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Posted on: Nov 13, 2020

Five Hilarious Comedies About Felonies and Misdemeanors

As the pandemic rages on, we face the harsh reality of winter. Instead of hot cocoa and eggnog with our pals at the ski lodge, we are forced back into our homes with our families/cats. How to cope? How to avoid the frozen fate of Jack Torrance in The Shining? The Criminal Justice Section is here for you with recommendations to get you through the punishing winter.

The criminal practitioner is many things—dogged, dedicated and marked by a peculiar thirst for justice. But when out of the courtroom and in the living room, the criminal practitioner also loves to laugh! During these hard times, it can be hard to remember the last time a smile crossed your countenance. Luckily, these films about crime will bring a tear (of laughter!) to your eye.  

Five Hilarious Comedies About Felonies and Misdemeanors

  1. The Nice Guys: This under the radar Ryan Gosling vehicle is well on its way to cult status. Co-starring Russell Crowe, the film focuses on two ex-cops investigating the disappearance of a teenage girl. 
  2. Raising Arizona: This Coen Bros classic has everything: baby-napping, motorcycles, and ne’er-do-well Nicholas Cage married to a straight-laced Holly Hunter.
  3. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Directed by Frank Oz and starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, this con-artist caper is a hilarious story of scams and counter-scams.
  4. Trading Places: Starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, this is one of the few actually funny movies about white collar crime (The Other Guys being another notable example). 
  5. Hot Fuzz: Take a trip across the pond and join two coppers as they investigate a series of suspicious deaths in the English countryside. 

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