(PG-13: Language) Despite the comedic chops of its actors and creator, Zach Woods’ short film is surprisingly serious. It follows the story of a severely depressed man whose emergency therapy session is interrupted by another pressing situation. Stars Will Ferrell, William Jackson Harper, and Fred Hechinger. (Thanks, Rob!)
The long-awaited follow-up to Ivan Reitman’s two Ghostbusters films was directed by his son Jason. It follows the story of a family who leaves the big city for the country and discovers they have a connection to the specter-fighting team. They end up dusting off the ECTO-1 and proton packs after spirits rise once again.
Because watching grown men act like idiots never gets old, Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze, and Jeff Tremaine have assembled the Jackass gang for another movie packed with self-destructive stunts. Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, and Wee Man are joined by a fresh batch of victims this time out. Drops 10.22.2021.
Created by Taika Waititi and Sterlin Harjo, this comedy series follows the story of four indigenous American teenagers and their adventures as they attempt to make their way from rural Oklahoma to the elusive and exotic land of California. Streaming 8.9.2021 on FX on Hulu.
“If you show this movie to 1,000 different people, everyone is going to be zoned into a different corner of the action.” videogamedunkey is filmessayistdunkey in this great review of Jacque Tati’s 1967 experimental comedy PlayTime, a nearly wordless film that deserves multiple viewings by every movie buff.
Netflix offers up a completely inaccurate history lesson on the origins of the U.S., in which a foul-mouthed, chainsaw-wielding George Washington leads the founding fathers. Voiced by Channing Tatum, Jason Mantzoukas, Olivia Munn, Judy Greer, Killer Mike, Bobby Moynihan, Raoul Max Trujillo, and more. Drops 7.30.2021.
Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, and Morgan Freeman star in this action-comedy about a bodyguard who attempts to get out of the business and gets pulled back in to protect the wife of an unhinged killer. It looks like just the kind of madcap Summer romp we could use. In theaters 6.16.2021.
This eclectic comedy series is made from public domain films, recut by indie filmmakers to amuse and tell new stories. Each episode features dialogue dubbed by actors and comedians, including Nick Offerman, Nicole Byer, Aubrey Plaza, Fred Armisen, Alison Brie, and more. The full season is available now on Showtime.
This horror-comedy follows the residents of a small town as they and their new forest ranger (Sam Richardson) attempt to figure out who is killing people. Things get weird when people start to suspect that their mysterious killer is a werewolf. In theaters 6.25.2021 and on VOD 7.2.2021.
Producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie) are behind this fun-looking animated feature about a wacky and dysfunctional family who find themselves in the midst of a robot apocalypse. Naturally, they end up becoming humanity’s only hope for survival. Coming to Netflix 4.30.2021.
While shining a new customer’s shoes, a young man discovers the person sitting on his shoe shine bench might be the suspect in a horrible crime. But will his discovery lead to his own peril, or will he eliminate the evidence before he’s found out? Kevin Haefelin’s award-winning short comedy is good for a quick laugh.
In 1951, Laurel & Hardy made their final movie, Atoll K (aka Utopia). The production was a disaster, and the finished film a disappointment. Film buff Joe Ramoni at Hats Off Entertainment worked tirelessly to re-cut the best footage and replaced the soundtrack, resulting in a fun slapstick comedy reminiscent of the duo’s classics.
What if God was an amateur computer programmer, and Earth was just one of the experiments he created using a graphical world-building application? That’s the setup for Magnus Møller, Mette Tange, and Peter Smith’s silly animated short film for Tumblehead. It also explains where that whole flat Earth thing came from.
Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall are back for an all-new adventure in New York City. As his father Joffrey Joffer passes down his crown, he proclaims that now King Akeem must return to Queens in search of a son he didn’t know he had. Premieres 3.5.2021 on Amazon Prime.
(PG-13: Language) Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant, Lisa Kudrow, Kumail Nanjiani, and Tracy Ullman head up the cast of this documentary special to send off the worst year most of us have experienced. It’s from the creators of Black Mirror, so we expect the comedy to be especially dark. Coming to Netflix 12.27.2020.
Melissa McCarthy stars in this comedy about a woman who comes face-to-face with an AI who says that it will destroy the Earth if she can’t prove that humanity is worth saving. James Corden voices the machine, while McCarthy’s husband and writing partner Ben Falcone directed the film. Drops 11.26.2020 on HBO Max.
Borat is back, and he has a daughter. Sacha Baron Cohen’s obnoxious but hilarious character is ready to take on America in 2020 in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” which hits Amazon Prime Video on 10.23.2020.
In an attempt to reconnect with each other, a couple decides to take a vacation from technology and turn off their devices. But it turns out that while they were disconnected from the world, aliens invaded the Earth. This indie sci-fi comedy is just the kind of lighthearted fare we could use these days. Drops 10.2020.
Blumhouse Productions sprinkles a bit of their horror magic on the old body-swapping trope in this dark comedy about an ordinary high school girl (Kathryn Newton) who instead of becoming the next victim of a serial killer (Vince Vaughn), ends up possessing his body. Drops Friday, 11.13.2020.
(PG-13: Language) Writer/Director Graham Parkes’ comedic short film follows a man struggling with self-doubt, and a mysterious persona that continues to beat him down at every turn. But is this guy a figment of his imagination, or can everyone hear the stuff he’s saying?
(PG-13: Language) When a group of teenage troublemakers head into the Scottish Highlands for an orienteering program, they get more than they bargained for, stumbling onto a creepy group of locals, a murder, and drugs along the way. The dark comedy has been winning raves, and is headed to Amazon Prime Video 8.28.2020.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are back together in this Amazon Prime comedy series about a team of part-time paranormal investigators who post their sightings to the internet. But as their supernatural experiences become more frequent, they stumble onto a conspiracy that could mean the end of humanity.
Decades after their time-traveling hijinx, Bill and Ted are back for another excellent adventure. Original stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter decide they’re heding to the future to visit their future selves and steal the Wyld Stallions song that will save the universe. Directed by Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest).
After an 11-year hiatus, the hilarious Reno 911! is back. The entire original cast returns for a ride-along with plenty more inappropriate law-enforcement behavior and buffoonery. Premieres 5.4.2020 on streaming network Quibi, with new episodes for 12 days straight.
(PG-13: Gore, Language) “I call ye forth… the devil… with my name… Greg!” Jason Tostevin’s completely sacrilegious horror-comedy short film introduces us to a group of satanists who basically have no clue of what they’re doing, as they try to call forth the devil’s spawn from a pregnant woman.