5 Can’t-Miss Comedies Coming to Netflix In September

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

While Netflix has announced that more than 90 new titles will be coming to its streaming library in September, the comedy options are few and far between. (Another season of The Ranch?) But look closely and you'll find a few gems in the mix, from classic comedies to biting satires.
Check out five of the titles we're most excited to watch in September—most of them just in time for Labor Day weekend.

1. Stripes (1981)

In 1981, Bill Murray reunited with his Caddyshack director Harold Ramis to co-star in Stripes, which Ramis co-wrote and Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) directed. Murray plays a cab driver who decides to join the Army, and hijinks ensue. The film also stars Sean Young, John Candy, P.J. Soles, Bill Paxton, Judge Reinhold, and John Larroquette, who was two and a half years away from starring in Night Court . (9/1)

2. American Psycho (2000)

It’s hard to believe that it's been almost 20 years since Christian Bale starred as homicidal Wall Street investment banker Patrick Bateman in Mary Harron's adaptation of Bret East Ellis's American Psycho. But today, the dark satire is more relevant than ever. "It’s been amazingly gratifying that slowly over these two decades people have come to appreciate it and are still talking about it," American Psycho co-writer Guinevere Turner said in a recent interview with The Ringer. "It feels like a new generation of people grew up and embraced it." (9/1)

3. Superbad (2007)

This 2007 comedy, co-written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, introduced Jonah Hill, Emma Stone, and McLovin’ (played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse) to the world, and has endured for more than a decade. Sure, the movie falls into the raunchy category, but it has moments of sweetness between friends Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera). Superbad became a template for other modern teen comedies like Blockers and 2019’s Booksmart, which stars Hill’s sister, Beanie Feldstein. (9/1)

4. Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019)

Zach Galifianakis in 'Between Two Ferns: The Movie'
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Over the years, Zach Galifianakis has interviewed big names like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, and Sean Penn on Between Two Ferns, his Speed Stick-sponsored Funny or Die "public access show." Each webisode runs less than 10 minutes, but now Galifianakis is expanding his shtick into a full-length film. The Movie follows Galifianakis on a road trip where he’ll interview “celebrities you’ve heard of.” Vulture reports that those celebrities include David Letterman and Will Ferrell. (9/20)

5. The Politician (2019)

The Politician is Ryan Murphy’s first show for Netflix, and it’s a doozy. The dark comedy stars Dear Evan Hansen’s Ben Platt as Payton Hobart, a Tracy Flick-esque candidate running for student body president. Every season will focus on Hobart moving up the ranks in the hopes of one day becoming President of the United States. The show also stars Murphy’s frequent collaborators Jessica Lange (in a wacky role) and Gwyneth Paltrow (whose husband, Brad Falchuk, co-produces the series). It’s also worth noting that Murphy’s American Horror Story: Apocalypse hits Netflix on September 24, three days before The Politician. (9/27)

Why Air Supply Changed the Lyrics to “All Out of Love” for American Fans

Air Supply.
Air Supply.
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Sometimes one minor detail can make all the difference. A case study for this principle comes in the form of the pop music act Air Supply, which enjoyed success in the 1980s thanks to mellow hits like “Lost in Love,” “Every Woman in the World,” and "Making Love Out of Nothing at All." Their 1980 single “All Out of Love” is among that laundry list, though it needed one major tweak before becoming palatable for American audiences.

The Air Supply duo of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock hailed from Australia, and it was one particular bit of phrasing in “All Out of Love” that may have proven difficult for Americans to grasp. According to an interview with Russell on Songfacts, the lyrics to the song when it became a hit in their home country in 1978 were:

I’m all out of love

I want to arrest you

By “arrest,” Russell explained, he meant capturing someone’s attention. Naturally, most listeners would have found this puzzling. Before the song was released in the United States, Air Supply’s producer, Clive Davis, suggested it be changed to:

I’m all out of love

I’m so lost without you

I know you were right

Davis’s argument was that the “arrest” line was “too weird” and would sink the song’s chances. He also recommended adding “I know you were right.”

Davis proved to be correct when “All Out of Love” reached the number two spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1980.

While it would be reasonable to assume “I want to arrest you” is a common phrase of affection in Australia, it isn’t. “I think that was just me using a weird word,” Russell said. “But, you know, now [that] I think of it, it’s definitely very weird.”

Russell added that arrest joins a list of words that are probably best left out of a love song, and that cabbage and cauliflower would be two others.

[h/t Songfacts]

In 1995, You Could Smell Like Kermit the Frog

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Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images

The mid-'90s were a great time for Kermit the Frog. In 1996 alone, he led the Tournament of Roses Parade, was the face of the 40-year-old Muppet brand, and had both a movie (Muppet Treasure Island) and a television show (Muppets Live!) to promote. His career could not have been hotter, so Kermit did what any multifaceted, single-person empire does while sitting atop his or her celebrity throne: he released a fragrance. Amphibia, produced by Jim Henson Productions, was dripping with froggy sex appeal. The unisex perfume—its slogan was "pour homme, femme, et frog"—had a clean, citrusy smell with a hint of moss to conjure up memories of the swamp. Offered exclusively at Bloomingdale's in Manhattan, it sold for $18.50 (or $32.50 for those who wanted a gift box and T-shirt).

There’s no trace of a commercial for the perfume—which is a shame, since Amphibia is a word that begs to be whispered—but a print ad and photos of the packaging still live online. The six-pack and strategically-placed towel are an apt parody ... and also deeply unsettling.

Amphibia was the most-sold fragrance at the Manhattan Bloomingdale's in the 1995 Christmas season. "Kids are buying it, grown-ups are buying it, and frogs are really hot," pitchman Max Almenas told The New York Times.

It was a hit past the Christmas season, too: The eau de Muppet was cheekily reviewed by Mary Roach—who would go on to write Stiff and Packing for Mars—in a 1996 issue of TV Guide. "I wore Amphibia on my third date ... he said he found me riveting which I heard as ribbitting, as in 'ribbit, ribbit,' and I got all defensive," she wrote. "He assured me I didn't smell like a swamp ... I stuck my tongue out at him, to which he responded that it was the wrong time of year for flies, and besides, the food would be arriving shortly."

Not to be outdone, Miss Piggy also released a fragrance a few years later. It was, naturally, called Moi.

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