Netflix has a lot of great comedies under its belt, but you couldn't tell by looking at your main menu. It's beyond me why they choose to push the mediocre and terrible films onto the public while the hidden gems are meant to loose their luster in the rough. If you haven't been lucky enough to unearth these standouts, here are 4 Netflix comedies you should get around to watching sometime soon.
Addam's Family Values
Hollywood loves taking old classic TV shows and giving them the updated movie makeover. This has been done time and again with everything from "The Beverly Hillbillies" to "The Brady Bunch." Some of these work, while the vast majority falls by the wayside, unable to capture the magic in the original broadcasts. Fortunately "Addams Family Values" is that rare TV-to-movie that somehow works thanks to brilliant casting and ghoulishly beautiful set decoration. Despite being a sequel to its 1991 predecessor, "Family Values" is the stronger entry. While the first film set up all the characters in a sometimes tedious fashion, the sequel allows them all the freedom to have their demented personalities shine through. Disturbing site gags and hilariously dark one liners are thrown around from the entire cast. The highlight is the young Christina Ricci as personality-less Wednesday Addams. Recommended if you're in the mood for a dark, twisted comedy.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
I was under the impression everyone had seen this classic, but a recent pixslate post comment stated they just watched it for the first time. To reiterate the point, Ferris Bueller's Day Off is movie you have to watch at least once. That's all it takes to fall completely in love with it's nonchalant vibe and warped teenage philosophy. Matthew Broderick plays high school slacker Ferries Bueller, who fakes a tummy ache to play hooky from school. He soon gathers his best friend Cameron and girlfriend Sloane, and the three get into a bunch of mischief in downtown Chicago. Ferris' frustrated Principal Rooney, who is hot on his trail, is an outstanding addition to the film. Rooney is constantly entering the nature of physical comedy as he gets beat up, chewed on by a dog, and has one embarrassing bus ride home. John Hughes' teenage film is an 80s classic.
Beverly Hills Cop
Another 80s staple, this action-comedy catapulted Eddie Murphy into major Hollywood super-stardom. The comedian plays Detroit cop Axel Foley, who after finding that his friend murdered travels to snobbery capitol Beverly Hills to track down the killer. The plot is simply a catalyst to give Murphy room for what he does best, which is playing a fast-talking, sharp-witted, smooth-talker with a "give-no-shits" attitude. The movie teeters on the edge between cop drama and cop comedy, but remains fully intact thanks to Murphy's enormous talent as leading man. The movie has a ton of classic car chases, gun fights, but also a number of comedic moments. Try this out if you're looking for more of a bite with your comedy.
Not quite a classic, but not quite a dud either, Kingpin is a potty humor movie that works with thanks to some great comedic performances. The Farrelly Brothers ("There's Something About Mary," "Dumb and Dumber") journey into the realm of pro-bowling in this barrel of gags comedy. Woody Harrelson plays a washed up former bowler who is drinking himself to death in his crappy apartment. One day he comes across an Amish bowler who shows some promise played by the always clueless Randy Quaid. Together the two make their way to Las Vegas to compete in a bowling tournament. Here they meet Harrelson's old rival played by Bill Murray, and this is where the comedy generates most of it's laughs from. Murray's Ernie McCracken is a sarcastic prick on otherworldly levels, and the audience can't help but laugh at the deplorable acts he commits. This includes in sponsoring fatherless families so he make sexy time with the widowed mothers. "Kingpin" is crude, sporting frequent acts of childish humor, but it's certainly funny and deserves a shot.
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