Stupid comedies allow primal laughs to reign
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February, while a short month, can seem like a long, dark, path to hell (except it’s cold). Maybe you are just experiencing a mild case of the winter blues, or maybe it’s clinical. Whatever—who isn’t at least a little off their game at this point in the year? As your grandmother (or was it Tom Cruise?) used to say back in the days when depression wasn’t an illness: It’s time to turn that frown upside down, people.
At times like these, watching seriously stupid comedies can be just the thing to feel a tiny bit better for between 86 and 98 minutes. And that can mean the difference between life and an embarrassingly drunken call to your ex. So put the phone down, put your feet up, and grab a box of tissues to wipe away those tears of laughter. Harebrained schemes? Pointless violence? Ridiculous accidents? Ill-advised machismo? General absurdity? Yep, it's covered. Don’t worry, no one’s watching. Enjoy.
Step Brothers, 2008
Premise: Two middle-aged slacker/loser men who continue to live at home find themselves suddenly forced to share their toys and their rooms when their parents marry.
Funny bits: Both brothers, played by Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, suffer from house-wrecking bouts of sleepwalking. Reilly’s Dale has an elaborate drum kit that he forbids Ferrell’s Brennan from touching. Well, what’s Brennan to do but drop trou and tea-bag a cymbal? One of the funniest bits, however, doesn’t involve the above-mentioned brothers at all, but rather Adam Scott, who plays Derek, Brennan’s successful and severely anal brother. On a drive, Derek and his family have a hilarious sing-along that nearly ends in tragedy.
Hot Rod, 2007
Premise: A slacker (Why are slackers so funny, anyway?), played by Andy Samberg, aims to impress the girl next door (Isla Fisher) and gain respect from his friends, enemies, and stepfather (Ian McShane) by doing pseudo-Evel Knievel stunts atop an old moped.
Funny bits: Stunts atop a moped? Come on, that’s awesome! And stupid! And filled with hilarious crashes—much better than watching real fools really get hurt on YouTube. The scene of furious dancing in the forest that ends up with an epic tumble down various terrains also is “cool beans.” And we whill not, we whill not forget how hard we laughed when whiskey whas used as the safe whord.
Blades Of Glory, 2007
Premise: Two disgraced, banned men's Olympic figure skaters (Will Ferrell and Jon Heder) team up in order to bypass the rules and re-enter competition as a pairs team while battling evil rivals (Amy Poehler and Will Arnett).
Funny bits: Each and every intimate turn, lift, and jump—especially the lifts—are hilarious as the rowdy, sex-addicted Chazz Michael Michaels (Ferrell) and innocent, delicate Jimmy MacElroy (Heder) attempt their joint comeback. A life-or-death chase scene while wearing ice skates is also priceless.
The Cable Guy, 1996
Premise: A disturbed cable guy, Chip Douglas (Jim Carrey), just wants to be friends with his customers. But as Steven Kovacs (Matthew Broderick) discovers, Chip can be your best friend or your worst enemy.
Funny bits: As always, Jim Carrey showcases hilarious athletic feats of comedy as he plays an uber-competitive game of basketball and gets completely absorbed in the dinner-theater that is Medieval Times. The intense karaoke jam also will leave you gasping and a tad uncomfortable as Chip and his equally bizarre “friends” perform.
Undercover Brother, 2002
Premise: “The Man” tries to sabotage a Colin Powell-type presidential candidate (played by Billy Dee Williams), so a hip and hilarious group of secret agents revel in ridiculous stereotypes to save the day. Stars Eddie Griffin as Undercover Brother, Dave Chappelle as Conspiracy Brother, Denise Richards as White She-Devil, and Aunjanue Ellis as Sistah Girl.
Funny bits: A slo-mo golf cart chase that ends in an explosion, Undercover Brother’s smooth Cadillac driving, and countless spy gadget gags will keep you in stitches.