Amidst the outbreak of COVID-19, many of us are increasingly reliant on movies to quell growing anxieties. This list of comedies directed by underrepresented creators working in a variety of subgenres is here to help you choose your next escape, whether it be to the nightclubs of PARTY GIRL or to the Colombian island of BAD LUCKY GOAT. All available for free online, these films offer the laughs we all need to stay sane and push on.

1. BOY

Director: Taika Waititi

Streaming on Kanopy and Vudu

2. BAD LUCKY GOAT

Director: Samir Oliveros

Streaming on Kanopy

3. THE LOVE WITCH

Director: Anna Biller

Streaming on Kanopy and Vudu

4. HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE

Director: Robert Townsend

Streaming on PlutoTV, Tubi, and Vudu.

5. THE WATERMELON WOMAN

Director: Cheryl Dunye

Streaming on Kanopy

6. BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER

Director: Jamie Babbit

Streaming on Tubi and Vudu

7. MY SASSY GIRL

Director: Kwak Jae-Yong

Streaming on Kanopy

8. DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN

Director: Susan Seidelman

Streaming on Tubi and Vudu

9. TORTILLA SOUP

Director: Maria Ripoll

Streaming on Kanopy, Vudu, and YouTubeTV

10. PARTY GIRL

Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer

Streaming on PopcornFlix, Tubi, and Vudu

Catalina Rojter


Catalina Rojter is a Los Angeles based film programmer, filmmaker, and journalist whose work focuses on creating and disseminating diverse alternatives to mainstream film and new media.

Twitter: @catalinawho

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