The best comedies with meaning

Some comedy films can not only make you laugh and cheer up, but also make you rethink a lot, think about really important things. So, here is a list of wonderful comedies with meaning that you should definitely watch.

Kind Heart (2009)

The greedy and unsociable owner of the bar, Jacques, is fond of drinking and because of this periodically ends up in the hospital. One day, a homeless young man Lucas appears on his way, no longer believing in himself or in his future. The guy has long despaired and is even ready to leave this world, but unexpectedly for everyone, Jean decides to leave the young man in his house.

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The logic of the hero is quite simple: health is weakening, and there is no one to leave his legacy, and Lucas seems like a good person who could continue the work. However, before this young man will have to learn a lot from his gloomy mentor.

Original title:
The Good Heart

Cast:
Paul Dano, Brian Cox, Bill Buell

Country:
Iceland, Denmark, USA, France, Germany

Age limit:
16+

Route 60 (2001)

One of the most famous representatives of the best smart comedies with meaning on this list. In the center of the plot is a young guy Neil Oliver. The young man has a completely happy and settled life: the heir to wealthy parents, who has a brilliant legal career ahead of him and a wedding with a beautiful bride.

However, Neil is confused by dreams with a mysterious blonde, and now he thinks about her almost constantly. One day, the guy meets the eccentric Grant, who claims that he is able to fulfill any of his desires, although sometimes the result is very bizarre.

Original title:
Interstate 60

Starring:
James Marsden, Gary Oldman, Amy Smart, Kurt Russell 

Country:
Canada, USA

Age limit:
16+

Stepford Wives (2004)

After a serious nervous breakdown, Joanna Eberhart moves to a small and quiet town with her husband. At first, it seems to her that she has chosen a truly ideal place to live. Soon she acquires a girlfriend – a very eccentric local resident Bobby.

Having settled down a little in the picturesque province and taking a closer look at the new environment, Eberhart notices something alarming in it, realizing that ordinary people could not be so perfect. Joanna begins a thorough investigation.

Original title:
The Stepford Wives

Cast:
Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler

Country:
USA

Age limit:
12+

Looking for a friend for the end of the world (2012)

In the list of the best comedies with meaning, there is also a film with a very extraordinary plot. A huge asteroid is approaching the Earth, and in three weeks all life on the planet will be destroyed. This news makes humanity go to rather unexpected actions. For example, insurance agent Dodge is faced with the fact that his wife simply runs away from him.

In the world, mobile communications stop working, people quit their jobs and try to fulfill the most insane and indecent dreams in the allotted time. Dodge reminisces about his first love, Olivia, and plans to return to his childhood town to talk to her. The agent’s eccentric neighbor Penny becomes a fellow traveler.

Original Title:
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Cast:
Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Adam Brody

Country:
USA

Age Limits:
16+

My only one (2009)

1950s, New York. Ann Devereaux lives with her musician husband and two sons, Robb and George. At the same time, she is not too attentive to children, and does not know where exactly they study. Suddenly, an American woman finds out about her husband’s infidelity and decides to get a divorce.

Taking money from the safe, she buys a Cadillac, and leaves the city with her sons. Ann believes that she will definitely find a new wealthy life partner who can take care of her and her boys.

Original title:
My One and Only

Starring:
René Zellweger, Nick Stahl, Eric McCormack

Country:
USA

Age limit:
16+

The Truman Show (1998)

The protagonist of one of the best comedies with meaning is Truman Burbank. He considers himself a completely ordinary person, not suspecting that he is in fact the hero of a reality show, whose movements are watched by numerous spectators.

Moreover, the residents of Truman’s hometown are dummy actors. Even the weather here can change at the behest of the producer. This could go on for a long time, but one day a girl from the film crew decides to open Burbank’s eyes to the truth.

Original title:
The Truman Show

Starring:
Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich

Country:
USA 

Age limit:
0+

1+1: Hollywood Story (2017)

A remake of the famous French hit tells the story of Dell. The guy has a lot of problems, but with their solution he is constantly addictive. At the same time, the hero receives unemployment benefits, giving the appearance that he is trying to find a job. To this end, he becomes a candidate for the role of assistant to the wealthy disabled Philip, whose body is almost completely paralyzed.

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Dell is sure that he will never get this position, but an unexpectedly wealthy aristocrat chooses him. This collaboration changes the usual everyday life of both characters.

Original title:
The Upside

Cast:
Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman

Country:
USA

Age limit:
16+

Psychoanalyst (2009)

One of the most touching films in the list of comedies with meaning. Psychoanalyst Henry Carter only gets mainstream recognition when he publishes a book on how to find happiness. The irony is that the book was written during the darkest period in the doctor’s life: the days when he was going through a huge loss. Now various celebrities are trying to get to his reception, and he is trying in every possible way to support them.

Henry himself feels deeply depressed, and realizes that a little more, and in this state he will no longer be able to help anyone. Carter’s father finds a patient with similar problems. Working with this woman, Henry begins to understand his own troubles little by little.

Original title:
Shrink

Starring:
Kevin Spacey, Mark Webber, Keke Palmer, Robin Williams

Country:
USA

Age limit:
18+

Amelie (2001)

As a child, Amelie had practically no friends, because due to health problems she had to be educated at home. The father paid little attention to the girl, and her mother died tragically when the heroine was still quite a baby. The only refuge from disappointment and longing she found in her fantasies.

Having matured and got a job at a local cafe, Amelie still can’t really get close to anyone. And yet, she soon finds her true purpose.

Original title:
Le Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain

Cast:
Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus

Country:
France, Germany 

Age limit:
16+

Hector’s Journey in Search of Happiness (2014)

The key character of this comedy with a deep meaning is the charming and experienced psychiatrist Hector, who is on the verge of a serious crisis. The doctor is very frustrated by the fact that all efforts do not bring the desired result, and many patients remain infrequent.

He begins to think about the nature of happiness, and in the end decides to personally find it and understand what exactly it is. On the way to the desired answer, he finds himself in rather curious and unexpected situations.

Original title:
Hector and the Search for Happiness

Starring:
Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Jean Reno

Country:
Germany, Canada, UK, South Africa, USA

Age limit:
12+

What comedies with meaning do you know? Tell us about your favorite movies in the comments!

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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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