LGBTQIA+ Comedies

Chester County Library is celebrating Pride all throughout the month of June, and you can celebrate with us by checking out some of the LGBTQIA+ movies in our collection! This list of films features movies that celebrate LGBTQIA+ friendship, love, laughter, and joy.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994, Rated R)
An aging drag queen named Bernadette relives her glory days on a road trip through the Australian desert with her friends.

Anchor and Hope (2017, Not Rated)
The idyllic life of a young lesbian couple is interrupted when one’s mother demands a grandchild. The couple and a male friend contemplate p17043_p_v10_acmaking a baby.

Battle of the Sexes (2017, Rated PG-13)
Based on the real-life match between tennis stars Billie-Jean King and Bobby Riggs, and the events in their lives that led up to the match.

The Birdcage (1996, Rated R)
A middle-aged gay couple has their lives turned upside-down when their son decides to marry the daughter of a conservative senator.

Booksmart (2019, Rated R)
Two high school best friends realize that their devotion to academics has made them miss out on some milestones. Together they try to cram four years of partying into one night before graduation.

Breakfast on Pluto (2005, Rated R)
Kitten Braden, a foundling raised in an Irish rectory, leaves Ireland for London to start a new life as nightclub singer.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001, Rated R)
Tells the story of Hedwig, a genderqueer person who flees East Germany just as the Berlin Wall is about to fall, and tries to live a loud and glamorous rock and roll life.

I Love You, Phillip Morris (2009, Rated R)
After being arrested for a string of crimes, con man Steven falls in love with a prison inmate named Phillip. In order to build the perfect life for hedwigthem, Steven goes on another crime spree.

Ideal Home (2018, Not Rated)
A bickering gay couple, Paul and Erasmus, is thrown for a loop when a boy shows up on their doorstep claiming to be Erasmus’s grandson.

In and Out (1997, Rated PG-13)
After being outed by one of his students, a high school teacher struggles to conform to typical masculinity.

The Kids Are All Right (2010, Rated R)
Nic and Jules have two children and marriage that has lasted twenty years. As their oldest daughter prepares to go to college, the couple get in contact with the sperm donor who fathered their kids.

Kinky Boots (2005, Rated PG-13)
A straight-laced shoemaker enlists performer Lola to save his family business by making flamboyant stilettos for drag performers.

Lez Bomb (2018, Rated TV-14)
A young woman goes home for Thanksgiving, planning to come out to her family, but her family also has some surprises up their sleeves.love simon

Love, Simon (2018, Rated PG-13)
Simon is a closeted high-schooler, worried about coming out to his family and friends, and wondering which of his classmates is his anonymous online crush.

Never Goin’ Back (2018, Rated R)
Two high school dropouts run away from home and become waitresses to save for a beach trip. But saving turns out to be tough when life—especially nightlife—gets in the way.

Papi Chulo (2018, Rated R)
Sean, a lonely gay weatherman, hires Mexican migrant worker Ernesto to be his friend. Their friendship crosses borders of race, language, and sexuality.

Pride (2014, Rated R)
In the summer of 1984, gay activists in the U.K. help miners during their extended strike on the National Union of Mineworkers. Based on a true story.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, Rated R)
An “ordinary” couple, stranded in a storm, seek refuge in a castle where they meet Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a mad scientist building Rocky, the perfect man.

Saving Face (2004, Rated R)saving face
A closeted lesbian must balance a relationship with her boss’s daughter and with housing her pregnant mother, who has been disowned by her parents.

Tangerine (2015, Rated R)
After being released from prison on Christmas Eve, sex worker Sin-Dee hears that her boyfriend has been unfaithful. She and her friend travel through L.A. to get to the bottom of things.

That’s Not Us (2015, Not Rated)
Three couples travel to a beach house for an end-of-summer getaway, only to find tension simmering among the group.

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995, Rated PG-13)
Three drag queens on a cross-country road trip get stranded in a sleepy Midwestern town, and shake up the locals with their colorful personalities.

Victor, Victoria (1982, Rated PG)
Victoria, a cabaret singer, rises to fame with an act where she pretends to be a man pretending to be a woman. But things get complicated when she meets the man of her dreams.

Your Favorite Funny Movie Scenes

The funniest scenes on film?  It’s subjective, but here are a smattering of movie scenes of the sound era that make me chuckle or laugh whenever I recall or see them again.  What are your favorites?

Adam's Rib

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)  Pursued down the manse’s hall by the monster, our bumbling heroes slam the door and push up against it a bed.  However, the door opens into the hall.

Adam’s Rib (1950) Katharine Hepburn screeches when Spencer Tracy puts a gun barrel in his mouth—and bites it off.  “Licorice.”

Airplane (1980)  Barbara Billingsley translates jive for two Brothers.

Airplane 2 (1982)  Moonbase captain William Shatner is contacted and asked to help with a rescue mission.  It turns out that Shatner’s mug is not being viewed on a monitor, rather a window because he opens the door to provide his answer and expertise.

Bananas

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)  Attempting to thwart teen Shirley Temple’s crush on him, Cary Grant decides to play along and act her age.  Upon coming to her house and meeting her grandfather, Grant says, “I know a man.” “What man?” asks gramps.  “Man with a power.” “What power?” “Power of who-do.” “Who-do?” “You do.” “I do what?” “Know a man.”

Bananas (1971)  Woody Allen leads a guerilla army to topple a Central American dictator.  On the way to the capital Woody and his lieutenants enter the Bar Rest. El Verde and order 1,000 grilled cheese, 300 tuna, and 200 BLTs.  Woody is reminded that Fernandez wants his on a roll.

Biloxi Blues (1988)  Matthew Broderick is oppressed by the Mississippi heat during Basic Training and complains, “It never got this hot in Brooklyn.  It’s like Africa hot.  Tarzan couldn’t take this kind of hot.”

Coming to America

Bringing Up Baby (1938)  To cover Katharine Hepburn’s torn dress posterior, Cary Grant latches onto her and they walk out of the room , legs in sync.

Coming to America (1988)  John Amos, owner of the McDowell’s hamburger emporium, is told by employee Louis Anderson that he’s wanted out front.  When he comes out he encounters the glaring King of Zamunda (James Earl Jones) in his lion-skin vestments accompanied by his wife and assorted minions.

Father of the Bride (1950)  Spencer Tracy has a dream in which he can’t get down to aisle to give daughter Elizabeth Taylor away.  The floor ripples, his clothes are torn to shreds.  Everyone is looking at him, aghast.

A Foreign Affair (1948)  When staid Congresswoman Jean Arthur asks John Lund how he knows so much about women’s clothes he responds, “My mother wore women’s clothes.”

The Graduate (1967)  At poolside during his college graduation party, Dustin Hoffman is offered advice about his future by one of his father’s corporate chums:  “One word:  Plastics.”

Harold and Maude (1972)  Harold’s Uncle Victor (CharlesTyner), an Army “lifer” with one arm, gazes upon the portrait of patriot Nathan Hale and yanks on a lanyard below his service bars and pulls his empty sleeve up in salute.

The In-Laws (1979)  Dentist Alan Arkin is introduced to Central American dictator Richard Libertini by Peter Falk.  The dictator introduces Arkin to his “hand” puppet Senor Pepe, who gives Arkin a kiss.

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)  Accidentally locked in a hardware store basement, Sid Caesar and Edie Adams make valiant efforts to break out, from using a sledgehammer to charging into the wall on a forklift.

Meatballs (1979)  While loading up the children for Camp Mohawk, Tripper (Bill Murray) is asked by a local newscaster to explain why the camp costs $1,000 a week.  Tripper reveals that they will once again perform Shakespeare in the round and host a political roundtable at which Henry Kissinger and Yassur Arafat will appear.  “But the real excitement,” Murray adds, occurs during “sexual awareness week” at the end of which the winner gets to pillage neighboring towns.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)  King Arthur (Graham Chapman) and his men cannot pass the wood until they give the guardian knights “a shrubbery!”

Murder by Death (1976)  “What the hell kind of a circus was it?” asks Peter Falk of Eileen Brennan after she tried to explain her strange childhood.

The Naked Gun (1988) In trying to determine the assassin at a baseball game, Inspector Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) incapacitates and assumes the identities of scheduled National Anthem –singing tenor Enrico Pallazzo and the plate umpire.  When Drebin’s umpire mask comes off during an altercation, a spectator (Mark Holton) leaps up and yells, “It’s Enrico Pallazzo!”

A New Leaf (1971)  Clumsy but rich biologist Henrietta Lowell (Elaine May) asks suitor Walter Matthau if he’s “ever tasted Mogen David’s Extra Heavy Malaga Wine with Soda and Lime Juice.”

A Night in Casablanca (1946)  Hiding in a war criminal’s (Sig Ruman) hotel room, Groucho, Chico and Harpo Marx foil the Nazi’s attempt to pack his steamer trunks by removing the contents every time his back is turned.

The Odd Couple (1968)  Oscar (Walter Matthau) confronts Felix (Jack Lemmon) about all the irritating little notes he leaves in their apartment.  “We Are All Out Of Cornflakes—F U.  Took me three hours to figure out that F U is Felix Ungar!”

One, Two, Three (1961)  West Berlin Coca-Cola rep McNamara (James Cagney) wants to break into the Communist market where all those Cossacks and Volga boatmen thirst for the pause that refreshes.  With his bumptious blonde secretary (Lilo Pulver) in tow, he entertains three Communist apparatchiks at a nightclub.  To the tune of the orchestra’s “Yes, We Have No Bananas” the secretary dances on the table with flaming shishkabob sticks, one of which is caught by the aged orchestra leader without missing a beat.

Only Two Can Play (1962)  Attempting to exit unseen from the home where he has been trying to consummate a  relationship with a town councillor’s wife, Peter Sellers keeps running into guests and pretends to be the butler and a plumbing inspector.  Not knowing the house, he keeps opening closets and doors that foil his escape.  It is a preview of Sellers ‘ bumbling Inspector Clouseau.

Operation Petticoat (1959)  Hoping to sink an anchored Japanese vessel, Cary Grant’s plan comes to naught when a nurse accidentally and prematurely launches the torpedo.  An explosion is heard but when Grant looks through the periscope he finds that “We sunk a truck!”

Send Me No Flowers (1964)  When Doris Day demands that Rock Hudson reveal the name of the woman with whom he pretends to be having an affair, he answers, “Dolores.” Doris wants a last name.  Rock scans the wall of the train station baggage room where this conversation takes place, spots a Smokey the Bear poster and announces, “Yellowstone.”

So Fine (1981)  Ryan O’Neal is being chased by mobster Richard Kiel, a mountain of a man.  “A giant?  Was he well dressed?” asks Jack Warden, garment district impresario.

Stripes (1981)  When Sergeant Hulka (Warren Oates) is injured, Bill Murray and the platoon finish Basic Training on their own and at graduation explain to the general (Robert J. Wilke), “That’s a fact, Jack!”

That Touch of Mink (1962)  Learning that Doris Day is being taken to a seedy motel, Cary Grant exclaims in disgust, “Al’s Motel. (harumph!)  Sounds like a place where you bring your own light bulbs.”

Topper Takes a Trip (1939)  Escorted through a hotel by the ghost Marian Kirby, Topper (Roland Young) seems to be floating on air or having a fit.

Who Was That Lady? (1960)  Inadvertently mixed up with Communist spies and the FBI, Tony Curtis and Dean Martin are kidnapped and wake up in what they think is a Red submarine.  Intending to sabotage it, they begin smashing pipes and releasing water.  Trouble is, they are not in a submarine, rather the basement of the Empire State Building.

Young Frankenstein (1974)  To show the townsfolk that he has indeed created life, Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) teaches the monster (Peter Boyle) to sing and dance on stage.  However, the creature doesn’t do it well enough and the audience hisses and boos and pelts him with garbage.

Zorro, the Gay Blade (1981)  Each time Ron Leibman’s Captain Esteban is ready to order the firing squad to shoot, the drummers begin drumming.

By Kim

In the Spotlight: New and Notable Comedy Albums

Hi All,
Here is a list of New and Notable Comedy Albums that just came in to the Chester County Library.

Sleepwalk With Me by Mike Birbiglia
Happy Thoughts by Daniel Tosh
Turtleneck and Chain by The Lonely Island
Team America World Police Music From the Motion Picture
Aged and Confused by Bill Engvall
Circle by Eddie Izzard
Doing My Time by Jim Gaffigan
Dress To Kill by Eddie Izzard
Drunk In Public by Ron White
In Other Words by Kathleen Madigan
Metro Jethro by Jon Reep
Intimate Momements for a Sensual Evening by Aziz Ansari
Mitch All Together by Mitch Hedberg
My Secret Public Journal Live by Mike Birbiglia
Never Scared by Chris Rock
Seriously, Who Farted? by Nick Swardson
Skanks for the Memories by Dave Attell
Sleepwalk with Me Live by Mike Birbiglia
Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome by Maria Bamford
Weapons of Self Destruction by Robin Williams
What the Hell Happened to Me? by Adam Sandler
The White Album by Lewis Black

New Comedy CDs and New Video Games

Check out some new comedy CDs and Video games that have recently been added to our collection.

Comedy CDs

Drunk In Public by Ron White

Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening by Aziz Ansari

Never scared by Chris Rock

Hypocritical Oaf by Doug Benson

Archer: The complete Season One: produced by Matt Thompson ; created by Adam Reed

New Video Games

Click on the format you are interested in to see if the item is currently available.

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood- Xbox 360 PlayStation 3

You don’t know Jack- Wii

Super Scribblenauts- Nintendo DS

The Legend of Zelda. Twilight Princess Wii

New Super Mario Bros Nintendo DS Wii

Forza Motorsport Xbox 360

Dead Space 2 PlayStation 3

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Xbox 360

Madden NFL 11: Wii XBox 360 PlayStation 3

Need For Speed Hot Pursuit- PlayStation 3 Xbox 360

A Tax Season Movie Recommendation

Isn’t it exciting? This year tax payers have until Monday, April 18th to file their federal tax return (although state returns are still due on April 15th).

Take a break from thinking about taxes. Give yourself a treat and laugh at Stranger Than Fiction, a movie about a tax auditor.

Stranger Than Fiction

Staring:Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Emma Thompson. 2006.

Directed by: Marc Forster

Will Ferrell is Harold Crick, an isolated man who works as an auditor for the IRS. He lives a boring existence until one day he hears a voice narrating the things that happen in his life. As it turns out, his life is being narrated by Kay Effiel, played by Emma Thompson, an author writing her latest novel.

Harold also must audit a bakery owner named Ana Pascal (played by Maggie Gyllenhaal), who the voice tells him, is trying to kill him. Harold must deal with his romantic feelings for Ana (as well as the fact that she might want to kill him) and figure out why a voice is narrating his life.

This offbeat film will keep you on your toes with its unusual plot. I found it reminded me of another movie about a character who becomes aware he is part of another story. In The Truman Show (1998), Jim Carrey plays Truman Burbank, a man finds out that everyone in his life and town is an actor and what he thinks is his hometown is actually a set for the reality television program about his life. How will Truman deal with this reality? Watch The Truman Show to find out.

And if you are looking for tax forms or information about taxes come to the library for more information.

-Katie at CCL