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.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: 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!
- Borat: I defy you to watch this truly stupid movie and not laugh once. It’s absolutely, scientifically impossible!
- 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.”
- 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!
- 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: 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.
- 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!)
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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: 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!
- 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.
Here are 30 great recipes for popcorn—so you can get your popcorn fix in a multitude of ways!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!