As you're no doubt aware, Netflix is chockablock with pretty much every kind of genre and movie for you to enjoy.
But, as with anything, there's the good stuff and the bad stuff - and that's where we come in. Every month, we're going to pluck five gems from Netflix's library in a specific genre - action, horror, comedy and drama - for you to watch.
This week, it's comedies. We kick things off with...
'13 Going on 30'
Alongside 'Mean Girls' and 'Clueless', '13 Going on 30' ranks high among the most beloved female-led teen comedies. Jennifer Garner plays a thirteen year old named Jenna who wishes to be 'thirty, flirty and thriving.' Her wish comes true but life isn't quite the way she pictured it. While the plot sounds almost like it could be a female remake of 'Big', it's definitely its own film. Garner's charm is matched by Mark Ruffalo's as her character's former neighbour and love interest. Judy Greer, who you can spot in this year's 'Halloween', also shines, as does Andy Serkis as Jenna's boss. See if you can spot a young Bire Larson in this intro clip.
'When Harry Met Sally'
We couldn't exclude the romantic comedies of all romantic comedies! Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan play the titular characters, two friends that can't seem to keep away from each other. Their relationship commences with a cross-country drive, after which they share twelve years of chance encounters in New York City. It's hard to pick director Rob Reiner's best film, given he helmed 'The Princess Bride', 'This is Spinal Tap' and 'Misery' as well, but as aforementioned, it's the perfect romantic comedy in any case.
'The Wolf of Wall Street'
Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese have produced fantastic cinema. But if you're looking for bats**t crazy and stomach cramp-inducing laughter, look no further than 'The Wolf of Wall Street'. Many think DiCaprio should have won the Oscar for his performance as Jordan Belfort, a wealthy stock-broker living the high life. Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, the aforementioned Rob Reiner, Jon Favreau, and Joanna Lumley also star. Its funniest scene involves Lemmon Quaaludes and a car. Anyone who has seen the film knows exactly what we mean. We don't want to spoil it if you haven't seen the film though so here's Matthew McConaughey banging his chest.
After working on 'Da Ali G Show' together, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg wrote this comedic gem. It is loosely based on their own school experiences in the 90s. Michael Cera and Jonah Hill play two hapless high school seniors trying to get their hands on some booze for a party ringing in their last day of school. Emma Stone stars in her first big-screen role while Christopher Mintz-Plasse gives a star-making performance as Fogell aka McLovin. Rogen and Bill Hader play the two completely inappropriate cops who Fogell ends up spending the night with.
'Not Another Teen Movie'
It seems to have worked out that we picked a few of teen comedies this month. So heck, why not pick another one that rips the piss out of them? The plot of 'Not Another Teen Movie' draws from She's All That' and '10 Things I ate About You' while the likes of 'Bring It On', 'American Pie', 'Cruel Intentions', 'American Beauty', 'Never Been Kissed', and 'The Breakfast Club' also spoofed. If nothing else, you should find a very young, very dark-haired Chris Evans amusing.
While it spawned two distinctly less funnier sequels, Todd Phillips' tale of debauchery and douchiness in Sin City still stands up nearly ten years after its release. A star-making turn for Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifinakis, it takes place the day after a bachelor party in Las Vegas. A group of hapless men try to retrace their steps and find their missing friend - who's supposed to be getting married the next day. There's a tiger in the bathroom and Mike Tyson cameoing as himself. Las Vegas became a go-to destination for stags, and anyone with a beard and dark sunglasses was invariably called Alan.
'Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping'
You might know Andy Samberg primarily from 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' or even his work on 'SNL'. However 'Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping' is by far his most complete work with The Lonely Island. Playing a Justin Bieber-esque popstar whose failed attempts at launching his career after the breakup of his group, The Style Boyz, Andy Samberg needles the world of commercial pop music in a way not seen before or since. There's also an endless line of cameos from Seal (who ends up being eaten by wolves) to Justin Timberlake, who plays a chef. You've also got a number of 'SNL' alums in there, not to mention Will Arnett steals every scene he's in as the editor of CMZ.
You'd think the world of high art was incapable of taking the piss out of itself. However 'The Square' manages to be both a wickedly smart critique and a deeply funny movie in the process. Claes Bang plays an art curator whose life begins to spiral out of control shortly after his phone is stolen and a new art piece goes viral for all the wrong reasons. The straight-faced cringe humour and bizarre circumstances is so on the nose that it's almost unbearable at times. If you happened to catch Ruben Östlund's last film, 'Force Majeure', you know what to expect. Here's a clip to give you an idea if you haven't. Be warned - it gets... awkward.
Nicolas Cage and Cher star in this Oscar-winning romantic comedy about a pair of star-crossed lovers in New York City. Winning Cher an Oscar for her performance and Best Original Screenplay for John Patrick Shanley, 'Moonstruck' presents itself as a romance. However there really are several small, absolutely hilarious moments throughout. Nicolas Cage and Cher have dynamite chemistry together, and the charm of the movie is infectious.
By no means is 'Scary Movie' on par with 'Airplane!', 'Blazing Saddles' or even 'The Naked Gun', however there's enough jokes and humour throughout it to warrant its inclusion here. A spoof of the '90s slasher movies like 'Scream' and 'I Know What You Did Last Summer', 'Scary Movie' has aged horribly in parts. However there's enough laughs that it's worth revisiting, if only to see Anna Faris in her heyday.
'A Fish Called Wanda'
This genuinely laugh-out-loud comedy still feels as fresh as when it hit cinemas thirty years ago. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline and Michael Palin as a gang of diamond thieves. Palin’s ‘Monty Python’ comrade John Cleese (who also co-wrote and co-directed the film alongside Charles Crichton) plays a barrister who falls for Curtis’ character. Quintessentially British and utterly 80s, it rewards re-watching.
The winner of the very first Best Animated Feature Oscar went to Dreamworks' brilliant piss take of basically every Disney fairy tale convention. Departing wildly from William Steig’s original book about the friendship between an ogre and a donkey, the film saw Mike Myers put on a Scottish accent, Eddie Murphy play an ass, and opened with its titular character taking a s**t. It shouldn’t have worked, but it did, and while its later sequels weren’t phenomenal, the original is still a classic.
In this writer’s opinion, ‘Notting Hill’ is a better Richard Curtis film than ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’. You can’t change my mind about it. Starring Hugh Grant as an awkward bookshop owner and Julia Roberts as a classy movie star, the film is a go-to romantic comedy. Its most iconic line? “I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.”
'Crazy, Stupid, Love'
This entry on our list features a stellar cast including Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne More, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon. A middle-aged man named Cal (Carell) going through a separation meets a young bachelor and ladies’ man called Jacob (Gosling) who teaches him how to pick up women. We also see Cal’s son go through his first experience of love. Meanwhile Jacob meets someone who changes his single ways. ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’ features great performances all round and is very sweet as well as funny.
The phrases ‘Yah’ and ‘You betcha’ will always bring a smile to your face after seeing the black comedy slash crime film ‘Fargo.’ Often hailed as the Coen brothers’ best film, the movie earned two Oscars for Best Writing and Best Actress for its lead Frances McDormand (she won her second Academy Award last year in the same category for ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’). Set in Minnesota, the film has inspired a successful TV series since.
'The Nice Guys'
This criminally under-watched crime comedy sees Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe pair up to solve a spiralling criminal conspiracy in '70s LA. If you liked 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' or if you're a fan of whip-smart comedy, this is right up your alley. Not only that, Shane Black - the guy behind the 'Lethal Weapon' franchise and 'The Predator' - wrote and directed it. Watch it for the soundtrack, Gosling and Crowe's incredible chemistry, and to see Hannibal Buress make a cameo as a talking bee. Really.
It's a modern classic that's quoted endlessly, and features a scene where Will Ferrell rubs his balls on a drum set. In fact, Will Ferrell actually kept the prosthetic balls a keepsake. Leaving aside the obvious choices of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, you've got two truly gifted and completely unlikely choices to play their respective parents - Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins - and it oddly works. Bring in the sharp directing of Adam McKay and you've got a hit. I'VE TRAVELLED 500 MILES TO GIVE YOU MY SEED.
'Some Like It Hot'
'Some Like It Hot' is widely considered to be one of the greatest romantic comedies ever made. After nearly 60 years, it still holds up as a remarkably fresh, witty romantic comedy. Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis are two down-on-their-luck jazz musicians who - desperate for work and on the run from the mob - disguise themselves as women and play in an all-female band fronted by Marilyn Monroe. Comedy this good never goes out of style.
'The Life Of Brian'
Banned in Ireland for eight years, 'The Life Of Brian' is - in our opinion, anyway - Monty Python's most complete film in their catalogue. A young Roman Jew (Graham Chapman) is mistaken for the Messiah in continuously silly scenarios. One sees him writing "Romans Go Home" 100 times or he'll have his balls cut off by a Roman centurion. Naturally, Monty Python's an acquired taste - so if wacky, over-the-top and frequently bizarre comedy isn't for you, stay away.
Pretty much every college-based comedy of the past 20 years is either a ripoff of 'Animal House' or has paid homage to it. 'Van Wilder' had Tim Matheson - who's in Animal House as Otter - played Ryan Reynolds' on-screen father. Jeremy Piven's character in 'Old School' was pretty much robbed straight from John Vernon's character. Even 'The Simpsons' based that whole episode when Homer's in college on the movie.