Laughter is the best medicine, and in a year filled with so much uncertainty and stress, we all need a good laugh. Fortunately, 2021 has delivered some incredible comedies that have left audiences in stitches. From raunchy R-rated comedies to family-friendly flicks, here are the top 10 comedy movies of the year.
1. Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
This movie is like a fever dream, and we mean that in the best way possible. Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo star as two middle-aged best friends who go on a wild adventure to Florida, where they get caught up in a villain’s evil plan. The absurdity of the plot, coupled with the hilarious performances, make this a must-see comedy of the year.
2. Coming 2 America
This long-awaited sequel to the 1988 classic brings back Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem, who must return to America to find his long-lost son and heir to the throne. The film features a star-studded cast, including Wesley Snipes and Tracy Morgan, and pays homage to the original while adding its own comedic twists.
3. The Mitchells vs. The Machines
This animated comedy follows a dysfunctional family as they try to save the world from a robot uprising. The film is visually stunning, with vibrant colors and a unique animation style, and the humor is both clever and family-friendly.
4. The Suicide Squad
This R-rated superhero comedy is not for the faint of heart, but for those who can handle the gore and profanity, it’s a riot. The film follows a group of supervillains who are sent on a mission to destroy a weapon of mass destruction. The cast, including Margot Robbie and John Cena, are all comedic powerhouses, and the writing is sharp and subversive.
5. Vacation Friends
John Cena makes another appearance on this list in this comedy about two couples who become friends while on vacation in Mexico. When the couple returns home, they discover that their new friends are not as easy to shake off as they thought. The film is crude and raunchy, but also surprisingly heartfelt.
6. In the Heights
This musical comedy is a celebration of Latinx culture and community, with vibrant musical numbers and a talented cast. The film follows a group of residents in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City as they chase their dreams and navigate their relationships.
7. The French Dispatch
Wes Anderson’s latest film is a love letter to journalism, with three interconnected stories set in a fictional French town. The film features Anderson’s signature quirky humor and a star-studded cast, including Tilda Swinton and Bill Murray.
8. Shiva Baby
This indie comedy follows a young woman who attends a shiva with her parents, only to run into her sugar daddy and his wife. The film is uncomfortable and cringe-worthy in the best way possible, with a standout performance from star Rachel Sennott.
9. Don’t Look Up
This star-studded satire follows two astronomers who discover a comet that will destroy Earth in six months. Despite their best efforts to warn the public, no one takes them seriously. The film is a commentary on society’s apathy towards impending doom, and the humor is both dark and biting.
10. Free Guy
Ryan Reynolds stars in this action-comedy about a video game NPC who becomes self-aware and decides to become the hero of his own story. The film is a love letter to video game culture, with plenty of references and Easter eggs for gamers to enjoy.