Birthday Request

November 12, 2017

Dear Family,

I'll admit, I'm not always the best with birthdays. Even when my family makes me the nicest birthday cards ever. I'm just so tired of children crying and requiring feeding after I cook expensive, delicious food for them. And I don't want to get any older. Plus, I'm super tired of Anything Difficult. Plus, on top of everything else, I got my braces installed this week, which means my mouth hurts AND I get to eat everything pureed (and let me tell you, pureed sauerkraut and kale and chicken is Not Good).

Okay, I'll stop complaining, even though it's my birthday and I totally get a free complaint pass.

Anyway, I have an important resolution for this upcoming 39th year of my life: I am going to become less pop-culture impaired when it comes to Movies. To that end, I am compiling a Film Festival schedule focusing on Great Comedies from all eras, to be watched by Jeff and me (and sometimes the boys, but not always) over the next few months of evenings-after-baby-bedtimes, assuming we can download the movies via Netflix or Amazon.

If there's a ton of movies on my list, with an aggressive viewing schedule, then it won't matter if I hate a few of them! That's my thinking, anyhow.

My request for you (and it's my birthday! How can you refuse??): hit "reply" and tell me one or two or three of your favorite comedies. If you could summarize them in a few sentences for the pop-culture-impaired, that would be even better. Highbrow OR lowbrow titles are perfect.

Below is the list I've started to compile, in random order, with the help of movie Experts at Time Out London.

I can't wait to hear your recommendations!

Here's to a funny/happy year for everyone,


Young Frankenstein
Death at a Funeral
Legally Blonde
Wet Hot American Summer
Mean Girls
Safety Last (1923)
Local Hero (1983)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Harold and Maude
Superbad (2007)
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
Old School (2003)
Office Space
Midnight Run (1988)
Clueless (1995)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Sons of the Desert (1933)
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Team America: World Police
Groundhog Day
Annie Hall
Monty Python's Life of Brian
This is Spinal Tap
Duck Soup (1933)
Dr Strangelove: Or, How I learned to STop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Plains, Trains, and Automobiles
Some Like It Hot (1959)
The Naked Gun (1988)
The Big Lebowski
South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
The Castle (1997)
Bridesmaids (2011)
Play it Again, Sam (1972)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Coming to America (1988)
Nuts in May (1976)
When Harry Met Sally
Raising Arizona
In the Loop (2009)
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
The Producers
Broadway Danny Rose
The Blues Brothers (1980)
His Girl Friday
Napoleon Dynamite