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The Office: Season 3

The Office: Season 3 (2006-2007)
Follow the hilarious antics in a dysfunctional office with idiotic but entertaining regional manager Michael (Steve Carell); loveable prankster Jim (John Krasinski); his fellow prankster and overqualified receptionist Pam (Jenna Fischer); and the unique brownnosing Dwight (Rainn Wilson).

In Season 3, the closing of the Stamford branch gives us Karen Filippelli (Rashida Jones) and Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) – two great additions to the Scranton crew. A new relationship between Jim and Karen has a sad inevitability, as we know from the beginning that Jim is really in love with Pam. Dwight and Angela portray two of the stranger characters on the series, and they manage to make their relationship both hilarious and authentic.

This Emmy Award-winning show encompasses everything that’s not politically correct. The Office works as well as it does by keeping things believable and as natural as possible, even when certain comedic situations approach ludicrous territory.

 


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Wild Hogs

Wild Hogs (2007) PG-13
Have you ever been tired of your life and just wanted to take off for places unknown? Well, sit back and let the Wild Hogs take you on that trip. This is a zany story, filled with stereotypes, slapstick humor, biker wannabes and a cast of characters that work well together. A group of four suburban men (Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy) find themselves looking for adventure on the open road. They encounter a real biker group called the Del Fuegos and the fun begins.
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The More the Merrier

The More the Merrier (1943)
This romantic comedy gets its humor from the real-life situation of the extreme housing shortage that occurred in Washington, D.C. during WWII. Office worker Connie Milligan has a sunny two bedroom apartment she decides for patriotic reasons to rent to a roommate. Funny, eccentric retired millionaire Benjamin Dingle, much to Connie's chagrin insists on renting the room. Mr. Dingle decides that what Connie needs is a nice handsome man, so he rents out half of his room to dreamy sergeant Joe Carter--then does all he can to push Connie and Joe together. This classic stars veteran character actor Charles Coburn and two great but overlooked stars of the '30s and '40s, Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea.

Stranger than Fiction

Stranger than Fiction (2006) PG-13
Will Ferrell is an IRS auditor who basically has no life until he suddenly hears a voice narrating his life. The voice is that of a writer who has made Harold the main character in her novel. As Harold hears his life unfold, he realizes that the author’s intent is to kill off her main character – him! This compels him to change his limited, structured life and even find romance. This is a really funny, charming movie. Will Ferrell plays a character that seems completely alien to most of his other roles. But he is wonderful! As the movie goes on, you really do start to wonder, “What will happen to Harold?”

See what Roger Ebert says about this film.

Also starring Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, and Queen Latifah.

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride (1987) PG
The Princess Bride has action, comedy and romance all wrapped up in the ultimate adventure fairy tale. Adults and children will enjoy this classic film that features sword fighting, revenge, an evil prince, a giant, mythical beasts, and, of course, true love. Actors include Cary Elwes, Robin Wright Penn, Mandy Patinkin and Andre the Giant.

Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series

Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series (1999-2000)

If you missed this TV series when it aired, never fear! The entire 18 episodes are in one DVD set. Go back to 1980-81 and visit with the Weir family, the geeks, the freaks and the teachers of McKinley High School. Relive high school, remember everything you wanted to forget, but enjoy the terrific acting, great music and fun storylines.

Crossing Delancey

Crossing Delancey (1988) PG
This delightful romantic comedy tells the story of Isabelle, an independent, successful, uptown New Yorker who works at a bookstore/literary hotspot. Her loving, meddling grandmother engages a matchmaker to find Izzy a husband. Pickle shop owner Sam comes to dinner. Amy Irving and Peter Riegert star, with slice-of-New York-life characters as costars.

Thank You for Smoking

Thank You for Smoking (2005) R
Thank You for Smoking is the funniest movie I have seen in over a decade and, interestingly, does not have a single scene of anyone smoking. The story follows Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart), big tobacco’s lobbyist, who argues in favor of smoking in some of the most difficult and ridiculous situations, while at the same time trying to act as a responsible role model for his twelve-year-old son. Though not a smoker myself, I could not help rooting for Nick and laughing out loud as he tries to support the tobacco industry during its final days of popularity. It includes a hilarious cameo by Rob Lowe, as well as appearances by Robert Duvall, Sam Elliott, William H. Macy, J.K. Simmons and Katie Holmes.
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The African Queen

The African Queen (1951)

This classic movie stands the test of time. It has humor, adventure, romance and two American icons of acting. Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart are good alone, but as a team they brilliantly enhance each other. Even if you have seen it before, it’s a reliable night of fun watching and GOOD FOR ALL AGES.

Based on the 1935 novel by C. S. Forester.

Bones: Season 1

Bones: Season 1 (2005-2006) TV-14

FBI agent Seeley Booth and forensic anthropologist Temperance “Bones” Brennan (David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel) team up to solve cases no one else can handle. The pair bickers over everything from who gets to drive to whether Bones should be allowed to have a gun – all while catching murderers.

Bones has it all – the forensic aspect, the crime-solving mystery, and the personal side of things, not to mention humor. If you can’t get enough of CSI, you’ll definitely enjoy Bones. It has all of the science of CSI, but is more character driven. You get involved in the lives of Booth and Bones.

Season 2 of Bones is also available on DVD. The series is inspired by the life of forensic anthropologist and novelist Kathy Reichs.

Best Man in Grass Creek

Best Man in Grass Creek (2001) PG
Adam Lewis was left standing at the altar three years ago, and ever since he has found it impossible to sit through a wedding without getting a panic attack. Now he finds himself best man to a business associate he barely knows at a wedding held in Grass Creek, Indiana, where the main street is a half block of closed stores and the rehearsal dinner is held at the House of Gravy. Can Adam survive the eccentric locals and make it through the wedding?