As we reach the midpoint of 2020, it’s clear that the new decade has already been a strange one. Many have been turning to movies as a welcome means of escape, and comedy as a genre feels more important than ever. Comedies provide comfort in uncertain times, and some bring more to the table by subverting tropes, utilizing dark humor and adding in surprising and genre-bending elements to leave a longer lasting impression.
For better or (hopefully not) worse, this isn’t a list of average comedies and dramedies. It includes recent dystopian hits (“The Lobster” and “Sorry to Bother You”), tongue-in-cheek cult favorites (“But I’m a Cheerleader” and “Drop Dead Gorgeous”), and even a best picture nominee (The Coen brothers’ “A Single Man”). Horror-comedy is represented (“Mom and Dad,” starring an especially outlandish Nicolas Cage), as are more easygoing Netflix original movies (“Private Life” and “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore”).
Nowadays, a good laugh is worth its weight in gold, and these are no exception, however different they might appear on the surface. And seeing how, in times like this, we’re all quickly becoming well acquainted with the weird, these comedies might not even seem that strange after all.