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Laughter is the best medicine: Top comedies on Netflix

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Who doesn’t love to laugh? From a teeny titter to a hearty roar, laughter just feels good and it lifts the spirit of the people around you. A bright, sunny laugh is more infectious than any illness, but did you know it’s actually good for your health?

The saying “laughter is the best medicine” is no joke. Every snicker and snort can reduce stress, ease pain and even boost your immune system. Not only does laughing heal your mind and body, it also improves relationships. While your sides are splitting your bonds strengthen, meaning friends who laugh together, stay together!

What better way to belly laugh and fight away the flu than to indulge in a hysterical comedy movie with your family and friends. If you’ve signed up for quota-free Netflix with iiNet, a cornucopia of comedy classics are just a click away.

With so many to choose from, you may be wondering where to start. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our favourite Netflix comedy movies to keep the blues at bay this winter.

Zoolander – PG

We’ve all had a guilty giggle at girls in beauty pageants struggling to deliver coherent thoughts in the infamous question-and-answer segment; now it’s time to turn the tables on the men. This silly satirical flick pokes fun at the vain, vapid modelling industry using airhead male models as their main target.

Losing his 3-time Male Model of the Year crown to the up-and-coming blonde bohemian Hansel, male model Derek Zoolander seeks to find a deeper meaning in life beyond the catwalk. There’s more to life than being “really, really, ridiculously good looking”, and that’s what Derek sets out to prove.

If you’re actually looking for something deep and meaningful, this is not the right place. Zoolander is a bit of foolish fun full of moronic mispronunciations (“did you think I was too stupid to know what a eugoogooly was?”), indignant ignorance (“What is this? A centre for ants?!) and some of the craziest, colourful costumes you’ve ever seen.

Superbad – MA15+

A trio of teenage boys are on a mission to get some alcohol and get to a party. Seems like a pretty straight and simple concept right? How absurd could it possibly be? Well, this teen comedy manages to pack a ludicrous amount of laughs into its short 113 minute runtime. It’s a little rude and crude and sometimes so awkward you have to shield your eyes, but that’s all part of the ride that makes it such a scream.

This party flick is especially good to watch in a group. As you laugh along with these social outcasts, you can reminisce together about your own most shameful teenage experiences or rebellious antics. Though it’s doubtful anyone would have thought up a fake ID name as good as McLovin’!

The Hangover – R18+

Have you ever experienced that fuzzy memory blank the morning after a big night out? The feeling of regret that grows as you slowly piece the night back together, recalling each shameful moment? Magnify that experience by a thousand and you have “The Hangover”.

Doug’s Las Vegas bachelor party should be one of the most memorable nights of his and his friends’, Phil, Stu and Andy, lives. Unfortunately his trio of friends wake up in the morning with zero memory, a baby, and a missing groom! With the wedding rapidly approaching, the boys must retrace their steps and work out what happened on their night of debauchery to find their friend.

Full of racy and risqué humour, this is definitely not one to watch with the kids! But if you don’t mind your films with a few swear words, gangsters and strippers, this flick will have you in stitches. So gather the wolf pack and join Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms for the most disastrous buck’s night and messiest hangover in history!

Shrek – PG

If you need to cleanse your palette from the rude R rated films with something PG, Shrek is the way to go. This critically acclaimed DreamWorks classic is fun for the whole family, with a cute and colourful cast for the kids and a generous sprinkling of adult humour for the grownups.

Shrek is the story of one Ogre’s journey to reclaim his swamp (and solitude) after it is made a dumping ground for fairy tale creatures by the ruthless ruler Lord Farquaad. Farquaad and Shrek strike a deal: if Shrek can retrieve a princess from a dragon-guarded tower for the Lord to marry, he will win back the deeds to his swamp. However, grumpy and green, Shrek isn’t your typical knight in shining armour; can he really rescue a princess?

When this film was released in 2001, a 12 year old me delighted in the karate-fighting princess, wise-cracking donkey and band of beloved fairy tale figures. Now, at 25, I still get a snicker out of those more lewd jokes that went over my head as a kid.

The Big Lebowski – MA15+

What better way to wrap up a movie list than with a Coen brothers cult classic. Professional slacker Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski has his quiet life of bowling and sipping White Russians rudely intervened by a couple of thugs who have mistaken him for a millionaire of the same name. They rough him up, trash the house and desecrate his beloved rug (“That rug really tied the room together…”). The Dude seeks out the other Jeffrey Lebowski in order to replace his rug, and in the process gets tied up in a messy kidnapping conspiracy.

The plot actually matters very little in this film and plays second fiddle to the neo-noir and absurdist themes. It’s twisted, unusual and really, really funny. What other movie will you find such a shabby, unshaven protagonist with a severely unhinged ex-veteran cohort who solves everyday disputes by pulling out a pistol and avante-garde artist love interest? This crazy comedy is extremely quotable, and by the end you will be shouting out “It’s THE DUDE!”

Which comedies are you loving on Netflix right now? Let us know in the comments section below.

3 comments

  1. Diana Kain says:

    But do you have anything on Netflix that a more mature audience may like? I’ve seen these movies, and yes, I laughed. But f you want comments about the acting, the plot or whatever, wouldn’t be able to remember a thing. s there any way I can get a full list of what you have available?

  2. Pamela Terry says:

    I am very fond of classic films, French, German and Polish films…also Italian. I am not fond of: most U.S. films apart from ‘”Some Like It Hot and the older black and white films.
    I”ve never seen “Babe” but would love to”.
    Any likelihood?

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