Hulu is one of the best streaming services available, offering thousands of titles for film and television enthusiasts alike. That includes being home to a large collection of raucous — and subtle — comedies. After all, sometimes there’s nothing better than kicking back on the couch and laughing along with a film designed for exactly that.
To help you sift through Hulu’s massive library, we’ve rounded up some of the better comedies available.
Sweeping the Academy Awards and giving director Bong Joon-ho some serious clout in Hollywood, this black comedy is almost universally liked by anyone who watches it. Set in South Korea, it tells the tale of a poor family who concocts a clever plan to work for a wealthy family, each by recommending one another for different jobs within the home, even though they aren’t the least bit qualified. The film took home four Oscars, including those for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film. If nothing else, it’s worth checking out just to see what all the fuss is about.
Rotten Tomatoes: 99%
Stars: Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Lee Jung-eun, Jang Hye-jin
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Runtime: 132 minutes
The Mask (1994)
“Somebody stop me!” The Mask is pure, unadulterated Jim Carry madness to the max. Released during the height of Carrey’s fame as a comedic actor in the ’90s, this flick sees him don green makeup and an elastic face to play hapless bank clerk Stanley Ikpiss, a man who discovers a magical mask in the harbor. When he puts it on, the mask transforms him into a mischievous troublemaker who also happens to be much more confident than his usually reserved self. It’s the perfect escapist comedy that’ll make you laugh at the ridiculous — yet hilarious — premise.
Rotten Tomatoes: 77%
Stars: Jim Carrey, Peter Riegart, Peter Greene, Amy Yasbeck, Richard Jeni, Cameron Diaz
Director: Charles Russell
Runtime: 101 minutes
Sorry To Bother You (2018)
Marking the directorial debut for Boots Riley, this absurdist black comedy features elements of sci-fi and magic. The film follows Cassius (Lakeith Stanfield), a young, Black telemarketer who fakes an accent to make him sound white in an effort to do better at his job. Riley drew from his own experience of having worked as a telemarketer in his youth and finding success in doing the same thing. In the film, however, as Cassius enjoys greater success, he uncovers a corporate conspiracy and faces a crisis of conscience: What’s more important, making money and being successful or speaking out against the dirty dealings of the company for which he works?
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Stars: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick, Terry Crews, Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Danny Glover, Steven Yuen, Armie Hammer
Director: Boots Riley
Runtime: 112 minutes
Christian Bale stars as former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney in this satirical comedy-drama about Cheney’s journey to the White House. Released on Christmas Day, views were split about the film, which received eight Academy Award nominations. While some pundits criticized the film, making it one of the worst-reviewed films to ever be nominated in the Best Picture category at the Academy Awards, others applauded Bale’s transformation and the film’s ability to present truths in a humorous way. It’s one of those films you just need to watch to decide for yourself.
Rotten Tomatoes: 66%
Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Tyler Perry, Alison Pill, Lily Rabe, Jesse Plemons
Director: Adam McKay
Runtime: 132 minutes
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
After a tough breakup with his TV star girlfriend, a depressed composer, Peter, goes to a Hawaiian resort to get away for a while. Unfortunately, his ex just so happens to be there with the guy she’s already started dating, a completely uninhibited rockstar who can’t stop making sexual innuendos. Desperate to find some peace, Peter does what he can to enjoy his vacation while avoiding Sarah Marshall and her new beau, taking him on more of a local’s journey of the island, with a ton of incredible character cameos and ridiculousness.
Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Stars: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Runtime: 118 minutes
Big Time Adolescence (2019)
Growing up, it’s easy for young high-school students to find an older kid they look up to and idolize, but what happens when that idol becomes the driving force in the life of a moldable child? That’s the main premise behind Big Time Adolescence, which sees Griffin Gluck step into the role of Mo, a student who latches on to Zeke (Pete Davidson) when the high schooler begins dating Mo’s older sister. Zeke’s influence on Mo isn’t particularly positive, however, as Mo turns to selling drugs and other illicit activities to appease his older friend, much to the chagrin of his father (Jon Cryer). The Hulu original is a classic tale of growing up and learning to think for oneself.
Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Stars: Griffin Gluck, Pete Davidson, Jon Cryer
Director: Jason Orley
Runtime: 91 minutes
The Interview (2014)
For a time, The Interview was the most famous film nobody in the world had seen. It’s imminent arrival, featuring portrayed attempts to assassinate the dictator of North Korea, caused an international firestorm, leading to its initial delay and a hacking of Sony Pictures by a group with ties to the country. Ultimately, the chatter surrounding the film let up and it was allowed to stand on its own merits. While Dave Skylark (James Franco) and Aaron Rapaport (Seth Rogen) ultimately had more success altering the geopolitical landscape than their real-life counterparts, they seemingly had a hilarious time doing it. Randall Park’s portrayal of Kim Jong-un remains memorable, as do standout comedic performances from Franco and Rogen.
Rotten Tomatoes: 52%
Stars: James Franco, Seth Rogen
Directors: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
Runtime: 112 minutes
One of the most acclaimed comedies of 2019, Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut provides an unflinching, hilarious look at coming-of-age from a female perspective. Molly Davison (Beanie Feldstein in a Golden Globe-nominated performance) and Amy Antsler (Kaitlyn Dever) are determined to finally party and have the night of their lives as their high-school careers come to a close and their paths diverge ahead of college. The jokes come often and come packed with social commentary and witticisms, and despite being geared toward a younger audience, there are elements any film fan can enjoy. It’s essentially the flip side of Superbad, and proves Wilde is just as proficient behind the camera as in front of it.
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Stars: Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever
Director: Olivia Wilde
Runtime: 102 minutes
A Simple Favor (2018)
For those who like their comedy a little darker, A Simple Favor dives into mystery and murder, all while maintaining its comedic edge. Based on a Darcey Bell novel of the same name, A Simple Favor follows Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick), a mommy-vlogger who befriends Emily Nelson (Blake Lively), a mysterious and rich woman who suddenly disappears without a trace, leaving her child in Stephanie’s care. Stephanie slowly shifts from feelings of concern toward curiosity, going down a long path to discover where Emily has gone… and who she really is. Twists come at every turn, keeping audiences guessing as to how the caper will end.
Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively
Director: Paul Feig
Runtime: 117 minutes
Cancer is inherently not funny. It’s an insidious disease that kills a stunning amount of people annually, yet, 50/50 somehow finds humor amidst life’s most painful moments. Taking cues from screenwriter Will Reiser’s battle with cancer in 2005, 50/50 sees Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a public radio journalist, taking on cancer while befriending older cancer patients and meeting regularly with novice therapist Katherine McFay (Anna Kendrick). Along the way, Lerner learns that his buffoonish friend Kyle (Seth Rogen, in his most heartfelt role) is the one who person who really is there for him. Both funny and sentimental, 50/50 was widely viewed as one of the best comedies of the year.
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick
Director: Jonathan Levine
Runtime: 100 minutes
Chicken Run (2000)
Stop-motion animation may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but when it’s done right, it can provide more depth than typical animation does. That’s the case with Chicken Run, a turn-of-the-century stop motion comedy that perfected the formula of Wallace and Gromit. The film follows a group of chickens who are constantly trying to escape a farm, with failure all but assured each time. A rooster (voiced by Mel Gibson) soon joins their ranks, however, and conspires to help them escape before they all are turned into pie. It’s all very British, which makes it even better. Two decades later, the movie doesn’t feel dated and now may be the perfect time for a refresher, with a sequel reportedly in the works.
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Stars: Julia Sawalha, Mel Gibson
Directors: Peter Lord, Nick Park
Runtime: 84 minutes
The Road to El Dorado (2000)
Evidently, 2000 was a golden year for animated comedies, with The Road to El Dorado having been released in theaters just a few months ahead of Chicken Run. The former doesn’t hold up quite as well, but it still was a memorable DreamWorks picture and a nice reprieve from the constant barrage of Disney classics being released at the time. The animated film follows two con men who escape from Spain and wind up in the “New World,” armed with a map of El Dorado and a mission to capture its elusive treasure. Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh, respectively, voice Tulio and Miguel, who pretend to be gods in an effort to secure the loot. Fun fact: Elton John served as the musical narrator of the film.
Rotten Tomatoes: 48%
Stars: Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh
Directors: Don Paul, Eric “Bibo” Bergeron
Runtime: 89 minutes
I, Tonya (2017)
Sometimes, truth is funnier than fiction. At least that’s the premise of I, Tonya, which can be darkly dramatic at times and downright silly at others. Based on a true story, the sports flick takes on the trials of 1990s figure skater Tonya Harding in the lead-up to, and aftermath of, the 1994 attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan. While the story is told from the perspective of Harding, played brilliantly by Margot Robbie, it’s dictated through interviews with the characters, weaving an intricate tale where it’s not always clear how to separate fact from fiction. Robbie earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance, while Allison Janney won Best Supporting Actress for playing Harding’s abusive mother.
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Stars: Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Sebastian Stan
Director: Craig Gillespie
Runtime: 119 minutes
Risky Business (1983)
Everyone knows the scene where Joel Goodson (Tom Cruise) slides around his living room in his underwear while pumping Old Time Rock and Roll on the stereo. Not everyone knows that the iconic scene is from Risky Business, a movie with a moment enduring enough to remain in the public consciousness for almost 40 years. Goodson is a high-achieving teenager with his sights set on Princeton, much to the approving ears of his father. But when his parents go away for a trip, Goodson is taken by his newfound freedom, dancing in the hallways and rendezvousing with a prostitute that dramatically alters the shape of his life. Coming-of-age films never felt so inappropriate.
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Stars: Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay
Director: Paul Brickman
Runtime: 99 minutes
Hot Rod (2007)
“Too legit to quit!” Such is the motto of Rod Kimble, a self-proclaimed stuntman who has bitten off more than he can chew with his newest, most ambitious, and highly-publicized stunt. Andy Samberg plays Rod, who is so dedicated to making his jerk stepfather Frank love him that he’ll go to almost any length to earn his respect. As such, when Frank falls ill, Rod plans to stage the jump of his life to raise the money to pay for a life-saving heart operation for his stepfather. Now, Rod will jump 15 buses on his bike in front of the whole town to save Frank’s life — so that Rod can then kick his ass. Hot Rod is an early example of the extreme silliness of the Lonely Island trio of Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer, and while it’s not the best offering from the trio, it’s certainly fun.
Rotten Tomatoes: 39%
Stars: Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Bill Hader
Director: Akiva Schaffer
Runtime: 87 minutes
My Cousin Vinny (1992)
Marisa Tomei won an Oscar for this classic fish-out-of-water tale. When quiet Northerners Bill and Stan are mistakenly picked up and accused of murder in a Deep South town, they’re suddenly caught penniless, friendless, and facing life in prison. Fortunately, Bill has a lawyer in the family: His cousin Vinny! Turns out, Vinny (Joe Pesci) isn’t exactly a star. He just passed the bar on his sixth attempt and has never tried a criminal case in his short career. Still, Vinny, a street-smart, slick, motormouth New Jersey wise-ass, comes to his cousin’s aid with his equally brassy girlfriend, Mona Lisa (Tomei), in tow. While Bill and Stan stress in jail, Vinny and Mona Lisa have to navigate the culture shock of the rural south and a criminal justice system that seems determined to put these two Northern boys in jail.
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Stars: Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Runtime: 120 minutes