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11 Best Comedies of 2022

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You know, there’s always something to be said for a comfort watch. We don’t know what you queue up during a day that feels especially hellish, but your friends at Esquire love a good comedy or a musical. Thankfully, after a year which saw buzzy debuts from West Side Story and Licorice Pizza, 2022 is off to a solid start for both genres.

The slate of movie musicals kicked off with Cyrano, which is already amongst Peter Dinklage’s greatest roles. On the comedy side, we saw more Jackass. Surprisingly? We wanted to see more. Later in the year, we saw the greatest Nic Cage film to ever Nic Cage, in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, plus Turning Red, which proved to be another charming entry in the great Pixar canon. But let’s talk about the here and now. Here are the best comedies and musicals of 2022 so far.

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The Lost City had the potential to be the breakout, big-screen comedy we’ve been craving since we returned to theaters. It didn’t quite get there, but that doesn’t mean you should sleep on the movie. The Lost City is essentially a nearly two-hour-long hang with Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, and Daniel Radcliffe, which sounds like time well spent to us.

2022 has been thin on movie musicals, so we have to cheat a tiny bit with Marry Me‘s inclusion on this list. The rom-com makes good use of Jennifer Lopez’s music talents, OK? Plus, Marry Me stars Esquire favorite Owen Wilson, which is more than enough for us to sign on for the ride.

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More Jackass? Sure, why not. America deserves more bonks on the head. Jackass Forever sees Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, and the rest of the crew at their cringingly best, somehow inventing stunts that shock us all these years later. Maybe it’s what we all needed.

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Turning Red is one of the most chaotic Pixar films to date, which is saying a lot. The film follows a little girl who Hulks out into a red panda when she gets angry. Relatable!

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Coming from someone who rewatches Air Bud more than he’d like to admit, the world needs more dog movies. Thankfully, we got a dog movie named Dog this year. The Channing Tatum-led film is the comfort watch you’ve been looking for all year.

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In Cyrano, a musical period drama, Peter Dinklage adds another instantly memorable role to his resume. Don’t miss the opportunity to cry in a dark movie theater again, especially considering that Joe Wright took up Cyrano‘s directing duties.

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Every Valentine’s Day has a sleeper rom-com worth your time. This year it was I Want You Back, which is more than worth the watch, if only to hang out with Jenny Slate and Charlie Day for nearly two hours. Slate’s dry, quippy humor? Day running around like a maniac? A match made in heaven.

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Firmly from the House That Netflix built, The Adam Project is a perfectly enjoyable, time-traveling action-comedy featuring Ryan Reynolds. A little algorithmic! But the premise, which follows an adult teaming up with the younger version of himself, is exciting enough for a weekend watch. And Reynolds is always enough of a hoot to make us want a sequel.

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Of course, Scream has always been the horror franchise that’s in on the joke, riffing on the genre cliches we know all too well. But Scream 5, which features members of the original cast, is the first of the sequels to reach the heights our friend Ghostface managed in 1996.

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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Thankfully, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, the movie where Nic Cage plays Nic Cage, proved to be every bit as chaotic as we hoped it would be. Plus, it was nice to see our favorite space dad, Pedro Pascal, flex his acting chops outside of Mando’s suit.

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