10+ Films To Help You Laugh Your Way Into the New Year

Trying to get out of that post-holiday season funk? Wanna postpone the back to work mind-grind a little bit longer? Well, here is a list of films that will get you blood pumping and make you laugh your way into the New Year. Happy 2016 y’all!

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a good film to watch because getting back into the grind after the holiday siesta is a hard thing to do. The new year has just begun and aren’t you counting the days until your next holiday? This is the best film ever made to illustrate the joys of taking a ‘mental health’ day. Sometimes you just need to sit back and enjoy life and who can show you how to do that better than the John Hughes and his ‘Ferris’? No one can. So remember the holiday break fondly and dream of those days off long gone as you enjoy a ‘day off’ with Cameron (Alan Ruck), Sloan (Mia Sara), and Ferris (Matthew Broderick). With principle ducking, fancy car driving, and unnecessary dance numbers, how could a movie go wrong? This film is a laugh a minute.

House Party (1990)

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Not all people remember the 1980s/1990s super rap duo Kid ‘n Play, but you should. With hits like Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody and Rollin’ With Kid n’ Play, this twosome – Christopher “Kid” Reid and Christopher “Play” Martin – parlayed their success as a musical act into a string of slapstick comedy films. House Party is the story of ‘Kid’ a high schooler who is being raised by his strict single-father (the late Robin Harris). His best-friend play invites him to a party at his house but he has been grounded due to a fight at school. Kid sneaks out of the house when his dad falls asleep and the hijinks are off and running. With bullies, sketchy cops, and a kicking soundtrack you can’t go wrong – see if you can spot Martin Lawrence.

PCU (1994)

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This cleverly, acronym titled film PCU Port Chester University – is a great couch surfing film. This film makes satire of the sometimes overly ‘political correctness’ that goes on in society. When preppy, clumsy pre-frosh Tom Lawrence (Chris Young) goes to visit the school over for weekend he is slated to stay in the wildest communal house, The Pit, on campus. His tour guide for the visit is James ‘Droz’ Andrews (Jeremy Piven) the wildest man on campus. Port Chester University, not unlike Greendale Community College, has gone so far overboard in their attempt diversify and civilize campus life – Greek organizations are banned and political correctness has taken the fun out of college. When The Pit is threatened to be closed for policy violations and fines, Droz and his housemates Gutter (Jon Favreau), Mullaney (Alex Désert) and the gang must pull together to throw the mother of all ‘rent house parties” in order to save their home – check out George Clinton and P-Funk All-Stars as the make the party EPIC!

American Pie (1999)

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Long before JT and the Lonely Island Boys sang their ever popular Christmas Ballad, D*ck in a Box, there was Jim (Jason Biggs) and his ‘pie’. Four high school buddies – Jim, Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas), Kevin, and Oz (Chris Klein) – make a pact to lose their virginity before they graduate from high school and all employ their own tactics to reach that goal. Finch, the neurotic one of the bunch, spreads rumors around school about his sexual prowess. Oz (the jock) joins an a capella group to gain the attention of a pretty smart girl. Kevin (the stead) loving boyfriend, tries to persuade his girl to go ‘all the way’ with him. And hopeless bumbling Jim, the nerdy, pie molesting Internet sensation, attempts to woo the hot foreign exchange student. It will all come to head the Steve Stiffler’s (Seann William Scott) after party. Talk about finishing high school with a bang! Check out How I Met Your Mother‘s Alyson Hannigan and her flute work.

Old School (2003)

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Mitch (Luke Wilson) is a nice guy. He has girlfriend that he loves. His buddy Beanie (Vince Vaughn), a successful entrepreneur, husband, and father, loves his family but is bored with his life and wants to reclaim a small part of youth. And then there is Frank (Will Ferrell), formerly known as Frank ‘The Tank’, a reformed party animal who gets married and is forced to give up his former ways by his new bride – but Frank is not so eager to see it all go. One day Mitch comes home from a business trip early to surprise his crazy girlfriend and finds her in the middle of bazaar sexual tryst. He moves out into a new house near a college campus and these three guys do a lot reclaim the fun of their youth – including start their own secret fraternity. Check out this new classic that will have you rolling all over your couch.Plus, you get to a naked Will Farrell and Snoop Dogg!

EuroTrip (2004)

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On his graduation day Scotty Thomas (Scott Mechlowicz) is dumped by his girlfriend after graduation. Scotty attends a graduation party that night where is his audibly assaulted by a song, the title track, “Scotty Doesn’t Know,” that details the unfaithful deeds of his now ex-girlfriend Fiona (Kristin Kruek) with the lead singer in the band, Donny (Matt Damon). He gets angry and drunk, and when he gets home he had a message from his long-time German pen-pal, Mieke, who expresses sympathy for his plight. Scott thinks that Mieke, or “Mike” as he has always mispronounced her name, is guy, so when she suggests that they meet in person he thinks this guy is attempting to make sexual advances towards him. When it is revealed the Mieke/Mike is actually a beautiful girl, Scotty and his friends, Cooper, Jenny (Michelle Trachtenberg), and Jaime, embark on a journey across Europe to unite him with his lady-love.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

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Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) is a sweet, easy-going 40-year-old guy that works in a ‘big box’ electronic store. He lives alone, spends of a lot of his free-time playing video games, collecting action figures, and playing his French horn. The only problem with Andy is that he has NEVER had sex. When he reveals this information to his co-workers, David (Paul Rudd), Jay (Romany Malco), and Cal (Seth Rogen), they embark on a mission to rectify the situation. Through a series of club outings, bad pick-up/hook-ups, speed dating, and an unfortunate waxing incident, he finds his way to love and the loss of his virginity. Watch the cool song and dance moment at the end when he finally pops his cork! So let the ‘sunshine in’ in with hilarious flick.

Superbad (2007)

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This film is hilariously ridiculous and you will most definitely love to watch it! The story centers around two BFFs, Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera), their dorky, affable whipping boy Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) at the end of their high school days. Evan and Seth are usually dismissed by the popular kids, but they get invited to a party and spend most of the day in pursuit of alcohol for the partygoers with the help of their nerdy friend. Armed with this Fogel and his newly procured fake ID declaring his name simply, McLovin, the threesome has a night for the ages. Fueled by the possibility of hooking up with girls and leaving a mark before in the minds of their classmates before they go off to college, these guys will stop at nothing to have a night to remember. This flick has bumbling cops, drunk girls, party brawls, and laughs that will not quit. You’ll be ‘McLovin’ it!

I Love You, Man (2009)

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Paul Rudd and Jason Segal star in the ‘Bromance’ comedy about a recently engaged friendless realtor named Peter Klaven. He overhears his fiancé Zooey (Rashida Jones) discussing his lack of friends when she is hanging out with her best girlfriends and decides he needs to find some of his own. He doesn’t want to cause issues in the relationship by being clingy and he needs to find a best man. Peter’s brother Robbie (Andy Samberg), his fiancé, and her friends offer to set him up on a series of ‘man-dates’ to help him make friends. All the set-ups end disastrously, but he meets laid-back Sydney (Segal) at an open house he is hosting and they hit it off. The friendship blooms and a bromance is born out of goofing off and pure love of the band Rush. This will film will have you “slapping the bass” and your sides.

The Hangover (2009)

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Doug (Justin Bartha), Phil (Bradley Cooper), and Stu (Ed Helms) are three life-long friends that take a trip to Las Vegas for a bachelor party – a little last hoorah before the upcoming nuptials of Doug and his fiancé Tracy. When the gang is forced to take his soon-to-be brother-in-law, Alan (Zach Galifianakis), on the trip chaos ensues. Alan is a rich, man-child, idiot savant with no social skills/graces and a knack for landing him and those around him in heaps of trouble. In an effort make the weekend special he buys Ecstasy from a guy at a convenience store and slips it into a bottle of tequila. What he doesn’t know is that the ‘Ecstasy’ was actually Rohypnol (a rufie), and they guys have on drunken black-out. They wake-up with no memory and the night before and minus Doug, but plus a baby. They spend the next day trying to figure out where is Doug; why is Mike Tyson’s tiger in their room; whose baby they have; and why there was a naked Asian man in the trunk of their car. Don’t you want to find out how it ends?

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

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When Lou (Rob Corddry), a suicidal alcoholic, attempts to kill himself his friends – Adam (John Cusack), Nick (Craig Robinson), and Nick’s nephew Jacob (Clark Duke) – take him to the ski resort that was their old partying ground – to help him feel better and recover. The resort is not a shabby version of its former self, but the guys decide to make the most of it and spend the night drinking and partying in the hot tub. The hot tube takes the guys back to 1986 on a night that impacted all of their lives forever. This group gets something that never happens, a second chance to do things differently and, perhaps, come out of this thing better than when they went into it. Will these guys make it ‘back to the future?’

Project X (2013)

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Ever dreamed of throwing an EPIC party in high school? Ever dreamed of throwing a party that they write legends about? Follow these three high school unknowns through the crazy night of Thomas’ (Thomas Mann) 17th birthday. All he [Thomas] wants is small intimate party with some close friends and few other key high school elites, to raise his social status. What he gets is a best his best-friend Costa (Oliver Cooper) putting blasts out on social media, Craigslist, and calling radio stations to put the word out about the party. EVERYONE shows up and the party gets out of hand quickly. But oh, what a night! You’ll wish your high school experience was half as cool as these three dorks. This is one of the best high school party films on the market.

Enjoy the laughs!

Khuwailah Beyah
Khuwailah Beyah
Khuwailah "Cookie" Beyah hails from North Carolina. She is a pop culture nut and loves all things Nathan Fillion. Ms. Beyah has a passion for the macabre and the horror genre. She serves on the "Nevermore Film Festival" selection committee in Durham, NC and attends several comic and horror conventions each year. She holds an MA from Duke University, but is a dyed in the wool North Carolina Tar Heel fan! She also enjoys writing and reading creative non-fiction.

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