We select our roster of Netflix April Fools and reveal which films and stars are sure to get you laughing this April Fool’s Day
By Virgin TV Edit
If ever there’s a day where waking up your loved ones by brushing strands of lovingly harvested, tree-sourced spaghetti slowly across their forehead is acceptable, its April Fool’s Day.
And, if doing so prompts a day-long silence while everyone is at work (or working from home), at least you can sit down with those now-former loved ones and enjoy these side-splitting comedies on Netflix, each one featuring one of our carefully selected April Fools who, we think, are sure to get you laughing…
Adam Sandler: Murder Mystery
Though it isn’t quite the gut-busting comedy of his cult classic Happy Gilmore, Murder Mystery sees Adam Sandler add a more subtle, understated performance to his oeuvre. Jennifer Aniston (more on her later) is also at the top of her comedy game as, after befriending billionaire Luke Evans, the couple becomes embroiled in a murder case.
Adam Sandler movies also available on Netflix:
The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected)
The Longest Yard
50 First Dates
Amy Poehler: Wine Country
As if being one of the industry’s funniest figures in front of the camera wasn’t enough, Amy Poehler only went and proved she’s as supremely talented behind it on Netflix last year, directing, co-writing and starring in this touching comedy in which a group of middle-aged friends visit California’s fabled “wine country”.
Amy Poehler movies and series also available on Netflix:
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp
Will Ferrell: Stranger Than Fiction
While he’s better known for his string of comedy smash-hits like The Other Guys, Talladega Nights and Anchorman with director Adam McKay, we think this is easily one of Ferrell’s best (and most underrated) performances. Equal parts comedy and drama, it sees him at his paranoid, panicky best as a bland office worker who suddenly finds his life being narrated by an acclaimed novelist.
Will Ferrell movies also available on Netflix:
The Other Guys
Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby
Kicking & Screaming
Jennifer Aniston: Dumplin’
After a run of more dramatic roles, Anniston returned to her comedic roots with this absolute belter. As a former beauty queen with a plus-sized daughter, Aniston delivers one of her best, most memorable performances as her daughter goes about revolutionising both the beauty pageant itself, and the small Texas town they call home.
Jennifer Aniston movies and series also available on Netflix:
Along Came Polly
Friends With Money
Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan: The Trip
It’s slightly unfair to lump these two together, but the fact that you can’t think about one without thinking about the other justifies doing so. Especially when it comes to The Trip, their improvised travel series-come-sitcom that sees the duo visiting increasingly picturesque restaurants. Sure, check out their individual highlights (listed below), but they bring out the best in each other in The Trip.
Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan movies and series also available on Netflix:
Gavin & Stacey (Brydon)
Swimming With Men (Brydon)
I’m Alan Partridge (Coogan)
Knowing Me, Knowing You (Coogan)
Olivia Colman: Flowers
It says a lot about Flowers’ bizarre, brilliant writing that it supports one of Colman’s strongest performances. Playing a much-maligned wife to a depressed illustrator, she shows off a fascinating mix of her comedic sensibilities and those she’s been deservedly awarded for in more serious, far darker dramas.
Olivia Colman series also available on Netflix:
That Mitchell And Webb Look
Zach Galifianakis: Between Two Ferns: The Movie
After asking countless celebs (and even the odd president and presidential candidate) immensely weird, often nonsensical, questions on his web series of the same, Zach Galifianakis (albeit the heavily fictionalised version of himself) returned in this feature-length outing. It’s bigger, weirder, more surreal and, as expected, packed to the brim with ferns.
Zach Galifianakis movies and series also available on Netflix:
The Lego Batman Movie
Melissa McCarthy: Spy
If ever there was a role Melissa McCarthy was born to play (aside from the borderline psychopathic sister-in-law in Bridemaids) its Susan Cooper in Spy. A long-time analyst of Jude Law’s Bond-esque secret agent, she soon finds herself fighting on the frontline, with the consequences as hilarious as they are absurd.
Melissa McCarthy movies and series also available on Netflix:
The Happytime Murders
Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life
Ricky Gervais: Extras
Though he’s best known for bring the world the original iteration of The Office and, more recently, After Life, Extras is where Ricky Gervais really shone – both in front of and behind the camera. Co-created, written, directed and starring alongside Stephen Merchant, Extras sees Gervais at his most acerbic as one of many film and TV extras rubbing shoulders with a string of acclaimed co-stars in cameo roles.
Ricky Gervais movies and series also available on Netflix:
Ricky Gervais: Humanity
David Brent: Life On The Road
Owen Wilson: Wedding Crashers
In a departure from his quirky roles in Wes Anderson films, this unashamedly raunchy mid-noughties romcom sees Wilson and best friend Vince Vaughan crash weddings in order to meet glamorous women. Is it a high-brow comedy that examines the human condition? Not really. Is it funny? Yes, it most certainly is.
Owen Wilson movies also available on Netflix:
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