One Last Laugh | Quarantine Watchlist Week 8


Last week on Quarantine Watchlist we recommend some of our favorite "so bad they're good" movies that are currently streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Vudu. In our eighth and final watchlist, we thought we'd leave you all with some laughs, that's right, it's time for some comedies.


Some Like it Hot (1959) | Prime


Some Like It Hot is a true classic and it is probably one of the best comedy films ever made, at least in my opinion. A saxophone player named Joe (Tony Curtis) and his double bass playing buddy Jerry (Jack Lemmon) accidentally witness a Mafia murder and must quickly try to escape Chicago with their lives. Their best hope? An all-female jazz band that is taking a train to Florida. The two plan to disguise themselves as women and sneak away with the band to safety. But that all changes when they meet Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe). Joe is immediately infatuated and now has to switch between Sugar's good friend in the band, to a millionaire who is trying to win her heart. Don't worry, Jerry also finds someone for himself but I won't spoil the fun. This black and white classic is full of odd humor and will leave you laughing no matter how many times you've seen it.


Booksmart (2019) | Hulu


Olivia Wilde's directorial debut was a huge success. This coming-of-age comedy follows two focused book-smart girls, Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein), as they near their graduation and realize that they've spent the entirety of their high school years grinding away at school instead of experiencing those special teen moments. The girls then spend their final night before graduation trying to make up for four years of no fun, leading to quite the chaotic adventure. Not only is Booksmart actually relatable, but features important messages about friendship and acceptance, while also making the most if its R rating. The movie gives nonstop jokes, while also being compassionate, showing a true talent in Wilde's directing ability.


The Big Sick (2017) | Prime


This Rom-com written by comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordan tells the wild tale that is their love story. Kumail plays himself, an up and coming Pakistani comic, who meets Emily (played by Zoe Kazan) an American graduate student. As their relationship grows stronger, so does the pressure from Kumail's traditional Muslim parents, who do not know of their son's love. While this does sound a bit more drama than comedy, the film does do a wonderful job of blending the two. The couple faces some very real, and occasionally intense struggles, but it is chock-full of jokes and laughs as well. If you're just looking for non-stop laughs this isn't quite the film for you, but if you're wanting laughs paired with a serious story and message, then you should definitely watch this film.


The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience (2019) | Netflix


This musical comedy, brought to us by The Lonely Island: Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, is definitely hilarious. Featuring great new songs from Jose Canseco (Samberg) and Mark McGwire (Schaffer) such as Let's Bash and Uniform On. On brand with their other films and videos, the songs are full of jokes, while also having a deeper meaning underneath. This short visual poem features many other actors such as Jenny Slate, Sterling K. Brown, Stephanie Beatriz, Hannah Simone, Maya Rudolph, and more, creating for a funny and creative 30 minutes. If you've enjoyed Lonely Island's other works, you'll definitely enjoy this.


Get Smart (2008) | Hulu


I remember owning Get Smart on DVD when I was younger, and I genuinely cannot tell you how many times I watched it. Based on the 1965 sitcom, this movie follows Maxwell Smart, a.k.a. Agent 86 (Steve Carell), who had been recently promoted from analyst to field agent by the chief of Control (Alan Arkin), the spy agency, due to an attack from KAOS, a crime syndicate. Smart is paired with veteran Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway) and must learn on the job as time is running out to thwart KAOS chief Siegfried (Terence Stamp). Perhaps I only find this movie funny because it holds a special place in my heart but if you watch it, I hope you enjoy it just as much.


The Other Guys (2010) | Netflix


Will Ferrell works once again with director Adam McKay (Step Brothers, Anchorman, Talladega Nights) in this fun, light-hearted buddy cop film. Will Ferrel plays a desk-bound detective Gamble alongside his partner Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg). Gamble loves his job as a paper pusher, while Hoitz would do anything to be back out on the street. Their investigation into a seemingly minor case turns into something much larger than they ever dreamed, giving them the opportunity to finally prove themselves. The film features other big names such as Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Eva Mendes, Dwayne Johnson, and Ice-T as the Narrator. The plot of the film is definitely a bit silly and should give you a few good laughs and a lot of chuckles.


The Princess Bride (1987) | Disney Plus


We wanted to end the list with another classic. This fairy tale film features quite the set of iconic and memorable characters. A beautiful young woman named Buttercup (Robin Wright) falls deeply in love with a man who goes missing, Westley (Cary Elwes), which leaves her to marry the terrible Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon). Buttercup must fight through the evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin in order to be reunited with her true love. The film is based on a book of the same name by William Goldman and features a plethora of quotable lines, especially from the three outlaws Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), Fezzik (André the Giant) and Vizzini (Wallace Shawn). This film should leave your stomach in stitches by the end.

Click here to see last week's list of movies and thank you all for reading, we hope you got some good new movies from our 8 weeks of lists. Your support of them has been amazing! Leave any more suggestions for films available to stream in the comments below and, most importantly, stay safe out there.

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