Real life can be, well, a lot. That’s especially true in 2019, which is why lightening things up with a little well-placed comic relief is so important. Good news: 2019’s slate of comedy movies includes a plethora of laugh-out-loud funny flicks that will take your mind off the worst woes of the real world.
1 ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’
Release date: January 3
Starring: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, and F. Murray Abraham.
The final installment in the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy, aka your non-Pixar go-to when you need to laugh and cry all in one animated series.
2 ‘The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part’
Release date: February 8
Starring: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Tiffany Haddish, Will Arnett, Stephanie Beatriz, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, and Maya Rudolph.
Before he was training raptors and guarding the galaxy, Chris Pratt was making everything awesome and making us laugh uncontrollably in The LEGO Movie. Finally, after five long years, everything will be awesome again. (It’s already getting rave reviews.)
3 ‘What Men Want’
Release date: February 8
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Aldis Hodge, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Tracy Morgan.
Taraji P. Henson as a woman suddenly imbued with the ability to read men’s minds? Yes, please.
4 ‘Isn’t It Romantic?’
Release date: February 13
Starring: Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam DeVine, and Priyanka Chopra.
What would it be like if you woke up in a rom-com? The answer, according to Isn’t It Romantic?, seems to be more com than rom.
5 ‘Fighting with My Family’
Release date: February 14
Starring: Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Jack Lowden, Vince Vaughn, and Dwayne Johnson.
This one is based on the hilarious and, at times, heart-wrenching true story of professional wrestler Saraya “Paige” Bevis, who grew up in a family of professional wrestlers and eventually went on to win the WWE Divas Championship in 2014.
6 ‘Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral’
Release date: March 1
Starring: Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, and Tyler Perry.
Few franchises in this world are more reliably good for a laugh than the Madea movies. Only Tyler Perry could have us this excited to laugh at a funeral.
Release date: April 5
Starring: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan, Grazer, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Faithe Herman, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, and Djimon Hounsou.
It’s a superhero movie, but without the “gritty realism” or the “taking itself remotely seriously” vibes.
Release date: April 12
Starring: Regina Hall, Issa Rae, and Marsai Martin.
Take Tom Hanks’ classic Big and reverse the formula (thus the title, Little): Instead of a kid waking up in an adult body to learn some valuable life lessons, a grown woman is transformed back into her nerdy 13-year-old self to learn how to better live her life.
9 ‘Drunk Parents’
Release date: April 19
Starring: Alec Baldwin, Salma Hayek, Jim Gaffigan, Joe Manganiello, Ben Platt, and Treat Williams.
The title tells you pretty much everything you need to know. This is not a
Release date: April 19
Netflix’s new film is kind of the opposite of your typical girl-meets-boy rom-com—our fave Gina Rodriguez gets her dream job in San Francisco (and dumped by her boyfriend) but decides to have one last night out with her best friends in NYC before moving. We want an invite next time.
11 ‘Long Shot’
Release date: May 3
Starring: Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Andy Serkis, June Diane Raphael, Bob Odenkirk, and Alexander Skarsgård.
This comedy is about a journalist who follows his former babysitter—who just so happens to be running for president—on the campaign trail.
12 ‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu’
Release date: May 10
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Suki Waterhouse, Omar Chaparro, Chris Geere, Ken Watanabe, and Bill Nighy.
Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu as a detective. It’s like Deadpool meets Pokémon Go meets the weirdest dream you’ve ever had.
13 ‘The Hustle’
Release date: May 10
Starring: Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson.
This one is a female-centric remake of the 1988 classic Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and a perfect vehicle for the hilarious and talented Hathaway and Wilson.
Release date: May 24
We are *finally* given the female version of Superbad we’ve so desperately needed. High-achieving teens Amy and Molly decide to have one night of partying before they both head off to Ivy League schools in the fall. Oh, and did we mention it’s Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut? We are here for this.
15 ‘Men in Black: International’
Release date: June 14
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, Laurent Bourgeois, Larry Bourgeois, Emma Thompson, and Liam Neeson.
Men in Black is back, this time with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in the suits. If their comedic chemistry is anything like it was in Thor: Ragnarok, then the laughs probably won’t stop at all.
16’Toy Story 4′
Release date: June 21
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, and Keanu Reeves.
The latest installment in the Toy Story franchise is described as a “rom-com” and it’s supposed to be more emotional than any of the previous installments. But, you know, also funny?
17 ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette?’
Release date: August 16
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Emma Nelson, James Urbaniak, Judy Greer, Troian Bellisario, Zoë Chao, and Laurence Fishburne.
Based on the popular novel of the same name, the movie follows a young woman’s journey to find her mother, the titular Bernadette, when she mysteriously disappears.
18 ‘Spies in Disguise’
Release date: September 19
Starring: Will Smith, Tom Holland, Rashida Jones, Karen Gillan, and DJ Khaled.
Super suave super spy Lance Sterling has to team up with a gadget-inventing super geek to save the world. Hijinks, presumably, ensue.
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