16 Comedies You Need to See in 2019

Irreverent gems and girl-power comedies are ruling this year.

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These irreverent gems, humorous dramedies, and girl-power comedies will have you laughing through the new year. Keep checking back—we'll be updating this list throughout 2019.

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1 Long Shot
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A fitting double entendre, Long Shot is about a sophisticated woman (Charlize Theron) running for president and the frumpy speech writer who just might have a chance with her. Diverting the token romance potholes, Wackness director Jonathan Levine steers another solid comedy into cult status.

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2 Late Night
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There’s new blood in late night, and it’s all woman. Emma Thompson stars as boss lady Katherine Newbury, host of a late-night talk show drowning in bad ratings and captain to a boatload of testosterone. That is, until Mindy Kaling’s Molly Patel shows up. Perfectly cast (Veep’s Reid Scott is in another role of elevated douchebaggery) and written by Kaling herself, Late Night is a reinvented comedy worthy of your screen time.

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3 Diamantino
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Hold onto your soccer balls. Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt’s gonzo art-house comedy is the crazed trip you never you wanted to take. A Portuguese/French/Brazilian co-production, Diamantino follows a star striker down a rabbit hole of bizarre as he searches for purpose after choking on a shot that would take his team to the World Cup. Also: Floof. There is so much floof.

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4 The Farewell
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Director Lulu Wang is a master at balancing rollicking humor with devastating truth in her second film, a tragicomedy about a Chinese family who reunite under a ruse to say goodbye to the matriarch who has cancer. Funny lady Awkwafina stars, and though the comedy dishes brilliant one-liners, it’s her dramatic chops that she really sinks her teeth into. And yes, it will make you wanna hug your grandma.

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5 Sword of Trust
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Lynne Shelton, director of Your Sister’s Sister and Hump Day, sticks to mumblecore for her latest indie laugher, this one about death, history, and the far right. Shelton, who helmed several episodes of GLOW, recruits its resident curmudgeon Marc Maron to join Michaela Watkins, Jon Bass, and Jillian Bell. The ragtag crew sets out on a road trip to sell an antique sword that some conspiracy theorists believe proves the South won the Civil War.

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6 Good Boys
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Boys behaving badly is nothing new; in fact, it’s almost a reason to skip a movie. But this endearing comedy out of SXSW is the exception. Producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg—whose former raunch films are hell-bent on stringing as many four-letter words together as possible—don’t rejigger the formula here, but they throw in one very interesting wrench: sixth graders. Good Boys follows a friend trio prepping for a kissing party, and it makes just enough of the right moves.

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7 Stan & Ollie
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Squint and you'd never know John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan were costumed up as Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel, respectively. The pair all but become the two-man comedy troupe in Jon S. Baird's historical comedy, which charts the duo's final tour in 1953.

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8 Fighting with My Family
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Stephen Merchant, whom you know as the lanky sidekick of Ricky Gervais, writes and directs this wrestling comedy about a family who shares the same dream: to dominate the ring as legit WWE stars. Dwayne Johnson taps back into his Rock persona for a pretty special cameo, too.

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9 Toy Story 4
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We're not crying, you're crying. For Pixar's fourth and final chapter in the Toy Story saga, new characters—Tony Hale's Forky, specifically—shake things up as our favorite pull-string cowboy and his toy-box pals embark on a quest to reunite a toy with its human. Don't forget to take something to soak up the tears: Even Tom Hanks couldn’t get through it without sobbing.

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10 Where'd You Go Bernadette
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Told through a series of letters and email correspondence, Maria Semple’s head-scratching page-turner about a peculiar matriarch who goes missing is getting the big-screen treatment from singular director Richard Linklater. His troubled Bernadette? Played none other than Cate Blanchett.

In theaters August 9.

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11 Zombieland: Double Tap
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In 2009, Ruben Fleischer unleashed a zombie comedy—a zom-com, if you will—starring a bunch of A-list actors (Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson) outrunning the undead according to a very technical set of rules (that is, lots of cardio). Almost a decade later, we get a sequel inviting Zoey Deutch to the killer party.

In theaters October 11.

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12 The Addams Family
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If it ain't broke, make it animated. Co-directors Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon will debut the latest iteration of the Charles Addams' cartoon series later this year, with the likes of Charlize Theron, Oscar Isaac, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Nick Kroll comprising the stacked voice cast.

In theaters October 18.

13 Jojo Rabbit
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Kiwi director Taika Waititi has a way of injecting his signature offbeat style into an array of narratives that are wholeheartedly original. What We Do in the Shadows, Thor: Ragnarok, Boy—these films have zero in common, and yet you know they were directed by Waititi. The same can be said of his latest, a must-see war satire that follow the antics of a little boy and his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler.

In theaters October 18.

14 Frozen 2
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If we have to build another snowman waiting for Jennifer Lee's sequel, our hands just might fall off. Luckily, Disney announced a release date for when Anna and Elsa will take the screen again. Unluckily, we only have a few hints as to what they'll be doing.

In theaters November 22.

15 Jumanji: The Next Level
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A sleeper hit of summer 2018, Jumanji flipped its script with contemporary themes mixed with humor and a ton of action. Here's hoping its sequel does the same.

In theaters December 13.

16 The Art of Self-Defense
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Bow to your sensei … or risk the consequences. Riley Stearns, the filmmaker behind the chamber thriller Faults, hits back with another compelling character study. This pitch-black comedy stars Jesse Eisenberg as a sad sack who seeks revenge on the masked motorcycle gang that put him in the hospital. Imogen Poots plays the black belt he’s trying to impress.

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