From Office Space to Pineapple Express, here's a breakdown of the 12 finest comedy movies available to Amazon Prime Video users right now.
The vast content library of Amazon Prime Video has something for everyone; here are the top comedy films available to view right now. Prime Video, which competes with Netflix, HBO, and Hulu in the streaming wars, has positioned itself as one of the must-have streaming services that can compete with Netflix and Disney+. Subscribers get access to a variety of unique content, new releases, and classic films.
Because what makes a person laugh is subjective, comedy is widely regarded as the most difficult genre for a filmmaker to master. Comedy films have been popular since the silent era, when Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton made audiences laugh only through physical comedy. Even the most serious of films have a joke or a little amusing moment to break the tension. However, comedies with a solely comedic focus are still popular today, with directors such as Taika Waititi and Adam McKay constantly redefining the genre.
Although Netflix and Disney+ have a larger selection of original films, Amazon Prime Video offers a more diverse selection. Cult classics, new movies, and a few comedic films created by Amazon Studios are all available on Amazon Prime. With that in mind, here are the top 12 comedy movies now available on Amazon Prime Video in the United States.
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Shrek, the first Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature, is now available to watch on Amazon Prime. To reclaim his swamp, the universally revered ogre promises to help Lord Farquaad rescue Princess Fiona from her dragon-guarded fortress. Because of its various parodies of Disney's typical fairytale clichés and usage of pop-culture references, such as Fiona's Matrix kicks, Shrek is perhaps the best Shrek film. Shrek is one of the most popular animated films of the twenty-first century, thanks to its many humor, quotability, and good message, two decades after its premiere.
Rushmore, Wes Anderson's second film, is about an eccentric youngster named Max (Jason Schwartzman) who falls in love with the same woman as a wealthy businessman (Bill Murray). Max is a sophisticated character that feels real, one whose bothersome tendencies can be justified by his need for approval, unlike most high schoolers in teen movies. Rushmore is one of Wes Anderson's best films, including his signature quirky design and deadpan humor.
Everybody's Talking About Jamie is an Amazon Studios original coming-of-age drag musical based on the UK theatrical production of the same name. Jamie New (Max Harwood) is an adolescent from Yorkshire, England, who realizes his ambition of becoming a drag queen thanks to his mentor, Loco Chanelle (Richard E. Grant). With its catchy tunes and innocent humor, there's enough to love for beginners to drag, but long-time watchers of RuPaul's Drag Race will be pleased to see Bianca Del Rio have a small role in the cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie.
Tracy Flick, the want tobe student body president detested by her instructor Jim McAllister, is played by Reese Witherspoon in Election (Matthew Broderick). The dark comedy, despite being set in a school, is a bigger reflection of modern politics that still resonates today; it's a cult favorite for a reason. Despite its low box office success, Election gained critical acclaim, gaining an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe for Reese Witherspoon for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical in 1999.
Following the box office success of the film's recent sequel, Sonic the Hedgehog is now available to view on Amazon Prime. Dr. Robotnik, played by Jim Carrey, is a crazy villain who seeks to use Sonic's superhuman abilities for evil. Given that video game adaptations are rarely successful and the blue hedgehog's original design was highly derided, Sonic exceeded all expectations. Rather of risking a Cats-style reaction, Paramount postponed the game's debut to give Sonic a new look. Sonic The Hedgehog is a must-see because of its fast pace and quick humor.
One of the most quotable films in recent memory is Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Peter LaFleur (Vince Vaughn) assembles a band of misfits in an attempt to "Dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge" their way to prize money glory in order to save his financially collapsing gym. The slapstick comedy is an easy watch that never takes itself too seriously. Ben Stiller, who played White Goodman in Night At The Museum, gives a hilarious, self-aware performance as the proprietor of a competing gym who steals the show with his poor metaphors and questionable wooing skills.
The high-octane Guns Akimbo is also available on Amazon Prime right now. Daniel Radcliffe plays an internet troll who wakes up with guns bolted to his hands and is forced to engage in a real-life death battle. Although its violence may not be for everyone, Guns Akimbo is a fun, fast-paced race, similar to Crank, in which the funny parts derive from the premise's total insanity.
Pineapple Express, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, is also available for Prime Video customers to stream. Dale Denton (Rogen) is a marijuana smoker who, along with his drug dealer (James Franco), finds himself on the run from hitmen after witnessing a murder. David Gordon Green's best film, the bromantic adventure, has achieved cult status. Pineapple Express is a film that is fun to watch again and again because to its outlandish comedy and explosive action scenes.
Office Space, a workplace comedy directed by Mike Judge, is one of the funniest and most relevant films of all time, not just on Amazon Prime. Office Space is still the gold standard for office comedies, focusing on the wonderfully humdrum lives of employees at a software company. Because of later parodies and the movie's meme-ability, Amazon users who haven't seen Office Space are likely to remember several moments when they do.
Even before directing Thor: Ragnorok, Taika Waititi's films were must-sees, and his lesser-known debut film, Eagle vs Shark, is now accessible on Prime Video. Jarrod (Jemaine Clement) and Lily (Loren Horsley) are two oddballs who meet at a costume party and fall in love. Eagle versus Shark is a character-driven comedy with a tone that's reminiscent to Napoleon Dynamite. Eagle versus Shark is a pleasant and amusing directorial debut that doesn't quite approach the heights of Taika Waititi's earlier films.
The Big Sick is a romantic comedy co-written and starring Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, Emily V. Gordon, from Amazon Studios. After the lady he is dating, portrayed by Gordon, becomes gravely ill, Nanjiani plays a fictional version of himself who must deal with the cultural differences between his parents and the family of the woman he is dating, played by Gordon. The Big Sick earned great critical and audience reviews, and it has a genuine feel to it because it is based on their real-life relationship and experiences with her medical problems.
O Brother, Where Art Thou?, a comedy musical starring George Clooney, is also available to watch on Amazon Prime Video right now. The satirical adaptation of Homer's Odyssey follows a trio of criminals who break free from their hard labor sentences in order to search for lost wealth. Despite not reaching the dizzying heights of the Coen brothers' prior films, O Brother, Where Art Thou? received two Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Cinematography.
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