What to Watch: Celebrating April Fool’s Day

I love a good laugh just as much as the next guy—maybe even more—and I considered playing a big, elaborate prank on you all for April Fool’s Day. Instead, I thought I’d do you one better by putting together a list of some classic big- and small-screen moments that truly embody the practical-joke-filled spirit of April Fool’s and help give inspiration if you want to take on the spirit of this day!

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: This one is not only a “new” classic in my book, it’s become a favorite for an entirely new generation of viewers (including my kids) who delight in watching Ferris Bueller narrowly miss getting caught for skipping school–and root for him every step of the way. From stealing his best friend’s dad’s vintage Ferrari to pick up his girlfriend at school, to crashing a parade and singing “Twist and Shout,” there’s something inspiring about how Ferris makes his cut-day dreams come true with a few great pranks and a lot of style. In the immortal words of the man himself: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you might miss it.”

The Office: One of the all-time best TV series, The Office might have been on the surface about Steve Carell’s hapless boss character Michael Scott and his total mismanagement of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, but it was also an awesome homage to the power of the practical joke: Watching Jim (John Krasinski) endlessly taunt and torture the uptight Dwight (Rainn Wilson)—who can forget the fax from “Future Dwight”—never fails to make me laugh. 

Home Alone: This one I usually reserve for my favorite holiday movies, but a list of the best on-screen pranks wouldn’t be complete without Home Alone, based solely on the incredible scene when young Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) brilliantly booby traps his house to keep out burglars Marv (Daniel Stern) and Harry (Joe Pesci). The best of the best for me are a toss-up between the toy cars at the bottom of the stairs that take down both criminals hard and the paint can straight to the face.