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20 funny movies on Hulu when you need a good laugh

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Hulu has you covered for comedy.

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 20 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.

3) 50/50 (with Showtime add-on)

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Screenwriter Will Reiser tells the story of his own battle with cancer in 50/50. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Adam, a 27-year-old with nothing but opportunity in front of him when he falls ill. The movie follows a traditional path, with Will battling the disease and the emotional and existential reckoning that comes with it. Gordon-Levitt is tremendous, and Seth Rogen does some of his best work as Adam’s best friend Kyle (echoing his real-life friendship with Reiser), and Anjelica Huston is devastating as Will’s mother. The movie finds plenty of humor in Adam’s situation, but don’t forget to have a box of tissues close by. Eddie Strait

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)  Young Adult

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Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody rekindled their Juno magic with the acerbic and darker Young Adult. Charlize Theron stars as Mavis, an author, who returns home after her divorce and sets out to win back her married ex. Mavis is a tough, compelling character, and Theron gives one of her best performances. Movies about characters struggling to grow up have become a cliché at this point, but Young Adult is sharp enough to offer an insightful, and pretty funny, approach. —Eddie Strait

6) 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. —Eddie Strait

7) 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. —Eddie Strait

8) Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (with Showtime add-on)

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This movie is peak 1997. Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow) are two best friends who haven’t done a whole lot since high school, but they still have each other. When former classmate Heather (Janeane Garofalo) tips them off to their upcoming high school reunion, the two friends have to come up with a lie, or embrace their outsider status.  Audra Schroeder

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9) They Came Together

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A cult hero among the cult, David Wain’s trademark absurdity reaches new heights in this rom-com spoof, starring the most likable leading duo of the 21st century (Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd). Not a single genre trope is left unspoofed and there are so many jokes crammed into this movie that you need at least three, and probably more, viewings just to catch everything. —Eddie Strait

10) The Edge of Seventeen (with Showtime add-on)

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Writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig’s The Edge of Seventeen is one of the strongest filmmaker debuts of the last few years. It’s a coming of age story that centers on Hailee Steinfeld’s Nadine, an awkward teen who can’t stop making things more awkward (is there any other kind of teen?). The thing that makes the movie so great is despite Nadine being the lead, it’s really about a family struggling in the aftermath of a tragedy. It doesn’t shy away from showing the uglier sides of the characters, and it never condemns or condones them. The Edge of Seventeen is ultimately about being comfortable with yourself enough to realize that you aren’t the only one with problems. —Eddie Strait

11) Killer Klowns from Outer Space

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The Chiodo brothers put out an American classic with this 1988 horror comedy. The killer clowns in question are indeed from outer space, and they’re hellbent on harvesting as many humans as possible. Along the way they come up with a lot of inventive ways to kill: balloon animals, pies, shadow puppets, cotton candy. —Audra Schroeder

12) 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. Audra Schroeder

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13) The Little Hours

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If you like your comedies on the dirty side, then you need to add The Little Hours to the top of your queue. From writer-director Jeff Baena, The Little Hours follows a man on the run who takes refuge in a convent and sets the nuns a tizzy. He must maintain his cover as a deaf man while also managing the nuns’ sexual advances. The cast is packed with all your favorites and recognizable faces from TV (Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, and Adam Pally). Basically, if you like any of the 2010’s best TV comedies, The Little Hours is almost custom made for you. —Eddie Strait

14) The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Is it a Christmas movie or a Halloween movie? The filmmaker believes it to be the latter, but that doesn’t mean people don’t watch this Tim Burton–produced cult classic and animation staple around Christmas too. Nightmare isn’t just for Hot Topic fans anymore. Director Henry Selick’s stop-motion tale of Jack Skellington and his quest to understand Christmas has become an essential film for an entire generation. It’s still widely viewed today, and the music from composer Danny Elfman is instantly recognizable to many. Chris Osterndorf 

15) Amélie

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Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2001 film made Audrey Tautou a star, and it’s easy to see why. As the title character, she finds joy in bringing joy to others, quietly pulling strings around Paris to brighten the lives of strangers. She’s not a matchmaker; Amélie’s goal is something bigger. But then she stumbles upon Nino, a man with a similar goal. —Audra Schroeder

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16) 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. —Eddie Strait

17) Election

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Here’s the thing about Election: You need to watch it at least twice, preferably several years apart. How you feel about the sad-sack high school teacher played by Matthew Broderick, the ambitious overachiever student played by Reese Witherspoon, and their escalating feud—it might change depending on how old you are. But even if you find out you are always Team Broderick or always Team Witherspoon, it’s worth re-watching just for the laughs, which, in classic Alexander Payne style, are born from familiar humiliation and recognizable human folly. —Eddie Strait

18) Wet Hot American Summer (with Starz add-on)

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Netflix turned this into an original series in 2015, offering a look at the first day at Camp Firewood, but there’s something about the original film that can’t be beat. It might be because so many of its stars (Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks) weren’t yet famous in 2001, which gives the film about counselors on the last day of camp in 1981 a special feel. It was pretty much panned by critics when it was released, but more than a decade later, it’s become a cult classic for its tangential, absurdist bits (like when the counselors go into town and get hooked on drugs) and timeless characters (like Christopher Meloni’s Gene, a chef who talks to cans and fondles sweaters). —Audra Schroeder

19) The Big Lebowski

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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. —Audra Schroeder

20) Moonrise Kingdom

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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

 

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Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.

Eddie Strait

Eddie Strait

Eddie Strait is a member of the Austin Film Critic Association. His reviews focus primarily on streaming entertainment, with an emphasis on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and other on-demand services.