“Burn After Reading,” “Coming to America,” “Clue,” and other hilarious movies to stream now.
‘Burn after reading’ | Focus features
‘Burn after reading’ | Focus Features
Sometimes you need to laugh. But you know what’s not funny? Scroll through a streaming service trying to find something to make you laugh. Never scared. We are here to help you. Here are our favorite comedies currently available on Amazon Prime. Some of them are gloomy, others just plain silly. All of them will help you have a good time.
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About a boy (2002)
Certainly more in the field of sad-com than com-com or rom-com, About a boy presents one of Hugh Grant’s best performances capturing the curd of his charm after his incredible 1990’s run. Adapted from a Nick Hornby novel, the film finds Grant as Will Freeman, a mischievous bachelor who joins a support group for single parents, although they do not have children, to meet women. His plan goes awry when he finds himself grappling with a curious child played by Nicholas Hoult and his depressed mother (Toni Collette). Warm without being sappy, and surprisingly dark, About a boy remains wonderful.
The Addams Family (1991)
“They are mysterious and scary, they are absolutely okay, the Addams family!” You know the theme – you could do the snaps while you sleep – and you love this quirky, horrible family. The ’90s franchise is arguably the best cast to bring The Addams to life (or undeath) with Anjelica Huston as Morticia, Raul Julia as Gomez, Christina Ricci as Wednesday and Christopher Lloyd as the longtime lost brother of Gomez, Fester (or so think the Addams…). You should get away from most of the Horror Houses, but the spooky good fun of this Halloween favorite begs you to move in and become an honorary member of the Addams family.
The big sick (2017)
Kumail Nanjiani and writer Emily Gordon adapted their real and cute encounter, and an encounter with the disease that landed Emily in hospital just months after, in this heartwarming, soulful romantic comedy, as Terms of affection for the Apatow era. Stand-up comedian fans or work as Silicon Valley‘s Dinesh will go crazy for The big sick‘s constant stream of laughter. But when the couple’s lives worsen and Kumail’s Pakistani heritage puts pressure on the situation with arranged marriage proposals, Nanjiani fans cling to the jokes like a lifeline. Anchored by her sensitive performance and supported by Ray Romano and Holly Hunter as Emily’s worried and rude parents, The big sick is a reminder that fate is fickle, self-determination is fickle, and we all deserve to cry with laughter every now and then.
Burn after reading (2008)
The Coen brothers continued their There is no country for old people Best Picture won at the Oscars with a strong return to comedy. Burn after reading is absurd and acerbic, political hype revolving around a prized MacGuffin – a CD containing government secrets! – which is not a MacGuffin at all. A group of “serious” actors, including Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, John Malkovich and Coen mainstays Frances McDormand and George Clooney, shoot for the stratosphere as they weave their way through the mad, mad, mad, mad world. Washington, DC. And because this is a Coen Brothers film, blood flows freely as everyone from personal trainers to CIA spies becomes more and more confused. An ode to powerful idiocy, complemented by a dildo chair.
Coming to America (1988)
Where is the best place in America to find a queen for an African king? Queens, New York, of course! Eddie Murphy’s culture shock comedy, directed by John Landis, presents itself as an ever-relevant satire of America’s contradictory, confused, and hypocritical approach to race and class. It also remains funny to burst out laughing. The long-awaited sequel that arrived earlier this year is optional, but has its moments.
Until recently it was very difficult to see this wonderfully acerbic workplace comedy directed by Jill Sprecher, so consider yourself lucky that it is now streaming on Amazon. The film features an incredible group of performers playing the four women at the center of the plot: Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow, Alanna Ubach and Toni Collette, who plays Iris, a wallflower who falls with a new click when she starts a miserable temporary work. Camaraderie is first a lifeline, and then turns cold when things in the office start to disappear and fingers are pointed. Watchmakers is the brilliant study of the connections people make when their lives are consumed by the monotony.
What happens when you put some of the greatest comedic actors onscreen in one movie and have them trapped in a mansion where a murder took place? Index, sure. The adaptation of the classic board game has become a classic itself mainly thanks to the work of geniuses like Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean and Lesley Ann Warren. That he has done? Well, you’ll have to watch each ending to find out.
Based on Tom Perrotta’s acerbic novel, director Alexander Payne and co-writer Jim Taylor create the perfect showdown between Tracy Flick, Reese Witherspoon’s outperforming artist, and Matthew Broderick’s pull string teacher. As the seemingly low-stakes student council race draws closer and closer, everyone involved is forced to ask these ever-relevant moral questions: How far will I go to win, and what’s the point in winning. if you lose your self-esteem?
The darkest of dark teen comedies is a cult classic for a reason. Winona Ryder plays Veronica Sawyer, a near-member of her high school’s most feared clique, the Heathers, who rule with wickedness. When Veronica meets the new student, the handsome bad boy JD (Christian Slater), well, to paraphrase the never-ending Daniel Waters storyline: her teenage angst begins to develop a body count. Heathers is meaner than most teen movies, and he benefits from its cruelty. Ultimately, it’s the story of a girl learning to fend for herself, but it’s the horrible ride that brings her there.
Knives Out (2019)
Rian Johnson’s star-studded thriller evokes the likes of Index, but it’s the distinctly 2019 turn he puts on the material that gets audiences to sit down and pay attention. The patriarch of the very wealthy Thrombey family (Christopher Plummer), himself a mystery writer, died on a birthday night. Although initially considered suicide – he slit his throat – there’s clearly more going on here, and all of his bickering kids and their bickering kids are suspects. Daniel Craig’s honey-voiced consultant Benoit Blanc is on the case, while auxiliary characters like Ana de Armas’ nurse Marta have bigger roles than initially thought. As well as being surprising and hilarious, this is the rare film that addresses the political times in which we live organically.