10 best comedy movies of 2021, ranked

As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic throughout 2021, there have been many times over the past year where we have all collectively needed a good laugh – and thankfully Hollywood was. there for us in that regard. Between some of the best filmmakers in the industry flexing their comedic muscles and surprise hits out of nowhere, the past 12 months have seen a number of awesome comedy films hit theaters and on streaming services and they’ve made us laugh. until it hurts.

To celebrate these incredible movie hits, we’ve put together this Top 10 list highlighting the best of the best of the past year. Keeping in mind that the ranking prioritizes the funny above all else, let’s dig in!

Raya and Sisu in Raya and the Last Dragon.

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10. Raya and the last dragon

There have been a number of funny animated films released in 2021, including Michael Rianda and Jeff Rowe. The Mitchells vs. the Machines and Jared Bush, Byron Howard and Charise Castro Smith Encanto, but in the comedy department the benefit belongs to Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada and Paul Briggs’ Raya and the last dragon, which earns it 10th place on this list. Its advantage? Awkwafina’s effervescent presence in Sisu.

The young star has proven to be a beacon of hope in everything she does, and earlier this year she made us laugh with her antics as an unconventional mythical hero. His husky voice and quick comedic timing translates wonderfully into the animation, and there’s a great boyfriend rapport with Kelly Marie Tran’s Raya that’s as solid as any other of its genre in live-action year round. last.

Ryan Reynolds looks shocked as Guy in Free Guy

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9. Free guy

When used correctly, Ryan Reynolds can make you laugh as hard as any Hollywood star, and in 2021 his main performance was in Shawn Levy’s. free guy. This is a very different turn from his cynical, R-rated antics in the dead Pool movies, but few can play a ridiculous optimism like it, and it’s the driving force behind the video game-inspired adventure.

Shawn Levy is a go-to guy for family adventures, and beyond enjoying Ryan Reynolds’ natural charm, he’s got a lot of fun playing with the tropes of gamer culture and weird physics the setting offers. Lil Rel Howery gives an outstanding supporting performance, and Jodie Comer demonstrates surprising comedic chops while also being the movie’s big badass.

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt in The Jungle Cruise.

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8. Jungle cruise

at Jaume Collet Serra Jungle cruise It took a long time to get into theaters, as main photography was completed in 2018, but when it finally hit the big screen and Disney + this summer, it was worth the wait. As well as filming a fun adventure based on the Disneyland ride, the film also features some of the most charismatic tracks of the year, with Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt proving to have great comedic chemistry together.

After years of trying to adapt other classic theme park rides for the big screen, Disney has finally managed to match the formidable energy of the first. Pirates of the Caribbean with Jungle cruise. As one would hope, the puns are lovely, but the highlight is the back-and-forth between Dwayne Johnson’s Captain Frank Wolff and Emily Blunt’s Lily Houghton, both of whom have the ability to throw razor-sharp beards and an entertaining physical comedy.

Tiffany Haddish hangs Eric Andre from building in Bad Trip

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7. Bad trip

Despite my earlier appreciation for Eric André’s comedy, I can’t say I got into Kitao Sakurai’s movie. Bad trip with the highest expectations – assuming the “farce” film genre was fairly well captured by Sacha Baron Cohen and the Donkey gang – but limited expectations can provide the best surprises, and this is an example.

Those who aren’t into blue / crass humor don’t need to apply, but it’s really impressive how able the film is to come out of shameless shamelessness. Not quite Bad trip works, but the ones that click make you laugh until you need a moment to catch your breath.

Milana Vayntrub and Sam Richardson in Werewolves Within

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6. The werewolves inside

When it comes to year-end lists, any movie that can successfully juggle genres and tones has the opportunity to show up in multiple places, and that’s Josh Ruben’s stance. Werewolves inside is in it. Just a few days ago, I ranked the film as the fifth best horror feature film of 2021, and now is the time to praise it for its humor.

Delivering that special awkward energy that made him such a delight on Veep and Detroit, Sam Richardson is brilliant as Finn Wheeler, a ranger who finds himself posted to a mountain town in the midst of a lycanthropic attack, and he’s surrounded by an incredible array of comedy actors. spectacular as the chaos intensifies. I have said it before and I will say it again: Werewolves inside is a solid contender to be called the best video game movie of all time.

The suicide squad

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5. The suicide squad

Most comic book movies released in 2021 are ultimately too serious to be considered one of the best comedies of the year, but James Gunn’s The suicide squad is the big exception. The filmmaker’s comedic sensibility has been a driving force in his work since making his directorial debut with the horror comedy To glide in 2006, and with DC Films giving him the green light to go wild with some crazy R-rated action for the summer blockbuster, that’s exactly what he did and created one of the funniest films ever. of the last 12 months.

James Gunn’s ear for witty jokes is working hard in The suicide squad, and the spectacular ensemble cast he has put together is impeccable in their performance. It’s actually hard to determine which character is the funniest – whether it’s John Cena’s Peacekeeper, Sylvester Stallone’s King Shark, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, or Daniela Melchior – because as soon as your brain comes up with a candidate, your brain Immediately reminds you of a hysterical sequence that puts someone else in the spotlight of the comedy.

Léa Seydoux and Benicio del Toro in The French Dispatch

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4. The French dispatch

Twenty-five years after the release of Rocket in bottle, moviegoers have made it clear that some are thrilled with Wes Anderson’s fantasy, and others not at all – but those of the old belief have a lot to love in 2021 with the release of The French dispatch. With the filmmaker trying to make an anthology feature, the film is a stunning deal of five for the price of one (including the wraparound story), and each has a different flavor that inspires big laughs.

The second chapter, “The concrete masterpiece”, is The French dispatchis funnier, because the premise about the murderous artist (Benicio Del Toro) is played with perfect pitch, and Adrien Brody is the specific kind of ridiculous in his fits of rage – but all of the segments have their own big laughs, even among the darkest and most dramatic moments. It delivers exactly what you would expect from a Wes Anderson movie.

Cooper Hoffman and Alana Haim in Licorice Pizza

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3. Licorice Pizza

Paul Thomas Anderson made extremely dark and gloomy dramas (eg There will be blood, The master, and Magnolia), but some of his best works have been his lighter films (e.g. Drunk love punch, Inherent vice), and Licorice Pizza is a fantastic addition to this latest canon. This is the first time the filmmaker has succeeded in making a coming-of-age story, and the youthful energy he possesses is wild, endearing and joyful.

There is a tremendous exuberance in the hijinks of the main characters – played perfectly by Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman – but with that comes a wonderful ambition that is truly endearing. Bradley Cooper’s Revenge Taken on Jon Peters is the comedic climax of the film, but there are big laughs throughout, from Gary’s surprise arrest to the Teenage Fair which ends up being a weird case of mistake. identity, to Alana’s unfortunate fall in the back of a motorcycle driven by Sean Penn’s Jack Holden.

Rosamund Pike in I Care A Lot.

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2. I care a lot

J Blakeson I care a lot is a different type of entry on this list, as it’s a comedy, but it also has a shriveled, black heart and pumps up slimy tar. There isn’t a single redeemable human being among the cast of characters, as they’re all driven by terrible intent or willful ignorance, and it’s unsettling to think that he actually reflects a real part of modern society. – but what is magical about its sociopathic character? the darkness is that he reaches a point where he manages to be hysterically funny.

While the public is naturally repelled by bad people doing bad things to good people, the rules are completely different when it’s bad people doing bad things to other bad people, and I care a lot is this concept embodied. Rosamund Pike’s Marla Grayson puts the “evil” in “an evil smile”, playing an even more evil role than Missing girl‘s Amy Dunne, and the film’s darkness makes you guess and laugh until the shocking end.

barb & star go to vista del mar annie mumolo kristen wiig

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1. Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar

After the spectacular success of Paul Feig Bridesmaids in 2011, it took almost a decade to see the release of a new film written by Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig – but even if it takes them another 10 years to make a third feature, it will be worth it. if the film is only half the phenomenal of Josh Greenbaum’s Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar. It is one of the most unrepentant comedies in recent memory and by far the most successful title in 2021 to cause hysterical laughter.

Critics might praise Kenneth Branagh Belfast, but Jamie Dornan hasn’t had a greater cinematic moment in the past year than his romantic ballad in Barb and star which makes him beg the seagulls on the beach for romantic advice. The relentless babbling produced Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig as the titular protagonists is miraculous in the way he manages to always be funny, and Damon Wayans Jr. has some of the best stage robbery moments of the year as Darlie. Bunkle, the world’s less secret agent. It’s an endless delight, and the best comedy of 2021.

One can only hope that there will be as many films next year that will make us laugh as much as we did in front of this selection of titles. For a full rundown of what lies ahead over the next 12 months, both on the big screen and in streaming, check out our 2022 movie release schedule.

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