When there's nothing to do and it seems impossible to escape the clutches of lethargy, reinvigorate your sense of purpose with these ten fun movies to watch when bored. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and before you know it time will be flying by at dizzying speeds.
- Dazed & Confused. Richard Linklater's 1993 cult-classic may have fizzled at the box office but given the film's unbridled sense of fun, it was inevitable that audiences would ultimately discover it. “Dazed & Confused” resonates because of its unconventional pacing and reliance on characters over plot. The result is a film that makes it feel like you're hanging out with your friends, and there's no better cure for boredom than that.
- Star Trek. When director J.J. Abrams reinvented “Star Trek” with this 2009 hit, he made the mythology accessible to the uninitiated and did so without sacrificing the fun spirit or sense of adventure its predecessors were known for. Packed with action, laughs, and amazing special effects, “Star Trek” targets your boredom and sets its phasers to kill.
- Shaun of the Dead. Perpetually ambivalent slacker Shaun is forced to re-evaluate his life after an undead outbreak in Edgar Wright's brilliant 2004 zombie movie send-up. Featuring top-notch performances by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the film is refreshingly original and undeniably fun.
- Go. The intertwining stories that make up Doug Liman's 1999 action/comedy are often surprising and always entertaining. Boredom is not a word in this film's vocabulary and the lightning fast pace barely allows viewers time to catch their breath.
- The Incredibles. After being forced into hiding, retired superhero Bob Parr finds himself bored with the daily grind. When the chance to squeeze back into his tights arises, Bob is joined by his family on a jaw-dropping adventure filled with spectacle and heart. The movie is a triumph of modern digital technology with a fun retro aesthetic.
- The Breakfast Club. Humorous, touching, and iconic- this seminal brat pack favorite represents John Hughes at the top of his game. Afflicted with boredom during a Saturday detention, five high school students create unlikely friendships as they find amusing ways to pass the time.
- Avatar. James Cameron's action/sci-fi juggernaut left audiences desperate to return over and over again to experience the excitement and fun of Pandora. The level of detail and care put into the realization of the film's environment is staggering. If “Avatar” can't crush your boredom, it's unlikely anything will.
- Benny & Joon. Johnny Depp broke many a heart with his playful performance in this 1993 romance. He stars as a socially awkward drifter who manages to connect with a mentally ill woman in a way no one else has. Though the subject matter is heavy, the innocence of the film's leads make it impossible not to smile ear to ear.
- Planet Terror. Robert Rodriguez's “Grindhouse” entry succeeds because it never takes itself too seriously. Hilariously over-the-top, the movie is a wickedly fun assault on the senses. Violent, crass, and intentionally hammy, “Planet Terror” will eviscerate your boredom.
- Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. This extremely underrated 2005 noir throwback is brimming with thrills, laughs, and surprises. Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer are the ultimate odd couple working together to solve a murder case. The movie turns every murder mystery cliché upside down and is more fun than it has any right to be.