Hitting theatres this week is Tammy, which follows Melissa McCarthy’s character who has just lost her job and found out that her husband was having an affair, so she does what any logical heartbroken woman would do and takes her loaded, alcoholic grandmother (played by the formidable Susan Sarandon) and goes on a road trip to Niagara Falls. Since Tammy is having a crappy day, we’ve rounded up some other comedies about no-good, drink-yourself-to-sleep days.
5. Identity Thief
Okay, this movie was actually terrible, despite the fact that both Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy were in it. (Full disclosure: I watched about half and then had to turn it off. So. Bad.) Jason Bateman is a pushovery guy (typical J. Bates role) only to find out his identity has been stolen by Melissa McCarthy, who is on the run from some thugs. Clearly both characters are just having a shitty go at things and hilarity (theoretically) ensues. If you’re looking for a pick-me-up on your own bad day where you start to wonder if cameras are following you around because your life must be a sitcom at this pount, don’t watch this one. Alas, you can also just imagine that Bateman and McCarthy also had bad days after this movie came out and will (hopefully) never allow themselevs to be in something so crappy again.
4. The Change-Up
This is a highly underrated comedy–sure, it’s a little on the cheesy side, but there are some one-liners that just make life worth living. When Mitch and Dave (played by Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman, respectively) start hating on how their lives are going, and by some stroke of Freaky Friday-ish magic (also, honourable mention goes to Freaky Friday and all of its spin-offs), they switch bodies and lives, only to realize that their own lives were pretty damn good to begin with. A classic “be careful what you wish for” tale gone awry.
So this technically doesn’t take place over just one day, but Annie (played by Kristen Wiig) is clearly going through a rough patch and it’s funny as hell and instantly makes your life look like it’s #winning in every damn category possible. Whatever you’re going through, it can’t possibly be as bad as some of the stuff that happens in this flick. Did you shit yourself in a couture wedding dress? Probably not. (But if you did, I’m sure Maya Rudolph would sympathize with you.)
The story about two teens (and Jonah Hill’s official foray into comedy) who are fresh out of high school and go to a party where their bad day turns good and then bad and then good again. (It’s a wonder what teenage boys will do for the possibility of sex. Seriously.) To get to this party and be the cool guys that show up with the booze, Murphy’s Law kicks in and it makes for one long-ass night just to see these girls. From almost getting busted by the cops for a fake ID, to separating with their friend, to getting hit by a car, to going to another party where one of them has to sing, to finally getting to their party, it all happens and is hilarious.
1. Groundhog Day
You’ve seen this. You don’t need me to tell you what’s it about. If only you could redo things (even to a tediously annoying amount) until you got it right. Basically the bad day for all bad days, but at least it ends in one damn good day.