The year 2015 saw a big slump in comedy films. Even the performances of Melissa McCarthy or Amy Schumer couldn’t save the movies released that year. Luckily, things began to pick up pace this 2016. Both the comedy and horror genre even found more success than superhero or action movie titles released.
The comedy films you will find on this list are traditional comedies. They also may not be box-office onslaughts, but the one thing they all have in common is the fact that these comedy films left a mark on the minds of moviegoers and critics alike.
So without further ado, here are ExploreTalent’s picks of the comedy films of 2016.
Memorable Comedy Films of 2016
5. Swiss Army Man
If you ever wanted to see Daniel Radcliffe make the transition from the boy who lived to the boy who is basically just a corpse, then this movie is for you. Swiss Army Man pushed the envelope of the genre by introducing two unlikely characters. Paul Dano plays a man stranded in an island and happens to come across a dead body (Radcliffe). After that, you’ll get an eccentric epic adventure across the jungle.
The movie is filled with fart and male parts jokes, so the movie is probably not for everyone; nonetheless, it is still worth watching.
4. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Director Taika Waititi is gearing up for a big Hollywood release in the form of Thor: Ragnarok next year, but audiences better catch this little gem of a movie before he goes mainstream. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is actually the highest-grossing Kiwi film ever released—and it deserves to be so. The story centers around an an unlikely pair: a cantankerous uncle and his hip-hop-loving city boy nephew. The pair gets lost in the lush New Zealand wilderness while trying to run away from the authorities who are after them for a crime they did not commit.
A lot of people may argue that Deadpool isn’t a comedy film, but a majority of this low-budget superhero flick actually relies on the comedic factor. Ryan Reynolds is excellent in the role, and he really seemed to have redeemed himself after a disappointing run in Green Lantern. It may not be the greatest superhero film released this year, but it sure is the funniest one so far.
2. Nice Guys
It’s ironic that one of the best comedy films of this year failed to do well in the box office. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe are absolutely amazing in Nice Guys. Their chemistry is reminiscent of old Hollywood comedies, and they do deliver the right amount of laughs. While Nice Guys may have a simple plot that is like taken straight from the book of every buddy cop comedy out there, its overall style and mystery definitely deserves all your attention.
1. The Mermaid
Romance, comedy, and mermaids, this film essentially has it all. For those of you who are not aware of it, The Mermaid is one of 2016’s highest-grossing films, and most of that earnings come from China, the country that produced the film. It did not do just as well in other countries because many audiences found the film a little too absurd for their taste. But if you look past that, it actually delivers a lot of compounding message about environmental awareness.