National Cheer Up the Lonely Day is observed July 11. What better way to cheer up the lonely than to sit down with them, pop in a comedy DVD and share in the laughter? You may even want to actively seek out the kind of movie comedy that points up the very real fact that sometimes it is better to be lonely than surrounded by a certain kind of person represented by the multitude of society. Even the loneliest person in the world would be cheered up if you sat down with them to watch these comedies.
The Man With Two Brains
Steve Martin made an impact in the 1980’s with a number of inventively offbeat comedies that are the exact opposite of the achingly mainstream films he makes today. “The Man with Two Brains” is the cure for loneliness because it cheers through bizarre humor, surreal comedy and the fact that a person can find an end to loneliness even without another body. Steve Martin finds the woman of his dreams in the form of a disembodied brain. If such hope doesn’t cheer up the lonely person in your life, nothing will.
What better way to cheer up a lonely person than with a comedy that shows that even when surrounded by other people, you may not be completely happy. “Diner” is filled with memorable dialogue and funny young men, but the fact remains that one of the messages this ensemble comedy sends out is that your life might actually be enhanced by not surrounding yourself with friends. Kevin Bacon plays a besotted underachiever, Paul Reiser plays a mooch and Steve Guttenberg plays a sophomoric loser. Laughing at “Diner” can also mean coming to a greater appreciation of the fact that being alone doesn’t have to equate with being lonely.
A biographical bit of history that provides a glimpse into lives of composers Franz Liszt and Frederic Chopin as well as author George Sand turns into a comedy of great humor every time Emma Thompson appears on the screen. “Impromptu” is another comedy that provides a wealth of laughter to be shared with your lonely friend that is combined the lesson that most people really aren’t that great to be around all the time. Emma Thompson perfectly captures the empty quality of the type of person striving for respect from the artistic community while everybody else in the cast inhabits the kind of pretention that makes being lonely a kind of paradise.