Intelligent, thought-provoking, tough-tackling cinema is great and all that.
Sometimes though, particularly after a hard day at the office, all you want to do is slump on the sofa, eat a tub of Haagen-Dazs and watch something that requires no brain power whatsoever.
And where better to choose from than Netflix’s array of unashamedly silly comedies designed solely to make you laugh until your sides hurt.
Here’s a look at ten of the best available on the streaming service.
Who knew that the gruff-voiced hard-as-nails no-nonsense action hero that is Jason Statham could actually be funny?
The brooding Brit steals the show from more familiar comedic talents Melissa McCarthy and Miranda Hart in this hugely enjoyable secret-agent spoof.
Wet Hot American Summer
Despite starring a who’s-who of future A-listers including Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper and Elizabeth Banks, Wet Hot American Summer bombed at the box office when it was released back in 2001.
But the parody of 1980s summer camp movies deservedly went on to achieve cult status, and earn two Netflix spin-offs, thanks to its surreal mix of madcap characters, deliberately overblown melodrama and talking vegetable cans.
Harold And Kumar Get The Munchies
Stoner comedies often appear to be much more fun to make than to actually watch, but Harold and Kumar’s first big-screen adventure is one of the few exceptions to the rule.
John Cho and Kal Penn both share a great chemistry as the two weed obsessives who embark on a Herculean quest in search of the perfect fast food, while Neil Patrick Harris brilliantly subverts his Doogie Howser persona as a drug-addled hitchhiker.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
If you’re looking for a comedy that will give you the most bang for your buck, then Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa should do the trick.
The Jackass franchise looked to have been dead and buried before an unrecognisable Johnny Knoxville revived it for this hilarious and unexpectedly blend of road movie, family comedy and candid camera.
There are currently three movies on Netflix from parody master Mel Brooks, but Spaceballs is perhaps just ever so slightly goofier than Robin Hood: Men In Tights and Young Frankenstein.
Starring Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis and Bill Pullman, this send-up of the Star Wars franchise was deemed to have missed the boat on its 1987 release but, thanks to the enduring power of Han Solo and co, has since become far more relevant.
Beavis And Butt-Head Do America
Now 21 years old, the first and only big-screen outing for the cartoon couch potatoes is as unashamedly crude, stupid and hilarious as their MTV adventures.
Here, Beavis and Butt-Head inadvertently become embroiled in a major arms-smuggling operation when they try to retrieve their stolen TV.
Demi Moore, Bruce Willis and David Letterman are just some of the star names providing voice-overs.
Reno 911!: Miami
Released in 2007, Reno 911!: Miami saw Comedy Central’s most hilariously inept crime-fighting team make the move to the big screen with inspired results.
This time around the improvised spoof of fly-on-the-wall cop shows invites some star names to join in with all the madness, including Paul Rudd, Danny DeVito and Dwayne Johnson.
Not Another Teen Movie
Easily the best of the parodies that emerged in the wake of Scary Movie, this 2001 release sends up the ridiculousness of the teen movie genre.
She’s All That, Bring It On, Pretty In Pink and Varsity Blues are just some of the films that get it in the neck, with the spoof of the latter’s whipped cream scene featuring a then-unknown Chris Evans a particular highlight.
Bill And Ted’s Bogus Journey
Alongside The Godfather: Part II, Toy Story 2 and The Dark Knight, Bill And Ted’s Bogus Journey fits into the exclusive group of sequels that are arguably better than the original.
This time around, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter’s slackers must battle the Grim Reaper after being killed by their most non-non-heinous robot twins.
It’s a bonkers premise that allows for yet more surreal slapstick, inspired historical cameos and bodacious gags.
Wayne’s World 2
Sadly, the film that first introduced us to the catchphrases ‘Schwing,’ ‘We’re not worthy’ and ‘Not,’ and turned Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody into the ultimate headbanging car song, is currently unavailable on Netflix.
But you can watch its almost-as-funny sequel, which sees the much-loved Wayne and Garth attempt to stage their own version of Woodstock, which, of course, is named Waynestock.
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