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20 Best Comedies on Amazon Prime 2021
It’s no secret that Amazon Prime has one of the widest ranging selections of TV shows and movies. And this goes for its comedies, too. From slapstick favorites that will get you laughing ‘til you cry and dramedies that will get you crying ‘til you laugh, there’s something to tickle everyone’s funny bone.
If you’re in the market for some extra humor in your movie night, look no further. We’ve rounded up some of the best comedies on Amazon Prime, including new award-winners like the Borat sequel, old classics like Some Like It Hot, and everything in between. You want to laugh and cry at the same time? We got that covered, too. You want to laugh uncomfortably because of class issues? Well, that’s a specific ask, but hey. Check out Parasite.
What we’re trying to say is that Netflix has that whole “Netflix is a joke” shtick, but Amazon will take that challenge and one up you. These are the best comedies on Amazon Prime.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Just when saying “My wife!” for the past fourteen years was starting to get old, envelope-pushing comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has reprised Borat Sagdiyev when we needed him most. While the mockumentary packs its signature over-the-top comedy, Cohen’s on-the-ground satire “reporting” brings a deeply analytical lens to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 election, and Trump’s America. Perhaps the most memorable of all, though, is the breakout performance from Maria Bakalova, who stars as Borat’s daughter Tutar whom Borat is determined to offer as a bride to Mike Pence.
A dark comedy to its core, Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite received worldwide acclaim from Cannes to the Oscars for its inventive commentary on late-stage capitalism. The film follows a lower-income family on their mission to infiltrate a wealthy family’s home by picking up household jobs for them. The film is an urgent watch, as its message applies not just to its setting of South Korea, but to our ever-growing wealth gap worldwide.
In a deft balance of drama and comedy, Lulu Wang’s semi-autobiographical The Farewell is arguably one of the most memorable and moving dramedies of the past few years. With a stunning performance from Awkwafina at its core, the film moves through the decision process of a Chinese-American family who, upon learning that their grandmother is nearing her death, must decide whether or not to tell her about her diagnosis.
Another moving dramedy, Uncle Frank stars Paul Bettany as a gay literature professor living in New York in the 1970s. Upon receiving news that his father has passed, he must journey back to the less-than-accepting home in South Carolina he’d sought refuge from so many years ago. The somber journey is uplifted, though, by the unexpected company of his niece, played by Sophia Lillis, and boyfriend, played by Peter Macdissi.
Knives Out did us the long overdue favor of breathing life back into the traditional whodunnit film.This murder mystery ensemble comedy is the perfect off-kilter thriller for your next movie night. With a star-stacked cast crammed into the manor of the deceased mystery novelist Harlan Thrombley, one detective sets out to untangle this familial mystery with its fair share of laughs and antics.
The Big Sick
This romantic comedy stars Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan as a couple whose rocky relationship is complicated by her sudden, potentially fatal illness—a premise based on Nanjiani and wife/co-writer Emily Gordon’s own story.
Being a teenager sucks, and writer-director Bo Burnham makes it feel like all this happened just yesterday, offering a coming-of-age story in the time of social media, with actress Elsie Fisher delivering a heartbreakingly real performance.
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark
Cassandra Peterson’s hilarious and spooky character gets her own feature in this ’80s cult classic, which sees Elvira inheriting a mansion from her recently deceased aunt. But her arrival in a straight-laced small town ruffles the feathers of her new neighbors.
The Foot Fist Way
A hapless Tae Kwon Do instructor sees his life upended when his wife announces that she’s cheated on him with her boss—and she’s leaving him for her new man—in this comedy starring Danny McBride, directed by his longtime collaborator Jody Hill.
Based on Elmore Leonard’s bestselling novel, this black comedy stars John Travolta as a loan shark who travels to Los Angeles to settle a debt from a Hollywood hotshot (played by Gene Hackman). But he quickly learns that Hollywood isn’t so much different than the mob, and he quickly pivots into a new profession as a producer.
Winona Ryder stars as the whip-smart Veronica Sawyer, a popular girl who hates her best friends (a trio of queen bees, all named Heather). Her life spins out of control when she falls for the new kid at school—the trench coat-wearing, gun-toting J.D., played by Christian Slater—who convinces her to kill off her clique.
In the Farrelly Brothers’ underrated comedy, Bill Murray plays a cocky bowling champ who meets his match in a gentle and kind-hearted Amish man (Woody Harrelson) who moonlights as a bowling prodigy.
Married to the Mob
After she’s freed from her unhappy marriage when her husband is murdered, mob wife Angela (Michelle Pfeiffer) thinks she’s in the clear—that is until she’s pursued by another randy mob kingpin, his jealous wife, and a handsome FBI agent who has fallen in love with her.
Much Ado About Nothing
Then-couple Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson star as the bickering Benedick and Beatrice, two long-time enemies whose friends essentially trick into falling for each other, in Branagh’s gorgeous adaptation of the classic Shakespeare comedy.
Six Degrees of Separation
Will Smith stars as a con man who tricks wealthy socialites (Stockard Channing, Donald Sutherland) into believing he’s the son of Sidney Poitier in this adaptation of John Guare’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play.
Some Like It Hot
Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis play two Chicago musicians who unwittingly witness the St. Valentine’s Day massacre. After fleeing to Florida, the pair find a gig with a jazz band. The only issue? It’s an all-female band, requiring the two to disguise themselves in drag.
Jonathan Demme’s cult classic stars Jeff Daniels as a straight-laced banker named Charlie who gets picked up by the charming and elusive Lulu (Melanie Griffith), who takes Charlie on a wild and unexpected journey that results in a crime spree.
The Squid and the Whale
Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney are NYC writers whose crumbling marriage leads to all manner of familial dysfunction—including for their two sons (Jesse Eisenberg and Owen Kline)—in Noah Baumbach’s acclaimed 2005 indie.
The ’80s cult classic stars Robin Lively as a nerdy high school girl who pines for the hottest guy in her class. Luckily for her, she also learns that she’s a descendent of the witches of Salem, and can harness her powers to make her crush fall for her, too.
Maybe one of the best SNL-to-film adaptations ever made, the boneheaded duo Wayne and Garth bring their heavy metal-loving cable access show to a wider audience—and deliver an iconic lip sync to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
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