You’re scrolling through Netflix and you’re in the mood for something funny. Netflix’s library can be overwhelming, especially when you’re looking for a good comedy. Not to fear – here is On TV Tonight’s laugh-out-loud picks!
TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY
The fastest man on four wheels, Ricky Bobby is one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history. Ricky has everything a dim-witted daredevil could want, a luxurious mansion, a gorgeous wife and all the fast food he can eat. But Ricky’s turbo-charged lifestyle hits an unexpected speed bump when he’s bested by flamboyant Euro-idiot Jean Girard and reduced to a fear-ridden wreck. Losing his wife and job to best bud, Cal Naughton, Jr., Ricky must kick some serious asphalt if he’s to get his career back on the track, beat Girard and reclaim his fame and fortune.
As Ricky’s dad always says, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Gary Cole and Jane Lynch steal the show as Ricky’s parents, as do his two sons, Walker and Texas Ranger (Houston Tumlin, Grayson Russell).Director:ADAM MCKAYCast:Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen, Leslie Bibb, Amy Adams
With Danny Boyle directing and a script by Richard Curtis, this is a trip down memory lane for those who love The Beatles. Himesh Patel, perhaps best known for Eastenders, stars as Jack Malik, a frustrated musician whose musical career is going nowhere. However, on the night Jack decides to give up, the whole world is momentarily hit with a massive blackout during which Jack is hit by a bus. Upon regaining consciousness, Jack learns to his astonishment that he is apparently now the only one who knows the music of the Beatles. Jack begins playing the music of one of the world’s greatest rock bands, being forced to claim it as his own. It pays off quickly and Jack becomes a worldwide musical sensation.
Cast:Himesh Patel, Lily James, Sheila Malik, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kate McKinnon, Joel Fry
Mick Molloy writes (with Richard Molloy) and stars in this endearing comedy about lawn bowls… yes, lawn bowls can be a hilarious sport. When Jack Simpson realises there is free parking at the local bowling club, he decides to join up, having no intention of actually playing bowls. When dwindling membership and increasing overheads makes the club a prime candidate for a takeover, it’s all hands on deck to save the club, in what turns into an epic battle where young meets old, greed meets good and people rise to the occasion in extraordinary circumstances. With an excellent cast, which includes Bill Hunter, Judith Lucy and John Clarke, you’ll soon find there’s much to laugh about when you’re on the greens.
Cast:MICK MOLLOY, SAMUEL JOHNSON, LOIS RAMSAY, FRANK WILSON, MONICA MAUGHAN
There seems to be a genre coming to the fore, which is proving to be quite popular among the older community. Poms stars everyone’s favourite senior thespian, Diane Keaton, as Martha, an introverted woman who moves to a retirement community that has shuffleboard, golf, bowling and other activities. Hoping to be left alone, she meets Sheryl, the wonderful Jacki Weaver, who a fun-loving neighbour insisting that they become best pals. Martha isn’t into the group activity provided so she starts her own group… a cheer leading squad, with hilarious results. And you’ll be humming along to some familiar tunes.
Cast:DIANE KEATON, JACKI WEAVER, RHEA PERLMAN, CELIA WESTON, PAM GRIER
TOP END WEDDING
Usually Gwilym Lee is seen solving various murders around Midsummer, but in this sweet comedy directed by Wayne Blair, he stars as Ned, who is engaged to Lauren, Miranda Tapsell, and they have just ten days to find Lauren’s mother who has gone AWOL somewhere in the remote far north of Australia, reunite her parents and pull off their dream wedding. Along the way they take in the spectacular scenery of the top end and meet up with the eclectic inhabitants. Lauren’s father Trevor is Huw Higginson, who may be remembered for his time in The Bill.Cast:GWILYM LEE, MIRAND TAPSELL, KERRY FOX, URSULA YOVICH, TRACY MANN
THE NICE GUYS
A cast list which includes Ryan Gosling is immediately a must see. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang writer/director Shane Black helms this action comedy set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles. PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia, he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey, Russell Crowe, and his brass knuckles. The situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes, and it becomes apparent that March wasn’t the only party interested. Both men are forced to team up, taking on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers and even a possible government conspiracy. The cast also includes Kim Basinger and Jack Kilmer, son of Val Kilmer.Cast:RYAN GOSLING, RUSSELL CROWE, KIM BASINGER, ANGOURIE RICE, MARGARET QUALLEY
LADIES IN BLACK
Bruce Beresford directs this adaption of Madeleine St John’s bestselling novel, taking you back to a time when ladies dressed liked ladies. Set in Sydney in the summer of 1959, against the backdrop of Australia’s cultural awakening, breakdown of class structures, and liberation of women, this is a coming-of-age story of suburban schoolgirl Lisa, who while waiting for her final high school exam results with dreams of going to the University of Sydney, takes a summer job at a large department store. Here she works side-by-side with a group of saleswomen who open her eyes to a world beyond her sheltered existence and foster her metamorphosis.Cast:JULIA ORMOND, ANGOURIE RICE, RACHAEL TAYLOR, RYAN CORR, VINCENT PEREZ, SUSIE PORTER
EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA
Pierce Brosnan as Will Ferrell’s Icelandic father had me laughing in the first frame. Ferrell scripted this comedy and stars as Lars Erickssong, who proves that any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for when he and his friend Sigrit, Rachel McAdams, are given the opportunity to represent their country at the world’s biggest song competition, Eurovision, much to the amusement of everyone in their town, who just thinks they’re crazy. Also stars Downtown Abbey’s Dan Stevens as you’ve never seen him before, as the Russian Eurovision contestant.Director:DAVE DOBKINCast:WILL FERRELL, RACHEL MCADAMS, PIERCE BROSNAN, DAN STEVENS
As this comedy is based on a novel by Nick Hornby, I thought that was a good start. It stars our Rose Byrne as Annie, who is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan. He is an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe, who has so many children by so many different mothers, he can’t keep track of them. When the acoustic demo of Tucker’s hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter for Annie with the elusive rocker himself. A highlight of the film for me was Ethan Hawke, as Tucker, giving a lovely rendition of The Kinks’ Waterloo Sunset.Director:JESSE PERETZCast:ROSE BYRNE, CHRIS O’DOWD, ETHAN HAWKE, LILY BRAZIER
I’ve always loved Bill Nighy, way before Love Actually, which then propelled him into starring in everything. Still Crazy’s rock star singer is still one of his best roles, for me. In this comedy he is a father to Tim Lake who, at 21 years of age, is told that the men in his family have the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life, so he decides to make his world a better place… by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think. Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary. They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he’s never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again – and again – but finally, after a lot of time-traveling, he wins her heart. I guess it’s a premise that has been done before, and one has to concentrate as to whether Tim is in real time or back in time, which does become a little confusing. But Richard Curtis wrote and directed it so it does pay to persevere as even with all the coming and going, it is a lot of fun and has the lovely Rachel McAdams, which can only be a good thing, and the very best of British thespians in supporting roles.Director:RICHARD CURTISCast:BILL NIGHY, DOMHNALL GLEESON, RACHEL MCADAMS, LINDSAY DUNCAN, TOM HOLLANDER