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15 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, 2022 has seen solid offerings from 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—and one of the Best Movies of 2022! And who could forget about Elvis? Not us. But let’s keep this list specific. Here are the best comedies and musicals of 2022 so far.

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1

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

Would you mind if we started this list with the film that made our hearts melt into a blissful little puddle? Marcel the Shell with Shoes On gives the tiny hero, previously seen in the popular web series of the same name, the big-screen treatment. Brought to life by the great Jenny Slate, Marcel the Shell delivered a mix of hilarity and heart that’s still getting us through this hellish year.

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2

Elvis

We’re not sure if we can relay exactly how much we loved Elvis better than Charles Taylor. In his review for Esquire, he wrote that director Baz Luhrmann managed to “treat Elvis as both a conscious transgressor and a conscious artist, the honor denied Elvis when he’s condescended to as an untutored folk artist, a hillbilly wild man who got lucky, or a curio that has as much weight as a reproduction of an old Coke ad.” Watch it!

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3

Everything Everywhere All at Once

Everything Everywhere All at Once is confounding, thrilling, mysterious, and gives serious cause to an existential crisis. Somehow, though, amidst all of the multiverse-hopping of its hero, Evelyn (Michelle Yeoh), you will not be able to stop laughing. Read our full review here.

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4

The Bob’s Burgers Movie

Need we sell you on The Bob’s Burgers Movie? If you’re a fan of the show—or, hell, even a newbie to this riotous animated kitchen—you’ll have a blast.

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5

The Lost City

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.

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7

Marry Me

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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8

Jackass Forever

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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9

Turning Red

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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10

Dog

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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11

Cyrano

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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12

I Want You Back

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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13

The Adam Project

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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14

Scream 5

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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15

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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