More so now than ever, we all need a good night in. We also don’t really have a choice… so, we put together a list of five comedy films that are sure to lift your spirits, or just make you belly-laugh until it hurts.
Everyone loves a buddy comedy, right? Two friends coming across issues and facing them together is a staple for comedy – but this movie takes the cake for sure.
We follow Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Nick Frost) on their adventure across America, where they plan to visit all the supernatural and alien-related hotspots (they’re both massive nerds).
On their journey, they come across a very odd situation while taking photos at the Black Mailbox – an alien – and not just an alien, an extra-terrestrial called Paul (Seth Rogan) who speaks perfect English, is fluent in sarcasm and enjoys a smoke.
This film is the absolute gold tier of comedy, as it combines many jokes for the fans of movies such as Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind – and it’s done perfectly.
This film is a definite must-watch for any comedy film night as it’s utterly charming and immensely funny throughout. Rogan’s portrayal of Paul is a perfect example of perfect casting, as it that with Kristen Wiig who plays Ruth; a solid believer who turns to cussing and smoking pot.
We’re The Millers
Some films are exactly what you expect them to be – but not this one. We’re The Millers stars Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Will Poulter and Emma Roberts as the four main characters who find themselves stuck together for a very strange reason.
David (Sudeikis), a drug dealer, is robbed of his massive stash of weed so must go on a mission from a bigger drug dealer called Gurdlinger (Ed Helms), in order to get a big pay-out. He cannot go alone however as he thinks this will raise suspicions…
He talks Rose (Aniston) into coming along as she is close to being evicted from her apartment. Casey (Roberts) is homeless, so tags along for the money. Kenny (Poulter) however… Kenny goes with them because he is just a little bit dumb.
So the ‘happy family’ go to Mexico to grab a load of drugs to bring back to Gurdlinger – and as you may have guessed, they run into some complications…
The comedy in this film generally comes from the fact that based on the title, the idea of four random people pretending to be a family just to smuggle some drugs is not what you had in mind.
If you haven’t seen this film by now we may have to assume you’ve been living under a rock…
Hot Fuzz is another top tier movie, following Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) as he is promoted to Sargeant in the London Police force – but not allowed to stay in London. As his boss says, Angel has been making all the other officers “look bad” as he is just too good at his job.
Angel is forced to relocate to Sanford, where it seems nothing is going on and it is the most boring place on Earth. However, after meeting Danny (Nick Frost) and getting to know the town and its residents, not everything is as it seems…
Hot Fuzz is a simple slapstick comedy that utilises the comedy duo made in heaven. Pegg and Frost are known for their hilarious antics within their movies, so you know when you see their names that you’re in for a good couple hours.
Zombie films have been overdone, you may be thinking. Sorry to tell you that you’re wrong… Zombieland adds a uniquely funny take on the zombie apocalypse.
Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) finds himself at a loss after waking up from a nap to a girl he took in (as she was upset) trying to, well, eat him. Columbus is a bit taken aback by the fact he’s had to kill this girl with a toilet lid, as we all would be.
After some time, Columbus meets Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), who is your typical go-it-alone character, with some added comedy of course. The two team up as they are heading in the same direction, when they come across two sisters.
Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) join the boys after a couple of disagreements…
The pure brilliance of this movie is not to be ignored as yes, zombie movies have been done many times, but none have been done with this perfect cast that simply bounce off one another, or Columbus’ set of rules for survival popping up on screen and becoming part of the film itself. Genius.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Fancy a movie with Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson, a simplistic yet hilarious plot, gunfights and sarcasm? Then you’re more than likely going to love this one.
Reynolds plays Michael Bryce, a once decorated security agent. After one of his clients was murdered, he assumes his girlfriend Amelia (Elodie Young) was the one who got him killed.
So now Bryce seemingly lives in his car and still tries to keep a security business afloat… which is not working. One day he gets a call from Amelia who works for Interpol – she needs his help getting Darius Kincaid (Jackson) from one place to another as he has evidence that can put an evil man in prison.
The movie then follows the two on their journey, all the while they anger each other, get blown up, and use sarcasm as a weapon more so than their guns.
It is such a brilliant idea to put Reynolds and Jackson together as Bryce’s continued annoyance is only furthered by Kincaid’s lack of care regarding the whole situation - and it really is hilarious.
Written by Melissa, who you can follow on Twitter @melissajournal
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