You can't go wrong with a movie starring Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling. I adored the workplace comedy Late Night. Katherine Newbury (Thompson) is a seasoned talk show who is being replaced. Molly Patel (Kaling) is a rookie writer who shakes up the status quo in the previously all-white male writers' room. The humor in this 2019 film written by Mindy Kaling was spot on and relevant (rated R).
Living with roommates is hard. Living for hundreds of years with immature, dirty, narcissistic vampire roommates is even worse. What We Do in the Shadows is a hilarious mockumentary (think The Office) focusing on the lives of four vampire housemates living in Staten Island as they try to deal with the changing world and fighting over who has to do the dishes. Things become more complicated when one of their meals is turned into a vampire and brings the modern world even closer.
What We Do in the Shadows (2014, R) is one of my all-time favorite movies, never failing to make me laugh. Each character is more outrageous than the last and the situations they find themselves in, even more so. Director Taika Waititi, who is also a main character, brings a comedic quirk that is hard to explain but irresistible once you experience it.
If you enjoy the movie, check out the new TV show on Hulu by the same name. Arguably even better than the movie, it's not to be missed. You can check out a Roku from our tech takeout for access to Hulu.
The Dude (Jeff Bridges) is a professional slacker who spends his days bowling and drinking white Russians. He lives his life avoiding responsibility and conflict until one day conflict shows up on his doorstep and pees on his rug. After being mistaken for a millionaire with the same name, The Dude sets out to find the other Jeff Lebowski and get him to replace his rug. Millionaire Jeff "The Big Lebowski" is in considerable debt. Soon after The Dude visits his new wife Bunny is kidnapped for ransom. Lebowski manages to convince The Dude to deliver the money in exchange for a large sum of cash that would let him continue his go with the flow lifestyle. It only takes 10 minutes of watching The Dude and his friends to know that it all goes terribly wrong.
The Big Lebowski (1998, rated R) is a cult classic and considered one of the best Joel and Ethan Coen's films. Filled with hilarious situations and quotable lines, it's a go to for a movie night with friends.
In this hilarious and relatable coming-of-age comedy, two academically gifted best friends Molly (Beanie Feldstein) and Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) find themselves at the end of their high school career without having ever partied. After realizing that their peers managed to get into good schools and still enjoy themselves, they set out to prove that they could get down with the best of them. In an attempt to make up for missed time, they try to cram four years of experiences into one chaotic night. Not surprisingly, they are soon in over their heads.
I was impressed with Booksmart. It was much more than the buddy comedy I expected. The cinematography is amazing, the comedy witty, and the characters well rounded and believably flawed. The friendship between the two leads is tangible and made me want to hang out with them, wear fanny packs, and watch documentaries. In today's age where everyone is pressured to constantly do their best, it preaches an idea of balance and self-care. This 2019 film (rated R) is Olivia Wilde's directorial debut, and I'm excited to see what her career will bring.
A charming tour guide (Ian McShane) takes a busload of American tourists on a nine countries in eighteen days European tour. The bus is full of comical personalities, including Samantha Perkins (Suzanne Pleshette) who is seriously trying to find herself on this vacation. The tour guide tries to romance her and change her mind about a number of things. Mix-ups ensue, including one person who gets on the wrong bus.
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium is a throwback to how films were made. Joan Collins, John Cassavetes, Elsa Martinelli, Ben Gazzara, and Norman Fell also appear in the film. It's really a delightfully funny movie.
Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogan) is a goofy yet gifted journalist devoted to exposing the truth. After losing his job when his company is bought out, he finds himself down on his luck with no plan. By chance, he runs into his former babysitter and crush, Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron), who is now Secretary of State with her sights set on the presidency. She's elegant, smart, and professional…everything Fred is not. After learning of his predicament, she hires him to be her speechwriter, despite the objections of everyone on her staff. Although a determinate to her campaign, Fred is helping Charlotte take a step back and enjoy life again.
Long Shot is a twist on the classic rom-com, switching up gender roles and ignoring the classic tropes. While it resembles a classic Seth Rogan film, awkward moments and drugs included, he managed to go beyond his regular cult comedy. Hilarious and heartwarming, Long Shot it a great movie to add to the rom-com rotation.
Released as a motion picture in 2019, rated R
For lighthearted movies featuring a charming mix of comedy, music, and girl power, try Pitch Perfect (2012) and its sequels Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) and Pitch Perfect 3 (2017). In the first film, freshman Beca (Anna Kendrick) reluctantly joins a collegiate acapella group. Heartwarming hilarity ensues. The performances feature catchy music, a range of voices, and a variety of styles.
Each sequel gets more ridiculous, but it is worth going along for the ride. Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson star in all three with Hailee Steinfeld added in the second film. The first two films also feature a pre-Dear Evan Hansen Ben Platt.
If you enjoy the music featured in the films, check out the soundtracks on Hoopla.
Are you looking for some cringe-binge? Finished Parks and Recreation and have a gaping hole in your life? Already seen The Office? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then watching The Office may be right for you!
While the first season starts off a little slow and awkward, it really comes into its own by the end of the season. It's funny, irreverent, and strangely heartwarming. You will laugh, cry, and facepalm along with the characters as each of their stories unfold over its nine seasons.
Check it out today!
When Rachel Chu goes with her boyfriend Nick to a wedding in Singapore, she is in for a myriad of surprises. It turns out that Nick's family is rich, Like...super rich. Everyone in Singapore is gossiping and wanting to know everything about the girl that Nick is dating.
Crazy Rich Asians is based on the 2013 novel by Kevin Kwan. This movie is so wonderful. I loved the acting, the story, the costumes, and the scenery. This is a perfect rom-com and one that I will watch over and over again on DVD.
But in addition to how great it is, it's also a record-breaking movie: the first movie in 25 years starring a majority Asian cast AND it's the highest grossing studio movie rom-com since 2009. I hope that producers and executives take note that people are hugely interested in diverse casts and stories and give us the two sequels to the book.
Versatile actor Bill Murray is primarily known for his comic roles.
- Carl Spackler, the demonic assistant groundskeeper in Caddyshack (1980)
- Peter Venkman, a paranormal investigator in Ghostbusters (1984)
- Bob Wiley, a needy therapy patient in What about Bob? (1991)
- Phil Connors, a TV weatherman in Groundhog Day (1993)
- Vincent, a grumpy next door neighbor who drinks and gambles in St. Vincent (2014)
His comedic talent helped make these movies box office successes. Bill Murray is from the Chicago area and performed in The Second City before starring on Saturday Night Live.
Check out The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg to learn more about the actor.
I can't believe that I missed Wreck-It Ralph when it first premiered in 2012. I am so glad that the sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet came out to remind me to find the original. This is a fantastic comedic adventure that will engage the whole family. Kids will root for Princess Vanellope, who they will likely relate to as she's constantly told "no" and left out of the race. Ralph will make them laugh and gain their support by the end of the movie -- a "bad" guy that everyone loves. Adults will enjoy moments like the bad guy support group meetings and the Diet Coke/mentos mountain -- a chemical reaction that yields some fantastic YouTube videos.
Definitely give this a re-watch before the sequel comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray in February.
I loved this sweet movie for the message it shared, but be warned, it will leave you and your children in tears. Keep a box of tissues nearby! If you love A Dog’s Purpose as much as I did, you’ll find more movies featuring our furry, four-legged friends here.
Seeing the movie in theaters was like attending a giant slumber party where the whole audience was rooting for Simon and cheering. At home, it feels comforting and like a true teen rom-com, you're just hoping it will end with a "happily ever after".
Make sure to check out Love, Simon from the library today.