Lighten up your summer with hilarious throwbacks

Ani Kocharyan

For those that don’t have plans for the never ending summer, this list of hilarious movies might just save you.

Movies are a great way to spend time, whether you’re with your friends or by yourself. Here are some comedies to watch this summer regardless of what your plans might be over the vacation.

His Girl Friday  

Rating: PG  Genre: Drama/Comedy  Released: 1940  Available on Youtube

This classic movie follows the story of newspaper editor Walter Burns (Cary Grant) as he finds out that Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell), his ex-wife and top reporter, is planning to quit to get married. Burns finds every opportunity he can to stop her from leaving her job, including a case on Earl Williams (John Qualen), a man convicted of killing a policeman. Burns makes excuses as to why Johnson needs to stay to work on the case and at one point he gets her fiancé arrested.

The Addams Family  

Rating: PG-13  Genre: Fantasy/Comedy  Released: 1991  Available on Hulu

After years of absence, Fester (Jackie Coogan), a man claiming to be the brother of Gomez Addams (John Astin) shows up at the family’s home. Suspicions rise as the con artist’s foolproof plan starts to fall apart.

Meet the Parents  

Rating: PG-13  Genre: Romance/Comedy  Released: 2000  Available on Netflix

Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) wants to propose to his girlfriend, Pam (Teri Polo), but has to meet her parents first. As the story unfolds, Greg constantly embarrasses himself as he tries to get her suspicious father’s approval.

The Philadelphia Story  

Rating: NR  Genre: Romance/Comedy  Released: 1940  Available on Youtube ($2.99)

Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn) is days away from her wedding with George Kittredge (John Howard) but things don’t work out the way she planned when her ex-husband, C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant), finds out that a publisher of a magazine is planning to release a story on her father. Haven shows up to Lord’s house with writer Mike Connor (James Stewart) and photographer Elizabeth Imbrie (Ruth Hussey) and the wedding takes an unexpected turn.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  

Rating: PG-13  Genre: Drama/Comedy  Released: 1986  Available on Hulu
Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) comes up with a sophisticated plan to take the day off from school. With his girlfriend and his best friend, Bueller borrows a Ferrari and goes to Chicago. While they explore the city, their obsessive school principal is determined to prove that he’s not who his parents think he is.

The Proposal

Rating: PG-13  Genre: Romance/Comedy  Released: 2009  Available on Netflix

To avoid getting deported to Canada, Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock), a successful book editor, gets engaged to her assistant, Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds). Various mishaps follow the pair as they travel to Alaska to meet Paxton’s odd family and avoid deportation.