If you're looking for some lighter fare after this meat grinder of an election, Netflix is an oasis. Here are 10 funny flicks that are guaranteed to make you smile at least once, and maybe even produce a guffaw or two.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
"Nine times." That's both a quote from this John Hughes classic, and the answer to the question: "What is the minimum number of times everyone should be required to watch this movie?" Even if you're well out of your school years, Ferris' truant exploits will give you the urge to blow off work and follow the film's tagline: Leisure Rules. Just maybe ask before you "borrow" your friend's vintage Ferrari and set out to make your boss' life a living hell when he tries to call you on your unauthorized day off.
Bad Milo! (2013)
What if you had a monster living in your butt? Party Down's Ken Marino finds out in Bad Milo!, playing a man whose frustration has manifested as a fanged, rear-dwelling beast. With a whiff of Little Shop of Horrors, Bad Milo! ponders the mid-life crisis, finding answers with a surprising amount of laughs, heart, and blood. If we lived in a world where contemplative monologues and constipated faces could win Oscars, the world might have recognized Bad Milo! for its genius.
Bill Murray achieves peak arrogance in this modern riff on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Written by Michael O'Donoghue, the first SNL head writer, and Mitch Glazer, a longtime Murray collaborator who recently wrote the actor's Netflix Christmas special, Scrooged pairs Murray's slave-driving TV executive up with the Ghosts of Christmas Part, Present, and Future, all of whom are a bit more... unhinged than the ones in previous adaptations. By 1988, Murray had this shtick down pat, so Scrooged is worth a look whether it's Christmastime or not.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
This living storybook reworks Wes Anderson’s subdued sense of humor for a YA crowd. When two teenagers go on the lam during a record-setting hurricane, the capricious adults spin in circles while romance blossoms. Anderson enhances this cheeky love story with his visual stamp, ensuring that even book covers and music cues inspire laughter.
Tommy Boy (1995)
Peter Segal's timeless buddy comedy effectively pits a lovably obnoxious manchild against the world, when, after an extended college career, "Tommy" Callahan III (the late Chris Farley) finally graduates and inherits his dad's auto parts factory. With the help of an oppugnant assistant (David Spade, wielding the word "dickhead"), the incompetent heir embarks on a road trip to prove his family business' viability and to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. The two SNL veterans give the type of shining performances in which physical hilarity and unforgettable chemistry abound.
Galaxy Quest (1999)
Parodying nerd culture can be tricky -- just ask the guys who made Fanboys -- but when done correctly, the results can be divine. This witty comedy about the cast of a Star Trek-like cult television show that gets transported to a "real" alien planet is the perfect combination of warm, loving tribute and breezy, ribbing satire. Performances from a game Tim Allen, Tony Shalhoub, Sigourney Weaver, and the late Alan Rickman, as the cast's perpetually typecast Spock stand-in Alexander Dane, all help bring a sharp script to vibrant life. By Grabthar's hammer, please stream this movie.
Coming to America (1988)
In the '80s, Eddie Murphy was a comedy king. After establishing his total dominance of the box office with hits like 48 Hrs., Trading Places, and the first two Beverly Hills Cop movies, Coming to America finally gave him some room to stretch. The 117-minute running time allows inspired scenes like the hilarious barbershop sequence (the first time Murphy played multiple characters in a movie) to unfold in a way that reflects the stand-up's freewheeling, raucous sensibility. Rest assured, you will give it up for his band, Sexual Chocolate.
Welcome to Me (2015)
This offbeat indie stars Kristen Wiig as Alice Klieg, a veterinary nurse with a personality disorder and an Oprah obsession who launches her own morning talk show after winning $86 million in the California lottery. The result is a plunge into the nooks and crannies of Alice's unhinged mind. She rides on a swan boat, re-enacts her childhood feuds, and even castrates dogs in front of a live studio audience. As the show snowballs, her bizarre experiment is elevated to the status of outsider art, causing a cult following to spring up around her. Simultaneously a snort-out-loud funny comedy and poignant dissection of mental illness, Welcome to Me is the perfect vehicle for Wiig's unique brand of pathos-inflected humor.
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Shaun of the Dead spoofers Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg set their sights on bumbling police officers trying to solve a murder in a small English town. The duo watched countless buddy-cop flicks to fully satirize the genre, and it paid off, with laughably bad chase sequences and uproarious slapstick gags. They prove how much fun action movies can be when they lighten up a little (OK, a lot). Remember: it's not murder, it's ketchup.
Kung Fury (2015)
David Sandberg's hilarious Kickstarter-funded short plays like the surreal dream you'd have after a weekend of too many '80s movies and Street Fighter tournaments. It comes with laser raptors, arcade-style fisticuffs, the worst criminal of all time (Kung Führer, as played by The Lonely Island's Jorma Taccone), someone named Hackerman, Thor, a phone commercial, and time travel -- at every turn, whether it's a plot twist or a tongue-in-cheek quip, there's something absurd. The bad news: it runs just a pinch longer than 30 minutes -- all of which you can stream above, in full, or over at Netflix. The good news: there's more on the way.