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9 Best and Wonderfully Quirky Comedy Films You May Have Missed

In 2021, we can understand how we have spent the last year. Though many people have chosen movies as a way to escape this morbid reality, the taste has remained very different for individuals. However, the quirky comedy films happen to be in such a genre that makes everyone feel comfortable and better. They make you pleased in uneven periods, and the quirky comedy films bring out startling changes of tropes by subverting them, either by making it dark or by using elements of other genres in it. Whatever be the case, they surely impress and leave an impression. 

The list of quirky comedy films, and you may say it is good or bad. The list includes the very current dystopian blockbuster “The Lobster” and “Sorry to Bother You”. There are many more on the list like, “But I’m a Cheerleader”, ” Drop Dead Gorgeous”, “A Single Man”. There are Horror-comedy like ” Mom and Dad”. The list also gives space to Netflix original movies like “Private Life” or “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore.”  

Presently, laughing for a long time seems to be worthy as gold. There is no exception, however, and watching quirky comedy films in tough times, or seeking refuge in them, is surely something not weird. Comedies are not strange after all, it is worthy to see. This article will give you a list of such quirky comedy films which will have a long impact on you and make you feel better always. 

Check out some of the Quirky Comedy Films to watch right now!

The Lobster (2015)

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Source: Roger Ebert

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Cast: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman, Ashley Jensen, Ariane Labed, Angeliki Papoulia, John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux, Michael Smiley, Ben Whishaw.

IMDB Rating: 7.2/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87%

Where to watch: Netflix

“The Lobster” is among the black quirky comedy films, a surreal and dystopian film that was released in 2015. It was co-written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou. It was co-produced by Yorgos Lanthimos, Ceci Dempsy, Ed Guiney, and Lee Magiday. The strangest part, what might seem to the audience is the clause given to single people. All the single people are allotted forty-five days to search for their romantic partners. If they are unable to do so, they will be transformed into animals. The cinema revolves around Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz as singles who are trying to get in a relationship with one another. It is a joint production film of Ireland, the UK, Greece, France, and the Netherlands. 

A Serious Man (2009)

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Source: The New York Times

Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Cast: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed

IMDB Rating: 7/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 89%

Where to watch: Netflix

“A Serious Man” is one of the overlooked films of Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. Joel and Ethan Coen have done many films together which have had a long-lasting impression on the minds of the spectators. This film has also been nominated as the best picture for the Oscar. The story is about Michael Stuhlbarg, a Jewish College Professor. He is also a family man with a very ordinary and average life. The acting as well as the use of wry metaphor have made this film much more appealing. 

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Sorry to Bother You (2018)

Sorry to Bother You (2018)
Source: Movie Corner

Director: Boots Riley

Cast: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick, Terry Crews, Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Danny Glover, Steven Yeun, Armie Hammer. 

IMDB Rating: 6.9/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93% 

Where to watch: Netflix, Hulu

“Sorry to Bother You” is a rapidly paced story that is quite impressive. It is also a directorial debut for Boots Riley. The Oakland set created by Riley, sees the turbulent destruction of the community which is led by Lakeith Stanfield. Stanfield is a budding telemarketer, who is pressurized for using the ‘white voice’ on phone calls for excelling in his employment. 

Though he moves up in the ladder of the corporate sector, the world around him seems like hell, a dystopian land. This film has wild imaginations among the quirky comedy films and uncertain outcomes which will surprise you as you go on watching. Maybe, you will not like to see things in the same way as you did, after seeing this movie.  

Mom and Dad (2017)

Mom and Dad (2017)
Source: Movie Nation

Director: Brian Taylor

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, Anne Winters, Zackary Arthur, Lance Henriksen.

IMDB Rating: 5.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 75%

Where to watch: Hulu

“Mom and Dad” has a very short running time of 80 minutes. It may be the weirdest choice of quirky comedy films on your wishlist. It is the story of a mom and dad, played by Nicholas Cage and Selma Blair. Both of them belong to the group of overworking parents in the town. They have suddenly turned aggressive towards their children, and here lies the crux of the movie. This movie is among the quirky comedy films that blend in genres perfectly. It is an enjoyable movie which is completely ridiculous. Watching this movie will not be a bad thing after all. 

Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
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Director: Michael Patrick Jann

Cast: Kirstie Alley, Ellen Barkin, Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards

IMDB Rating: 6.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 46%

Where to watch: HBO Max

“Drop Dead Gorgeous” belongs to the cult classic with a star-studded cast. The movie is a beautifully designed comedy that witnesses the first performance of Amy Adams. The movie is one of its kind and the best one from the 1999’s. It is a mockumentary about a teenage beauty pageant from a small town.

In the town, each contestant fought a lot for the crown. There are choreographer dance items and undercooked seafood, a lot of fancy goes, and nightmares. It is filled with enjoyable moments that you shall cherish for a long time. 

Blindspotting (2018)

Blindspotting (2018)
Source: Jared Mobarak

Director: Carlos López Estrada

Cast: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Ethan Embry, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Wayne Knight

IMDB Rating: 7.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94%

Where to watch: HBO Max, Amazon Prime

“Blindspotting” is the debut film of Carlos López Estrada. It is a vital film for him. The film, like most of the quirky comedy films, focuses on Daveed Diggs who is a parolee in Oakland. He has witnessed an unreasonable police shootout in our truly vital film for the moment, Carlos López Estrada’s directorial debut centers on Daveed Diggs as a parolee in Oakland who witnesses an unjust police shooting while waiting at a red light.

With a script full of biting humor, heart, and hard truths (written by co-stars Diggs and Rafael Casal), “Blindspotting” is all fun and games until the trauma of racial inequality in America bubbles to the surface; and that’s what makes it stand out among the quirky comedy films.

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017)

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017)
Source: Time Out

Director: Macon Blair

Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, David Yow, Jane Levy, Devon Graye

IMDB Rating: 6.9/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 89%

Where to watch: Netflix

“I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore” can be called a hidden gem on Netflix. It is a Netflix original movie and is much different from the other quirky comedy films. The story is all about Manie Lynskey and Elijah Wood who are neighbors in the movie.

They set out to track some thieves who have stolen silverware. On their way, they face some criminals. Being one of the best quirky comedy films, it can be called a pessimistic tale dealing with existential despair. There is morbid humor also that fill-up the film. 

The Watermelon Woman (1996)

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Source: Variety

Director: Cheryl Dunye

Cast: Cheryl Dunye, Guinevere Turner

IMDB Rating: 7.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 100%

Where to watch: The Criterion Channel

Cheryl Dunye had written, edited, and directed the movie “The Watermelon Woman” in 1996. It is a romantic comedy and a drama and stands out among the quirky comedy films. Dunye in this movie plays the role of a video store worker. She is black and lesbian and is attempting to make a movie whose central figure is a black actress from the 1930s.

This actress was popular for playing the role of stereotypical “mammy”. These roles were meant for the black actresses of that period. This movie marked the beginning of the feature films being directed by black lesbians. It is also a milestone in the timeline of New Queer Cinema. 

Private Life (2018)

Private Life (2018)
Source: The New York Times

Director: Tamara Jenkins

Cast: Paul Giamatti, Kathryn Hahn, Kayli Carter, Molly Shannon, John Carroll Lynch, Desmin Borges, Denis O’Hare

IMDB Rating: 7.2/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93%

Where to watch: Netflix

Private Life is one of the best quirky comedy films written as well as directed by Tamara Jenkins. It is a story of a New York Couple, Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti, and the highs and lows of their relationship. The movie also shows how they struggle to become parents. Hahn gives the best performance in an unconventional yet funny way. The movie moves in an optimistic tone while Hahn and Giamatti were celebrating Halloween, they get a call and are requested to adopt a child from a woman being potential parents. 

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