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Mark Harrison Jul 1, 2016
Need a laugh? Here's our guide to 25 comedies that are on Netflix UK now, and are well worth your time...
Putting aside all of the chunter about VPNs and rising subscription costs for a moment, there are more hidden gems to be discovered on Netflix UK than you might expect, and we've been combing through the streaming site's current catalogue to find some of the most underappreciated comedies on offer.
We've come up with this fairly broad selection of films that varies on several fronts. We've picked out a mix of belly laughers and dark comedies, with a couple of dramedies thrown in for good measure. They're not all big Hollywood comedies, but neither are they all films that you're hearing about for the first time, though we've tried to order them according to how well known they may or may not be. What they all have »
Casting casting child actors is, to say the least, complicated. You're trying to find someone who can believably look like a mixture of whomever is playing their parents. They don't have a lifetime of understanding stage directions and camera angles. They only have a finite amount of time each day they're legally allowed to be working. Oh, and they also have to be a decent actor. It's why great child actors are such a notoriously hard thing to find. Now imagine you have to factor all of that in, but you're also trying to find kids who can hold their own in a comedy where their co-stars are freakin' Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. That's exactly the challenge faced by Daddy's Home, the new movie from Sex Drive and She's Out of My League writer...
- Peter Hall
Stars: Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Aubrey Plaza, Jason Mantzoukas, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Hough, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Brandon Mychal Smith, Adam Pally | Written by John Phillips | Directed by Dan Mazer
Sacha Baron Cohen cohort Dan Mazer – who produced Cohen’s movies Bruno, Borat and The Dictator – follows up his feature debut, I Give It A Year, with a Cohen-style gross-out comedy starring the legend that is Robert De Niro. This time round De Niro, in another of his comedic roles (his last The Intern was superb Fyi), he appears alongside the smouldering sex-bomb that is Zac Efron. And both of them get topless. Which should be all most of this films target audience will need to know really. But I digress.
- Phil Wheat
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