The 33 Best Comedy Movies on Netflix, Right Now!

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| LAST UPDATE 09/06/2022

By Scarlett Adler
Senior Year
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It's time for a sneak peeks into the best comedy movies on Netflix right now. So get ready to laugh because this collection of IMDb-approved knee-slappers is too good to keep to ourselves!

Last Action Hero

Date of Release: 1993

IMDB Score: 6.4

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We’ve all had those moments when we wished we could share adventures with our onscreen heroes. So is the case with young Danny Madigan from Last Action Hero, who has just lost his father. But taking comfort in watching action movies soon develops into a more serious affair when he is given the chance to work with the indestructible Los Angeles cop Jack Slater, with the help of a magic ticket. Once inside the screen, things go haywire as the villain Benedict escapes into the real world, and it is up to Danny and Jack to crush his evil plans.

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The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Date of Release: 2021

IMDB Score: 7.6

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The Mitchells vs. the Machines is a real family entertainer, featuring great humor, animation and a story that will touch the hearts of children and adults alike. Katie Mitchell has just bagged her biggest dream – to study at film school. But the family road trip with her family to film school takes a turn for the worst when the world’s electronic gadgets suddenly come to life to take over the world. How will it all end?

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Paddington

Date of Release: 2015

IMDB Score: 7.2

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Paddington has always had a special place in the hearts of children and adults. This movie brings back the magic packed with nostalgia. After he loses his home in the Peruvian forest to an earthquake, Paddington must find his new home in England. He finds a home with the Browns, but an enemy soon after in the form of Millicent Clyde. How will his new life turn out?

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Gunpowder Milkshake

Date of Release: 2021

IMDB Score: 6.0

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There’s not quite a mother-daughter reunion like the one in Gunpowder Milkshake, but it is a fresh take on the genre. Sam lost her mother Scarlet when she was 12 years old and was taken in by The Firm, a crime syndicate where her mother worked as an elite assassin. Fast forward 15 years and Sam lives up to her mother’s reputation until she is tasked with a hitjob on Emily, an 8-year-old-child. Unable to complete the job, she now has a target on her back, but mysteriously reunites with her mother to take out The Firm once and for all.

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Jackass 4.5

Date of Release: 2022

IMDB Score: 6.5

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Jackass Forever will go down in history as one of the funniest shows put together by world-class jackasses Johnny Knoxville and Steve-O, and Jackass 4.5 gives you a look into the cut footage that didn’t make it to the final production cut. So you can imagine how crazy the shoots could be – and they are. For those who have grown up watching Jackass on TV during their childhood, it is definitely a treat to see what went behind making Jackass Forever great. For the newly initiated, be prepared to be thrown away by the extremity of the stunts these people can think of.

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Date of Release: 2004

IMDB Score: 7.1

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Ron Burgundy is a Californian so popular, that he could run for governor. But this hotshot television anchorman spends his time bringing the hottest news to the area. When he brings in a female reporter Veronica Corningstone, into his studio, he soon finds out that he may be losing his place to her smarts and talent, making her outshine him. When his career goes down the drain during a vulgar slip, he has but one more chance handed to him to redeem himself. How will it all play out? For those in the mood for silly humor on Friday night, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is the right movie to stream.

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Senior Year

Date of Release: 2022

IMDB Score: 5.5

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Rebel Wilson had the perfect life in high school – the title of cheer captain, the one with the hottest boyfriend, the people that everyone else in high school looked up to. In fact, the cherry on the icing for her was to be awarded the title of prom queen. But when a cheerleading incident puts her in a coma for twenty years, she puts herself on a mission to redeem her status in a high school where there are different rules to dominate. What follows is a hilarious set of daily incidents that challenge her mission and test who she really wants to be. Filled with good humor that works well with a simple plot, Senior Year is a movie for those who just want to relax and have a good time.

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Mr. Roosevelt

Date of Release: 2017

IMDB Score: 6.2

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Mr. Roosevelt is a unique comedy in that it showcases the entire spectrum of existential problems through the incident of the death of a woman’s cat. LA-based comedian Emily Martin comes back home to Austin when she finds out that her cat is sick but is surprised to find that very little remains the way she remembers. For example, her ex is involved in a relationship that seems perfect to everyone from the outside, a “Pinterest board come to life”. With no place to stay, she ends up crashing with them, and the resulting conflicts and new friendships forged make for hilarious performances.  

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Metal Lords

Date of Release: 2022

IMDB Score: 6.8

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While Metal Lords plays with the coming-of-age genre which has a predictable formula, the movie really shines because of the teenage actors. Hunter and Kevin, played by Adrian Greensmith and Jaeden Martell, want to start a heavy metal band and win the Battle of the Bands. But this is in a place that could care less about heavy metal. In their search for a bassist, they come to meet Emily, who is a cellist. With their motley crew now set, they must now train to make Skullf*cker the best heavy metal band in the region.

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The Bubble

Date of Release: 2022

IMDB Score: 4.7

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The Bubble is packed with superstars who are the cast of Cliff Beasts, a sequel of much popularity. But when the pandemic hits and they are all isolated in their own bubble, they must find a way to keep shooting in their hotel. But this unfamiliar territory comes with its own hilarious experiences, which form the crux of the movie. But when the pandemic bubble invites personal meltdowns, the anger brings forth even funnier experiences as they try to sneak out to find some semblance of normalcy, which is something we all craved during our extended weekends at home.

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Back to the Outback

Date of Release: 2021

IMDB Score: 6.5

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Back to the Outback is a wonderfully put movie apt for our current times, when we often need to remind ourselves that different is just as beautiful. When they are finally done with the staring by humans, the dangerous animals decide to escape from the zoo they’re held in and head out to the Outback, where they know for certain that they won’t be judged for their looks. Chased by their zookeeper Chaz, this adventure of a road trip promises to be a revelatory experience for these dangerous animals. We wished the movie would last longer, with the superb animations and voice performances packed into such a tight package of fun.

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Bad Teacher

Date of Release: 2011

IMDB Score: 5.7

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What sets Bad Teacher apart in its comedic adventures is without a doubt, the charming performance by Cameron Diaz. Elizabeth, played by Diaz, is a teacher who hates her job – she can't stand her students, her fellow teachers, or the management. But when her sugar daddy dumps her, she is forced to go back to work, but she doesn’t plan to do it sober. But things go for a twist when Scott, played by Justin Timberlake, arrives as a substitute teacher, and Elizabeth is waiting for the chance to be amoral with him. But she faces strong competition with Amy, a colleague popular between the students and the teachers.

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The Other Guys

Date of Release: 2010

IMDB Score: 6.6

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The Other Guys is packed with moments to laugh out loud at, but its best jokes are made silently in the background, and the parodic take on cop-buddy action comedies is on point. When desk-bound NYPD detectives Hoitz and Gamble, played by Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, find that a minor case they’re working on turns out to be a much bigger case underneath the surface, the two partners find another chance to redeem their status in the NYPD, and the comedy finds a good blend with the energetic action sequences. Through all this, a well-written detective story surrounding financial fraud is also told, and the duo of Ferrell and Wahlberg are a great match onscreen.

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The Edge of Seventeen

Date of Release: 2016

IMDB Score: 7.3

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The Edge of Seventeen could definitely be called the cult teen movie of our decade. The movie is an honest and real look into the complex life at high school and the struggles of growing up. Nadine, played by Hailee Steinfeld, is an awkward teenager who doesn’t have it easy because her older brother Darian is a star in high school. Now, when Nadine finds out that her best friend Krista is dating her brother, she feels more alone, even contemplating suicide. But when she finds a new friend in Erwin, she understands how things can look bad, until we pull behind the curtain and see. While teen movies follow a set pattern, The Edge of Seventeen offers a fresh and honest perspective, making it a real winner in this genre.

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Addams Family Values

Date of Release: 1993

IMDB Score: 6.8

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Addams Family Values falls in the class of rare series where the sequel is received better than the predecessor. The plot takes us through the Addams parents celebrating the birth of a new baby boy. But are the siblings, Wednesday and Pugsley, just as thrilled about this? And what about the new nanny, who is hired to take care of children and make sure they stay away from trouble? The odd family does have us cracking with their antics. The movie finds comedy in dark subjects like arson, torture, and murder and can put a smile on the mouths of even the darkest jokes.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Date of Release: 2009

IMDB Score: 6.9

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Now, this certainly isn't your average weather forecast. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs took Hollywood by storm with its unique approach to the 1978 children's book written by Ron and Judi Barrett. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller struck directorial gold by creating an animated comedy that was a huge hit amongst kids and adults alike. Flint Lockwood, played by SNL's Bill Hader, is a down-on-his-luck inventor who proves the haters wrong with one brilliant idea: the machine that can make food fall from the sky. What could possibly go wrong?

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Friends with Benefits

Date of Release: 2011

IMDB Score: 6.5

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What do a recruiter and art director have in common? To the naked eye, perhaps not much. But that's exactly what makes our next comedy as hilarious as it is: in Friends With Benefits, expect a whole lot of laughs as you watch two strangers-turned-friends - Jamie (played by Mila Kunis) and Dylan (played by Justin Timberlake) - prove that opposites do indeed attract, after all. From their road to romance to the hilarious missteps along way, you're in for a relatable, raunchy treat here. Though we should warn you: expect to have Semisonic's Closing Time playing nonstop in your head by the time you're done with this rom-com. Take what you want from that one - and keep scrolling for some more lighthearted fun...

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The Big Lebowski

Date of Release: 1998

IMDB Score: 8.1

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Sure, mistaken identity is no laughing matter. But in our next Netflix comedy, it's actually never looked funnier. The Big Lebowski follows the messy mishaps of one unlucky burn-out, Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, who finds himself at the mercy of several thugs after they mistake him for another man by the same name. But that's not where this story ends. Expect lots of twists and turns as "The Dude" sets out to get justice - all with the help of his loyal bowling buddies, Donny (played by Steve Buscemi) and Walter (played by John Goodman). While their time in the lanes might have had them striking out, let's just say their journey to clear The Dude's name plays out slightly differently.

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The Incredible Jessica James

Date of Release: 2017 

IMDB Score: 6.5

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Let's face it, breakups are hard. Just ask Jessica James, who set off on a blind date in hopes of finding the perfect rebound. Little did she know, the mystery man sitting across her would change her life in more ways than one. In The Incredible Jessica James, get ready to face the facts as we watch Jessica (played by Jessica Williams) and her unexpected new love interest (played by Chris O'Dowd) juggle dating in a social-media obsessed/ "post-relationship" society. But don't worry, this refreshingly relatable rom-com is also packed with endless laughs. In fact, as one Rotten Tomatoes critic put it, it's "flat-out hilarious." Check out the official trailer below and get ready to smile from this feel-good coming-of-age adventure.

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Hail, Caesar!

Date of Release: 2016

IMDB Score: 6.3

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Lights, camera... action? What happens when a major star is kidnapped from his movie's set? In Hail, Caesar! , expect the unexpected after Baird Whitlock (played by George Clooney) finds himself in the hands of some pretty bad people during the production of his latest film, "Hail, Caesar!" After the actor's studio is hit with a massive $100,000 ransom to get their lead star back, the ambitious studio boss (played by Josh Brolin) sets out to save the day himself. And with the Coen brothers - the directorial masterminds behind The Big Lebowski - too behind this blockbuster? Expect lots of laughs and adventure in this satirical gem.

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Always Be My Maybe

Date of Release: 2019

IMDB Score: 6.8

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This hilarious and heart-warming Netflix original movie, Always Be My Maybe, stars old best friends Sasha and Marcus. Played by Ali Wong and Randall Park, the childhood lovers eventually went their separate ways for 15 years. As viewers tag along to find out what happened during their emotional falling out, we also witness their adorable reunion. Once back by each other's sides, Sasha and Marcus help one another overcome various life issues they've had throughout the years. Not only do these talented costars appear in front of the camera together, but it turns out Wong and Park were both producers behind the scenes too. Talk about the good life of having your Hollywood cake and eating it too! So, who is ready to laugh alongside these two in their long-awaited reunion?

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Bad Trip

Date of Release: 2021

IMDB Score: 6.6

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Another one of the best comedies on Netflix right now is Bad Trip. This hilarious film stars Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, and Tiffany Haddish doing what they do best: being goofballs! In the hidden camera film, the funny trio goes out into the world to prank real people in real life. The best part? They capture a variety of genuine reactions to the shenanigans that go down. These friends created a fun-filled series of events, from porta-potty accidents to car chases in their bubble gum pink car of choice for their road trip. Some of what we see is scripted, while other scenes are completely improvised. But in the end, nearly everything the trio does evokes confusion in the subjects of their many pranks - accompanied by side-eye and smiles from the actors and comedians, of course. Leaving a wake of bewilderment in their path, Andre, Howery, and Haddish's journey on our screens is one for the books.

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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Date of Release: 2020

IMDB Score: 6.5

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This flick is the song-filled tale of two small-town singers chasing their dreams in hopes of becoming the next pop stars. This movie - starring Lars, played by the hilarious actor Will Ferrell, and Sigrit, played by Rachel McAdams - quickly became the epitome of comedy. The film's mission? To prove that dreams can be within reach if a person is willing to fight for them. Nominated for a Grammy Award, and won six awards, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga quickly became recognized as one of the best comedies on Netflix. For those who are especially fond of these talented actors - and even those who have never seen a title with these names in it - this movie is sure to keep you laughing (and possibly even singing along) from opening to ending credits! So, who is ready to watch what could be your next favorite flick?

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Between Two Ferns: The Movie

Date of Release: 2019

IMDB Score: 6.1

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Zach Galifianakis and his crew of fellow funny people take a road trip to conduct a series of celebrity interviews in this slap-stick movie. With large inspiration from his prior web series, Between Two Ferns, this comedy has all of that familiar fun and hilarity - only this time, it's on the go! While he rarely seems to let viewers down with the guests that come across his fern-filled stage, among Zach's many famous guests is the sultry country-man, Matthew McConaughey, accomplished actresses, Awkwafina, Gal Gadot, Rashida Jones, Hailee Steinfeld, Chance the Rapper, and many more. Nick Allen of the renowned critic's website, RogerEbert.com, stated that Between Two Ferns: The Movie, "Takes what's made the series so extremely funny and lovingly expands it into a feature film, in a way that would make all those '90s Saturday Night Live movies envious." So, who's ready to combine a love for plants with that of humor and our favorite celebs?

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Crazy, Stupid, Love

Date of Release: 2011 

IMDB Score: 7.4

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What does one get when crossing Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon, and Marisa Tomei? We'll tell you! A laughter-filled, romantic flick that highlights regaining manhood, newfound love, and learning new tricks. When Cal's (Steve Carrell) wife tells him she has been unfaithful in their marriage and asks him for a divorce, life seems to turn dim. But, without clear signs of where to go from there, a newfound young friend of Cal, Jacob (played by Ryan Gossling), offers some relationship advice. While Jacob may have tips and tricks for Cal, he is also widely known as a womanizer. In the end, a large number of hidden plot twists confuse all of the characters tenfold. But, with several different love stories in the works, a naughty babysitter, and a grown man rediscovering what dating can be like in this day and age, Crazy, Stupid, Love is sure to have you giggling in no time!

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The Wrong Missy

Date of Release: 2020

IMDB Score: 5.7

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When a man named Tim (David Spade) invites the girl of his dreams, Missy (Lauren Lapkus), to be his date on a work-related Hawaiian getaway, he soon realizes he made a massive mistake. Unfortunately, Tim didn't double-check his invitation before he hit "send" on his phone, and in the end? He invited The wrong Missy. Instead of reaching out to the lady, he had real-life heart eyes for, he accidentally messaged a one-time blind date gone terribly bad. Even worse? Tim didn't realize it until she was standing right in front of him. After putting all of the pieces together, Spade finally realizes where he slipped up. To keep himself from foreseen embarrassment in front of his new boss, he tries to solve his problems by shooing the woman away. But, in the end, he comes around to a new realization about this Missy: maybe she isn't the wrong one after all? 

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Set It Up

Date of Release: 2018 

IMDB Score: 6.5

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After countless late nights in the office, picking up take-out, running errands, and more, two assistants, Harper (Zoey Deutch) and Charlie (Glen Powell,) hatch a plan to set their two workaholics bosses up on a date. But in the series of events that follow, things go terribly, beautifully wrong. Their bosses, Kirsten (Lucy Liu) and Rick (Taye Diggs), seemingly fall right into place with the assistants' plans to get some free time back in their busy schedules. Ironically, the employees soon discover that this whole ordeal might be more work on them than initially planned. Set It Up is a comedy movie that takes viewers on a rollercoaster ride of finding true love, choosing the "right" person, and realizing that the heart simply can't be kept from what it really wants.

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The Lovebirds

Date of Release: 2020

IMDB Score: 6.1

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In a mix of action, crime, and comedy, Leilani (Issa Rae) and Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) play a couple who, while trying to work through the harder-to-swallow aspects of relationships, find themselves wrapped up in the middle of a bigger issue. And we certainly weren't expecting this one, so we wouldn't be shocked if you weren't either! As it turns out, the couple finds themselves wrapped up in the crosshairs of a murder mystery, one they know nothing about...or do they? You'll have to watch the 2020 flick to find out, but we can guarantee that you won't see several of the big twists coming. With what we can only refer to as the adventure of a lifetime, The Lovebirds offers what many other relationship-focused movies do not: The captivating mystery of a crime investigation intertwined with two people trying to salvage their union. Oh, and Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, of course.

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Dolemite Is My Name

Date of Release: 2019

IMDB Score: 7.3

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The hilarious Eddie Murphy plays real-life comedic legend Rudy Ray Moore in the American biographical flick Dolemite Is My Name. During production, the actor develops an alter ego named Dolemite and is faced with struggles left and right that challenge his abilities as a performer. Not only is his different persona hilarious, but he also manages to fight kung-fu as just another one of the tricks up his sleeve. Alongside Murphy are several other talented actors such as Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, and Tituss Burgess. The production team must have done something right because, according to reviews, both Time magazine and the National Board of Review listed this film as one of the year's 10 best films. In addition, the film snagged more winning titles and awards, including 3 African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Awards, 8 Black Reel Awards, and several others.

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The Meyerowitz Stories

Date of Release: 2017

IMDB Score: 6.9

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A family made up of Danny (Adam Sandler), Matthew (Ben Stiller), Harold (Dustin Hoffman), and others was once closer than ever. But since their seemingly irreconcilable split several years back, everything changed. But, when it came time for the brothers to gather and honor the impressively artistic works of their father, they are forced to travel to New York and put their pasts behind them. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times described the cast as "A smart and sophisticated and relatively privileged bunch, but they're miserable and ridiculous, which makes for some poignant insights and some sharp comedy." He continued playfully, "We enjoy the Meyerowitz clan; even as we praise the heavens we're not like them, and we don't live next door to any of 'em." This funny bunch must have done something right because in 2017 when they hit the big screen, The Meyerowitz Stories took home 3 big wins!

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Mr. Right

Date of Release: 2016

IMDB Score: 6.4

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Anna Kendrick plays Martha, a girl who falls for the absolute prince charming of a man, Francis (Sam Rockwell). The only catch? He's a clown-nose-wearing hitman on the run from those who pay his bankroll. The bigger catch? Martha soon begins to learn about her new man's antics and even picks up on a trick or two herself, like catching a knife by the blade without being injured! (Yikes!) All was going well until a somewhat scary event caused Martha to ask for some space. But, that didn't last long as the adventurous pair were soon drawn to each other once again when her dream knight in shining armor actually comes to save the day (and her)! But, can she look past his constantly on-the-run lifestyle? Will Martha be able to trust Francis? All of the answers are within the action-packed scenes of Mr. Right.

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Date of Release: 1975

IMDB Score: 8.2

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Within this classic mid-1970s movie, members of the Monty Python comedy group, including actors Graham Chapman (King Arthur) and John Cleese (Second Swallow-Savvy Guard), wrote and starred in the comical depiction of King Arthur's search for the Holy Grail. The two men were joined by fellow members Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. According to reports, despite the flick coming out several decades ago, Monty Python and the Holy Grail remains one of the best comedy movies on Netflix being streamed today. It is widely thought of as timeless, as it follows the story of everything from the men meeting a wizard to killer rabbits and even completely splitting up due to disagreement. The film has done exceptionally well since it came out. So much so that in 2011, it was chosen as the second-best comedy of all time in ABC's special, Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time.

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I Care a Lot

Date of Release: 2020

IMDB Score: 6.3

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If you happened to catch her in Gone Girl, you already know Rosamund Pike's time on our screen never disappoints. But if by some chance you haven't? Hang on while we break down what's so great about the actress's latest dark comedy. Titled I Care a Lot, this Netflix gem follows the tales of a thriving con artist (played by Pike) who makes a living by scamming the elderly. Well, that is, until she finally meets her match: Jennifer Peterson, a mysterious wealthy retiree with no living heirs or relatives. But don't let her frail exterior fool you - the senior citizen's connections to the mob soon take our scammer on one hilariously messy adventure. While we won't tell you how this one plays out, we will tell you you're in for one thrilling ride. Brace yourself.

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A Madea Homecoming

Date of Release: 2022

IMDB Score: 5.9

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The newest addition to the MADEA franchise, A Madea Homecoming brings back to us Madea, the no-nonsense, blunt-talking THC enthusiast at her great-grandson’s college graduation celebration. But when family drama finds itself slipping through the cracks, Madea’s zero tolerance for it is the subject of the movie, because it is only this attitude that protects this happy homecoming event. The movie finds a way to bring in modern issues around politics that you will instantly relate to, without needing to put much thought into it. We think the rebirth of this series is definitely worth a watch.   

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