In 2019, there have been a number of exciting movies, these include comedy movies that give plenty of reasons to laugh. However, it should be more than just a funny movie. At the top of the heap are movies that turn the normal comedy structure on its head.
For the first time in a while, the best comedy list is finally sprinkled with some hilarious comedies. But the essence of a great comedy is something that is equal parts hilarious and thoughtful, and that’s what most of these films do the best. Whether your jam is animation, superheroes, or just a good coming of age story, 2019’s best comedies have your back.
These coming-of-age movies are getting younger and younger, but the Seth Rogen-produced Good Boys starring Jacob Tremblay is a perfectly matured film to enter into the canon.Good Boys follows the traditional adolescent adventure movie format, mixing a heavy dose of bawdiness with an endearing enough storyline. The strength is in the cast though. Tremblay is joined by Brady Noon and Keith L. Williams in a tale of boys who aren’t old enough to be badasses but too badass to be babies.
Zachary Levi does a fantastic job of stepping into the spandex suit of Shazam, the superhero persona of Billy Batson. Telling the story of a teenage boy who can turn into a superhero when he calls out the magic word, Shazam! was a surprisingly sincere take on the DC Comics character. Also, this movie proved that DC Comics can afford to not take itself too seriously and just have fun
Detective Pikachu is its own beast. The buddy action movie brings the pocket monsters alive in a way unlike any other time before, but the key to the movie’s success is Ryan Reynolds’ hilarious portrayal of Pikachu—the only pokémon in the movie with the capability to speak to humans. If you’re not an OG fan of the animé, fear not: Pokémon Detective Pikachu is funny enough to be enjoyed by all.
Seth Rogen stars as a reporter who ends up crossing paths again with his former babysitter, played by Charlize Theron. Big twist? She’s also Secretary of State. But the impossible set up proves to be a charming enough entry with the help of its cast. Rogen and Theron make up for more than a few structural issues in this otherwise hilarious comedy.
Call it the “female Superbad.” Or read it for what it really is—a fantastic coming of age film for young women that has been sorely missing from the comedic canon for a while now. Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut was an outstanding showing, and the film feels perfectly timed. Even if it didn’t crush at the box office, Booksmart’s journey of do-good girls getting in one wild tryst before graduation is pitch perfect.