This morning I scrolled through the headlines on my news app and had to stop myself from throwing my phone across the room. As I’m sure you’re well aware, things aren’t that great right about now. So whenever you need a mental break or just know you would benefit from a true laugh, Hollywood’s got you covered.
Here are 11 of the silliest, stupidest comedies I could think of that can help get your mind off of things for a while.
Tommy Boy – Back at the Box this week, this 1995 comedy has built up a huge cult following over the years — especially after its star Chris Farley tragically passed away. Farley played Tommy Callahan III, a doofus who barely graduated from college but is thrust into leading his family’s successful business after his father unexpectedly dies. Attempting to help him is Richard (David Spade), a snarky executive assistant at the company. It’s the perfect mix of goofball comedy and authentically sweet moments. Once you rent it, “It’s GO TIME!”
Happy Gilmore – Adam Sandler is the king of stupid comedies, and this one is a fan favorite. In it, he plays the title character—a not-great hockey player who realizes he has a talent for golf. But really all anyone cares about is the epic fistfight he gets into with the original The Price Is Right host, Bob Barker.
Zoolander – Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell as superficial and vacant — but “ridiculously good-looking” — male models. Plus too many celeb cameos to count. Sold.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop – I mean, come on.
Caddyshack – The most amazing thing about this classic 1980 golf comedy is that almost all of Bill Murray’s gopher-hunting groundskeeper’s lines were unscripted. Watch (or rewatch) it and you’ll be convinced that he is truly a genius. Fellow funnymen Chevy Chase and Rodney Dangerfield aren’t too shabby, either.
This is the End – A bunch of celebrity bros (Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride) play fictionalized versions of themselves during the apocalypse. There are cannibals, demonic possessions, and the Backstreet Boys performing in Heaven. Yet somehow it’s still not as disturbing as the year 2020 so far.
A Night at the Roxbury – Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan take their popular ‘90s SNL sketch to the big screen. Get prepared to watch a lot of awkward rejections. And to have “What is Love” stuck in your head for days.
A Million Ways to Die in the West – I have a friend who ONLY watches dumb movies. This ensemble Western comedy is her favorite (meaning the overall worst, I guess?) of them all. Watch it and see if you agree!
Jackass – Johnny Knoxville and his crew of troublemakers and pranksters from MTV might have made the stupidest (in the literal sense) movie of all time. Do not try any of it at home. Or really anywhere, ever.
Cats – The only movie on this list that wasn’t actually meant to be funny, but ended up being unintentionally hilarious. Watch everyone from Judi Dench to Idris Elba to Ian McKellen to Jennifer Hudson to Taylor Swift do some really, really bizarre things. (All while dressed as cats.)
Dumb and Dumber – Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels star in the buddy road-trip movie that most people immediately think of when the phrase “stupid comedy” is mentioned. I mean, it’s right there in the title!
What’s your go-to stupid comedy?