Looking for some of the most unconventional and thought-provoking comedies of the 2010s and 2020s? Look no further than these five films: “Klown,” “Bachelorette,” “The 40-Year-Old Version,” “Sorry to Bother You,” and “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.” These movies challenge traditional notions of what makes a good comedy, offering biting social commentary, surrealism, and downright absurdity. These films, ranging from a Danish movie featuring two friends on a debaucherous canoe trip to a satire on corporate greed and modern-day slavery, will certainly make you laugh, cringe, and possibly prompt you to question the world around you. Let’s dive into these movies and explore their unique take on comedy.
Dark comedy, fiction
“Klown” masterfully combines comedy and parenting in a way that few films have. Mikkel Norgaard’s hilarious Danish blockbuster follows the hapless exploits of a man who takes a child on an adult-themed trip to prove his parenting abilities. Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen deliver stellar performances. Making for some of the most cringe-worthy and side-splitting comedy in recent memory.
Kirsten Dunst shines in the wild comedy “Bachelorette,” based on Leslye Headland’s play. Rebel Wilson’s character struggles to keep her bachelorette party under control as her high school friends. Including Dunst’s uptight careerist, spiral out of control with booze, drugs, and wild hijinks. Although the film was overlooked upon release, it deserves cult status for its fearless and unhinged take on a wild night out.
The 40-Year-Old Version (2020)
Starring as a struggling playwright, Radha Blank won the Directing Award at Sundance 2020 for her vibrant and hilarious comedy. As pressure mounts to write a “Harriet Tubman musical” and criticism surfaces that her work is “inauthentic,” she finds a new creative release by cutting a rap mixtape under the name Radhamus Prime. The film delivers a fearless and unhinged take on serious issues.
Sorry to Bother You (2018)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-F
Boots Riley’s directorial debut “Sorry to Bother You” centers around Cash, a young black telemarketer. Who adopts a white accent to succeed at his job before becoming a parable of corporate greed and a commentary on income inequality. With an incredibly talented cast, including Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson, this absurdist dark comedy is a wild ride that explores genetic manipulation and modern-day slavery. What makes this film special is Riley’s singular vision – there is simply no other movie quite like it.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020)
Sasha Baron Cohen takes on the 2020 presidential election in “Borat 2”, showcasing political stunts, pranks, and celebrity interviews. This time, Borat (Cohen) plans to sell his 15-year-old daughter Tutar (played by an Oscar-nominated Maria Bakalova) as a child bride to Vice President Mike Pence. Moreover The film features a debated scene with Rudy Giuliani and a visit to a pro-life clinic. And the cringe-worthy moments remind us of the absurdities of reality.
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