The Best Comedies on Netflix Right Now

Last Updated: October 30th

So you’re browsing through Netflix, looking for something to watch, but you’re in the mood for something light. Netflix’s massive library can be intimidating, especially when you’re looking for a good comedy amidst a sea of subpar entries in the genre. Not to fear, though, because we here at Collider have you covered. Below, we’ve curated a list of the very best comedies on Netflix right now. We’ve got everything from silly buddy comedies, big splashy commercial comedies, more esoteric indies, and even a couple of films that toe the line between comedy and drama. Surely you’ll find something to your liking, so scroll through our list below and find that perfect pick.

And if you’re looking for a broader list of recommendations, check out our list of the best movies on Netflix right now.

Empire Records

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Directed by: Allan Moyle

Written by: Carol Heikkinen

Cast: Liv Tyler, Ethan Embry, Robin Tunney, Rory Cochrane, Debi Mazar, Anthony LaPaglia, Maxwell Caulfield, and Renee Zellweger

Picture Dazed and Confused meets Almost Famous set at a record store, and you’re close to Empire Records. This 1995 coming-of-age comedy/drama is very of its time, but it’s still endearing all these years later in the same way that Dazed and Confused or Reality Bites endure. The film takes place inside a record store in Delaware and chronicles a single day in the life of its various employees and customers. The community at this store is much like a family, and there’s a sweetness about the film that’s pretty irresistible. The soundtrack is killer as well. So if you’re in the mood for a comedy that is also very much a 90s movie, you can’t go wrong with Empire Records. – Adam Chitwood

Role Models

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Director: David Wain

Writers: David Wain, Ken Marino, Paul Rudd, and Timothy Dowling

Cast: Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bobb’e J. Thompson, Jane Lynch, Ken Jeong, Joe Lo Truglio, and Elizabeth Banks

While filmmaker David Wain is best known for his absurdist comedies like Wet Hot American Summer and They Came Together, his 2007 film Role Models represents his successful attempt at making a fairly straightforward commercial comedy—albeit with a bit of absurdity mixed in for good measure. Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott play energy drink salesmen who are arrested after an unfortunate incident and forced to log 150 hours of community service in 30 days. They sign up for a big brother program, where Rudd is matched up with a LARP-obsessed kid (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) while Scott buddies up with a troublemaker wise beyond his years. Hilarity ensues, but Role Models is also a really sweet film about finding happiness in a community as it really digs deep into the LARP world. – Adam Chitwood

Thor: Ragnarok

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Director: Taika Waititi

Writers: Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Christopher Yost

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, and Taika Waititi

Just as Guardians of the Galaxy is a space opera or Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a thriller, Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok has its own genre, and that is comedy. It’s not just one of the best Marvel Studios movies so far, it’s indicative of how the MCU is beginning to evolve a decade into its run. For the third standalone Thor film, director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) essentially breaks the character down and builds him back up again, anew. Gone are Thor’s long locks, self-seriousness, and pomposity. Instead we get a rockin’ haircut and terrific sense of humor, and at last Chris Hemsworth’s magnetic charisma shines through. Ragnarok is an absolute blast of a film, a movie that never takes itself seriously and is basically a belly laugh-inducing buddy comedy with space shenanigans. – Adam Chitwood

The Voices

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Director: Marjane Satrapi

Writer: Michael R. Perry

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver, and Ella Smith

If you’re in the mood for a dark comedy with a unique visual style, The Voices is a great choice. The film hails from Persepolis filmmaker Marjane Satrapi and stars Ryan Reynolds as an upbeat man named Jerry who works at a bathtub factory. He lives a super happy life with his dog Bosco and his cat Mr. Whiskers, both of whom he imagines speaking to him at regular intervals (Reynolds voices both animals). But when he develops a crush on a woman who rebuffs him, he finds himself brutally murdering her and hiding the body, only for the audience to then discover that Jerry may not be the standup guy we’re led to believe. This movie is pretty brilliant in that it’s told entirely from the point of view of Jerry, who views everything in bright, vibrant colors and upbeat tones. But, being mentally insane, when the façade brakes, the film then visually shows us what’s really going on, and it’s profoundly disturbing. This is a supremely weird, violent, but also positively delightfully little gem of a movie featuring a terrific Ryan Reynolds performance. – Adam Chitwood

Set It Up

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Director: Claire Scanlon

Writer: Katie Silberman

Cast: Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu, and Taye Diggs

If you’re looking for a charming romantic comedy, but don’t want to rewatch something from a previous decade for the umpteenth time, you should definitely give Claire Scanlon’s charming Set It Up a look. The plot follows two beleaguered assistants (Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell) who decided to set up their bosses (Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs, respectively) in order to just get some precious free time away from their demanding jobs. However, with all their scheming, they start to fall for each other. You can see the romcom beats coming from a mile away, but they’re done so well and so effectively that you won’t mind. Plus, the film sizzles thanks to the outstanding performances from the dazzling Deutch and Powell, who should be the streaming generation’s Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. – Matt Goldberg

Meet the Parents

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Director: Jay Roach

Writers: Jim Herzfeld and John Hamburg

Cast: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner, James Rebhorn, and Owen Wilson

If you’re in the mood for a pretty straightforward comedy with a predictable plot but a lot of laughs, you can’t really go wrong with Meet the Parents. The story is as the title suggests: Ben Stiller plays a man intending to propose to his longtime girlfriend, but everything that can go wrong does go wrong when he finally meets her parents while attending the wedding of her sister. This movie will stress you out, and it’s painfully relatable, but the laughs are (mostly) worth it. Robert De Niro’s performance was something of a surprise at the time, with the iconic dramatic actor really letting loose with some comedy. Again, this one’s pretty straightforward, but it’s tried and true. – Adam Chitwood

The Informant!

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Director: Steven Soderbergh

Writer: Scott Z. Burns

Cast: Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Melanie Lynskey, Joel McHale, and Ann Dowd

Whether it’s Ocean’s Eleven, Magic Mike, or Logan Lucky, filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has a very specific, very hilarious, very dry sense of humor that’s like a breath of fresh air to the comedy genre. This is certainly true of Soderbergh’s 2009 film The Informant!, which stars a beefed-up Matt Damon as Mark Whitacre, a rising star at a food processing corporation in the 1990s who decided to turn whistleblower—except he’s very, very bad at it. The Informant! is based on true events and at moments feels like an Erin Brockovich or Michael Clayton-esque thriller, but Mark is played as such a buffoon, and his increasingly strange behavior is chronicled in hilarious fashion by Soderbergh. Damon gives one of his most exciting performances, and the film also offers up one of the best-written and best-read pieces of movie narration in history. – Adam Chitwood

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

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Director: Edgar Wright

Writers: Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright

Cast: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alison Pill, Mark Webber, Johnny Simmons, Ellen Wong, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, and Jason Schwartzman.

Edgar Wright’s adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s outstanding comic didn’t find much of an audience upon its release, but over the years it has grown into a cult classic. The movie follows Scott Pilgrim (Cera), a sweet if slightly selfish and misguided young man who falls for delivery girl Ramona Flowers (Winstead). He can only continue to date her if he defeats her seven evil exes. Scott’s comfortable with the video game framework, but the film is really about two people discovering they have to get over their own baggage if they’re going to find new love. Wright decorates the whole picture with video game tropes and fun little nods, but never loses sight of the core romantic story. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is funny, effervescent, and only gets better on repeat viewings. – Matt Goldberg

A Futile and Stupid Gesture

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Directed by: David Wain

Written by: John Aboud and Michael Colton

Cast: Will Forte, Domhnall Gleeson, Martin Mull, Emmy Rossum, Joel McHale, Thomas Lennon, Matt Walsh, Neil Casey, Matt Lucas, Natasha Lyonne, Ed Helms, Max Greenfield, Paul Scheer, and Jon Daly

If you’re a comedy nerd, A Futile and Stupid Gesture is a must-watch. The Netflix original film chronicles the origins of National Lampoon magazine through the eyes of co-founder Doug Kenney (Will Forte), a hilarious free spirit who would go on to co-write Animal House and Caddyshack before meeting an untimely end. Forte is the driving force of the film as it tracks the irreverent beginnings of National Lampoon, and the actor delivers a dynamic turn that is equal parts funny and sad. But Domhnall Gleeson nearly steals the show as his more dry partner Henry Beard, with cameos galore of folks playing famous actors from the time like Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, John Belushi, and Gilda Radner. Wet Hot American Summer and Role Models filmmaker David Wain directs with a knowing eye, but takes the drama inherent in Kenney’s tragedy seriously. – Adam Chitwood

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

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Director: Susan Johnson

Writer: Sofia Alvarez

Cast: Lana Condor, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Noah Centineo, Israel Broussard, and John Corbett 

If you’re looking for a fun, sweet, YA romantic comedy to brighten your day, you won’t do much better on Netflix than To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Based off the novel by Jenny Han, the story follows Lara Jean (Lana Condor), a teenager whose worst nightmares are realized when five letters she wrote to her secret crushes are sent out without her knowledge. When she’s confronted by her old crush Peter (Noah Centineo), she’s afraid it could get in the way of her current crush Josh (Israel Broussard), so Lara Jean and Peter resolve to fake a relationship so they can get with who they really want to be with. Naturally, pretending to be together starts to create real feelings between the two. The film is a joy from start to finish, letting you relive a time when who “liked” you was the most important thing in the world, but without any of the trauma high school entails. – Matt Goldberg

A Serious Man

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Writers/Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen

Cast: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard King, Fred Melamed, Sari Lennick, Aaron Wolff, and Jessica McManus

Joel and Ethan Coen have rarely been as strange or as autobiographical as they were with their brilliant 2009 film, A Serious Man. The story takes place in the Midwest in 1967 and follows Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg), who’s facing a serious crisis of faith when his wife abruptly decides to divorce him and a student tries to blackmail him into getting a better grade. Larry’s constant refrain of “I didn’t do anything!” is his fragile shield in a world where he thinks simply being a passive person is the same as being a good person. It’s a profound, thoughtful, and yet still funny look at the trials of being Jewish provides through a lens that only the Coens could craft. – Matt Goldberg

Sleeping with Other People

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Writer/Director: Leslye Headland

Cast: Allison Brie, Jason Sudeikis, Adam Scott, Jason Mantzoukas, Natasha Lyonne, Adam Brody, and Amanda Peet

Filmmaker Leslye Headland broke out in a big way with the raunchy comedy Bachelorette, and her follow-up feature is a straight up romantic comedy—with a bit of an edge of course. Lovably described as “When Harry Met Sally with assholes,” Sleeping with Other People stars Jason Sudeikis and Allison Brie as a pair of acquaintances who lost their virginity to each other in high school, and reconnect years later in New York City. They quickly become platonic best friends, airing romantic grievances with one another while they both have trouble commiting to their respective relationships. It’s a hilarious, sweet, and at times very dirty spin on the romcom formula that’s a pure delight to watch. – Adam Chitwood

Burn After Reading

Directors/Writers: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

Cast: George Clooney, Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, and J.K. Simmons

How did the Coen Brothers cash in on their clout from winning Best Director and Best Picture with No Country for Old Men? With an absurdist comedy that adds up to a punchline, of course. Burn After Reading is a hilarious romp of sorts played very, very straight, as the Coens pack this espionage story to the brim with idiots, but shoot, edit, and score it as if it’s a Michael Clayton-esque thriller. It’s a brilliant subversion of expectations, and while some certainly felt slighted by the ending, the way the story abruptly deflates is precisely the point. This is a movie that gets better and better with each watch, and though it may feel slight in the shadow of something as rich and complex as No Country, the range it displays from the Coen Brothers only solidifies them as two of America’s greatest directors of all time. – Adam Chitwood

I Love You, Man

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Directed by: John Hamburg

Written by: John Hamburg and Larry Levin

Cast: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Jon Favreau, Rob Heubel, Joe Lo Truglio, and Andy Samberg

This 2009 “bromantic comedy” pairs Paul Rudd and Jason Segel to delightfully funny results. Rudd plays a mild mannered man who recently proposed to his girlfriend, but when wedding planning begins, he discovers he doesn’t really have any male friends. He meets Segel’s character, a free-spirited goofball, and the two hit it off immediately. I Love You, Man is basically a romantic comedy about male friendships, but what really makes it worthwhile is the chemistry between Rudd and Segel, and the ridiculous improv riffs they find that somehow spawn iconic lines. Slappa da bass, man! – Adam Chitwood

Frances Ha

Director: Noah Baumbach

Writers: Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig

Cast: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Summer, Charlotte d’Amboise, and Adam Driver

Before 2012’s Frances Ha, filmmaker Noah Baumbach was the king of melancholy. With this breezy black-and-white indie, however, Baumbach changed course dramatically, churning out something that is much more optimistic and downright playful. In a star-making turn, Greta Gerwig plays a 27-year-old dancer living in Brooklyn who is forced to find a new place to live when her best friend opts to move out, thus meaning Frances is unable to afford rent. Frances subsequently bums around with her friends, returns to her home for Christmas, and even jets off the Paris, all the while trying stave off adulthood for as long as possible. Narratively there’s little to Frances Ha, but thematically and character-wise, this thing is rich beyond belief. It’s also just an absolute delight to watch, with a stellar soundtrack and a camera that adores Greta Gerwig. – Adam Chitwood

Pee-wee's Big Adventure

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Director: Tim Burton

Writers: Phil Hartman, Paul Reubens, Michael Varhol

Cast: Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger, and Judd Omen

Filmmaker Tim Burton’s feature directorial debut has the oddity and strangeness that would be a mainstay of his later work, but in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure it’s delightfully infused with the silly humor of the film’s protagonist. One need not already be familiar with Pee-wee Herman to enjoy Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, which at heart is the story of a big kid who just wants to find his stolen bike. Along the way, he encounters a colorful ensemble of characters, but this is a film that never talks down to his audience. When Pee-wee is scared, we as audiences are scared; when he’s joyful, we’re joyful. That’s a testament to Burton’s filmmaking. From the breakfast machine to goofy dancing, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure really does bring out the kid in everyone. Tell ‘em Large Marge sent ya. – Adam Chitwood

Hot Fuzz

Director: Edgar Wright

Writers: Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg

Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine, Rafe Spall, Olivia Colman, Timothy Dalton, and Paul Freeman

Edgar Wright is one of the best filmmakers working today, and his 2007 take on the action genre Hot Fuzz remains one of the best films of the past decade. Simon Pegg stars as an obsessive British cop who is assigned to work in a small village when the big city department becomes tired of his unending drive for perfection. What is meant as a means of getting him away from the action soon turns out to be a blessing, as Pegg’s character soon uncovers strange goings-on in the seemingly perfect village of Sandford. The ensemble here is stacked, led by a hilarious (and heartbreaking) co-starring turn from Nick Frost as well as icons of cinema past like Timothy Dalton and Paul Freeman. The film goes places you’d never expect, all while tipping its hat to the action greats like Michael Bay. Hot Fuzz is a comedy, but it’s a comedy that takes its action, characters, and story very seriously, which makes all the difference. – Adam Chitwood

The Overnight

Director/Writer: Patrick Brice

Cast: Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman, and Judith Godrèche

If you’re in the mood for a raunchy comedy that really goes there, then The Overnight might be right up your alley. The film stars Adam Scott and Orange Is the New Black star Taylor Schilling as a somewhat conservative couple who, while at the park with their son, meet a nice and somewhat mysterious parent named Kurt (Jason Schwartzman), who invites them and their son over to his family’s house for a playdate. All is going somewhat normal until the kids are put to bed, at which point Kurt and his wife Charlotte (Judith Godrèche) pull Scott and Schilling’s characters out of their shells, taking them to sexually adventurous places with plenty of humor to boot. For anyone who’s been itching to see Scott and Schwartzman don some hilariously exaggerated prosthetic genitals, The Overnight is for you. – Adam Chitwood

While We're Young

Directed and Written by: Noah Baumbach

Cast: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried, Charles Grodin, Adam Yauch

Starting with Frances Ha, filmmaker Noah Baumbach hit a much more joyous, optimistic stride with his films, and that’s certainly the case of his 2015 movie While We’re Young. This is almost in the vein of a traditional studio comedy for the Squid and the Whale filmmaker, but it’s a very, very good one. Ben Still and Naomi Watts star as a middle-aged couple living in New York City who are having trouble coming to terms with the fact that they’re no longer young. Stiller plays a documentary filmmaker who strikes up a friendship with an aspiring documentary filmmaker played by Adam Driver, who with his very hipster girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) befriend Stiller and Watts’ characters. A culture clash of sorts ensues, as Stiller and Watts struggle to prove they’re still hip while Driver and Seyfried struggle to prove they’re cool. The film has a lot to say about image and the passage of time, but it’s also just incredibly funny. – Adam Chitwood

I Give It a Year

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Director/Writer: Dan Mazer

Cast: Rafe Spall, Rose Byrne, Anna Faris, Simon Baker, Stephen Merchant, Minnie Driver, Jason Flemyng, and Olivia Colman

If you’re in the mood for a romantic comedy with a little bite to it, look no further than I Give It a Year. The feature directorial debut of Borat and Bruno co-writer Dan Mazer is the perfect mix of salty and sweet, chronicling the first year of marriage between the ambitious Nat (Rose Byrne) and struggling writer Josh (Rafe Spall). The couple comes to the realization that they may not know each other as well as they think they do, and while the comedy can get sharp and a little dark, there’s a good heart throughout that keeps things at least somewhat optimistic. Byrne proves she’s one of our most underrated comedic actresses and Spall proves he’s leading man material, while scene-stealing supporting turns from folks like Stephen Merchant and Minnie Driver make this a delight to sit through. Here’s the very definition of an underseen gem, and one that’ll make you seem very in-the-know once you start recommending it to folks. – Adam Chitwood

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

Director: Eli Craig

Writer: Eli Craig and Morgan Jurgenson

A comedic spin on the “party-going youths meet backwoods sociopaths” subgenre of horror, a la Texas Chainsaw MassacreTucker and Dale vs. Evil is a straight up comedy of errors in horror movie clothing. The film follows the titular Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine), two country bumpkins best friends renovating their dilapidated remote vacation home where they encounter a group of preppy, wildly biased college kids. When Dale’s attempt at friendly conversation is perceived as a threat, it sets off a series of ever-escalating confrontations that are only as hilarious as they are deadly. As far as I’m concerned, every Alan Tudyk performance is a gift, but it’s Tyler Labine’s soft-hearted Dale who steals the show as he tries to comprehend the fresh hell he somehow wandered into. Thanks to their on-point performances and some gore gags that are equal parts gruesome and guffaw-inducing, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is one of the most delightful horror comedies in recent memory.  – Haleigh Foutch

Tangerine

Director: Sean Baker

Writers: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch

Cast: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O’Hagan, and James Ransone

If you’re in the mood for a comedy of a different sort, or maybe just something energetic and colorful, Tangerine is a must-watch. Shot entirely on an iPhone to tremendous results, the film follows a day in the life of two transgender prostitutes on the streets of Los Angeles, as fresh-from-jail Sin-Dee Rella (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) goes on the hunt to find the woman her boyfriend (James Ransone) has been shacking up with in her absence, all the while her quiet, aspirational friend and co-worker Alexandra (Mya Taylor) tries her best to put out the fires. It’s a hilarious, heartfelt, and surprisingly emotional little film that’s a breath of fresh air from the cliché-ridden comedies that Hollywood tends to churn out year after year. – Adam Chitwood

Don't Think Twice

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Writer/Director: Mike Birbiglia

Cast: Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Katge Micucci, Tami Sagher, Keegan-Michael Key, Emily Skeggs, and Chris Gethard

Improv is supposed to be a collaborative act. Unlike standup, you need other people to make comedy happen, and yet in the New York scene depicted in Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice, it’s oddly competitive. The film follows an improv comedy troupe that starts to fracture when one of its members, Jack (Keegan-Michael Key), lands a coveted role on a Saturday Night Live-type sketch comedy show. As the group is strained to face their various shortcomings, they discover what’s really kept them bonded and how they might inevitably drift apart regardless. It’s equally funny and oddly melancholy, and yet another lovely movie from Birbiglia. – Matt Goldberg

In Bruges

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Director/Writer: Martin McDonagh

Cast: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Clémence Poésy, and Jérémie Renier

If you’re in the mood for something along the lines of “funny/sad”, filmmaker Martin McDonagh’s fantastic dark comedy In Bruges is a must-watch. The 2008 film marked a significant turning point in Colin Farrell’s career from “movie star” to serious actor, and he turns in one of his finest performances as a guilt-riddled hitman who is sent to Bruges along with his mentor (played by Brendan Gleeson) to await further instructions for their next job. As the two hang around the city, their melancholy turns to tension as twists and turns abound. At heart, though, McDonagh’s film is incredibly sweet and good-natured, even if the bleak aesthetics reflect the depression of the two main characters. And did I mention the humor? For all its seriousness and dramatic qualities, In Bruges is also downright hilarious, with Farrell and Gleeson proving to be an adept and highly watchable comedic duo. Funny, thrilling, and sweet with plenty of gunplay to boot, In Bruges is one of the best films of the decade so far. – Adam Chitwood

The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter

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Director: Jody Hill

Writers: Jody Hill, John Carcieri, and Danny McBride

Cast: Josh Brolin, Danny McBride, Montana Jordan, Carrie Coon, and Scoot McNairy

Filmmaker Jody Hill burst onto the scene with his indie comedy The Foot Fist Way, which was followed up by the supremely dark Observe & Report, but then he and Danny McBride spent nearly a decade in the world of TV, creating, writing, and directing Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals. Now The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter marks Hill’s return to features, and while it has the edge that fans of his are familiar with, it’s also far sweeter and more heartwarming. Josh Brolin stars as a reality TV hunter who takes his son on a hunting trip along with his friend/cameraman, played by McBride. Tension ensues, owing mostly to Brolin’s estranged relationship with the boy’s mother, as Hill crafts a story that’s funny and endearing in equal measure. – Adam Chitwood

Obvious Child

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Director/Writer: Gillian Robespierre

Cast: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffman, Polly Draper, Richard Kind, and David Cross

Crudely dubbed an “abortion comedy,” Obvious Child is far more thoughtful and nuanced than its basic logline would have you believe. Jenny Slate stars as a young, struggling comedian who becomes pregnant after a drunken one-night stand, which she had following a bad breakup with her boyfriend. She makes plans to have an abortion, but as the date looms closer, she begins spending more and more time with the would-be father, developing a genuine relationship. This is a film with a lot of heart and humor, but it’s most memorable for affirming that Jenny Slate should be a bona fide star. – Adam Chitwood

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