Comedy – it’s something we need more often than we realize. Laughter is the best medicine, and there is no better way to enjoy laughter than sitting down to watch a good movie before bed. Now, it was hard for us to finally decide, but we think the comedy movies on HBO Max own a lot of real estate in our minds when we think about this genre. This is why our list will focus on the best comedies on HBO Max, out of all the funny movies on their platform. It was a challenge, but we were up for it. So don’t waste your time searching for a title, just bookmark this page!
The French Dispatch
The French Dispatch is a marvelous movie that connects you to the Wes Anderson style of aesthetics, color and cast. The movie brings to screens a series of stories that originate worldwide, compiled by the best expatriate journalists in a fictional 20th-century French city. You will notice how the movie blends intricacy across multiple narratives while maintaining a healthy dose of offbeat humor. There’s not much more you can ask for if you’re a long-standing fan of the director’s quirky charm and emotional resonance. We are sure you’ll think this movie is definitely different from the others on this list from minute to minute.
The House is a hilarious attempt where adults try to cover up the fact that they don’t know what they’re doing. The movie follows Scott and Kate as they try to make money to fund their daughter’s college tuition and their eventual idea to run an underground casino. With the operations handled by Frank, their neighbor, the two eventually move from poker to strip clubs to underground fights, and with their own dash of humor. But when it gets serious, can the couple handle the underground lifestyle? It’s an easy watch to laugh at and ideal for the evening with pizza, beer, and friends.
Freaky is a new take on the body-swap sub-genre of movies, but the premise of gender-bending horror-comedy called for a spot on our list. Millie Kessler is a nobody in high school and is the regular punching bag of the popular crowd. But when the Blissfield Butcher, the town’s infamous killer, attacks her with his mystical dagger, she finds out that she has only 24 hours to get it back. But the killer in her body is out for blood, and she must save her bullies from being killed. We had no hopes when we turned on this movie, but we were pleasantly surprised at how amusing it was.
Ron's Gone Wrong
There’s a charming sense of foreboding that is displayed when movies confront technology creep, but Ron’s Gone Wrong has everything going right when it comes to humor and heart. Barney is a socially awkward middle-schooler who got a B-Bot after craving one for as long as he could remember. But when this walking, talking B-Bot named Ron malfunctions in the most hilarious ways, Barney finds out that true friendship cannot come out of a box through an action-packed adventure. We couldn’t recommend this movie enough because it did touch our hearts with its pureness.
The King's Man
The King’s Man is based on true events not mentioned in the common history textbooks we have. A spinoff of the famous Kingsmen franchise, this movie follows the exploits of Orlando Oxford, who is tasked with stopping the worst tyrants and criminal masterminds in the world from sparking the fire for a war that could lead to the deaths of millions. This combination of satire, adventure, and history portrays a fast-moving world hidden in plain sight at times and makes us wonder. We have to agree that the Kingsmen definitely are impressive British gentlemen.
We have to admit – even though the movie was released way later than promised, Free Guy made up for it all with a unique concept, brilliant humor and the cherry on top: Ryan Reynolds as the lead actor. When Guy, played by Reynolds, discovers that he is a background player in an open-world video game, his eyes open up at the possibility of what he could be. He sets out on a journey to save the world in his style – but it doesn’t quite turn out to be a remotely easy path. This movie packs a real punch for the comedy movie genre, and we happily recommend you watch this movie immediately.
When it was released in theatres, The Hangover took the world by storm with its clever script and hilarious scenes that had us laughing non-stop. Doug (Justin Bartha) takes his friends Phil, Stu, and Alan (played by Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis) to Las Vegas for a wild party two days before he gets married. The wild night takes place... but no one remembers what happened, and they can’t find Doug either. The three friends must now rediscover the night they don’t remember, with all the clues and impressions they left in their drunken, wild stupor, and find Doug before it’s too late.
Long Shot is a movie that proved to us that the strange lead pairing of Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron is an example of why risky things will always pay off. Fred Flarsky, played by Rogen, is a journalist of no mean talent, but with a unique knack for getting into trouble. He meets Charlotte Field, played by Theron, one of the most influential women in the world, and discovers that Charlotte was, in fact, his babysitter who he had a childhood crush on. Charlotte soon makes an ambitious plan to run for President, and she cannot help but hire Fred as her speechwriter, which upsets her advisers. We particularly enjoyed the fluid chemistry between the leads, and this movie is a joy to watch.
Waiting… is an old-time classic that follows the daily happenings and relationships between the employees of the restaurant Shenaniganz. Filled with pranks and games, the movie is a mixed bag of funny dialogues delivered by a cast who we’ve come to love over their years in the comedy movie genre. Raunchy comedy might gross one out at times, but such humor is welcomed more often than not because we all want to laugh at a storyline that isn’t too hard to follow. We had a blast laughing out loud a lot, and we think you will enjoy too.
Adventureland is a romantic comedy-drama that takes the coming-of-age concept and repackages it in a way that can be enjoyed by teens and adults alike. When James, played by Jesse Eisenberg, is denied his dream trip to Europe because his parents can’t help out with a loan, he ends up taking a job at the local amusement park during the summer of 1987. But what starts out as the worst job in the area soon finds a bright light in the darkness, in the form of his co-worker Em, played by Kristen Stewart. This adventure did a great job of bringing back the 80’s with a fresh quality of emotions.
The coming-of-age genre frequently features an element of teen partying, which is funny to watch - and Project X takes this storyline and brings to us 87 minutes of pure entertainment. Thomas, Costa and JB are three nobodies in their high school, but they decide that it's time that all changes. And how do they plan to execute this? With a full-blown house party, of course! While this seems like an easy thing to do for these smart boys, are they really capable of handling everything that can (and eventually will) go wrong?
Dumb and Dumber
We'll say it out right away – Dumb and Dumber is one of our favorite comedy movies of all time. With a lead cast of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, there is little if nothing that can hold you back from enjoying this movie wholeheartedly. Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, played by Carrey and Daniels, are best friends - but more importantly, absolute imbeciles. Because of their honest nature, they try to return a suitcase filled with money to Mary Swanson, who left it behind in Harry's car, without knowing that it was all linked to a kidnapping. Both the police and the hired killers are out to get to the bottom of this, and it's up to the boys to figure their way out of this mess.
My Cousin Vinny
My Cousin Vinny is a movie carried completely by the comic exchange between the leads Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei. What seems like a predictable plot is brought to life in a dreary setting such as that of the courtroom, where humor seems to be left at the door. Vinny, a New York lawyer, has never won a case to his name. But when his cousin Bill and his friend Stan find themselves in the middle of a murder case, Vinny must now find a way to get them out - even if he has no clue where to start.
Beverly Hills Cop
Eddie Murphy was once called the King of Comedy, and Beverly Hills Cop is a clear reason why he deserved the title during his prime. Axel Foley, played by Murphy, discovers that his childhood friend was killed while in Detroit, and he’s out to get to the bottom of the case. Following the leads all the way to Beverly Hills, California, Axel disguises himself as a cop on vacation and snoops around, with suspicions leading to a famous art dealer Victor Maitland, who also happens to be the boss of his friend Jenny Summers. However, his investigation attempts are continuously blocked by Lt. Bogomil of the Beverly Hills PD - but that isn’t going to stop Axel...
By attempting to satirize the glory of Beverly Hills, Clueless manages to make a hilarious teen comedy movie. Cher, a rich and social icon in her Beverly Hills high school, thinks of herself as a matchmaker because of being at the top of her school’s pecking order. When her initial plan of matching two teachers in her school turns out to be successful, she decides to practice her new founded ability with the new school klutz, Tai. But when it goes better than she expected and Tai becomes more popular than her, Cher comes to terms with how misguided she was – and seeks guidance from her stepbrother (played by Paul Rudd).
The King of Staten Island
The King of Staten Island is a movie where even the minor characters seem to exude a vibrant feeling of hilarity. Scott Carlin, played by Pete Davidson from SNL, is a slacker looking to make a change in his life and become a tattoo artist. While he tries to make something of his life, he struggles to juggle living with his mother and his usual set of slacker friends. Judd Apatow has a way of making these movies that seem incredibly like the story of a real person, and Davidson playing the lead role adds to the amusement of it all.
American Splendor is a biopic with a unique method of storytelling. Based on the life of Harvey Pekar, an underground comic book writer, we are taken around through his eccentric day-to-day life and, in particular, his relationship with his wife, Joyce Brabner. The movie can seem like a random topic to portray, but the unpredictability of this movie offers a unique pleasure that can only be understood by watching this movie. At its core, American Splendor is the story of a man looking to do the best he can with the disappointments of life - all while told in an unconventional comic way.