Starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, Game Night was a surprise hit to many. The film follows a married couple who look for their brother as he goes missing during a game night. But don’t let its simple premise fool you, with a sharp script, full-throttle characters, and a never-ending bag of twists and turns, Game Night packs a surprising punch.
Not bad for a film that centers around… well, you know… A game night. If Game Night had you rolling in laughter, which we’re sure it did, you will definitely like these 9 movies on our list:
We don’t know if this one is meant to be a comedy, but boy is it hilarious. Knives Out follows the standard whodunit structure, and is set in the standard big mansion, but features an eclectic cast of not so standard characters.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the film follows a detective (Daniel Craig) who investigates the death of famous writer who died in his estate during a family get together.
And this inspector unearths a load of dysfunction on his way to find the culprit. Members of the family are all suspects, played by Tony Colette, Don Johnson, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Micheal Shannon, and Chris Evans, with Lakeith Stanfield as the assistant detective. What could possibly go wrong?
Batemen is back again for this action packed comedy also staring Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jenifer Aniston, and Colin Farrell. Horrible Bosses is about three friends who devise a plan to kill their bosses. Director Seth Gordon delivers a film full of situational irony, slap stick action, and all out laughs. The friends are funny, the bosses are funny, the side-characters are funny, and the events that ensue are hilarious.
Okay, the films on this list prove that sometimes the simplest ideas make for the funniest movies. Tag is a movie about a group of friends, grown men mind you, who have been playing tag for the last 30 years. They decided it’s time to end their tradition, but only after playing one last game of tag before their undefeated friend’s wedding. Somehow, this movie is half action half comedy… But then again, Jeremy Renner is in it, so I guess that makes sense.
From the team that brought us Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz is the second film of the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy. Director Edgar Wright is known for his action packed comedies, and Hot Fuzz fits right in the mix. The film follows prestige officer Nicholas Angel and his violent descent into the underworld of a seemingly peaceful town.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are hilarious together in the cop comedy and Wright definitely sets the standards with this one. Welcome all, to the new era of action adventure comedies…
Adam Sandler and Jenifer Aniston team up for a mystery comedy directed by Kyle Newacheck. This is a fun version of Clue that takes place at sea. Together on a high-end yacht, a couple is framed for murder, it just so happens that Sandler’s character is a NY police officer.
But this film isn’t all laughs, penned by the screenwriter who did Zodiac and Basic, Murder Mystery has its share of suspense. So kick the feet back, cook up some popcorn, and press play.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Writer-director Shane Black may be the dark night of cop comedies, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is one of his staple works. The film is a fun play on the old school private eye films of the forties.
It centers around a thief, pretending to be an actor, who gets involved in a murder investigation, an aspiring actress, and a private eye. What makes the film even more fun is it stars Robert Downy Jr, Val Kilmer, and Michelle Monaghan. It’s nice to see Downy’s sarcastic humor blooming, and remember when you watch, this is pre Iron Man.
The Nice Guys
Another one from Shane Black, The Nice Guys follow two hired private eyes who battle to do right by a girl in hiding. Starring Angourie Rice, Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, and Matt Bomer, The Nice Guys is again filled with Shane Black’s signature quirky, know-it-all characters who are as problematic as they are funny. Crime. Comedy with a shade of Darkness. What’s not to like?
Undisputedly the most popular film on our list, The Hangover follows the same format of our above-mentioned films, but in unprecedented excitement and fashion. Simple premise. Hilarious characters. Not stop action and laughs. It is the defining comedy film of the early 2000s, up there with the greats like Animal House, Groundhog Day Bridesmaids, and Airplane. If you’re a comedy fan and you haven’t watched The Hangover already, you probably should.
Spy is a comedy that features Melissa McCarthy as a fish out of water CSI tech analyst who volunteers to be a spy operative after another agent is compromised. McCarthy is roll on the ground and laugh out loud hilarious throughout the film, and with a supporting cast of Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, and Jude Law, Spy has a perfect blend of action and comedy.
We’ll call it the spy spoof of all spy spoofs! Yet somehow the film went under the radar, so grab your detective gear and go find a way to watch.
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