Our friends are unfortunately M.I.A. during this quarantine. Although Zoom hangouts are a thing, we’re more distant from them than ever. Nothing beats a classic hang in your sacrificial homie’s house or doing spontaneous shit with your kinfolk. Too bad Miss ’Rona ruined whatever 2020 memories you should’ve made with your crew.
There’s a void within us where the power of friendship should be. Fine, we can Zoom with them or slide to their DMs as much as we want, but we miss the IRL platonic intimacy. While we mope in our social distancing circles, we can still fill that void. How? We suppose we can turn our brain off and watch comedies to remind us of what we lost—friendship.
“Eighth Grade” (2018)
Directed by comedian Bo Burnham (yes, that Bo Burnham), this coming-of-age comedy revolves around a socially anxious kid named Kayla who posts videos online regarding self-confidence. She realizes she’s far from her internet persona and this bites her in the ass as she enters eight grade.
“Senior Year” (2010)
Jerrold Tarog’s take on high school life is reflected in “Senior Year.” Set in Catholic school St. Frederick’s Academy, this film follows a group of high school students dealing with hormones and growing pains. As they enter their last year of high school, they try to figure out who they are while juggling college entrance exams and unresolved issues.
“Seoul Searching” (2016)
This teen comedy by Benson Lee is also a period film. Set in the 1980s, we follow a bunch of “gyopos” (Koreans born outside of their motherland) entering a special summer camp to learn about Korean culture. It seems like a wholesome place for teenagers to kick back—except their hormones are on blast and nothing’s stopping them.
“Shaun of the Dead” (2004)
Edgar Wright hit the mainstream with this zombie-buddy comedy. In “Shaun of the Dead,” we’re sucked into the life of an ambitionless salesman named Shaun. He lives a mundane life with his best friend until his world turns upside down with a zombie apocalypse. Now, he must single handedly save his homies and his community from a hoard of the undead.
“What We Do In the Shadows” (2014)
In Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s mockumentary, we fall in love with vampire roommates living in Wellington, New Zealand. We follow their hijinks, unresolved issues with werewolves and their battle against new technology.
“Alex Strangelove” (2018)
This film by Craig Johnson (“Skeleton Twins”) is a roller-coaster journey of sexual identity. On paper, Alex Truelove has the perfect school life: high grades, an amazing girlfriend and a loyal crew. Everything is great until he realizes his virginity is still intact. Losing it shouldn’t be a problem, but when his sweet, confident gay classmate Elliot confesses his crush on him, losing his v-card becomes more complicated than it needs to be.
Jonah Hill goes back to the ’90s for his directorial debut. In “Mid90s,” a 13-year-old juggles his hard family life during summer. It all goes for the better when he meets a new group of friends in a local skate shop.
Olivia Wilde goes off on her directorial debut. In this film, we follow Amy and Molly, two overachieving budding feminists, trying to let loose and have fun before college starts. But things go awry when they go overboard on breaking those rules. Think “Superbad” meets “The Hangover” minus the objectification.
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Still from “Alex Strangelove”