Amazon Studios has been giving viewers excellent original content from talented filmmakers ever since the release of Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq in 2015. After co-distributing prestigious, beloved movies such as Manchester by the Sea and The Big Sick, the company then served as the sole distributor of equally revered movies such as Beautiful Boy and Cold War.
For viewers struggling to find the right movie for their night in, IMDb‘s list of Amazon Prime Original Movies can help. The list collects every movie for which they acted as the sole distributor, and there are a few American, non-musical, comedy films that are sure to please the whole audience.
10 Jolt (2021) – 5.6
While not quite one of Kate Beckinsale’s best films, Jolt is a lot of fun and a fine addition to the actor’s stable of action projects. Furthermore, the film also works as an effective comedy along with enjoyable action.
Beckinsale portrays Lindy Lewis, an ex-bouncer with intermittent explosive disorder, which forces her to burst into a violent rage when triggered just the right way. After a date she liked gets murdered, Lewis goes on a rampage to find the identity of the killer, but she may not feel safe with what she finds.
9 Coming 2 America (2021) – 5.3
Just because Coming 2 America doesn’t hold a candle to the impact of the original film doesn’t mean the Eddie Murphy sequel is devoid of funny quotes.
The narrative again follows Eddie Murphy’s Akeem, once a prince, now a king. In the sequel to the classic John Landis film, Akeem returns to America, not for a bride, but rather to meet a son he sired his first time in the states before he met his future wife.
8 My Spy (2020) – 6.3
Perhaps one of Dave Bautista’s best movies so far, My Spy has the actor following in Jackie Chan, Vin Diesel, and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s footsteps via taking down bad guys with a kid by his side.
In My Spy, Bautista plays JJ, a CIA operative sent to surveil a middle-class family. Unfortunately for JJ, he’s saddled with the family’s youngest: a 9-year-old girl named Sophie (Chloe Coleman, Big Little Lies) who gets on his nerves just as much as whizzing bullets.
7 Late Night (2019) – 6.5
Written by and starring The Office standout Mindy Kaling, Late Night follows Molly, an Indian-American woman brought on by a late-night talk show more or less as a token hire.
Emma Thompson stars as the host of the late-night show, Katherine Newbury, who hires Molly almost exclusively on the basis of fear for her own job. In time, the two make for a great pair, and the late-night show benefits from their collaboration.
6 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) – 6.6
The sequel to the zeitgeist-capturing Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan didn’t capture the box office the way it captured the headlines, but that’s only because it didn’t go straight to theaters. Instead, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm was released on Amazon Prime at the exact right time: the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Just about as funny as the original film, the sequel could have been ruined by Sacha Baron Cohen’s increased notoriety and decreased anonymity, but he disguises himself so well that he gets away with even more dangerous activities. Furthermore, Maria Bakalova is a revelation as his daughter, Tutar Sagdiyev, and she serves as the biggest asset in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm‘s corner.
5 I Want You Back (2022) – 6.6
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Charlie Day and Bob’s Burgers‘ Jenny Slate teamed their unique comedic voices for one of Amazon’s best original films: I Want You Back.
The charming rom-com follows Jenny Slate’s Emma and Charlie Day’s Peter, two people in their 30s who’ve come out of relatively long-term relationships. Now, their exes’ have each found their next love, and Emma and Peter team up to prove to their exes that leaving them was a big mistake. However, the two may find a solution to their dilemma in one another’s arms.
4 Troop Zero (2019) – 6.8
Mckenna Grace (Ghostbusters: Afterlife), the prodigious star who just may be the best of her generation, leads Troop Zero, a ’70s-set comedy co-starring the great Viola Davis, Allison Janney, and Jim Gaffigan.
Grace stars as Christmas Flint, the outcast within her group of girls who spends most of her time dreaming of making it with NASA. Flint is given the opportunity to reach for her dreams when she enters a competition with the Birdie Scouts, a girl scout troop with whom she never saw herself affiliated.
3 The Map Of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) – 6.8
For the most part, The Map of Tiny Perfect Things is a solid but under-the-radar romantic film that took advantage of a trope recently employed by other genre films such as Happy Death Day and the Hulu film Palm Springs. Bolstered by two leads with palpable chemistry, the movie is never anything less than charming.
The film follows Kathryn Newton’s (Blockers) Margaret and Kyle Allen’s (West Side Story) Mark, two teens who fall in love while they’re stuck in a time loop.
2 Brittany Runs A Marathon (2019) – 6.8
After supporting turns in movies such as 22 Jump Street, Jillian Bell finally got her lead role with Brittany Runs a Marathon and she runs away with it. The performer has the charisma and presence to be a lead, and the Amazon film finally proved it.
Bell (Workaholics) stars as a woman who receives some upsetting news from her doctor about her health habits. Now, Brittany takes it upon herself to change things for the better, and she begins training to run the New York City Marathon.
1 Uncle Frank (2020) – 7.3
Written and directed by Alan Ball, the screenwriter for American Beauty as well as the creator of Six Feet Under and True Blood, Uncle Frank is just as poignant as the auteur’s other works.
Uncle Frank follows the titular character, college professor Frank Bledsoe (Paul Bettany), who takes his 18-year-old niece, Beth (Sophia Lillis), on a cross-country journey to his father’s—and her grandfather’s—funeral. Frank harbors a secret that his and Beth’s otherwise conservative family wouldn’t understand, and before long they become the two closest family members of the bunch.
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