen this one already, but sometimes a nostalgia trip is exactly what you need to comfort you during times like this. Featuring Will Ferrel and John C. Riley in two of their most recognizable roles, Step Brothers follows the adult brothers as they attempt to make friends while moving in to the same home. Silly, stupid and endlessly quotable.

Available with subscription: Netflix

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The Birdcage (1996)

It is startling how relevant a movie like The Birdcage still is in today’s climate. Packed to the brim with cultural and political commentary, the film stars Robin Williams as a gay drag nightclub owner who must play straight in order to impress his son’s finance’s ultra-conservative Republican family. With some of the best Robin Williams improv on the big screen and an ensemble of colorful and hilarious supporting characters, The Birdcage will make you wonder how you never saw this classic before.

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