We all have those days when we're just too sick to do much of anything. On days like that, I like to spend the time recharging my batteries by putting on some PJs, making a cup of tea or broth and watching some "escapist" movies. The movies I chose below are light comedies--just right for taking the day off and giving your body, mind, and soul time to relax.
This movie is a classic, with a bit of something for everyone -- intrigue, magic, swordfights, true love and even kissing. A host of big name actors make their appearances including Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, André the Giant, Mandy Patinkin, Peter Falk, and Billy Crystal. For even more fun, check out the book the movie was based on, The Princess Bride
by William Goldman.
I know some people are turned off by any movie that's in black and white, but don't limit yourself to just those movies made in just the last few decades. Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis star in this light-hearted movie filmed in 1959. Lemmon and Curtis join a women's band in drag to avoid the mob and one of them falls for Monroe. It's hysterically funny and includes some wonderful musical numbers.
Don't let the computer animation fool you -- this movie is not just for kids. Toy Story is one of those rare movies that appeals to all ages and has jokes for the kids while still being smart enough to entertain adults.
Jim Carrey stars as a lawyer who can not tell a lie for a full 24 hours. It just so happens that this 24-hour period coincides with one of the most important cases in his career. Although the plot breaks down at the end, there is a hilarious physical comedy scene where Carrey beats himself up in a courthouse bathroom.
This spoof of classic horror films is directed by Mel Brooks and stars Gene Wilder, Teri Garr, Marty Feldman, and Madeline Kahn. The grandson of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein (Wilder) follows in his grandfathers' footsteps with unexpected results. This quotable movie is one that any fan of comedy or of horror will enjoy.
The office politics jokes in this movie hit so close to home that you will never look at your cubicle or your manager the same way again. This comedy has a truly inspired scene where the three protagonists get their revenge on a lousy fax machine. Look for Jennifer Aniston in a funny Rachel-esque role as a frustrated waitress who also struggles with the seemingly arbitrary rules in her workplace.
This British-made stop-motion animation (or claymation) film is aimed to entertain both children and adults. The hens, tired of being potential food, struggle to break out of their chicken farm with the help of an American newcomer who can fly. Don't plan on having chicken soup for lunch if you watch this one!
Even if you're not a Trekkie you will enjoy this funny parody of science fiction TV shows and conventions. The stars of the cancelled Galaxy Quest TV show are transported into space by aliens in distress who think the shows are real and the actors are heroes. Sigourney Weaver (best known for her role as the heroine in Alien
) turns in a surprisingly funny performance along with Tim Allen and Alan Rickman.
9. Roxanne (PG)This updated version of the classic play, Cyrano De Bergerac, stars Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah. The script is both sweetly funny and offbeat. Even though we know how it will end, the journey the characters take is still worthwhile to watch.
10. Pretty Woman (R)This modern day Cinderella story is the movie that put Julia Roberts on the map. Richard Gere stars as a tough executive who hires a call girl (Roberts) to be his girlfriend for a weekend. They discover they have more in common than they bargained for, and their business deal turns into something greater.