Netflix’s vast catalog can be overwhelming, particularly when you’re searching for a good comedy among a plethora of bad comedies. But don’t worry, because we’ve got you covered. We’ve got everything from silly buddy comedies to big splashy commercial comedies to more esoteric indies and even a handful of films that straddle the comedy-drama divide.
My Best Friend’s Wedding
Roberts plays a single 28-year-old who receives a call from a close friend (Dermot Mulroney) informing him that he is getting married, only to discover that she is in love with him. She then tries to sabotage the wedding by impersonating her fiancé (Rupert Everett) in order to trigger envy.
My Best Friend’s Wedding may not be as fulfilling as other rom-coms such as Notting Hill or Pretty Woman. But it does have its highlights, including a popular sing-along to “I Say A Little Prayer.”
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Following the iconic original and the subpar first sequel European Vacation, the film was released in 1989 as the third installment in the Vacation series. This one, of course, takes place during Christmas time, with the Griswolds hosting extended family at their home. Clark (Chevy Chase) is overworked as he waits for a hoped-for bonus from his employer while still attempting to prevent his family from setting fire to his home. Some argue that Christmas Vacation is too cruel to be funny, to which I reply that you must have a very different family.
As soon as it hit theaters in 2007, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, director Greg Mottola, and producer Judd Apatow created a high school comedy. It was equal parts heart and satire, Superbad became a coming-of-age classic. Although the comedy is R-rated, the relationship between Michael Cera and Jonah Hill’s characters has a warmth to it. It elevates it above the typical raunchy comedy.
It’s as much about a kid worried about losing his friend at college as it is about trying to get alcohol for a high-school party, and the unexpected twists and turns make it all the more unforgettable.
Can’t Hardly Wait
This is your typical teen comedy from the 1990s. It has a certain beauty about it, which is timeless. It is set on a high school graduation day and follows the stories of different teenagers. They tie up loose ends at a party before heading off to college. Former childhood BFFs Lauren Ambrose and Seth Green are stuck in a bathroom together. Hence, they can no longer behave as strangers. Charlie Korsmo gets completely wasted and sings “Paradise City.” What about the music? It’s a classic.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
The film is a blend of goofy humor, gloriously complex jokes, imaginative graphics. Most importantly, it has sincere compassion, in the same vein as Lord and Miller’s other films. Bill Hader plays Flint, a-want-to be scientist who lives in the small town of Swallow Falls. It is put in jeopardy when one of Flint’s crazy inventions begins turning water into food, resulting in a deluge of delicious—and massive—treats.