Ever the comedic geniuses, The Lonely Island crew earned a great deal of attention for their film Hot Rod, and rightfully so. Andy Samberg plays Rod Kimball, a man-child and hopeful stuntman who is determined to use his "talents" to help his stepfather afford his medical care, with the help of his equally dimwitted friends.
Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig make a truly potent combination. Their monochrome comedy Frances Ha delivers a satisfying story of the titular dancer’s struggle to breakthrough and reach the next stage of her life as she moves from apartment to apartment in New York City.
Rushmore is a dryly hilarious coming-of-age tale as only Wes Anderson could create. Jason Schwartzman makes his feature film debut as Max Fischer, a private school attendee on the strength of a play he wrote as a child. The perennial outcast, he befriends a peer’s father (Bill Murray), attempts to woo a teacher and even gets expelled.
Not only is Clueless one of the best adaptations of one of Jane Austen’s novels, it is also an essential coming-of-age comedy. Alicia Silverstone’s Cher Horowitz is a well to do high schooler in Beverly Hills who loves to play matchmaker with her fellow students. However, she soon realizes that her latest protege, Tai (Brittany Murphy) will force her to learn more about herself than she anticipated.
Superbad is often the standards against which every other coming-of-age comedy after it is compared. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s deeply honest and endlessly quotable story of two teens (Jonah Hill and Michael Cera) who hope to impress their respective crushes by supplying booze for their party is somehow both idiosyncratic and broadly relatable. It remains vital more than a decade later.