I grew up in a house where we laughed a lot. We often poked fun at one another, called each other out for stupid things we did, and never let anyone live down one bad mistake.
As a result, I find myself drawn to novels and movies that have a large amount of humor and wit in them. Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate deep, heartfelt storylines, but I’ve learned that I have to be in the mood for a good cry. And the older I get, the less I enjoy putting myself through the emotional roller coaster. Wow. That made me sound like an old maid. I guess what I mean is that it takes me DAYS to recover from a novel or movie where I’ve balled my eyes out all night. Instead, if I’ve laughed through most of it, no recovery is needed and I move onto the next enjoyment.
That’s important. I feel like life is serious enough. We deal with so many stressors every day that we need an escape from it all.
These are my top 5 laugh-out-loud movies that no matter what kind of mood I’m in, they are my go-to in order to turn my mood around.
- What’s Your Number – (The novel is titled 20 Times A Lady) – What an adorable story. Such a funny premise about a woman (played by Anna Faris) who decides that after twenty partners, she should have found true love. So she goes back and tracks down all her past lovers to try to give them another look. You can’t help but love the main character for all her bumbling mistakes. She’s so endearing. And Chris Evans. Ladies, let me repeat that—Chris Evans. He spends most of the movie nearly naked and is so freaking cute and funny. Never fails to make me laugh out loud, no matter how many times I’ve seen it.
- Bad Boys – This one isn’t a romantic comedy. Instead it deals with drugs and crime, and the Miami cops trying to stop it. But there are some freaking FUNNY one-liners in this movie. Without fail, if this movie shows up on my TV guide, I’m flipping it on. It’s raunchy and foul humor, and you really only get the full effect on a channel that doesn’t bleep out the bad words, but it easily goes down as one of my favs. Martin Lawrence’s character is just crazy enough that he walks that fine line between hysterical and loony. This movie was actually what helped me to shape the storyline for my debut novel, ON HER SIX. I even give a nod to Club Hell (a club in this movie) in my novel.
- Liar, Liar – I’m not a big Jim Carrey fan. I saw Ace Ventura and many of his other work, and none of it makes me laugh the way that this movie does. This one is smart funny, where I felt like a lot of his other work was silly funny. It’s about a lawyer who’s very successful because he lies…all the time. His son makes a wish that his dad can’t lie for an entire day. And it comes true. So the lawyer spends the entire movie not being able to lie his way through anything. His honesty in telling people what he’s really been thinking is HILARIOUS. The one-liners in this movie are CLASSIC. My family and I still quote lines from this movie on a regular basis.
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – This goes for all the original National Lampoons. I grew up on old Chevy Chase movies. My dad used to laugh like a fool watching Clark Griswold deal with such unfortunate circumstances. Man, the things that guy went through. And he is such a sweetheart, you can’t help but feel so bad for him. Those are the types of stories I LOVE.
- How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days – Another one that’s like a train wreck. You can’t help but watch. So entertaining watching how much crap the characters are going to put each other through, and yet you smile the entire time you’re watching it. Such amazing conflict in this story that it’s just laughter non-stop. Princess Sophia. That’s all I’m going to say. So, so funny.
About Christina Elle
Christina believes that laughter really is the best medicine, which is why in her stories she blends a healthy dose of hilarious hijinks with gritty suspense.
When she’s not writing fun contemporary romance or quirky romantic suspense, Christina can be found devouring books in every genre, watching Chris Hemsworth on TV, playing board games with her family, working out, watching Chris Hemsworth on TV, napping, watching Chris Hemsworth on TV, and shopping…for Chris Hemsworth’s latest DVD.
She lives near Baltimore with her husband and two sons, who give her an endless supply of humorous material to write about.
About ON HER SIX
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