5 Movies to Watch When You Want to Laugh

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Who doesn’t need to kick back and relax with a lighthearted comedy now and then? Laughter is essential to human existence, helping you ease stress and enjoy a sense of camaraderie with your fellow moviegoers. New releases come and go, but some classics stand the test of time. These flicks are wholesome enough to share with the whole family while still enjoying adult jokes. Here are five movies to watch when you want to laugh. 

1. Better Off Dead 

Ah, teen love. It burns with such passionate intensity that it leads to premature death in classics like “Romeo and Juliet.” It causes Lane Meyer to attempt suicide in hilarious ways in “Better Off Dead.” 

Meyer, played by John Cusack, becomes despondent when the presumed love of his life, Beth, leaves him on the slopes for the hunky captain of the school ski team. Fortunately, two people come to his rescue — his best friend, Charles De Mar, and enchanting foreign exchange student Monique Junot. 

Junot pulls Meyer out of his despair, helping him fix up his Camaro and improve his skills on the slope. Along the way, they have several hilarious encounters with local menaces. When Meyer finally shows his stuff at the end, he has a chance to win back the girl — but does his heart already belong to someone else? 

This hilarious comedy from the 1980s will remind you of all the anguish of youthful love. Watch it on one of those nights when you want to reminisce. 

2. Happy Gilmore 

What would you do to save your grandmother’s house? Happy Gilmore reluctantly switches his career objectives from hockey to golf to save his childhood house from the chopping block and his beloved grandma from the nursing home after IRS agents seize her possessions. 

Gilmore, played by Adam Sandler, goes head to head with pro golfer Shooter McGavin, played by Christopher MacDonald. Along the way, he wins the heart of publicity agent Virginia Venit (Julie Bowen) and meets an unlikely coach, caddy and fan base. The movie features classic scenes like Gilmore’s celebrity golf match with Bob Barker, which goes hilariously awry. 

Will Gilmore save his grandma’s home? Watch this classic when the weather prevents you from hitting the greens. 

3. American Pie 

Do you remember what it was like to lose your virginity? “American Pie” takes you back to your high school days when sex was a mystery you couldn’t wait to explore. While the film gets some criticism for its “boys will be boys” attitude, characters’ antics take you back to those awkward days when relating to the opposite sex was your ultimate challenge. 

Although the producers went on to make several sequels, you can’t go wrong with the original. The series pulls some seasoned comedic talent, with Eugene Levy playing the adorably awkward father trying to impart his seasoned wisdom. This movie makes a great party flick for those evenings at home chilling with friends over a few brewskis. 

4. The Wedding Singer 

Are you looking for the ultimate romantic date night movie? If you’re ready to grow old with the one you love, dial up this flick for your next romantic evening at home. 

Sandler plays Robbie Hart, a nice guy wedding singer who gets left by his fiance, putting a damper on his love for his career. When he meets Julia (Drew Barrymore), she’s engaged to be married to Glenn Guglia (Matthew Glave). However, fate intervenes — will Robbie and Julia find true love? 

The killer soundtrack alone is reason enough to give this movie a go. However, it’s also the perfect flick to watch if you’re getting ready to pop the question. 

5. The 40-Year-Old Virgin

What age were you when you lost your virginity? Andy Stitzer (Steve Carrell), an adorably single guy working at a big box store, makes it to age 40. Instead of dating, he spends his free time organizing his action-figure collection. 

When he meets Trish (Catherine Keener), he falls hard, but his insecurity leads to hilarity. His wonderfully cast group of buddies, played by Paul Rudd, Romany Malco and Seth Rogan, try to give him tips and inspire his confidence. His journey to losing his virginity leaves you feeling wholesome, not sleazy. This movie is perfect for a date night for the early days when you’re still getting over your initial awkwardness around each other. 

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