The 30 Best Comedy Movies of 2023 (So Far)

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There's no better way to settle into 2023 than with a brand-new watchlist of all the new funny films set to be released this year. The best comedy movies of 2023 thus far range from soon-to-be animated classics to irreverent action films (opens in new tab) to several rom-com novel adaptations—and that's without mentioning the most highly-anticipated romp of the year. (Say it with me...Barbie.) Read on to discover all of the hilarious films coming to screens this year.

'Puss in Boots: The Last Wish'

Release Date: December 21, 2022

Starring: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Harvey Guillén, Florence Pugh, Olivia Colman, Ray Winstone, Samson Kayo, John Mulaney, and Da'Vine Joy Randolph

Even though this Shrek universe film came out during the holidays, word-of-mouth has made this animated adventure one of the sleeper hits of the new year. It follows Puss as he embarks an epic journey to restore the eight lives he's lost by finding the mythical Last Wish.

'House Party'

Release Date: January 13, 2023

Starring: Jacob Latimore, Tosin Cole, Karen Obilom

In this remake of the 1990 cult classic, two best friends and out-of-work house cleaners decide to throw a party at their former client's house for some quick cash. The owner of the mega-mansion? LeBron James.

'You People'

Release Date: January 27, 2023

Starring: Jonah Hill, Eddie Murphy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lauren London, David Duchovny

Co-written by Jonah Hill and boasting an all-star cast, You People features a new couple—Ezra, a white, Jewish broker, and Amira, a Black Muslim woman—who face cultural challenges when they try to get to know each other's parents in advance of their wedding.

'Your Place or Mine'

Release Date: February 10, 2023

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Ashton Kuther, Wesley Kimmel, Rebecca Bloom, Tig Notaro, Zoe Chao, and Jesse Williams

Rom-com legends Witherspoon and Kutcher play a pair of long-distance best friends who've known each other for 20 years. When LA-based Debbie decides to pursue a lifelong dream, NYC-based Peter offers to keep an eye on their teenage son. The life swap brings a ton of change into each of their lives, and also brings up some dormant romantic tension.

'We Have a Ghost'

Release Date: February 24, 2023

Starring: Jahi Winston, David Harbour, Anthony Mackie, Erica Ash, Ariel Yasmine, Tig Notaro, and Jennifer Coolidge

This Netflix comedy puts a new spin on haunted houses, when the family that moves into the creepiest house on the block posts a video of its resident spirit online. As youngest kid Kevin (Winston) befriends ghost Ernest (Harbour) and helps him learn the truth behind his murder, the video's viral fame brings CIA ghost-hunters to the family's door.

'Cocaine Bear'

Release Date: February 24, 2023

Starring: Keri Russell, Margo Martindale, Ray Liotta, Alden Ehrenreich, O’Shea Jackson Jr., and Jesse Tyler Ferguson

In case you've yet to hear about this wild thriller-comedy, it's about a bear who gets high on cocaine that's been dumped in the woods and goes on a killing spree (loosely based on a real story (opens in new tab)). While the bear torments a small Georgia town, a group of kids, criminals, and tourists work  together to take him down.


Release Date: March 10, 2023

Starring: Woody Harrelson, Ernie Hudson, Madison Tevlin, Kevin Iannucci, Ashton Gunning, Kaitlin Olson, and Cheech Marin

This sports dramedy follows Marcus (Harrelson), a washed-up basketball coach who's just been fired from the minor-leagues. When he's assigned a community service order to manage a team of players with intellectual disabilities, he learns how to emotionally connect with his players with the goal of playing in the Special Olympics finals.

'Chang Can Dunk'

Release Date: March 10, 2023

Starring: Bloom Li, Zoey Renee, Ben Wang, Chase Liefeld, and Dexter Darden

In this heartwarming teen comedy, basketball-loving Chang makes a bet with the school's point-guard Matt: In 10 weeks, he’ll dunk on a regulation 10-foot net. At stake is a mint-condition Charizard card, the respect of Chang's peers, and everything he thinks he knows about his loved ones and himself.

'Murder Mystery 2'

Release Date: March 31, 2023

Starring: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Adeel Akhtar, Mark Strong, Mélanie Laurent, and Jodie Turner-Smith

In this sequel to the 2019 comedy, couple Nick and Audrey Spitz are now struggling full-time detectives trying to get their private eye agency off the ground. Trouble follows the pair during their trip to celebrate the wedding of the Maharaja (Adeel Akhtar), when the groom is kidnapped for ransom and each guest, family member, and even the bride becomes a suspect.


Release Date: April 14, 2023

Starring: Nicolas Hoult and Nicolas Cage

Quitting a horrible job is bad enough, but imagine if your boss was literally Dracula? This horror (opens in new tab)-comedy follows the Prince of Darkness' assistant Renfield as he tries to explore a life outside of the vampire's shadow.

'A Tourist's Guide to Love'

Release Date: April 21, 2023

Starring: Rachael Leigh Cook, Scott Ly, Missi Pyle, Ben Feldman, Glynn Sweet, Quinn Trúc Trần, and Nsưt Lê Thiện

A travel executive (Cook) reeling from an unexpected breakup accepts an assignment to learn about the tourist industry in Vietnam. Along the way, she finds adventure and romance with her expat tour guide (Ly) as they explore the country outside the guidebook.

'Love Again'

Release Date: May 12, 2023

Starring: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sam Heughan, and Celine Dion

Mira Ray (Chopra Jonas), a woman who's grieving the death of her fiancé, begins sending messages to his old cell phone number, not knowing it's been reassigned. The new owner, journalist Rob (Heughan) becomes captivated with the texts and enlists the superstar he's profiling (Dion) to help him meet Mira in person.

'The Little Mermaid'

Release Date: May 26, 2023

Starring: Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Javier Bardem, Melissa McCarthy, Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina, and Noma Dumezweni

The highly-anticipated live-action musical is finally arriving this Memorial Day, with Bailey playing the iconic red-headed songstress.


Release Date: June 9, 2023

Starring: Will Ferrell, Isla Fisher, Jamie Foxx, Randall Park, and Will Forte

We don't know much about this comedy, but its premise—an abandoned dog teams up with other strays to get revenge on his former owner—and its absolutely stacked cast means it's a comedy to look out for.


Release Date: June 16, 2023

Starring: Mamoudou Athie and Leah Lewis

Pixar's next film that's determined to make us feel all the things is set in Element City, where fire, water, land, and air residents live together. The story follows quick-witted and fiery Ember (Lewis), whose friendship with laid-back, water resident Wade (Athie) challenges her beliefs about the world they live in.

'Asteroid City'

Release Date: June 22, 2023

Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Jeffrey Wright, Hope Davis, Maya Hawke, Matt Dillon, Steve Carell, Tony Revolori, and Margot Robbie

Wes Anderson's latest dramedy will follow the residents of the 1950s desert town Asteroid City, where a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention is interrupted by world-changing events.

'No Hard Feelings'

Release Date: June 23, 2023

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Morales, Scott MacArthur, Matthew Broderick, Laura Benanti, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Jordan Mendoza, and Andrew Barth Feldman

After stretching her comedy muscles in Don't Look Up, Lawrence will star in this R-rated comedy as a "ne’er-do-well" who is hired by a rich couple to befriend their socially awkward kid.

'Joy Ride'

Release Date: July 7, 2023

Starring: Ashley Park, Sherry Cola, Stephanie Hsu, Sabrina Wu, Desmond Chiam, and Ronny Chieng

This raunchy buddy comedy from Crazy Rich Asians co-writer Adele Lim follows small-town besties Audrey (Ashley Park) and Lolo (Sherry Cola) as they travel to Beijing and get into countless drug-fueled and K-pop inspired antics.


Release Date: July 21, 2023

Starring: Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Will Ferrell, Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, Hari Nef, Simu Liu, Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa, Michael Cera, America Ferrera, and Helen Mirren

Plot details on Greta Gerwig's highly-anticipated film are mostly under wraps, besides this intriguing summary: "To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you're a Ken."

'They Cloned Tyrone'

Release Date: July 21, 2023

Starring: Jamie Foxx, John Boyega, Teyonah Parris, David Alan Grier, J. Alphonse Nicholson, and Kiefer Sutherland

This sci-fi mystery follows an unlikely trio as they investigate a government conspiracy. If there doesn't seem to be a lot of comedy in that description, then just watch Foxx and Parris in the hilarious teaser.

'Next Goal Wins'

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Release Date: September 22, 2023

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Elisabeth Moss, Will Arnett, and Rhys Darby

This comedy from Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is based on the true story (opens in new tab) of the famously-terrible American Samoa soccer team, best known for losing a 2001 FIFA match, 31-0. Hoping to improve their team, they hire an unorthodox new coach (Fassbender).

'Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget'

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Release Date: November 10, 2023

Starring: Thandiwe Newton, Zachary Levi, Bella Ramsey, Imelda Staunton, and Jane Horrocks

The stop-motion animated classic is getting a sequel 23 years after the original, following the continued misadventures of chickens Ginger (Thandiwe Newton) and charming Rocky (Zachary Levi).

'A Family Affair'

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Release Date: November 17, 2022

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, Joey King, Liza Koshy, and Kathy Bates

This rom-com follows the comic triangle between ambitious Zara (King), her widowed mother (Kidman) and her narcissistic movie star boss Chris Cole (Efron). When Zara finally decides to quit, she discovers her attempt to cut ties with her boss didn't work, since he's started dating her mom.


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Release Date: November 22, 2022

Starring: Ariana DeBose and Alan Tudyk

Disney's next animated musical will star Oscar winner DeBose as a girl named Asha, who's involved in an origin story of sorts for the Disney universe's "wishing star."


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Release Date: December 15, 2023

Starring: Timothée Chalamet Keegan-Michael Key, Rowan Atkinson, Olivia Colman, Sally Hawkins, Jim Carter, Matt Lucas, Calah Lane, and Natasha Rothwell

Chalamet will play a young Willy Wonka in this musical(!) prequel about the legendary Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chocolatier.

'The Out-Laws'

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Release Date: TBD

Starring: Adam DeVine, Pierce Brosnan, Ellen Barkin, Nina Dobrev, Michael Rooker, Poorna Jagannathan, Julie Hagerty, Richard Kind, Lil Rel Howery, and Blake Anderson

Owen (Devine) is a straight-laced bank manager about to marry the love of his life (Dobrev). When his bank is held up by the infamous Ghost Bandits on the week of his wedding, he believes his future in-laws (played by Bronson and Barkin), who just arrived in town, are the outlaws.

'Red, White, and Royal Blue'

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Release Date: TBD

Starring: Zakhar Perez, Nicholas Galitzine, Uma Thurman, Clifton Collins Jr., and Stephen Fry

This year we're getting an adaptation of excellent rom-com of the same name by Casey McQuiston (if you haven't read it yet, order it now and thank me later). When Alex Claremont-Diaz, the charming son of the President of the United States, and Prince Henry of England's feud hits the tabloids, the two are forced to fake a friendship, but things get complicated when forced amicability prompted by diplomacy slowly blooms into love.

'Love at First Sight'

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Release Date: TBD

Starring: Haley Lu Richardson, Ben Hardy, Jameela Jamil, Rob Delaney, Dexter Fletcher, and Sally Phillips

Jennifer E. Smith’s novel The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is getting a Netflix adaptation this year, with Richardson and Hardy playing Hadley and Oliver, strangers who begin to fall for each other on their flight from New York to London. When they're separated after landing, the probability of ever finding each other again seems impossible, but their love may have a chance at defying the odds.

'Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley'

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Release Date: TBD

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Paul Reiser, Bronson Pinchot, Taylour Paige, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

This reboot of Murphy's famed action franchise has been in the works for nearly a decade. Now we're finally getting Axel Foley's return, as he teams up with his estranged daughter (Paige) and her detective ex (Gordon-Levitt) to investigate a conspiracy involving deadly cartels and the Beverly Hills Police.

'Family Leave'

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Release Date: TBD

Starring: Jennifer Garner, Ed Helms, Emma Myers, Brady Noon, Rita Moreno, Bashir Salahuddin, Xosha Roquemore, Paul Scheer, and Pete Holmes

In this body-swap comedy, the whole family (made up of mom Garner, dad Helms, daughter Myers and son Noon) goes through a Freaky Friday situation on the morning of the most important day of each of their lives, as they unite to land a promotion, college interview, record deal and soccer tryout.

Quinci LeGardye
Contributing Culture Editor

Quinci LeGardye is a Contributing Culture Editor who covers TV, movies, Korean entertainment, books, and pop culture. When she isn’t writing or checking Twitter, she’s probably watching the latest K-drama or giving a concert performance in her car.