Funny movies on Netflix
July 30, 2012 8:00 PM   Subscribe

Hilarious movies available right now on Netflix instant. Okay, go.

I need a serious pick-me-up. Witty/quirky/raunchy are all good. I'm not so into Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, etc. Office Space was awesome. Other than that, I'm drawing a complete blank on comedies I like, so the field is wide open. What should I watch if I want to laugh?
posted by goosechasing to Media & Arts (34 answers total) 117 users marked this as a favorite
 
Withnail and I.
posted by jeudi at 8:04 PM on July 30, 2012 [4 favorites]


In the Loop
posted by aintthattheway at 8:04 PM on July 30, 2012 [7 favorites]


Not movies. But Archer. Arrested Development

Both have tremendous rewatch value too.
posted by zackola at 8:07 PM on July 30, 2012 [6 favorites]


Groundhog Day. But it's pretty bleak for a while.
posted by zackola at 8:10 PM on July 30, 2012 [2 favorites]


Oh, God, yes, In the Loop is like Christmas for your Netflix. Also excellent is the Conan O'Brien documentary.
posted by Dr. Zira at 8:13 PM on July 30, 2012 [3 favorites]


Zombieland
Hot Tub Time Machine - it is puerile and predictable, but it was dumb funny.
posted by plinth at 8:16 PM on July 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


Peep Show
posted by zombieman000 at 8:17 PM on July 30, 2012 [7 favorites]


Raising Arizona?
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:18 PM on July 30, 2012 [7 favorites]


Trailer Park Boys.
posted by easy, lucky, free at 8:25 PM on July 30, 2012 [4 favorites]


Hot Tub Time Machine was surprisingly funny.
Futurama and 30 Rock are also two good old standbys.
For some reason they have Airplane II but not Airplane!

I just flipped through Netflix up and down and this was all I could come up with.
posted by bleep at 8:25 PM on July 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


Notamovie category:

Inbetweeners: British show, funniest thing on Netflix IMO. Filthy, but not graphically so.
The League: American show, also filthy. Hard to enjoy if you're not familiar with fantasy football to some degree, or at least the NFL
posted by Patbon at 8:26 PM on July 30, 2012


I agree with Patbon on "Inbetweeners." Hilarious.
Also, the more I re-watch "Arrested Development," as per zackola, the more I realize this might be the most consistently brilliantly funny sitcom of all time.
posted by holdenjordahl at 8:33 PM on July 30, 2012


Nthing Arrested Development, Archer, Inbetweeners and Peep Show. If you like Peep Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look is an obvious next choice.

Netflix also has a season of Workaholics...which I like to think of as a live-action sequel to Beavis and Butt-Head (also partially available on Netflix).
posted by gnomeloaf at 8:38 PM on July 30, 2012


Spaced
Tucker & Dale vs Evil
nthing Raising Arizona
posted by Ochre,Hugh at 8:39 PM on July 30, 2012 [3 favorites]


The IT Crows and Father Ted are two very funny British (Isles) sitcoms from Graham Linehan.
posted by Emanuel at 8:40 PM on July 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


UHF
Erik the Viking
posted by ian1977 at 9:02 PM on July 30, 2012


The IT Crowd, yes yes yes. I could just cry, it's so funny.

Definitely seconding Father Ted, but it's a slightly different kind of mood.

But Trailer Park Boys is also on a similar spectrum as The It Crowd, too, if you need a certain edge of profane stupidity.
posted by Madamina at 9:13 PM on July 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


Four Lions is a very funny movie, maybe made even moreso thanks to the security theater that's currently taking place in London courtesy the five rings.

There's a great Louis C.K. set streaming right now called Chewed Up.

For a quick chuckle, Netflix has every episode ever of Saturday Night Live (well, up to a year or two ago) in slightly condensed form. Pick a year that has pop culture that interests you and go to town.
posted by item at 9:17 PM on July 30, 2012 [2 favorites]


Oh yeah, and if you've never watched the British version of The Office, I envy you very, very much.
posted by item at 9:19 PM on July 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


Crap - I didn't mean that to sound like "you're lucky you never watched that awful pile of stupid", but rather "you're so lucky you get to experience the wonder that is The Office for the first time".
posted by item at 9:21 PM on July 30, 2012


I must have watched Four Lions three times the week it came to Netflix. I might go watch it again right now.
posted by munchingzombie at 9:35 PM on July 30, 2012


Super Troopers
posted by Burhanistan at 9:39 PM on July 30, 2012 [2 favorites]


Raising Arizona and the Big Lebowski are both on Netflix Instant. Just try to stay in a bad mood while watching either!
posted by lunasol at 9:42 PM on July 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh and if you are open to TV shows - in addition to the other great suggestions: Parks and Recreation and How I Met Your Mother. Both are upbeat and funny without being stupid.
posted by lunasol at 9:43 PM on July 30, 2012


It gets panned a lot, and it had horrible box office, but Nothing but Trouble is one of my all time favorites and (as of December when I watched it last) available on Netflix instant.
posted by dhens at 10:10 PM on July 30, 2012 [2 favorites]


Coldblooded is one of my favorites. Never released on DVD but available on Netflix Instant.

Let It Ride is cute.

Some other good stand-up comics on Netflix: Jake Johannsen, Bill Burr, Pablo Francisco... There's a bunch of Eddie Izzard videos, too... Dress to Kill is my favorite of his.

Fun/Silly TV Shows: Reaper and Better Off Ted (Portia de Rossi is great in this). Dead Like Me comes and goes, currently not available on instant.
posted by and for no one at 11:24 PM on July 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


Duck Soup.
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 6:21 AM on July 31, 2012


Wet Hot American Summer!
Louie
Portlandia
Parks and Recreation -- especially "The Fight" from Season 3. Funniest single episode of any TV show ever.

and of course, 2nding Arrested Development
posted by Flamingo at 6:26 AM on July 31, 2012 [4 favorites]


I really liked The Winning Season about a former basketball star who takes over coaching the girl's team at his old high school. It's sort of a sarcastic Hoosiers. It has Sam Rockwell in it who is wonderfully odd.
posted by dog food sugar at 6:43 AM on July 31, 2012


Unfortunately, of the four suggestions faustdick mentioned above, only The Seven-Year Itch is available for streaming on Netflix.

Just want to second the recommendation for The IT Crowd. Hilarious.

Also, you can't go wrong with The Big Lebowski. Or how about A Fish Called Wanda? AND they have Dr. Horrible!
posted by Groovymomma at 7:29 AM on July 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


nth-ing Tucker and Dale vs Evil

I Love You Phillip Morris
posted by Billiken at 7:58 AM on July 31, 2012


I just watched The Fairy the other day. It's a charming movie that had me laughing out loud.
posted by saffronwoman at 9:32 AM on July 31, 2012


The Cable Guy
posted by tenaciousd at 10:22 PM on July 31, 2012


The Trip.
posted by the foreground at 8:29 AM on August 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


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