We continue our series of film suggestions for all you Netflix subscribers with 5 laugh-out-loud comedies. This mix of American and British gives a good variety of humour, so explore your options.
#1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
A film that hasn’t and will never age, Monty Python and the Holy Grail takes everything that is great about Monty Python and rolls it into one hilarious film. The Pythons play The Knights of the Round Table, embarking on a quest for the mythical holy grail. Spliced with the kind of sketches and interludes that made their name, the Pythons bring their own brand of silliness and surreal humour to the film. A good comedy should keep you quoting along to it for years afterwards, and Holy Grail irrefutably succeeds in this.
Airplane! is the ultimate gag-reel comedy, whose fast-paced, quick quipped airplane
disaster parody is groan-inducing but cleverly strung together. There are few films that can claim to induce a laugh-a-minute, but Airplane! definitely tries its damnedest.
It’s not exactly a classic comedy, but Superbad was embraced by a generation when it was released in 2007, and is now the second highest-grossing high school comedy of all time (21 Jump Street is number 1 – for full list click here). It was written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg when they were 13, giving the film a refreshing and believable take on the American high school experience. It’s a simple tale about kids looking to get drunk and get laid.
An original take on the zombie movie genre, Zombieland mades the zombie apocalypse into a video game-like film, where rules are explained, and where we are guided through survival tactics. Jesse Eisenberg is brilliant as Columbus, the geek turned hero, and Emma Stone gives a breakthrough performance as Wichita, another survivor.
As David Jenkins of Time Out said of the film, it is ‘pop savvy’ and self-aware – vital elements of any modern comedy.
#5. Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey
As the sequel to Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989), Bogus Journey offers another load of silliness and time travel. Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves return as Bill and Ted, whose dude speak and goofiness inspired a load of films, from Dude, Where’s My Car? to the many Harold and Kumar films.
If you watch any of the films suggested then let us know what you thought by commenting below. Next week the genre will be romance.