Hilarious movies to take your mind off of your troubles


Gigi Richardson Seifert

Movie connoisseur Ryann Liddell suggests relaxing funny movies to help students unwind before the stressful finals week.

Ryann Liddell, Writer

Comedy movies are the perfect remedy for just about anything. Trying to take your mind off of something stressful? Need something to play in the background while you complete simple tasks? Simply just need a good laugh? A good comedy movie is the perfect solution for all of those dilemmas. So, the next time that you’re in need of something to get you grinning from ear to ear, make sure to try out one of these three hilarious films!

“21 Jump Street”

Watch as Schmidt and Jenko comically attempt to find the roots of the drug problem circulating Sagan High School. (Sony Pictures)

After years of being at odds, high school rivals Schmidt (Jonah Hill), an intelligent outcast, and Jenko (Channing Tatum), a popular yet unsuccessful jock, wind up befriending each other and becoming partners on the police force. However, after a huge mishap, involving Jenko’s inability to properly recite the Miranda Rights, the two get transferred to the jump street division, where they are to go undercover as high school students to infiltrate a drug operation. The two ironically end up in reversed roles, with Schmidt getting in with the cool kids and Jenko befriending the nerds. As each of them live the high school experience they never had, all the while trying to find out who the supplier is, the two find themselves in hilarious situations that are sure to give you a good laugh. “21 Jump Street” has that typical 2010-style humor to it, as it is filled to the brim with brilliant one-liners and riotous moments. Both Hill and Tatum not only capture the essence of their characters perfectly, but also deliver their lines in very comical ways. This movie is a sure-fire way to cheer you up and make you laugh till your stomach hurts.

“Set it Up”

Assistants, Harper and Charlie attempt to get their bosses together in order to get more free time of their own. (IMDb)

Unable to live their own lives because of their high-maintenance superiors, Harper Moore (Zoey Deutch) and Charlie Young (Glen Powell) come up with a brilliant idea to set up their bosses, Kristen Stevens (Lucy Liu) and Rick Otis (Taye Diggs). As their assistants, Moore and Young know everything there is to learn about their bosses and have the ability to control their entire schedules, giving them the perfect opportunity to get and keep them together. They not only orchestrate “meet-cute” type situations but also give each other tips on what to suggest to their bosses in order to keep them happy together. But, as this little scam goes on, Harper and Charlie slowly start to develop feelings of their own for each other, while Rick and Kristen only develop more and more problems. This movie, while not over-the-top hilarious, has a few good laughs here and there, one of them being their first attempt to get Rick and Kristen together going horribly wrong. Additionally, all four lead actors are absolutely fantastic in their roles. Overall, it’s a really good movie and is definitely worth the watch.

“Surfs Up”

With the help of Geek, Cody Maverick learns how to surf so he can win the Big Z Memorial Surf-Off. (Sony Pictures)

The ambitious penguin, Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf), leaves his hometown, Shiverpool, to pursue his dreams of winning the Big Z Memorial Surf Competition. Unfortunately, once he gets there, he is able to see how subpar his surfing skills truly are and realizes that he has no chance of winning. But, after an accident during a surf-off with the vicious Tank Evans (Diedrich Bader), Cody winds up in the care of Geek (Jeff Bridges), a disconnected recluse who is knowledgeable in the art of surfing. During his time with Geek, Cody improves his skills and develops a connection with Geek and Lani Aliikai (Zooey Deschanel), Geek’s niece. Finally, after becoming the surfer he’s always dreamed of being, Cody returns to try to win the competition and once again faces off with Tank Evans. Even though it’s an animated movie, “Surfs Up” is truly a great film that never gets old. It is incredibly witty, as it is set up in a documentary style and contains a multitude of comical characters who deliver humorous lines. One of the most notable characters, other than Cody and Geek of course, is Cody’s newly made friend, Chicken Joe (Jon Heder), a hilarious chicken from Lake Michigan. His carefree attitude and oblivious nature make him a loveable character that will definitely give you a good chuckle. This movie has been and always will be an absolute masterpiece, as it is hysterical, entertaining and overall very well put together.

If you are ever in need of a good laugh, try out one of these movies, as they are a sure-fire way to fill you with joy and brighten your day!

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