If you’re anything like most parents, by the time September comes to a close you’re looking around in a daze and wondering, “What just happened?” The first few weeks after the kids go back to school and life returns to its normal schedule can be rough. But congrats! You’ve made it through, and calmer days lie ahead. We think that’s worth celebrating with a much-earned day off.

Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent who can carve out a break from never-ending errands or a mom or dad who is able to take a day off of work to recharge, one of the best ways to hit the reset button on your energy level is to relax and zone out with a good movie (or two . . . or three). Oh, and if you want to fill up a warm soapy tub for a do-it-yourself pedicure, crack open a cold one, or stay in your PJs as the movie plays, all the better.


Here are some movies that are perfect for playing hooky:


Bad Moms: ‘Nuff said.

Fifty Shades Darker: Also probably self-explanatory. You know you can’t watch it with anyone else in your family!

Rough Night: Nothing helps you unwind like watching other people make fools of themselves when they finally have a chance to let loose. That’s exactly what happens when Scarlett Johansson and friends (including recent Emmy winner and Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon) party a little too hard during a bachelorette weekend in Miami.

Office Christmas Party: We’re sticking with the “other people making dumb choices” theme because it’s even funnier when it goes down in a professional setting. Add in Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, T.J. Miller, and Kate McKinnon (again!) and you’ve got comedic chaos.

Trainwreck: Yep, even more tomfoolery to help you melt your stress away, this time brought to you by unlucky-in-love Amy Schumer, Bill Hader . . . and LeBron James!

Ballers Season 1, Ballers Season 2: Everyone loves The Rock, so moms and dads alike will be happy with a full-day binge of the HBO dramedy’s first or second season. With the glitz and glamour of Miami’s luxurious playgrounds of the rich and famous as a backdrop, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson goes for broke as the hard-driving financial manager to some of football’s biggest stars, who all put new meaning into the phrase “work hard, play hard.”

21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street: People forget that before 21 Jump Street, no one thought that Channing Tatum could pull off a comedy. Man oh man did he prove them wrong, and Jonah Hill played no small part in cementing the duo’s reputation as go-to funny-bros. Relive the ridiculousness of high school with the first movie or the hedonistic pleasures of college Spring Break with the second.


After you’ve maxed and relaxed with a movie on your day off, you’ll be ready to conquer the world again! (Until the holidays, at least.)


By: Redbox Writer, Erika Olson