Comedy is in the eye of the beholder. Trying to put together a definitive ranking of the Best Comedy Movies 2019 in film comedy is kind of like trying to drain a lake with a thimble or any of those other impossible tasks they used to use to test suspected witches back in the day. That said, we here at FSR like to think we’re a well-watched bunch with a wide range of tastes, so we decided to take our best stab at the impossible anyway.
1. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.
Once Upon A Time….in Hollywood is beautifully made. Beyond all the ‘Tarantino-esque’ touches of the action, the banter, the violence, the constant movie references, there’s a real craft at play here. Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film is a visceral, expertly-crafted homage to Hollywood’s heyday. Best Comedy Movies 2019
The movie does eventually gets it’s bearings and does accumulate to the final ending. Which is one of the saving graces, and of course seeing these actors in their A-Game on screen? If you like old school Hollywood type films, the style, clothes, film making, and the beautiful cinematography. This movie is your wet dream.
2. Knives Out
When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death.
3. The Farewell
Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad. Best Comedy Movies 2019
4. Dolemite Is My Name
Stung by a string of showbiz failures, floundering comedian Rudy Ray Moore has an epiphany that turns him into a word-of-mouth sensation: step onstage as someone else. Borrowing from the street mythology of 1970s Los Angeles, Moore assumes the persona of Dolemite, a pimp with a cane and an arsenal of obscene fables. However, his ambitions exceed selling bootleg records deemed too racy for mainstream radio stations to play. Moore convinces a social justice-minded dramatist to write his alter ego a film, incorporating kung fu, car chases, and Lady Reed, an ex-backup singer who becomes his unexpected comedic foil.
Very good movie, but I think there are some cliches in the script and I’ve never liked that in a movie. What surprised me the most was finding out that this guy existed. I think Eddie was fantastic, and Wesley Snypes made laugh A LOT never thought he could fit so well in the Best Comedy Movies 2019 . Maybe the best biopic of this year.
5. Fighting with My Family
Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige and her brother Zak are ecstatic when they get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must leave her family and face this new, cut-throat world alone. Paige’s journey pushes her to dig deep, fight for her family, and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star. Based on true friendship. Best Comedy Movies 2019
The characterization is done really well along with the relationships. Though the movie is about Paige, there’s nearly equal focus on her brother and the bond they have. His arc is also interesting with how his life took a turn for the worse when he was rejected at the WWE tryouts, while his sister moved on. Considering how he trained his whole life to be a WWE wrestler, he had to find a new calling, which the movie addressed with him finding purpose as a wrestling teacher.
Also despite Paige and her family being made fun of for being weird, I did like how the movie didn’t venture into the Mean Girls trope(though from an interview Paige did mention the girls were mean) when Paige entered WWE training camp. Paige’s own flaws of paranoia and thinking little of her models and cheerleader colleagues led to her own loneliness.
Loved the supporting cast of Nick Frost as the Dad and Lena Headey as the Mom. Nick is always hilarious and after seeing him in Into the Badlands, I’m guessing he used what learned though for his stunts. Lena was unexpected casting, but as expected she handle the emotional parts well.
The movie was one of the rare instances where I thought the real-life person was better looking than the actress that played her, but that’s just me. I don’t watch wrestling, but I always respect the amount of work the performers put into it since it’s technically a live-action soap opera stage performance with stunts. Stunts that are real since Paige had an injury bad enough that she retired at 25 when I read about her life.
6. Good Boys
After being invited to his first kissing party, 12-year-old Max is panicking because he does not know how to kiss. Eager for some pointers, Max and his best friends, Thor and Lucas, decide to use Max’s dad’s drone, which they are forbidden to touch, to spy on a teenage couple who are making out. But when things go ridiculously wrong, the drone is confiscated. Desperate to get it back before Max’s dad gets home, the boys skip school and set off an odyssey of epically bad decisions involving some accidentally stolen drugs, frat-house paintball, and running from both the cops and terrifying teenage girls.
Yeah, honestly movies like that make me uncomfortable. I saw a trailer and yeah it had some funny lines (the “that woman has a lot of husbands” or whatever made me laugh) but the idea of adults writing this movie and getting child actors makes me quite uncomfortable. Yeah, kids do the stuff depicted in the film and the actual content of the film isn’t wrong, but they should have gotten older actors. Best Comedy Movies 2019
7. Zombieland: Double Tap
Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family.
For some audiences, that may be enough to get their fix: “Zombieland: Double Tap” still finds space for big laughs (the pairing of Eisenberg and Harrelson remains nutty and fun), a welcome cameo in the credits, and a banger of a final battle in which the body count soars to ridiculous numbers. But, after 10 years of anticipation, it would have been nice to see a zombie movie with more on its mind than the same goofy undead routine.
Most importantly, “Zombieland: Double Tap” continues the original’s cheeky tone and irreverent humor, while it also acknowledges that it’s a series a little out of place and time with the current political age. But if all you’re looking for is “Shaun of the Dead,” but American, then this is the movie for you.
8. Long Shot
Fred Flarsky, an unemployed journalist, battered by his own misfortune and self-destructive ways, courts his childhood love interest and former babysitter – who is now one of the most powerful and unattainable women on Earth.
“Long Shot” is an incredibly old-fashioned rom-com, a genre that has often relied on the charm of its stars more than politics or social commentary. People didn’t fall in love with “Pretty Woman” 1990 because of its commentary on sex workers—they fell in love with the stars and their chemistry.” Best Comedy Movies 2019
” The main course is less “The American President” 1995 and more “Pretty Woman” (and this really is a gender-reversed version of that story if you think about it).”
They use three sentences when they could use one, they put movie titles in quotes instead of italics, they repeat references…
9. Always Be My Maybe
Childhood friends Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park) have a falling out and don’t speak for 15 years. But when Sasha, now a celebrity chef in Los Angeles, returns to her hometown of San Francisco to open a new restaurant, she runs into her old pal — a happily complacent musician still living at home and working for his dad. Though the two are reluctant to reconnect, they soon find the old sparks — and maybe some new ones — are there.
obviously the representation and all the eye candy. It was great to see Asian men represented on the big screen in varying degrees of hotness – Randall Park – everyday cute, Daniel Dae Kim – Cheekbones to cut a bitch, and Keanu – grody hot lmao. Asian parents are warm, loving, funny, and without strong accents, because they exist! Loved Ali’s fashion. I could relate to the successful woman who’s attracted to somebody who may not be seen as an ideal match. Like the scene where Ali says that men only say they want an independent woman. I also liked that Randall knew what he wanted and did not actually want that high profile lifestyle. Like he was ok with just living in SF forever. I definitely know people like that. It was fun! I loved it a lot. Best Comedy Movies 2019
I loved seeing Randall and Ali together, representation matters and that scene where they are going back to her house for the first time was both sexy and full of warm feelings.
10. Late Night
Legendary late-night talk show host’s world is turned upside down when she hires her only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women separated by culture and generation are united by their love of a biting punchline.
Molly got the interview in the first place. She met ahead exec for the network and he got her an interview based on their meeting? I just think of the literally thousands of people who want to write for Colbert, etc. and churn out writing for years, and I don’t get how someone with zero experience would beat them out. I’d think their experienced applicant pool has plenty of women of color too.
It was also tough to like Katherine Newbury, and I love Emma Thompson. I have trouble believing that someone who treats people cruelly for decades can change. I understand female bosses are viewed more harshly for behaving that way, but I don’t think it’s right for a boss of any gender to behave the way she did and keep getting more chances.
But overall, it was a fun watch, smart and funny, I love Mindy Kaling, and I’d still recommend it to anyone.
11. Where’d You Go, Bernadette
A loving mom becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Her leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery. Best Comedy Movies 2019
12. Little Monsters
Dave, a washed-up musician volunteers to chaperone his nephew’s kindergarten class field trip after taking a serious liking to the fearless schoolteacher, Miss Caroline. Dave’s intentions are complicated by the presence of the world’s most famous kids’ show personality and competition for Miss Caroline’s affections, Teddy McGiggle. One thing none of them bargained for, however, is a sudden zombie outbreak. Will Dave rise to the occasion and have a chance at Miss Caroline’s heart, or will the zombies get there first?
I loved it. It was so damn cute! I loved the dialog, it was the perfect amount of funny. The acting of the adult and child actors was good. The story was great and concise for a zombie movie. I liked that it was contained in its small area.
13. The Beach Bum
The Beach Bum follows the misadventures of Moondog, a rebellious rogue who always lives life by his own rules.
It has be one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a very long time. There was one scene in particular (involved dolphins) that had me in tears laughing. I don’t remember the last time that has happened to me in a movie theatre. But also, there’s a lot of heart if you look deep enough into this film.
Matthew McConaughey as Moondog may be one of my favorite characters ever. I almost envy him. He’s living this excessive, debaucherous lifestyle. He just kind of goes with the flow, wherever the party is he’s there. And the biggest thing is, he just doesn’t give a fuck. I envy that so much. Life is meaningless in the end really, we might as well enjoy ourselves, right? Maybe not to the way Moondog does, but if we all had a little Moondog in us maybe things would be a lot less serious. More fun.
It’s got a Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas / Goodtime kind of vibe to it. Moondog goes from character to character on his never-ending binge and we see a lot of great performances from the supporting cast. There were a couple of actors that I think didn’t fit the film, Moondog’s daughter was particularly bad, but it all still worked well. I also think the runtime could have been a little shorter, it had like 5 endings, any one of them would have been fine.
But overall, I loved the art direction, the script, the soundtrack was great, the characters, the message. I loved it. Easily one of my favorite Korine films and I don’t know how this isn’t getting more praise.
14. The Hustle
Josephine Chesterfield is a glamorous, seductive British woman who has a penchant for defrauding gullible men out of their money. Into her well-ordered, meticulous world comes Penny Rust, a cunning and fun-loving Australian woman who lives to swindle unsuspecting marks. Despite their different methods, the two grifters soon join forces for the ultimate score — a young and naive tech billionaire in the South of France.
15. What Men Want
Ali Davis is a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When Ali is passed up for a well-deserved promotion, she questions what more she needs to do to succeed in a man’s world, until she gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts. With her newfound power, Ali looks to outsmart her colleagues as she races to sign the next basketball superstar, but the lengths she has to go to will put her relationship with her best friends and a potential new love interest to the test.
I liked the film and laughed a lot but damnn…that wedding scene. I don’t get her logic..waiting until at someone’s wedding to tell them their man is cheating is one thing but to do it in front of that big audience. And then randomly out her other friend’s husband being down low gay and hooking up with someone at the event. I know its just a movie and maybe because its a movie it needed a big scene (plus she was building up to it) but COME ON I don’t think I know any friends who would forgive that. Not about calling out someone’s cheating but doing it in a venue like that.
Also given what an advantage she had to read men’s minds she really was ok letting it look obvious a lot. Like if I had that gift I would at least try to hide it, she was responding to guys’ thoughts she knew they didn’t say out loud like calling out her coworker’s thoughts in the office. Just take it in and respond to it so it doesn’t seem like you literally just heard the exact words they thought.
Otherwise, it really was funny.