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The 7 Best Queer Comedies of 2022

The 7 Best Queer Comedies of 2022

Fire Island, Do Revenge, Bros
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We dare you not to ROTFL at some point during these standout LGBTQ+ films.

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Sometimes you’ve just gotta laugh. Fortunately, 2022 was a high-output year for the makers of feature-length queer comedies, and there’s just about enough time left to fit viewing them in under the wire. Forget ringing; laughing in the new year isn’t a bad thing. Thankfully, none of these films are, either.

All of these flicks are very humorous, but some are in different, perhaps more subtle, ways. Translation: There’s something sure to make anyone LOL, so take a look and prepare for the funny.

1. Bros

Billy Eichner and Luke MacFarlane star in this riotously funny boy-meets-boy-but-will-they-get-it-together tale from director Nicholas Stoller, best known for Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to The Greek, which, like Bros, were also produced by the notorious funnyman Judd Apatow. The main cast, which is mainly LGBTQ+, does a great job of intersecting with Eichner and MacFarlane’s romance in ways that make for a journey that’s both sweet and so, so dirty.

2. Fire Island

This modernized (and relocated) take on Pride and Prejudice isn’t just guffaw-level funny, it’s also rife with queer and AAPI inclusivity. Written by and starring Joel Kim Booster, the film sees his character, Noah, joining fellow out actor Bowen Yang’s Howie along with their cadre of BFFs for their annual week getaway on Fire Island — which turns out will be their last. What they make of it is the stuff of cult-status comedy cinema and a definite can’t-miss.

3. Everything Everywhere All At Once

Trying to describe everything that transpires in this ostensibly science-fiction flick would take, well, two hours and 19 minutes. And even then it might not make sense. What you need to know is that this film, from the Daniels, tells the madcap multiversal story of what happens after Stephanie Hsu’s Joy, out daughter of Michelle Yeoh’s Evelyn and Ke Huy Quan’s Wayman Wang, tries to introduce her girlfriend to her grandfather Gong Gong (James Hong). Often veering into the absurd, it’ll have you laughing because it’s funny, but also because it can be really tense and uncomfortable in the stupidest ways.

4. Anything's Possible

This coming-of-age drama might look unassuming, but it’s flat-out funny at times and pitch-perfect thanks to the multi-talented artist Billy Porter, who made his directorial debut with the film. It follows trans high school girl Kelsa (played by trans actor Eva Reign) who’s being crushed on hard by fellow student Khal (Abubakr Ali), although he’s nervous to ask her out. How and if he actually does it provides the backdrop for some amusing scenarios.

5. Crush

The out writers of Crush, Kirsten King and Casey Rackham, wanted to craft a queer teen rom-com without the standard coming out storyline, and the result, directed by Sammi Cohen in her feature length debut, works just fine without it, If anything, it enables queer stars Rowan Blanchard (Girl Meets World), Auli'i Cravalho (Moana), and Isabella Ferreira (Love, Victor) to go different places in their high school love triangle, all of them heartwarming and/or hilarious.

6. Do Revenge

Camila Mendes and out actor Maya Hawke star as Drea and Eleanor, two high schoolers who form a pact to “do revenge” against their respective bullies Strangers on a Train-style. Unlike the other teen films being recommended, this one, from Sweet/Vicious creator Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, is squarely in dark comedy territory. Its leads are at once humorous and complex, making it stand out from the YA norm.

7. My Fake Boyfriend

In a last-ditch effort to dissuade an annoying ex, out actor Keiynan Lonsdale (Divergent, The Flash), as Andrew, takes advice from his best friend, Jake (Dylan Sprouse), to create a fake, catfish-style boyfriend on social media. What could go wrong? How about everything, when the “boyfriend” he creates, Cristiano, explodes on social media along with their relationship. With all eyes on him, Andrew meets his true person in restaurateur Rafi (Samer Salem), and must find a way to break up with his now ultra-famous (yet non-existent) boyfriend in order to find true love. As you can imagine, this story is a balancing act of new, true love and a scorned ex, the combination of which leads to lots of laughs along the way.

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Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.

Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.