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Comedy Movies 2012 – Guide

A Thousand Words
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Kerry Washington, Cliff Curtis, Clark Duke
Director: Brian Robbins
Out: 23 March 2012

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After stretching the truth on a deal with a spiritual guru, a fast-talking literary agent (Murphy) finds a Bodhi tree on his property. Its appearance holds a valuable lesson on the consequences of what we say. Every word he speaks causes a leaf to fall and when the tree has lost all its leaves he will die. With just a thousand words left he better take his time and use them wisely… It’s a nice concept for a drama or a comic-drama, but judging from the trailer the broad execution looks pretty horrible. From the director of ‘Norbit’ and ‘Meet Dave’, I doubt that third time’s the charm. [Critics: 0%] [Public: 5.6] – Avoid

Goon
Starring: Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Liev Schreiber
Director: Michael Dowse
Out: 30 March 2012 (On-Demand: 24 February 2012)

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Labelled an outcast by his brainy family, a dumb but loveable bar bouncer (Scott) is plucked from obscurity to be the enforcer for a minor league hockey team. Soon he’s leading the crew of underperforming misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way. From the director of ‘Take Me Home Tonight’, this is written by Evan Goldberg (‘Pineapple Express’) and Jay Baruchel. It feels very much like an independent rather than studio production, with a look that is sometimes a bit on the cheap side. I struggled to laugh, although it did improve toward the end. I’d say it’s overrated by critics and public alike. [Critics: 82%] [Public: 6.8] – Ranked: 7th Best

– APRIL –

American Reunion
Starring: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Chris Klein
Director: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Out: 6 April 2012

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The whole gang from the first film return for their high school reunion. Since 1999, Jim and Michelle have married, Kevin and Vicky said goodbye, Oz and Heather grew apart, and Finch longs for the sort of adventure he found with Stifler’s mom. Now these lifelong friends have come home as adults to reminisce about, and get inspired by, the hormonal teens who launched a comedy legend. They all look too old to be doing the hormonal lusting thing but the writing and the performances are amongst the best in the series. It’s written from the perspective of being in your early 30s and you’re likely to enjoy it more if you’re of a similar age. [Critics: 43%] [Public: 6.9] – Ranked: 5th Best

The Three Stooges
Starring: Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, Jane Lynch, Larry David
Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Out: 13 April 2012

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While trying to save their childhood orphanage, Moe, Larry, and Curly inadvertently stumble into a murder plot and wind up starring in a reality TV show. This is a reboot of the legendary comic trio with ‘Will & Grace’s Sean Hayes playing Larry, ‘Mad TV’s Will Sasso as Curly and the barely-known Diamantopoulos as Moe. This is a passion project for the directors of ‘Dumb & Dumber’ and it’s certainly made with a lot of love and attention to detail. In fact it’s a very good ‘Three Stooges’ movie. The problem is it looks very dated in 2012. See it if you have any affection for the original series or have a particular thing for old-school slapstick. If you’ve never watched a ‘Three Stooges’ then avoid it because you’ll probably hate it. [Critics: 52%] [Public: 5.1] – Mediocre


– MAY –

The Dictator
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Megan Fox, John C. Reilly
Director: Larry Charles
Out: 11 May 2012

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The heroic story of a dictator (Cohen) who risks his life to ensure that democracy will never come to the country he so lovingly oppresses. Specifically, he is exiled to New York after being secretly replaced by a lookalike goat herder. The project is inspired the romance novel Saddam Hussein wrote, ‘Zabibah and the King’, which was a story about a nice dictator 1300 years ago, but was really about himself. The movie is scripted, rather than another mockumentary like ‘Borat’ or ‘Bruno’, though it comes from the same director. I would have liked to have seen him stay as a dictator for longer (he is dethroned after 15 minutes) and cause trouble on the world stage, instead of working in a health food shop and falling in love. But it still has a lot of decent laughs and some edgy social commentary. [Critics: 58%] [Public: 6.5] – Ranked: 9th Best

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Starring: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson
Director: John Madden
Out: 25 May 2012

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British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel experience nevertheless begins to win them over in unexpected ways. Not a gut-busting laugh but if you’re slightly older then this is a charmingly funny comedy-drama worth seeing. [Critics: 77%] [Public: 7.2] – Ranked: 6th Best

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  • dalmatianjaws said

    I’m up for The Watch mostly cause my friend plays the alien and he’s funny as hell.

    A Fantastic Fear of Everything grabs my interest … but that’s about it. Everything else feels done before.

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  • HoboWithAShotgun said

    Ooh, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro in a movie together again? That alone makes Silver Linings interesting, I thought Limitless was great.

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  • Bee Berra said

    2012 comedy movies I want to see more than anything: The Dictator, The Watch, The Campaign.

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  • donym said

    I hadn’t heard about ‘Jeff Who Lives At Home’ but it sounds my kind of film.

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  • owen said

    21 Jump Street must see!!!. I love it and its also crack up 🙂

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  • Rachel said

    That’s My Boy was awesome! top comedy movie in 2012 found myself laughing every 2 minutes in the show.

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  • anon said

    how did barbra streisand get in a movie

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  • maya said

    ou maan American Reunion – Stifler still has it LOOOVE IT haha epic

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  • dodge said

    Seven phsycopaths…. !

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  • Prinxe said

    The Dictator… so incredible!

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  • boygeorge said

    TED a must watch ! …hahahaha ..so funny

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  • shiennamaesantiago said

    Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie is such a mess! why made such balderdash movie like this??? even a single cent spent with this movie is not worth it!

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  • Dienes Oliviu said

    A Thousand Words = Avoid? Are you insane? Eddie Murphy at IT’S BEST, MAN ! Listen to me, you gotta watch that damn movie, it is terrific !

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  • Truth Teller said

    I don’t think butter is mediocre. I watched it and even though it doesn’t make you laugh, it has a very good even great message. A must see for everyone.

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  • Aysu said

    Best comedy movies of 2012 -Ted -Pitch Perfect -Jeff who lives at home -The watch -The dictator -21 Jump street They are really amazing movies that will make you laugh like no other film 🙂

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