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Recommend modern mainstream American comedy films

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I watch American comedy TV series, and four-quadrant blockbusters with a lot of jokes (like the MCU), but I don't often watch things that are just marketed as broad comedy films. I have a massive blind spot when it comes to the last 20 years of live-action US comedy movies, and the cast members who came from things like SNL.


For example, when reviews of the 2016 Ghostbusters came out, I saw a lot of people criticising the improv-reliant style of a lot of Apatow/Feig US comedies, but I don't think I've seen any examples of what they were talking about.

 

I think 21 Jump Street is pretty much the most recent thing I've seen and liked (and I watched it purely because of Lord & Miller rather than because of any of the stars). I've never seen Superbad, Knocked Up, Bridesmaids, 40-Year-Old Virgin, Dodgeball, or any of the Hangover films.

 

In fact if it's a live-action film that includes any of the following names, I probably haven't seen it:

  • Judd Apatow
  • Paul Feig
  • Seth Rogen
  • Melissa McCarthy
  • Jason Segel

  • Ben Stiller
  • Adam Sandler (I've only seen Punch-Drunk Love and the Hotel Transylvania films. The consensus seems to be that I should consider myself lucky.)
  • Bill Hader
  • Paul Rudd (apart from Ant-Man)
  • Kristen Wiig
  • Steve Carell
  • Will Ferrell

 

Things I've heard are good:

  • Spy (seems to be considered McCarthy's best movie?)
  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

 

Things I have seen:

  • 21 Jump Street
  • Tropic Thunder
  • Anchorman (I liked a few jokes, but not enough for it to live up to its reputation :()
  • The first two Meet the Parents/Fockers films and Zoolander... but that's going back even further!
  • Sausage Party (animated, but I mention it because it features some of the names in the list above. But apart from the Alan Menken song, I really disliked it. :()

 

What's worth watching?

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Superbad is probably my fave of the last 15 years or so. Also both 21 Jump Street films. 40 Year Old Virgin is also ace. 

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The first Hangover is worth a watch, the following two I wouldn’t bother with.

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Step Brothers is the best film from that stable really.

 

Also it’s not a film, but the Freaks and Geeks series is free to watch on 4OD, that’s flipping great.

 

Have you watched Me, Myself and Irene? That just scrapes in to your timescale so also worth checking out if you’ve not seen it.

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I quite enjoyed This Is The End, daft film.

 

Game Night is alright as well.

 

 

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Spy is probably my favourite out of the list in your post.

 

MacGruber is a mickey-take of MacGyver.

 

Black Dynamite is a fantastic take on blaxploitation films.

 

Office Space is a little less mainstream but supremely quotable.

 

Team America World Police, not live action but worth a watch.

 

 

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Not strictly comedies, but still fucking hilarious at times and thoroughly entertaining:

 

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang; and

 

The Nice Guys

 

The latter is especially good because Ryan Gosling is genuinely hilarious in it. 

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Blades Of Glory is ridiculous and funny and has a great cast, and I won’t apologise for liking it. Going back a bit further, There’s Something About Mary was also pretty funny, albeit in a Farrelly Brothers way.

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25 minutes ago, Danster said:

Game Night is alright as well.

 

 

Game Night is genuinely great.

 

Booksmart is also superb and works fantastically as a drama as well.

 

Eighth Grade is funny beyond belief but is a comedy-drama rather than an out right comedy.

 

The same could be said for the wonderful Stan & Ollie.

 

Dolemite Is My Name has Eddie Murphy on absolute top form.

 

The Day Shall Come is the new Chris Morris film. Amazing in places but ultimately flawed.

 

Both Muppet movies and the Dora the Explorer movies have non stop laughs. As do the Lego movies.

 

 

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54 minutes ago, Danster said:

I quite enjoyed This Is The End, daft film.

 


Yeah, this always makes me laugh when it comes on TV.

 

Superbad is another one. I never had fond memories of it, but when I rewatched it a couple of years ago, it was much better than I remembered.

 

Team America: World Police is another great shout.

 

Dumb & Dumber is my favourite comedy, but you’ve probably seen that already.

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Hot Rod absolutely slays me. 

And I'm a huge fan of Talladega Nights, but I seem to be alone in that

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@Nick R I honestly recommend you watch Anchorman again. It fell short of the hype when I first watched it, but is a lot better on repeat viewings.

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These are 45-minute TV films but I enjoyed both Tour de Pharmacy and 7 Days in Hell. 

 

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Walk Hard is fantastic, too. Get that watched.

 

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Popstar for certain, as well as Black Dynamite. 

 

Not strictly comedy, but The Nice Guys is excellent. 

 

I really enjoyed Role Models as well. If you want to try another Adam Sandler movie, you can't go wrong with The Wedding Singer.

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Dodgeball always works for me, the bonus material of Justin Long getting repeatedly smashed in the face is great too. 

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Thanks for all the recommendations!

 

These are the ones I've seen:

 

10 hours ago, Commander Jameson said:

Office Space is a little less mainstream but supremely quotable.

 

Team America World Police, not live action but worth a watch.

 

10 hours ago, Thor said:

Not strictly comedies, but still fucking hilarious at times and thoroughly entertaining:

 

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang; and

 

The Nice Guys

 

The latter is especially good because Ryan Gosling is genuinely hilarious in it. 

 

9 hours ago, DukeOfEarlsfield said:

Both Muppet movies [...] As do the Lego movies.

 

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Yes to Walk Hard. You'll appreciate it a little bit more if you've seen Walk The Line, though.

 

 

 

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18 hours ago, Danster said:

I quite enjoyed This Is The End, daft film.

 

To balance this, can I just say that I thought it was an absolutely terrible film with no redeeming features at all. Avoid at all costs.

 

Black Dynamite on the other hand has me in stitches. Deliberately bad but in such a great way.

 

Dodgeball is great too, as are Superbad and Spy.

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Trainwreck, Other Guys, 30 minutes or less, This is The End, Daddy's Home, Stepbrothers, Talladega Nights, Wedding Crashers , Pineapple Express & Anchorman - The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

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Your Highness 

Strange Wilderness

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Hot Tub Time Machine

Horrible Bosses 

Rapture-Palooza

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Hot Rod is really great, most Andy Sandberg stuff is to be honest.

 

The ones I like and would have recommended have already been mentioned other than 

 

I Love You, Man

Zoolander

Zombieland

Easy A

 

Also these aren't particularly mainstream but definitely worth checking out

 

The Big Sick

Scott Pilgrim vs the World

Tucker & Dale vs Evil

Crazy Rich Asains

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Wet Hot American Summer is ace. If you buy into the premise it’s a really brilliant film and completely daft as a brush. Nice to see Niles letting loose a bit too.

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1 hour ago, kerraig UK said:

I can only assume that most people haven't seen Hot Rod then? 

 

Hadn't heard of this at all but I see it's on Netflix and can't wait to watch it now.

 

Pop Star is one of my favourite stupid comedy films in the last few years. Great soundtrack.

 

SO HUMBLE!

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