Of all the streaming services, Hulu might be the most underrated. The platform may be best known for its acclaimed original series, like The Handmaid's Tale, The Path, and The Mindy Project, but it also boasts an impressive movie library that holds its own against the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Go—especially if you're in the mood to laugh.
With hundreds of movies to choose from, the sheer volume may be overwhelming—but fear not. We've compiled the very best comedies on Hulu that you can watch tonight. To narrow the selection to only the best of the best, we cross-referenced the streaming platform's offerings with scores on the review-aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.
Spanning a coming-of-age-comedy reminiscent of Sixteen Candles to a dark comedy that centers around one of the most scandalous events in sports history, these are the films that the critics would add to your queue.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Offbeat and charming, Hunt for the Wilderpeople follows a city-raised kid and his survivalist foster parent as they navigate the New Zealand bush in an attempt to evade a national manhunt. Film critic April Wolfe of LA Weekly described the film as "one of the most sincere and funny portraits of family life to come along in a while."
Critics Score: 97% liked it (with an average rating of 7.9/10)
Audience Score: 91% liked it (with an average rating of 4.3/5)
Stream Hunt for the Wilderpeople on Hulu.
Based on one of the most scandalous events in sports history, I, Tonya finds the humor hidden in Harding's tragic story. According to film critic Michael O'Sullivan of The Washington Post, "the film softens the bouts of cruelty with an abiding sense of humane, if absurdist, comedy, smoothing out the tonal shifts that may have you gasping in horror one minute and laughing the next."
Critics Score: 89% liked it (with an average rating of 7.7/10)
Audience Score: 88% liked it (with an average rating of 4/5)
Stream I, Tonya on Hulu.
Everybody Wants Some!!
Deemed the spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused, Everybody Wants Some!! exudes nostalgia in the best possible way. Set in the 1980s, the heartwarming comedy follows a college baseball team over the course of a summer. Director Richard Linklater's "light touch remains a marvel," writes Jake Coyle in the Associated Press. "Though his characters are often just bouncing from conversation to conversation, night out to night out, the film's direction is never lackadaisical."
Critics Score: 86% liked it (with an average rating of 7.6/10)
Audience Score: 68% liked it (with an average rating of 3.6/5)
Stream Everybody Wants Some!! on Hulu.
Frank is an endearing, clever, musical comedy starring Michael Fassbender in a giant fake head that he never removes. It's "a quirky, utterly engaging film that manages to be amusing, dark, surprising and poignant without wasting a single one of its 95 minutes," recommends Kristin Tillotson in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Critics Score: 92% liked it (with an average rating of 7.5/10)
Audience Score: 72% liked it (with an average rating of 3.7/5)
Stream Frank on Hulu.
In a World
In a World "is a clever, likable comedy that sends up sexism, satirizes Hollywood, examines family ties and features a surprisingly tender romance at its core," writes Claudia Puig in USA Today. The film follows writer-director-star Lake Bell as an aspiring voiceover star.
Critics Score: 92% liked it (with an average rating of 7.6/10)
Audience Score: 71% liked it (with an average rating of 3.6/5)
Stream In a World on Hulu.
For an R-rated comedy with a compelling cast of characters, look no further than Girls Trip. "There's nothing embarrassing about the posse in Girls Trip, which depicts the friendships these characters have sustained not as vestigial remnants, but as a guiding force toward being true to oneself," writes Buzzfeed reporter Alison Willmore.
Critics Score: 90% liked it (with an average rating of 6.9/10)
Audience Score: 79% liked it (with an average rating of 4/5)
Stream Girls Trip on Hulu.
From the poster, you might guess Prince Avalanche is a quirky buddy comedy starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch (who happen to play road workers painting lines down a highway in Texas). Instead, the movie is "a winsome parable about people putting their lives back together, moment by stumbling moment," examines Ann Hornaday in The Washington Post. It's "a work of eccentric but often profound beauty."
Critics Score: 82% liked it (with an average rating of 7/10)
Audience Score: 53% liked it (with an average rating of 3.2/5)
Stream Prince Avalanche on Hulu.
Election isn't your typical high school teen comedy. Alexander Payne's smart film pits Matthew Broderick, an anxiety-ridden teacher, against Reese Witherspoon, a power-hungry student running for class president, in this "dark, insidiously funny satire on the self-involved ways otherwise rational people can allow narrow personal agendas to lead them astray to the point of self-destruction," observes Todd McCarthy in Variety.
Critics Score: 93% liked it (with an average rating of 7.8/10)
Audience Score: 79% liked it (with an average rating of 3.4/5)
Stream Election on Hulu.
A cult classic of the '80s, Heathers stars Winona Ryder as a disillusioned It girl and Christian Slater as her dangerous, motorcycle-riding boyfriend, and they both wreak havoc on their high school classmates. The surprisingly thoughtful film is "super-smart black comedy about high school politics and teenage suicide," says Variety.
Critics Score: 95% liked it (with an average rating of 7.8/10)
Audience Score: 84% liked it (with an average rating of 3.7/5)
Stream Heathers on Hulu.
The Edge of Seventeen
Reminiscent of Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, this coming-of-age comedy tackles the trials and tribulations of being a teenager with equal parts humor and heart. The Edge of Seventeen "is a movie about a teen, first and foremost, rather than a "teen movie," and that's exactly what makes it feel like a peerless example for the genre," writes David Sims in The Atlantic.
Critics Score: 95% liked it (with an average rating of 7.9/10)
Audience Score: 83% liked it (with an average rating of 3.9/5)
Stream The Edge of Seventeen on Hulu.
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