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Movies that put a smile on your face


Feeling down? We hate feeling down. Which is why we compiled a list of some of go-to movies that can't help but put a smile to our face or a laugh to our lips. While we know not everyone has the same tastes, we think there's something in here for everyone. So whether you need a pick-me-up, or are looking for a movie that will keep the good times rolling, there's something for everyone in this list, which are all available to rent or buy from the Microsoft Movies & TV store:

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Pitch Perfect (2012)

Synopsis: Arriving at her new college, Beca (Anna Kendrick) finds herself not right for any clique but somehow is muscled into one that she never would have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together. When Beca leads this a cappella singing group out of their traditional arrangements and perfect harmonies into all-new mash-ups, they fight to climb their way to the top of college music competitions.

LOL Moment: The vomit scene (it's early in the film, be ready for it)

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Galaxy Quest (1999)

Synopsis: For four years, the courageous crew of the NSEA protector - "Commander Peter Quincy Taggart" (Tim Allen), Lt. Tawny Madison (Sigourney Weaver) and Dr.Lazarus (Alan Rickman) - set off on a thrilling and often dangerous mission in space...and then their series was cancelled! Now, twenty years later, aliens under attack have mistaken the Galaxy Quest television transmissions for "historical documents" and beam up the crew of has-been actors to save the universe. With no script, no director and no clue, the actors must turn in the performances of their lives.

LOL Moment: When the team tests the "digital conveyor," on an animal before using it on Peter. ("And it exploded")

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Best in Show (2000)

Synopsis: The tension is palpable, the excitement is mounting and the heady scent of competition is in the air as hundreds of eager contestants from across America prepare to take part in what is undoubtedly one of the greatest events of their lives - the Mayflower Dog Show. Castle Rock Entertainment brings you, "Best in Show", directed by Christopher Guest and written by Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy. This outrageous comedy is filled with an all star cast including, Parker Posey, Michael Hitchcock, John Michael Higgins, Michael McKean, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara and Christopher Guest. Golden Globe nominee for Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy, and winner of American Comedy Award for funniest Motion Picture.

LOL Moment: Hard to choose just one, since it's pretty much non-stop, but Christopher Guest naming all the nuts is, um, nuts.

See also: Waiting for Guffman

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Bring it On (2000)

Synopsis: The Toro cheerleading squad has spirit, spunk, sass and a killer routine that's sure to land them the national championship trophy for the sixth year in a row. But for newly-elected team captain, Torrance (Kirsten Dunst), the Toro's road to cheer glory stumbles when she discovers their perfectly choreographed routines were stolen from a hot hip-hop squad across town. Now the squad must scramble to find a new routine to compete in this year's competition.

LOL Moment: Sparky the Choreographer introducing the squad to "spirit fingers"

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Animal House (1979)

Synopsis: One of the most popular movie comedies of all time is also the film that made John Belushi a star. This raunchy, screwball comedy, directed with madcap zest by John Landis, offers a relentless spoof of 1960's college life by following the hilarious adventures of the Delta fraternity. In addition to Belushi as "Bluto" Blutarsky, the outstanding cast includes Tim Matheson, Tom Hulce, Stephen "Flounder" Furst, Karen Allen, Donald Sutherland, Peter Riegert and Kevin Bacon, along with Otis Day and the Knights with their show-stopping performance of "Shout."

LOL Moment: The food fight is classic,

Also see: Old School

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Bridesmaids (2011)

Synopsis: Thirty-something Annie (Kristen Wiig) has hit a rough patch but finds her life turned completely upside down when she takes on the Maid of Honor role in her best friend Lillian’s (Maya Rudolph) wedding. In way over her head but determined to succeed, Annie leads a hilarious hodgepodge of bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to the big event.

LOL Moment: The food poisoning at the bridal shop.

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Napoleon Dynamite (2011)

Synopsis: From Preston, Idaho, comes Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder), a new kind of hero complete with a tight red 'fro, some sweet moon boots, and skills that can't be topped. Napoleon lives with his Grandma (Sandy Martin) and his 31-year-old unemployed brother Kip (Aaron Ruell), who spends his days looking for love in internet chat rooms. When Grandma hits the road on her quad runner, Napoleon and Kip's meddling Uncle Rico (Jon Gries) comes to town to stay with them and ruin their lives. Napoleon is left to his own devices to impress the chicks at school and help his new best friend, Pedro (Efren Ramirez), win the election for Student Body President against stuck-up Summer (Haylie Duff); all the while making sure to feed Grandma's pet llama Tina, and avoiding association with Uncle Rico and the herbal breast enhancers he sells door to door. Napoleon and Pedro put their skills and knowledge of piñatas, cows, and drawing to good use, but it is a surprise talent that leads the two to triumph in the end.

LOL Moment: The Dance. You can't deny it, Napoleon's got moves!

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Synopsis: Hilarious retelling of the Knights of King Arthur and their quest for the Holy Grail.

LOL Moment: Another example where you can't just pick one, though we are particularly fond of the killer bunny.

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Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Synopsis: Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) is a struggling father who loses his job as a voice actor for cartoons. When he throws a disastrous surprise birthday party for his son, Chris, everything takes a turn for the worse. Daniel's wife, Miranda (Sally Field), has had it with Daniel and wants a divorce. When the divorce hearings arrive, Daniel is denied custody of the children, but is allowed visitations... but seeing his children once a week isn't enough.

LOL Moment: Thank goodness for vanilla cake!

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Also see: The Birdcage, Good Morning, Vietnam

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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

Synopsis: The comic misadventures of the beleaguered Griswold family continue in this latest "Vacation" outing, the third and most successful of the series.

LOL Moment: The squirrel attack

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Also see: Vacation (the original, not the remake!)

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Easy A (2010)

Synopsis: After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl (Emma Stone) sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school – until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

LOL Moment: "Pocket Full of Sunshine"

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500 Days of Summer (2009)

Synopsis: A young greeting card writer (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is hopelessly, helplessly searching for the girl of his dreams...and his new co-worker, Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel), may just be “the one.” But the 500 days of their offbeat relationship reveal (in no particular order) that the road to happiness can be unpredictable, uncontrollable—and unbelievably funny!

LOL Moment: "You Make My Dreams Come True"

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Caddyshack (1980)

Synopsis: At a private country club, a young caddy pursues a caddy scholarship in hopes of attending college. And the greens keeper (Bill Murray) plots to destroy a gopher, chewing up the golf course.

LOL Moment: Basically anything featuring Bill Murray's battle against the gopher

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22 Jump Street (2014)

Synopsis: After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don't have to just crack the case - they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship.

LOL Moment: My Name is Jeff

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Also see: 21 Jump Street

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