Got a Netflix and chill session coming up, and feeling the pressure to make the right movie choice? Does your significant other not share your love for early slasher flicks? Or are you just sick of binging entire seasons of TV shows whilst consuming your body's weight in chips? Never fear, the ultimate December comedy list is here! And it's guaranteed to sort out your Netflix dilemmas.
There's something for everyone: quirky indie films, awkward romances and deadbeat dads with sick dance moves. Get ready for your sides to ache, because things are about to get funny.
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1. Adventureland (2009)
Directed by: Greg Mottola
Kristen Stewart's ditched vampires for carnival rides in this awkward but endearing tale about a summer job romance. James (Jesse Eisenberg) is forced to take on a job at a dodgy theme park, but finds himself enamoured with a mysterious coworker (Stewart). Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are a riot as the park's stingy owners. Set in 1987, this movie is sure to sate your leftover Stranger Things eighties nostalgia.
2. Mean Girls (2004)
Directed by: Mark Waters
Cady (Lindsay Lohan) finds herself way out of her depth when she moves from rural Africa to the American suburbs and struggles to navigate the labyrinth of social cliques. The ultimate modern commentary on the unbelievable bitchiness of teenage girls, Mean Girls puts the spotlight on the absurdity of high school politics.
3. Eagle VS Shark (2007)
Directed by: Taika Waititi
If you're unfamiliar with New Zealand comedy then you're in for a treat. Flight of the Conchords' Jemaine Clements plays Jarrod, a wannabe tough guy who invites budding love interest Lily (Loren Horsley) to accompany him to his hometown, where he plans to exact revenge on his high school bully. But poor meek Lily has no idea of the awkward position she's about to find herself in.
4. Dazed and Confused (1995)
Directed by: Richard Linklater
School's out, and the students of Lee High School want nothing more than to party. But there's some serious obstacles standing in their way, from watchful parents to terrifying Senior bullies. This was Matthew McConaughey's first film, and his portrayal of the stereotypical weird older guy who can't quite let go of his high school days is absolutely gem. Alright, alright, alright!
5. Heathers (1989)
Directed by: Michael Lehmann
Before Christian Slater was running an insurgent hacker group, he was helping his girlfriend (Winona Ryder) accidentally murder her bitchy frenemy Heather. Ah, the things you do for love. With a TV reboot on the way, you'll definitely want to sink your teeth into this hilariously inappropriate revenge tale with a twist.
6. Trainspotting (1996)
Directed by: Danny Boyle
Crass, hilarious and brutally honest, Trainspotting provides a window into the nineties heroin epidemic. Based on Irvine Welsh's iconic novel, the film contains some controversial subject matter, as well as some pretty hard-to-watch scenes. Nevertheless, it's a veritable Scottish masterpiece, and required viewing for any self-respecting film buff.
7. Clueless (1995)
Directed by: Amy Heckerling
Alicia Silverstone is the quintessential Beverly Hills white girl just trying to navigate her tumultuous teen years with her own brand of feminist wisdom. Featuring garish matching two-piece outfits, comically giant cellphones, and the ditzy wisdom of Beverly Hills bimbo Cher Horowitz, this Jane Austen-inspired nineties classic is pure gold.
8. Galaxy Quest (1999)
Directed by: Dean Parisot
Galaxy Quest tackles the sci-fi genre in a way that hasn't been done before. Alan Rickman and Tim Allen are the washed-up stars of a Star Trek-inspired TV show, who now keep their waning celebrity status alive with tacky endorsements and convention appearances. But their fictional fame becomes all too real when they're abducted by an alien race who need their help to save the day. A must-watch for the proud nerd capable of not taking themselves too seriously.
9. The Truman Show (1998)
Directed by: Peter Weir
The idea of your entire life being an elaborate lie may seem horrifying, but not when Jim Carrey is involved. Truman has been living the suburban dream for as long as he can remember, but the strings of reality are slowly beginning to unravel. A hilarious take on the dystopian genre, where perfection is just a mask for the all-too-disturbing truth.
10. Sixteen Candles (1984)
Directed by: John Hughes
John Hughes muse and eighties teen queen Molly Ringwald is at her best and most angsty in this iconic coming-of-age story of teenage woe. Sibling rivalry is at an all time high when Sam's family completely forgets about her 16th birthday in the midst of planning her sister's wedding. Sam's adolescent anguish is a timeless struggle that any teenage girl, past or present, can easily relate to.
11. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Directed by: Gil Junger
Kat (Julie Stiles) is a black sheep in an era of movies obsessed with makeovers and male approval. The cynical intellectual unknowingly finds herself in the midst of a deal orchestrated by her sister, and is pursued by brooding bad boy Patrick (Heath Ledger). 10 Things I Hate About You is witty, original and surprisingly emotional.
12. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Directed by: Wes Anderson
There's nothing quite like a classic Wes Anderson film, and the auteur certainly delivered with this adorable account of puppy love. When two troubled children run away together after a brief exchange of love letters, they incite a ragtag bunch of locals to hunt them down and put an end to their rebellious romance. Kara Hayward is outstanding as feisty Suzy, and the entire film is a goldmine of kitsch aesthetic.
13. Boy (2010)
Directed by: Taika Waititi
11-year-old "Boy" (James Rolleston) finds his naive fantasies crushed when his ever-absent ex-con father returns. While Boy is eager to become a real family once more, his younger brother Rocky, who believes he has deadly super powers, is much more reluctant. Another Kiwi classic from Taika Waititi, Boy is as heartwarming as it is cringe-worthy.
14. Tiny Furniture (2010)
Directed by: Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham's first foray into film, Tiny Furniture is a must-watch for fans of her unique comedy stylings, even featuring a few recognisable faces from Girls. Dunham plays Hanna Horvath-esque entitled brat Aura, aimlessly floating in post-college graduation limbo. Her sister and mother are played by her own family, with her dry-humoured younger sister Grace totally stealing the show.
15. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Directed by: David O. Russell
The dynamic chemistry between Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper is absolutely killer in this unique take on love and mental illness. Despite having just been released from a psychiatric hospital following a mental breakdown caused by walking in on his wife with another man, Pat (Cooper) is intent on winning her back. He enlists the help of troubled widow Tiffany (Lawrence), but their budding relationship brings new complications.
16. Love Actually (2003)
Directed by: Richard Curtis
Following the narratives of various quirky Londoners during the most wonderful time of the year, Love Actually offers something for everyone. The humour can be surprisingly dark but at the same time uplifting, and even features a pre-Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln. If you don't like this cheesy Christmas comedy, you probably have no soul.
17. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Directed by: John Hughes
Ferries Bueller (Matthew Broderick) lives out our wildest truancy dreams when he takes his girlfriend and best friend on the adventure of a lifetime. With more than one person intent on foiling their epic day out, the trio must try to squeeze in as many outlandish antics as they can before the (skipped) school day is out.
18. Amélie (2001)
Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
This is the movie to show your friends who claim to hate foreign films. Amélie (Audrey Tautou) is a sweet but cunning waitress who stumbles upon a long-forgotten treasure, triggering a series of elaborate acts of both kindness and sabotage for her fellow Parisians. It's an oh-so-French account of the everyday beauty hidden in the ordinary, and will have you booking that trip to Paris you've always wanted to take.
19. Frances Ha (2012)
Directed by: Noah Baumbach
Greta Gerwig shines as Frances, a young woman dealing with all the challenges of living in New York City whilst trying to keep it all together. Her life takes a turn for the tragic as her best friend suddenly begins to drift away from her, and the rest of her life begins to fall apart accordingly. Gerwig is brilliant as off-beat Frances, a millenial weirdo we can all sympathise with.
20. Almost Famous (2000)
Directed by: Cameron Crowe
Going on tour with one of the world's biggest rock bands may seem like a dream come true, but it becomes more like a nightmare for budding music journalist William (Patrick Fugit). The 15-year-old finds himself in the midst of the crazy world of sex, drugs and rock-n-roll, all the while falling for enchanting groupie Penny Lane (Kate Hudson).
Did you recognise any of your favorites amongst this top 20?