18 funny movies on Hulu when you need a good laugh

Hulu has you covered for comedy.

Feb 1, 2020, 12:33 am*

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Audra Schroeder 

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When you’re looking for good funny movies on Hulu, there’s a comedy for every mood. Whether you like your comedies satirical, romantic, political, or pitch-black, Hulu has you covered. Here are the best comedies on Hulu right now.

Funny movies on Hulu: The 17 best comedies to watch

1) Hunt for the Wilderpeople

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First New Zealand gave us Peter Jackson; now it’s given us Taika Waititi. Jackson makes oversized spectacles, and Waititi has built his name on small-scale stories with strong characters (Eagle vs Shark, What We Do in the Shadows). That is, until Marvel recruited him for his own oversized spectacle (Thor: Ragnarok). Wilderpeople is such a delightful movie that you understand why Waititi is getting called up while also being greedy enough to want him to keep making movies where his is the main creative voice. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is one of the best comedies on Hulu. —Eddie Strait

2) Sorry to Bother You 

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Boots Riley, the writer and director of Sorry to Bother You, has created something special with his debut feature film. Not only will the movie rank among the best of the year, but Sorry to Bother You also serves as a primer for how to approach our political moment. Riley and the story he’s telling understand intersectionality better than pretty much any politician in America. —E.S.

3) The Art of Self Defense (2019)

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Casey is a kind if unremarkable accountant just going through life without causing any trouble. That is until a brutal mugging leaves him shaken. Searching for the sense of masculinity and security he lost in the attack Casey finds a mysterious dojo. Soon his quest to fill safe turns into a hilariously violent crusade that explodes out of control. This pitch-black comedy about toxic masculinity in the modern world pulls no punches but never succumbed to preachiness.  Jesse Eisenberg is simultaneously sympathetic and terrifying in this indie hit.

4) The Square

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A satire of the art world, Ruben Östlund’s The Square deconstructs idealism and status. We’re presented with Christian (Claes Bang), a handsome museum curator who spends his days thinking about high-concept art installations. When his phone is stolen, however, he hatches a plan that goes horribly, hilariously wrong. Elisabeth Moss stars as a reporter who corners Christian in one of the film’s funniest scenes, and Terry Notary shows up to terrify the art-world elite. You’ll watch some scenes with your hands over your eyes, and laugh out loud at others. —Audra Schroeder

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5) Ingrid Goes West

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Single White Female gets a social media twist in Ingrid Goes West. Aubrey Plaza plays the obsessive Ingrid, who sets her sights on a prolific Instagram star, played with bubbly energy by Elizabeth Olsen. Ingrid is a character right in Plaza’s wheelhouse, and she’s exactly as good as you think she would be as an angry, socially awkward young woman. The breakout star here is O’Shea Jackson Jr., who proves that his work playing his father in Straight Outta Compton is no fluke. The movie doesn’t go quite as far as its strong cast is capable of going, but the result is still a satisfying comedy. —E.S.

6) Heathers

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Mean Girls before Mean Girls, Scream before Scream, that’s how I pitch this ’80s classic to people who haven’t seen it. It’s a satire and a biting black comedy. High school tales about the coolest of the cool and the people who want to undermine them are the forever-cool leather jackets of film. —E.S.

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7) Support the Girls 

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This 2018 comedy from Andrew Bujalski focuses on a day in the life of employees of Double Whammies, a Hooters-like restaurant off the Texas highway that serves a revolving door of colorful characters. The standout performance comes from Regina Hall as manager Lisa, who holds everything together, from the personal lives of her wait staff to the maintenance of the business. Support the Girls also explores the sexism and racism the women of Double Whammies endure in the name of customer service, and in addition to Hall, Haley Lu Richardson and Shayna McHayle offer memorable performances. A.S.

8) Mom and Dad  

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Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair go off the deep end in Brian Taylor’s 2017 comedy-thriller about a mysterious event that causes parents to want to kill their kids. That conceit alone makes this film an acquired taste, but Mom and Dad also gives Cage the room to go completely over the top (like the scene where he destroys a pool table while singing “The Hokey Pokey”) so some dark humor seeps into the murderous rage. Cage doesn’t overpower the film. In fact, there are actually some touching, introspective moments between him and Blair. —A.S.

9) Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (with Starz add-on)

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It’s amazing what you can do when you’re on a project deadline. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure follows its two titular, slacker protagonists as they travel through time via phone booth to pluck historical figures from centuries past and bring them back for a history presentation. Just as Bill and Ted get a crash course in world history, Napoleon Bonaparte, Billy the Kid, Socrates, Sigmund Freud, and Abraham Lincoln get a lesson in navigating the local mall and waterpark. —B.R.

10) Colossal 

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We’ve all had bad hangovers, but Gloria (Anne Hathaway) has us beat. In Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal, alcoholism is rendered as a literal monster, one that, in this case, destroys Seoul, South Korea, after Gloria spends a night getting tanked. It’s a monster movie where the monster is us. Jason Sudeikis and Dan Stevens also star. A.S.

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11) Drinking Buddies 

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The two leads, Luke (Jake Johnson) and Kate (Olivia Wilde), are coworkers at a microbrewery; it’s obvious that they’d probably date each other if they weren’t already dating other people. When Kate suddenly becomes single, it brings their relationship halfway closer to a reality, and you can probably guess where things go from there. But your guess would probably be wrong. This is a Joe Swanberg movie, heavily rooted in the mumblecore genre, which means it’s going to see your expectations and gleefully choose to ignore them. Without spoiling too much, this isn’t so much a romance film as it is a film about boundaries—and about how that common adage that you should date your best friend is perhaps oversimplifying things a tad. —Joseph Knoop

12) Gilbert

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This documentary charts Gilbert Gottfried’s ascent in the comedy world, but its true draw is seeing his softer side. Neil Berkeley follows the comedian from hotels to gigs to home, where we get a look at his life with wife Dara and their two kids. It’s a deep sketch of a comic who’s weathered controversies but never compromised his art. —A.S. 

13) Force Majeure

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In the aftermath of an avalanche, a wife accuses her husband of trying to save himself over his own family as the audience gets a raw and sometimes uncomfortable look at a marriage on the brink of falling apart. It’s a gripping character drama, and there’s even a familiar face in Game of Thrones’ Kristofer Hivju. —Michelle Jaworski

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14) I, Tonya

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The main reason to watch I, Tonya is for Margot Robbie’s electric performance as Tonya Harding. The movie walks a tightrope by telling a story most of the audience already knows. The Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan feud has been covered ad nauseam over the years, but the film finds a new angle by focusing on Harding’s disastrous upbringing. The movie uses fourth-wall breaking commentary and an idiots-doing-crime approach to jazz up the story to great effect. —E.S.

15) Zombieland (with Hulu Live TV)

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After a mutated strain of mad cow disease runs rampant across the United States and turns most of the population into flesh-eating zombies, college student Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) treks from his Austin, Texas dorm to Columbus, Ohio in search of his parents. Along the way he picks up Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), a bloodthirsty survivor with an affinity for Twinkies who’s mourning the loss of his puppy. The two unlikely partners encounter sisters Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), adding some romantic tension to the quartet’s survival mission. Combining a killer (literally) cast, heaps of gore, and a brilliant Bill Murray cameo, Zombieland is a gut-busting zom-com with a sweet, undead heart at its core. —B.R.

16) The Big Lebowski (with Starz add-on)

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The Coen brothers’ 1998 film spawned catchphrases and bowling leagues, but it’s endured because of its truly Hollywood story. Jeff Bridges plays the Dude, an aimless leftover from the ’60s who loves weed, rugs and White Russians. That life is upended when he’s mistaken for a wealthy man with the same name, and it sets in motion a bumbling caper filled with rage (much of it courtesy of John Goodman), nude painting, and nihilists. —A.S.

17) Moonrise Kingdom (with Starz add-on)

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If you’ve ever seen a Wes Anderson movie before, you know what to expect here. It’s quirky, it’s got snappy dialog, the images are rendered with painterly precision. But what separates Moonrise Kingdom from his other work is its depiction of childhood. Leads Sam and Suzy are not precocious or pandering, and their relationship is nuanced and honest, despite the usual Anderson-y quirks. Just as he humanized high schoolers in Rushmore, Anderson again proves he has more respect for young people than most Hollywood filmmakers here. —Chris Osterndorf

18) Little Monsters (2019)

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The job of a kindergarten teacher isn’t just to educate but to keep their charges safe throughout the day. It’s true in the classroom, it’s true on a field trip to the farm, and it’s doubly true during a zombie outbreak. Lupita Nyong’o stars as Miss Caroline a sweet-natured kindergarten teacher who finds her class surrounded by zombies during a day trip to a farm. Determined to hide the awful truth from her students she turns the outbreak into a game, in this side-splitting gore-soaked comedy. – JMB

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*First Published: May 31, 2018, 6:00 am