Tales From A Hungry Life

July 24, 2015

15 Fun Movie Night Flicks

by Maria Schulz

It’s summertime, and you know what that means: it’s time to kick off your shoes, bask in the sun, swim all day and party all night.

Unless, of course, it’s a hundred degrees out and you’re exhausted from working all day. Then you get to work in an office that’s got HVAC problems, and that means you’re either in a puddle of sweat for most of the day, or it’s so cold it could make a Yeti cry.

Too hot

Too hot

Some days, I come home so exhausted that all I can do is lay in front of the boob tube. But then, I flick through the channels (there are a million more than we ever had growing up) and discover that there’s NOTHING WORTH WATCHING ON ANY OF THEM!

When this happens to me, I turn to mindless comedies. Here’s a list of my favorite Summer veg-out picks that will lift you up whenever you want to laugh—and never, ever have to think too hard.

horrible bosses

  1. Horrible Bosses: the title alone made me want to watch this movie, and it did not disappoint. Three friends stuck in awful jobs with creeps for bosses decide to work together to get rid of them. It’s like the Godfather, only with 3 idiots who couldn’t hurt a fly. This one was a riot. Looking forward to watching Horrible Bosses 2 soon!
  1. Borat: I defy you to watch this truly stupid movie and not laugh once. It’s absolutely, scientifically impossible!
Great for date night

Great for date night

  1. There’s Something About Mary: the early zipper fiasco on Prom night sets the stage for the entire movie, and the hair gel scene keeps it going. Matt Dillon is hysterical as the double-crossing PI a.k.a. “Chompers.”
"Don't call me Shirley."

“Don’t call me Shirley.”

  1. Airplane! You should probably watch Airport with Dean Martin in order to double your pleasure while watching this campy send-up of the airplane disaster movie genre. You can call me crazy. Just don’t call me Shirley!
  1. Dumb & Dumber: Harry and Lloyd are two morons on a mission: to return a briefcase to a beautiful woman who lost it. Except she didn’t lose it—it was ransom for her kidnapped husband! Now they’ve got hitmen and cops on their trail, but thankfully, they’re too stupid to notice. To Aspen these two yahoos go! Is this movie idiotic? Yes! Will you laugh out loud more than once? Yes!

Easy Money

  1. Easy Money: Rodney Dangerfield is a no-good bum who wishes his mother-in-law were dead. But be careful what you wish for—once the old bag dies, he can only inherit her millions if he straightens out his act. Not even Rodney thinks he can do it! Crass, hilarious, and silly good fun.
  1. Back to School: Where was Thornton Mellon when I was in college? Rodney Dangerfield makes going back to school fun, fun, fun. When he tries to ask his English professor out on a date, she turns him down because she has class that night and the next. “Well, call me sometime when you’ve got no class,” Thornton replies. (Gold, Rodney. GOLD!)
I'm in a glass case of emotion

I’m in a glass case of emotion

  1. Anchorman: Will Ferrell is Ron Burgandy, an over-the-top 1970s TV anchorman with ridiculous sideburns and cheesy polyester suits. His signature sign-off line is “You keep it classy, San Diego.” My favorite scenes: the street fight between all TV anchormen (watch out for the PBS boys—they fight dirty, and one of them is carrying a mace) and Ron’s telephone booth call to his co-worker after a run-in with a demented motorcyclist (played by Jack Black).
  1. The 40 Year Old Virgin: is this movie crude? Yes. Is it filled with bad language and salty guy humor? Yes. Does it have a really sweet underlying story and hilarious jokes? Yes and yes. Steve Carrell is the most believable character in a plot that never should’ve held water. Favorite scene: speed dating with GYNA.

Wedding_crashers_poster

  1. The Wedding Crashers: Rule #1: Never leave a fellow crasher behind. That’s the rule that gets two big lugs in trouble as they follow the bride’s family home to their Kennebunkport-like mansion for the wackiest after-wedding party ever. From over-sexed relatives to a truly vile grandmother and a priest that just can’t keep a secret, this movie was a scream.
  1. The Blues Brothers: yes, that’s me you can hear roaring with laughter from the moment this movie starts. Jake and Elroy are on a mission from God to save the orphanage they grew up in. So many laughs: the nun with the yardstick; a demented, revenge-seeking ex-girlfriend (Carrie Fisher was hysterical); RAWHIDE! Plus cameos by music legends including Ray Charles (who can really handle a shot gun), Aretha Franklin, Scatman Cruthers, and more. It’s one of the few SNL skits that became a movie that I actually like.
Party on, Garth

Party on, Garth

  1. Wayne’s World: Okay, so here’s another SNL skit-turned movie that never fails to crack me up. So stupid it’s sheer genius. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll hurl!
  1. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle: When it comes to mindless comedy, this one’s hard to beat. There are so many hilarious, stupid bits in this movie that you will laugh a lot. Just remember: leave your thinking caps at the door.

Detroit Rock City

  1. Detroit Rock City: this is actually the movie that inspired me to write this list in the first place. The year is 1979. Four band mates and best buds want nothing more than to go to see KISS in concert in Detroit. But a few things are standing in their way: high school; a religious fanatic mom; no tickets; and no way to get there. Their quest to rock out to KISS Live is hilarious. From disco “stellas” to ticket burnings in the name of denying Satan, to a hallucinating priest, this movie will have you rooting for these four idiots—even if you hate KISS!

flair

  1. Office Space: Even if you’ve never worked in a place that: forces you to be “edgy” by requiring you to wear 36 pieces of flair, and then gets mad because you’re not wearing more than 36 pieces; you’ve never had a soul-crushing desk job; you’ve never had a boss who lives to make your life an unending misery; you’ve never been subjected to the culling horror of lay-offs…this movie will crack you up with its spot-on portrayal of corporate life. You’ll find plenty to laugh about as you recognize the pettiness, pointless meetings, and drudgery that make up Office Space…and the many characters allowed to roam free there.

Recipe:

POPCORN!

Here are 30 great recipes for popcorn—so you can get your popcorn fix in a multitude of ways!

Get your popcorn here!

Get your popcorn here!

So, Hungry Lifers: what’s your favorite comedy? What do you do after a long day, when it’s too hot to venture out? What’s your favorite movie-time snack? Please leave a comment and let us all know. Thanks!

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12 Comments »

  1. blazing saddles, the money pit and league of their own “there’s no crying in baseball”

    Comment by diane — July 24, 2015 @ 8:34 am | Reply

    • Those are all great choices! I just had A League of Their Own in my hands the other night. Great minds think alike.

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — July 24, 2015 @ 8:59 am | Reply

  2. How about Its a mad mad world or pink panthers shot in the dark. Anything with the Marx brothers… Don’t forget Cary Grant in Bringing Up Baby, bachelor and bobby socker.

    Comment by Bobby — July 24, 2015 @ 10:48 am | Reply

  3. Rodney (No Respect) is always funny. Too bad he’s dead. My favorite this summer is not a movie but I just discovered “The Big Bang Theory”. I still watch the Seinfeld reruns even though I know the lines better than the character actors. I guess that’s why I am addicted to the reruns of “The Big Bang Theory” because I don’t know the lines. Strangely enough I relate to all the characters although I was never like then at all. But we guys all know the feeling of rejection by someone who is far above you, at least in your mind. My saving grace is that someone in my life stooped down long ago and lifted me up just like Penny does. But we guys also like to think we are better than everyone even though we know we probably are worse. And we guys like to hang out in packs, like dogs, not wolves although the most aggressive choose wolves. But we like to be petted on the head sometimes as we show our fealty. I may even like them (“Big Bang”) in the Wintertime as I do now in the Summertime. Laughing is always good! .

    Comment by Bglou — July 24, 2015 @ 3:08 pm | Reply

    • Rodney lives on in those comedies I always enjoy. The Big Bang Theory is great TV, but some nights I need an uninterrupted dose of laughter. Come on, there must be a movie you can suggest!

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — July 24, 2015 @ 3:27 pm | Reply

  4. Dirty Dancing! I also caught High Anxiety a few months ago – hilarious. Great idea to turn popcorn into a recipe since there are so many ways to make it unique. I’m coming to your house for a movie fest.

    Comment by lisasafran — July 25, 2015 @ 9:22 am | Reply

  5. Maria, I agree with most of your picks, but some I haven’t seem due to me hating the actors in them. One movie I remember howling at in the movie theater was Sister Act. Bad Grandpa is another one that is along the lines of Borat. Hall Pass had a few scenes that were off the wall (and if you saw it you all know what I mean).

    Comment by Tony Lagalante — July 29, 2015 @ 1:57 pm | Reply

    • If the title is as promising as I think it is, Bad Grandpa should be totally non-PC…and completely hilarious!

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — July 29, 2015 @ 2:06 pm | Reply

  6. Young Frankenstein, Caddy Shack, The Hollywood Knights, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, This is Spinal Tap…the list goes on and on…

    Comment by John Wagner — August 16, 2015 @ 12:33 pm | Reply

    • These are all great picks! I actually had a couple of these on the list–I love YF and This is Spinal Tap. Great minds think alike!

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — August 16, 2015 @ 12:37 pm | Reply


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