May 18, 2024

From belly laughs to snorts of amusement, Halsey reveals her go-to funny films that keep her giggling!

Halsey is one of the biggest pop stars in the world right now. With her unique style and powerful voice, she has captured the attention of millions of fans worldwide. When she’s not hard at work creating new music or touring, Halsey enjoys unwinding by watching some of her all-time favorite funny movies. Here’s a look at three comedies that always crack her up.

Bridesmaids (2011)

At over 3500 words, this raunchy R-rated comedy from director Paul Feig tops Halsey’s list as her all-time favorite funny movie. Starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, and Ellie Kemper, Bridesmaids follows Annie (Wiig), a bakery owner who serves as the maid of honor for her best friend Lillian (Rudolph) as she prepares for her wedding.

On the surface, the plot seems like a typical romantic comedy about wedding planning hijinks. But Bridesmaids subverts expectations by taking the bridesmaids antics to outrageous new levels of crass humor. Scenes like Annie and Helen (Byrne) getting into a ridiculous food poisoning situation on a plane or Annie projectile vomiting in a bridal shop dressing room broke new ground in mainstream comedy by featuring bodily humor that was typically only seen in raunchier R-rated comedies at the time.

For Halsey, one of the main reasons she finds Bridesmaids so hilarious is the outstanding comedic performances from the entire ensemble cast. Kristen Wiig in particular shines as the mess of a human being that is Annie. Her desperate attempts to win back her ex-boyfriend while juggling maid of honor duties results in some of the most cringe-worthy yet hilarious scenes in modern comedy.

Maya Rudolph is also pitch perfect as the put-together bride Lillian, serving as a great straight man to offset Annie’s escalating madness. But it’s really the supporting cast that steals nearly every scene they’re in. Melissa McCarthy had her breakout role as Megan, the crude, blunt traffic cop who isn’t afraid to say or do anything. And Rose Byrne is endlessly entertaining as Helen, the type-A control freak who can’t handle Annie’s chaos.

For Halsey, the film is such a breath of fresh air because it portrays women in all their complex, messy humanity without apologizing for it. The bridesmaids aren’t just quirky side characters – they’re fully dimensional individuals navigating real life struggles around relationships, careers, and self-worth in hilarious fashion. It’s this authentic, no-holds-barred portrayal of women that has kept Halsey coming back to Bridesmaids again and again for a good laugh.

Step Brothers (2008)

Another favorite of Halsey’s is the 2008 Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly comedy Step Brothers. Directed by Adam McKay, who regularly collaborated with Ferrell, Step Brothers follows two 40-year-old “overgrown adolescents” Brennan Huff (Ferrell) and Dale Doback (Reilly) who are forced to live together as step-brothers when their single parents get married.

The immature antics and childish hijinks that ensue as Brennan and Dale attempt to adjust to their new living situation provide endless comedy gold for Halsey. Iconic scenes like the duo singing their made up song “Catalina Wine Mixer” in the car or getting way too into an impromptu drum-off are just pure comedy genius in her eyes.

What makes Step Brothers so rewatchable for Halsey is how committed Ferrell and Reilly are to their roles. They fully embrace the man-child personas of Brennan and Dale without a hint of self-awareness. Every interaction, no matter how absurd, is played completely straight-faced by the two leads. This commitment to taking the ridiculous premise to its most extreme conclusions results in a movie that gets funnier with each viewing as new layers of jokes are discovered.

The supporting cast is also phenomenal at playing straight man to Ferrell and Reilly’s antics. Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins perfectly capture the exasperation and embarrassment of having to parent their 40-year-old “children.” Comedy all-stars like Adam Scott and Kathryn Hahn also steal many scenes as Brennan and Dale’s more well-adjusted siblings.

For Halsey, Step Brothers perfectly encapsulates the joy of “stupid comedy” that doesn’t require much brain power beyond just letting the absurdity wash over you. It’s a movie she finds herself putting on any time she needs a good laugh and a reminder that not taking yourself too seriously is one of life’s simple pleasures. The film will forever hold a special comedic brilliance in her eyes.

The Hangover (2009)

Rounding out Halsey’s top three favorite funny movies is the R-rated 2009 smash hit The Hangover. Directed by Todd Phillips, The Hangover follows a group of friends – Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis), and soon-to-be groom Doug (Justin Bartha) – who travel to Las Vegas for a bachelor party they can’t quite remember the next morning due to being drugged and heavily intoxicated.

What ensues is a mad scramble to piece together the events of the previous night and locate Doug ahead of his wedding that afternoon. Shenanigans include missing teeth, a baby in their hotel room, a tiger, and much more that was mysteriously acquired during their blackout evening in Vegas.

For Halsey, The Hangover represents the pinnacle of raunchy, crass comedy done right. The outrageous situations and revelations the guys uncover about their lost night are endlessly quotable and never fail to make her laugh out loud. Iconic moments like Stu’s insistence that “We did not kidnap a baby, it’s not possible” or the reveal of Mike Tyson’s face tattoo will never get old.

She also appreciates how well the ensemble cast works together. Bradley Cooper is perfectly cast as the straight man desperately trying to piece everything together, while Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis steal nearly every scene as the hapless sidekicks. Even supporting roles like Melissa McCarthy as a crazed police officer are hilarious.

What’s so rewatchable about The Hangover for Halsey is that it never fails to find new absurd gags or physical comedy bits throughout. No matter how many times she’s seen it, there’s always a new joke or reaction shot that makes her crack up. The film represents the pinnacle of the R-rated comedy genre’s potential for crude, crass hilarity done with expert comedic timing and chemistry between the cast. It’s sure to remain a comedy classic in her eyes.

In Closing…

While Halsey is known worldwide as a serious artist, she also has a deep appreciation for all forms of comedy. These three films – Bridesmaids, Step Brothers, and The Hangover – represent the pinnacle of raunchy, outrageous humor done right in her opinion. They feature phenomenal comedic performances, endlessly quotable dialogue and situations, and a commitment to absurdity that makes them infinitely rewatchable sources of laughs.

No matter how many times she’s seen any of these movies, they never fail to crack her up. For Halsey, these comedies represent an art form of letting loose and not taking yourself too seriously – a welcome reprieve from the pressures of her career. They remind her of the simple joy of laughing at the ridiculous antics on screen. It’s no wonder they hold a special place in her heart as some of the funniest movies of all time.

 

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