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Best Comedy Movies on Netflix for People Who Hate Stupid Comedy

If you’re not a fan of Dumb and Dumber, struggle to get through the entirety of Dude, Where’s My Car? (even if you like Ashton Kutcher) and can’t fathom why anyone would willingly watch a Jackass movie, then you’ve likely come to the right place. If you appreciate a comedy movie that mixes heart with humor – all while offering a strong narrative arc – you’ve come to the right place.

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Actors Hailee Steinfeld (left) and Hayden Szeto in a scene from the film ‘The Edge of Seventeen’, 2016 | Photo by Murray Close/Getty Images

While there are many strong comedy movies on Netflix, this list will attempt to highlight a few that are, first and foremost, far from the “stupid comedy” realm, and secondly, enjoyable movies with solid characterization and engaging plotlines.

‘Burn After Reading’ (2008)

Burn After Reading is best classified as a comedy-thriller. The story follows gym employees Linda and Chad after a secret disc containing the memoirs of a former CIA operative winds up in their hands. They see the disc as presenting an opportunity to have life-changing cosmetic surgery performed; however, as you would expect, things don’t go as smoothly as planned.

The movie stars Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, George Clooney, Frances McDormand, and Tilda Swinton. The gym owners, despite being completely outlandish, are convincingly portrayed, as they are entrusted to two Oscar winners: McDormand and Pitt. The film is a witty black comedy that  – despite its screwball nature – manages to steer clear of Pineapple Express territory. With so many impressive cast members jumping to work on this project, it’s no surprise that it was such a critical success.

‘The Edge of Seventeen’ (2016)

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