Comedy films

10 most underrated comedy movies of the past 20 years

Who doesn’t like to laugh? And one of the best can come from a hilarious movie. While good comedy can be entertaining, there aren’t many original additions to the genre every year, especially in our age of reboots, sequels, and big-budget blockbusters.

This is why it is unfortunate that these 10 comedic films have gone unnoticed and missed by a large part of the cinematic audience. Stream one of these titles the next time you need a laugh.


ten Surf’s Up (2007)

This animated mock-documentary is less of a riot of laughs and more of a casual chuckle, but it will keep you smiling throughout its execution. The story mimics the format of a surfing documentary, as a teenage penguin named Cody Maverick leaves Antarctica to pursue his dream of becoming a professional surfer, just like his hero Big Z.

The voice cast, especially Jeff Bridges as Big Z, is top notch and the film’s format is creative, especially for an animated film. There were a lot of blockbuster penguin-centric movies released around the time. Surf’s Up came out, and unfortunately Surf’s Up was the least seen of the group. Even if you don’t care about the surf, this fun flick is worth a look.

9 The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)

This spy / boyfriend comedy pairs Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon as best friends who find themselves in the middle of an international plot after finding out her ex is a spy. The couple travel across Europe in an attempt to outrun the assassins and figure out what’s going on with hilarious effect.

While the movie can get busy and violent at times, it’s also incredibly fun watching the friends attempt to navigate a world of secret intrigue. And McKinnon succeeds in his hysterical role of overconfident fish out of the water.


8 Thank You For Smoking (2005)

Aaron Eckhart in Thank You For Smoking

Before Jason Reitman did Juno Where In the air, he produced this satire starring Aaron Eckhart as a tobacco lobbyist whose job it is to defend the tobacco industry. The character is also a member of a group that includes a gun lobbyist and an alcohol lobbyist. All of these individuals know that what they are selling is dangerous, but they believe in personal responsibility – at least as much as they believe in anything – and are willing to make things happen in the way that suits them best. .

If you love your dark comedies, this is a great choice. Although the film is presented from the perspective of a tobacco lobbyist, its goal is not to persuade its audience of the joys of smoking. It’s about exploring the choices we make and the people who try to influence the way we make them. It’s a smart movie with a great cast that elicits knowing laughter.

7 Zack and Miri do a porno (2008)

Zack and Miri, played by Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks, are over 10 years of high school and not getting anywhere fast. They don’t even make enough money in their dead end jobs to pay their rent and their bills. And just as Thanksgiving rolls around, they find both their electricity and their water cut off. So they do what any young person in their twenties would do: they decide to make an adult movie.

Wait, don’t go yet! Despite the premise, the film is surprisingly touching. It’s directed by Kevin Smith, so it has its fair share of crass humor and edgy jokes, some of which seem outdated by today’s standards. However, the movie is really funny with great performances from its protagonists, characters who know their life is not where they want them to be but do the best they can with what they have.


6 Deceived ! (2005)

This animated fairytale mash-up uses the frame of Little Red Riding Hood explain why the Wolf was in Grandma from several different points of view, Rashomaniac-style. Needless to say, what we know of the fable turns out to be a matter of perspective.

It is true that the animation is not top notch, but if you can forget that, the story is incredibly entertaining. The movie also features fun songs and fantastic vocals from talents like Anne Hathaway, Glenn Close, and Patrick Warburton. If you liked TV shows Once upon a time Where Grimm where were fans of In the woods, to give Deceived ! A try.

5 Models (2008)

Role models stars Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott as two energy drink vendors who get stuck doing community service at a Big Brothers charity. At first, things didn’t go so well between the couple and their assigned little brothers. Then they start to bond over boobs, KISS, and live role-playing.

Considering the stars involved, it’s no surprise that the film is funny, but it’s also sweet and endearing. Sure, there’s some scorching humor, but you also really care about the characters. In the end, you may even decide that LARP is a great bonding activity.

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4 Best of Show (2000)

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In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Christopher Guest enjoyed a particularly prolific period as a director producing mock improvised documentaries like Waiting for Guffman and A mighty wind. Best of Show was another entry into Guest’s accomplished canon. He follows the eccentric owners of five dogs as they prepare to take part in an upcoming dog show.

The film’s loose structure allows it to pull comedy out of the situation as well as its ridiculous characters. And these characters are played by an accomplished cast, which includes Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, and Jane Lynch.

3 Game night (2018)

Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams in Game Night

As the title suggests, Game night involves friends getting together for a game night that goes horribly wrong. Soon board games are left behind in what the group thinks is a live role-playing storyline, until they realize they are up against a veritable criminal organization.

The film is full of twists and turns and is very funny scene after scene. It has a fantastic cast that completely adheres to the wacky premise. A special shout out to Rachel McAdams, whose reaction to defeating a villain is a comedic moment.

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2 Sleepwalker With Me (2012)

Stand-up comedian Mike Birbiglia wrote, directed, and starred in this indie based on his struggles with his career, relationship, and increasingly dangerous sleepwalking episodes. As the main character goes through a rough patch, the presentation of his challenges in the film is hilarious.

At the same time, the film presents the life of a comedian and the difficulties encountered by someone sleepwalking. It is from this honesty that the film expertly extracts its comedy.

1 Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010)

Tucker and Dale just want to renovate their new vacation cabin in the woods. But instead, they find their property overrun with college kids who think they’re psychopathic rednecks. This horror comedy is heavy on both horror and comedy as middle school kids keep accidentally throwing themselves in hilarious ways. Meanwhile, Tucker and Dale and the group of students continue to draw the wrong conclusions about each other.

The film clarifies everyone’s views, which adds plausibility when things get completely out of hand. Additionally, Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine deliver endearing performances as the main characters who continually have their good intentions misinterpreted. Even if you’re not a horror fan, the comedy makes this movie worth a visit.


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