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by Archives January 31, 2001
Ah, the lazy Sunday afternoon. It has the feeling of a national holiday, but is even better since the stores stay open and there aren’t any high schoolband-concentrated commemorative parades. There should be a moratorium on homework and toilet bowl scrubbing and students should be forced to relax. What better way to forget about the five term papers you have to write than to watch
some classics from the 70s and 80s?
1. Cheech & Chong, Up in Smoke (1978)
This is a classic stoner movie, which may be a turn-on or -off, depending on what you think of pot smoking. Cheech Marin, and Tommy Chong are perfect together. Unfortunately, there isn’t really much of a plot, but Cheech & Chong’s
antics are so hilarious that they even work on a thin storyline. And you can feel productive because you may get a full abdominal work-out from the constant laughing.
2. Annie Hall (1977)
If you’re in the mood for a more neurotic laugh-a-thon try this one. Woody Allen plays Alvy Singer and Diane Keaton is Annie Hall. Although you may not agree with Allen’s off-camera lifestyle, dating his adopted daughter and all, you’d really have to loathe him like no other to not enjoy his contribution to the film. It’s full of crafty lines like, “Do they give out awards for that kind of music ? I thought just ear plugs”. This is Allen at his erratic, insane best.
3. Delirious (1983)
Imagine Eddie Murphy, but younger, funnier, and more cutting edge. Even better,imagine him in the tight red patent leather jump-suit he wears on stage… Just looking at him makes you laugh. This is nothing like the Hollywood schlock Murphy has made in the 90s. Delirious is a Murphy stand-up act taped in Washington. There is no story-line, only his wild and crude jokes. But it’s funny stuff, and it may have you rolling off the couch.
4. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
ATTENTION ! This film may cause high school nostalgia. Matthew Broderick plays the role of teen boy Ferris Bueller to a tee. Bueller wakes up late for school, and his day doesn’t get any better after that. This is a hilarious account of an out-of-control day spent goofing off in the 80s. The music is right on-key, it’s always sunny, teenagers rule, and everyone looks good. Isn’t that what your high school years were like?
5. Down And Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
This movie has an overall aura of 80s raziness. It brings you back to a time when everyone was into jogging, alternative religions, designer drugs and fashion diets. It also stars Bette Midler, as a shallow and indulgent rich woman
and Nick Nolte as a down-on-his-luck homeless man. This movie is an amusing diversion, but it’s also a little bit of a dark comedy, so it may not be for everybody.

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