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!
An all-female buddy cop movie, The Heat has Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock start out as enemies who hate each other’s guts – but turn into best buds in their common mission to arrest a drug lord. The two couldn’t be more different – Sarah Ashburn is an excellent agent with a repute for arrogance, while Shannon Mullins is a cop with street smarts, but a big softie on the inside. But their encounters and bonding onscreen offer much to laugh at, and even enough to smile happily about. We’re just hoping for the rumors about a sequel to come true.
Let Them All Talk
Alice is an acclaimed author who has been claiming for years of one final story to tell, but neither her literary agent nor her publishers have seen it to date. To get to the bottom of it, her literary agent Karen books a cruise with Alice, her old friends Roberta and Susan, and Alice’s nephew Tyler. Alice wants to use this time to heal old wounds and bring some life back into her life, but it may prove to be more difficult than she thought. Let Them All Talk has an intriguing element to it that will keep you in front of the screen for the duration of 113 minutes.
Hot Tub Time Machine
Put together John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Clark Duke into roles where they’re tired of their adult lives and just want to live the old days – you get the gist of Hot Tub Time Machine. But what you need to experience is just how wacky it gets when their wish comes true, and they land up in the winter of 1986. With a shot at reworking their past in the hope of a better future, this frat boy comedy is a consistently filled package of fun and jokes, and it is sure to defy any expectations from the first impressions.
South ParQ: Vaccination Special
South ParQ: Vaccination Special is a welcome event in the times of the pandemic, where laughter seems to be available in small doses. During the pandemic, Kyle, Stan and Cartman decide that they don’t want to remain bros any longer. But this leaves the issue of Kenny – how do they spend the time with him equally? Add to this the vaccination drive, where a militant group has hatched plans to stop the boys from helping their teacher get vaccinated. How does this all play out? South ParQ is the wind-down you deserve from the monotonous serious life, and this is a great episode to start.
Limbo is a movie that came with an astounding number of accolades, so we had to see what the hype was all about. A simple, rather offbeat movie, it is written around the refugee experience, through the life of the main protagonist Omar. A talented Syrian musician, he must find companionship with other refugees and discover his way forward in a new land, where it is difficult to find acceptance. With a lot of personal stories carrying the movie, the movie is incredibly sad – but filled with moments of empathic humor that are equal parts thought-provoking.
Best In Show
Centered around the Mayflower Dog Show, Best in Show is a look into the lives of the canine contestants and their owners, put up for display to the world. Christopher Guest excels in scripting and directing a movie that offers a funny premise that is carried well by the stellar cast. Hilarious and offbeat, the movie continuously improves on the comedy, in a way that builds up in a good way. It will take some time to understand the comedy, so you need to give it time – but once it sets in, you’re in for a treat.
Father of the Bride
Andy Garcia is a charmer, and Father of the Bride is a playground for him to work out his charm on us – the audience. Based on the previous installments with the same name, Andy is shocked to find his baby girl engaged and getting ready to be married, in a manner that is completely opposite from the way he planned it. But, riding with the change, he must find a way to maintain the bonds within the family. Witty and full of heart, there are some movies that are perfect for the season of love – Father of the Bride is one of them.
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.
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.
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 80s 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.
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.