Quirky comedies: you either love them or hate them. Irreverent, madcap and quite often deeply poignant, there is no other genre that touches on such emotional subjects in an often hilarious manner. If you’re just getting into the quirkiness though, never fear – handily, Netflix has a great selection of quirky movies to tickle your funny bones.
With Noah Baumbach flick While We’re Young hitting cinemas this week, here are some of the quirkiest comedies available to stream on Netflix UK right now.
Aspiring songwriter Jon (Domnhall Gleeson) realises the world of touring and music may not be all he imagined it to be when he accepts an opportunity to join an experimental pop band fronted by a man in a papier-mache mask. Featuring a brilliant turn from Michael Fassbender as the titular frontman, and stellar direction from Lenny Abrahamson, this quirky, endearing and at times quite touching rock drama is well-worth adding to the Netflix queue.
Frances Ha (2012)
Like a classic Woody Allen flick picked up and transported to the 21st century, Frances Ha is a brilliantly funny commentary on modern life and all its ups and downs. From quirky-comedy auteur Noah Baumbach comes this black and white feature, which follows the tale of a big-dreaming New Yorker who throws herself into life – despite being constantly knocked back in pursuit of her dreams. Frances Ha is both poignant and charming, and features a wonderful turn from writer and star Greta Gerwig.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
The film that truly announced the arrival of the King of Quirk: director Wes Anderson. Armed with an all-star cast including Gene Hackman, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow and Bill Murray, The Royal Tenenbaums is classica Anderson in both style and substance. A dysfunctional family of child prodigies must reunite under the same roof when their rich father (Hackman) reveals he is terminally ill. As with all Anderson outings, The Royal Tenenbaums succeeds in bringing a smile to your face despite covering some fairly dark and raw aspects of the human condition.
It’s Such A Beautiful Day (2012)
This feature-length animation unites the previously released short films of Academy award-winning illustrator turned director Don Hertzfeldt into one single whole. Brilliantly animated in stick-figure style, It’s Such a Beautiful Day follows the character of Bill, a disillusioned every-man who attempts to live life to the fullest after discovering he is terminally ill. Wholly and hilariously absurd while also being deeply-moving, this relatively unknown film stands out as one of the best features of 2012.
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)
Nick O’Leary (Michael Cera) is your typical awkward high schooler, Member of the Queercore rock band The Jerk Offs, he isn’t one of the most popular kids on the playground. But Nick’s life gets turned upside down when he meets Norah, who asks him the pretend to be her boyfriend to avoid some seedy guys in the crowd. A contemporary romantic comedy with a heart-warming soul, hilarious moments of teen-awkwardness we can all revel in and a fantastic soundtrack to boot make Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist a solid addition to your Watch Later list.
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