Self Isolation Streaming List, Week 1: The ‘Cheer Me Up’ List

Cover images of bridesmaids (movies), The Other guys and Dodgeball

So 2020 didn’t start the way we were hoping for. First bushfires hit most Australian states, and now a killer virus is on the loose. I finally got the opportunity to write sports articles and movie reviews for an online magazine (this one), but hey guess what? All sports cancelled, and cinemas all closed. Who would have thought right? But as everyone like me whinges about these very minor worries in life, we need to appreciate what we have; our health. Staying home isn’t too bad, especially if you are lucky enough to have family with you. I’ve even had the chance to appreciate some of the finer things in life, like getting out in the garden, going for long walks and finally doing some exercise.

I’m going to take this opportunity to write what I can in this dire situation, and what better way than recommending a bunch of movies for your exciting self-isolation, to take your mind off what is going on around us?

The following list probably isn’t suitable for parents at home with young kids, but hey, who am I to judge? The ‘Cheer Me Up’ list is made up of movies that make me giggle most of the way through. Some are pretty silly, but none go too overboard with stupidity. Hopefully, this list helps you to do the right thing, and stay at home.

The Cheer Me Up List

The Other Guys – Netflix

The Other Guys features Detective Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Detective Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg), two unlikely police partners. Allen being more suited to the desk life, and Hoitz wanting to get in on the action and bust the bad guys. With Dwayne Johnson also featuring, who could pass up this hilarious flick?

The Hangover – Amazon Prime Video

A groom. Three groomsmen. A trip to Vegas, right before the wedding. What could possibly go wrong? This flick will keep you guessing, and laughing throughout.

White Chicks – Stan & Foxtel Go

Undercover black cops, disguised as rich white chicks makes for an interesting storyline. Characters like Latrell Spencer (played by Terry Crews), the white girl lovin’ American Footballer, make this flick what it is. Girls, let’s go shopping!

21 Jump Street – Stan & Foxtel Go

 Two cops help each other graduate from the police academy. After messing up because of their lack of professionalism, they soon find themselves back at high school on an undercover mission. You may even see Johnny Depp from the original series. The sequel 22 Jump Street is pretty funny too if you wanted to have a double movie isolation special.

Tropic Thunder – Netflix

A bunch of actors get cast in this war movie on a strange jungle set. But is it a set? Or are the cast and crew thrust into a real-life situation of life and death?

Ok, so I said none of these movies are filled with stupidity, but this one is the exception. Although there is a lot of overboard humour in Tropic Thunder, I think it’s done well. It may be the all-star cast of Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Junior that helps make this one a hit.

Bridesmaids – Foxtel Go

Two bridesmaids, and seemingly two maids of honour fighting for the top spot in their best friend’s wedding. Some compare this movie to the Hangover, but honestly, I don’t think it comes close. Still a great laugh, with some sticky and shitty situations. You’ll get that joke when you view it.

Dodgeball – Google Play & Apple Movies

Another interesting comical storyline. A team of middle-aged men need to be victorious in a dodge ball competition, in order to save their gym. As they always say, grab life by the balls, and watch this flick.

*Ones that just missed the cut: The Anchorman and Get Smart.

Stay tuned next week for my next isolation movie list; ‘Comedy Classics’.

Michael is an educator and writer from Melbourne. He enjoys writing about movies, sport, education and Italian Life.

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