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I need a movie recommendation?

Asked by marinelife (62450points) April 20th, 2012

The new release bin is bare, I like smart comedies, action (but not violence), romantic comedies.

I hate heist movies, war movies or sad animal pictures.

Is there something I have overlooked?

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flutherother's avatar

I saw Salmon Fishing in the Yemen today and liked it. It is a romantic comedy. Ewan McGregor is excellent

Jeruba's avatar

I saw that ^^^ in the theater a few weeks ago and enjoyed it almost in spite of myself. It’s not my usual thing (on both counts: romantic and comedy), but it was entertaining.

Are you looking for rentals? That one won’t be out yet.

marinelife's avatar

Lovely, but not on video yet.!

Jeruba's avatar

See African Queen again.

Watch a documentary of a music figure you admire. The one about Pete Seeger (The Power of Song ) is great.

Watch James Burke’s Connections series again.

Go for a well-done BBC miniseries such as Cranford, which will keep you going for several nights. (And then there’s Return to Cranford.) Dame Judi Dench was lovely in those.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

It’s a year old, so you may have seen it, but I highly recommend The King’s Speech. The performances really are spellbinding in my book.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Here’s IMBD’s 100 Best Romantic Comedy Movies list.
The first one that came to mind was Serendipity. Jeremy Piven is wonderful at providing the comedy bits.

The Big Blue. is one of my favorite movies, and it is classified as Adventure, Drama, and Romance.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

—@Pied_Pfeffer : I love and actually own The Big Blue.

Luiveton's avatar

The Help
Couples Retreat
Just Go with It
War Horse
The Notebook
The Virgin Queen
Soul Surfer
Love Actually (I don’t like it)
The Iron Lady (Meryl Streep, enough said.)
Desperate Housewives (Series)
The Big Bang Theory :: (Series)

I think I can go on forever dammit.

chyna's avatar

I just recently saw The Devil Wears Prada. I know it’s old but it was pretty funny.

Avangelo's avatar

Pineapple Express-action, comedy and drugs

Blondesjon's avatar

If you haven’t seen Prelude To A Kiss with Meg Ryan and Alec Baldwin, well, you should.

It’s romantic, smart, and contains an element of Freaky Friday-ness.


filmfann's avatar

It’s the 35 year anniversary of Annie Hall. It’s hard to beat that!

Sunny2's avatar

@filmfann La-di-dah, I love Annie Hall. Specially the lobsters. Thanks for reminding me.

filmfann's avatar

Radio Days, Hollywood Danny Rose, Manhattan, and the recent Midnight In Paris are all good bets if you like Woody Allen.

gailcalled's avatar

Doc Martin is not a movie but a very successful TV series done by our elegant neighbors, the Brits.

The story is of an English surgeon who relocates to a small and charming town in Cornwall as the local GP, having developed a phobia to blood, which makes it impossible to operate. He settles in, somewhat reluctantly, to practice a brilliant and irascible kind of medicine among a motley crew.

The four-part series (8 episodes each) is delish. The ensemble is an unusually original group of British eccentrics and oddballs, unairbrushed and often charmingly dotty. I watched 4 episodes in a row last night, having been hooked after the opening crawl.The Cornish countryside, similar to Yorkshire in the James Herriot series, matters.

But don’t take my word for it. Source

“It’s clear dramedy, and the kind of show that could only come from British sensibilities and humor. It’s one of the most hilarious shows that has ever been on television, but I don’t think it’s likely that you’ll ever laugh out loud. The four series in this DVD set (a fifth has been ordered and films this year) run through a wide range of events, both in terms of episodic stories, and the overall arc, and even in this respect the show sets itself apart from the usual American fare.

Characters come and go, then come back, and our love interest angle plays out in a form true to the characters we’ve established. There is, at the back of everything, a certain level of respect for Doc Martin that you rarely see, and that comes through in the way that, while we may put him in situations that will hopefully move us along toward good television, we let him do with them what they will.”

jca's avatar

I hate stupid comedies (and I usually find that most comedies are stupid) but two comedies that I thought would be stupid and instead, were just hilarious were Superbad and Borat. I don’t know, they would seem to be juvenile, but they both made me laugh out loud a bunch of times. Every time I see them, I crack up.

Another funny obscure one was Waking Ned Devine. It’s an Irish movie, probably not big in the box office, but very funny in a cute way.

Three quirky comedies, “mature” comedies, all great in my opinion are Little Miss Sunshine, Sideways and Fargo.

Earthgirl's avatar

I saw a romantic comedy called Today’s Special a couple weeks ago and it was great! My husband and I really enjoyed it. A real feel good movie.

Jeruba's avatar

@jca, I liked Waking Ned Devine too. And I didn’t want to laugh at Borat, but I couldn’t help it.

Fargo wouldn’t meet the “no violence” test, though. I wouldn’t expect @marinelife to find the wood chipper scene very funny.

jca's avatar

@Jeruba: Fargo did have a few scenes, but not terrible violence, just some incidents.

Earthgirl's avatar

Here is the trailor fro Today’s Special.

Seek's avatar

Very recently caught Breakfast on Pluto on DVD. I just adore Cillian Murphy, and Liam Neeson. I laughed, I cried, it moved me.

Avangelo's avatar

Have you seen the movie “The Change Up”? I didn’t think it would be as funny as it was but it turned out to be pretty awesome.

Berserker's avatar

Not recent, but My Super Ex Girlfriend is a mix of comedy and romance. It’s pretty out there, but entertaining nonetheless.

AngryWhiteMale's avatar

If you haven’t seen it, or haven’t seen it in a while, try “Harold and Maude”. Last time I saw it a couple years ago, I was surprised to find it was still funny and fresh. Some films are anachronistic fast, especially if they make use of pop culture/references (that was my big beef with Disney’s “Aladdin” – how many are going to get the Arsenio Hall reference fifty years from now?), but “Harold and Maude” got me laughing, just as it did the first time. That’s my suggestion for a smart comedy. :)

Jeruba's avatar

Hmm, @gailcalled, I’m truly surprised to find myself in disagreement with you in such a matter. Maybe I’m just not in the right mood this week, but I think I’d react pretty much the same way anytime.

On the strength of various recommendations (yours prominent among them), I rented the first disc of Doc Martin and watched the first episode and a half last night. Apart from the setting itself, and the dog, I found it charmless and annoying, and every single character was grating in some way (except the dog). There were several, including the lead, whose very appearance turned me off to the point that I knew I would not want to spend much time looking at them.

I am a great fan of British film and TV (and fiction old and new), although not much for the Benny Hill-type comedy, to be sure, and have happily wended my way through many a series and miniseries comparable to this. But this particular one just pushed all the wrong buttons with me. “Eccentric” is one thing; presumptuous, rude, and aggressively inconsiderate are another. There’s no pleasure to me in watching a nonstop display of obnoxious behavior.

Pity, too, because I was looking forward to settling into a relatively long-lasting relationship with the series. Instead I canceled them all out of my Netflix queue.

Kardamom's avatar

These movies are not necessarily new, but they are ones that I really enjoyed.

Romantic Comedy with Dudley Moore and Mary Steenburgen. Wonderful sense of sexual tension, lots of funny dialogue.

Rueben Ruben with gorgeous Brit Tom Conti. It’s a funny movie with a complicated romance and a very cute dog.

It’s Complicated with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin. One of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen about a divorced couple and their “complicated” relationship situation. Worth watching for Meryl Streep’s kitchen and garden alone.

Something’s Gotta Give with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton. Very funny and wonderfully romantic movie about love and sex and relationships with family with an older couple.

The Search for John Gissing with Alan Rickman playing a co-worker who is not what/who he seems, or is he? A bickering married couple who will probably remind you of someone you know. And Alan Rickman doing something very naughty to a chair, hee hee. Oh, did I mention that he tap dances at the end?

I also enjoyed both of the new Sherlock Holmes movies with Robert Downey Jr. and I love just about anything related to Sherlock Holmes so I also really liked a recent BBC mini series called simply Sherlock about a modern day Holmes and Watson.

Not a comedy, but a very painfully romantic movie with the beautiful Edward Norton called The Painted Veil

Nights in Rodanthe with Diane Lane and Richard Gere as an unlikely, but inevitable hookup between two very different kinds of people who find themselves thrust together in a romantic location in the middle of a hurricane, Lane’s ex husband and surly daughter throw monkey wrenches into their relationship, then a twist of fate shows up and changes things in a very unexpected way. It sounded very shmaltzy in the previews, but it turned out to be a really good movie.

And an oldie but a goodie worth watching again Being There with Peter Sellers

marinelife's avatar

@Kardamom Thank you for the thoughtful list. Some good possibilities on there.

gailcalled's avatar

@Jeruba; I suppose that you and i disagreeing from time to time is a good thing.

Some of the characters, including the Doc. are certainly as you describe them, but I still continue to watch and enjoy.

I am now at the beginning of season 3. The dog continues to endear himself to the viewers. So do many of the other characters. Plus I like the British way of casting with actors who have flawed faces and bodies but still own the screen when they are on.

There are times when I wish I could simply speak like Doc. Martin instead of having to use the social conventions. Of course that is impossible IRL but I enjoy the fantasy.

You and I still have a very good batting average.

gailcalled's avatar

edit; ” and me disagreeing..” Is that right?

Jeruba's avatar

Sorry, no. The gerund wants possessive pronouns, and there’s no way to make that sound right as constructed. I mean, you could do it (“your and my disagreeing”), but it would sound awful and be illogical to boot because it subtly implies that it would be possible for only one of us to disagree with the other. I’d suggest using a “that” construction: “I suppose that it’s a good thing for you and me to disagree.”

gailcalled's avatar

Thank you.

AngryWhiteMale's avatar

@gailcalled, @Jeruba: you could make it even simpler. Try this: “I suppose that our disagreeing from time to time is a good thing.”

gailcalled's avatar

I defer to the expert.

@Jeruba; Does that work?

Having just been listening to bird songs, my ear is now officially tin.

Jeruba's avatar

@gailcalled, yes, it’s fine grammatically, as long as the antecedent for the pronoun is understood. I avoided that construction because of the potential ambiguity in this context.

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