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Comedy Movies 2012 – Guide

– JUNE –

A Fantastic Fear Of Everything
Starring: Simon Pegg, Alan Drake, Amara Karan, Clare Higgins, Sheridan Smith
Director: Crispian Mills
Out: 8 June 2012 (U.K.) (U.S. TBC)

A hyper-sensitive former children’s author (Pegg), now turned crime novelist, spends his nights entrenched in his latest script ‘Decades of Death’ with only his gruesome research into Victorian serial killers for company. Irrationally terrified of being murdered, he’s too scared to buy his own toilet paper, let alone use the local launderette. But he’ll need to face the latter because his long-suffering agent has finally got him a meeting. And when he ventures into the outside world, with carving knife for protection, he might just find that his paranoia isn’t entirely misplaced. Directorial debut of the former Kula Shaker frontman. Pegg often stumbles when he works with an entirely new team (see ‘Big Nothing’, ‘Burke And Hare’), and the further the role is from his real-life persona, the more he’s struggled (eg villain, accent). [Critics: 41%] [Public: 5.4] – Mediocre

That’s My Boy
Starring: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, James Caan
Director: Sean Anders, John Morris
Out: 15 June 2012

A disagreeable father (Sandler) moves in with his son (Samberg) and the young man’s fiancee just before the son is to get married. The father and fiancee immediately clash. Badly. The strange 12 year age difference between father and son is explained by Sandler’s character having had sex with a teacher while in high school. The movie is produced by Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions (‘Jack & Jill’, ‘Zookeeper’, ‘Grown Ups’). One of the directors helmed ‘Sex Drive’. My hunch is watching Sandler going head to head with Leighton Meester isn’t going to be very funny, I can’t remember the last time I cracked a smile at Meester, and Sandler shouting at a young woman will likely come off as mean. But let’s see. [Critics: 21%] [Public: 5.5] – Mediocre

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane (voice), Mila Kunis, Laura Vandervoort
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Out: 29 June 2012

Wahlberg plays a Boston man whose childhood wish, for his teddy bear to come to life, came true. But as an adult the bear’s vulgar slacker lifestyle is interfering with attempts to woo Mila Kunis. Director Seth MacFarlane, of ‘Family Guy’, will provide the voice of the CG-generated Ted. It’s MacFarlane’s directorial debut and the premise should provide a suitable springboard for his edgy humour. Wahlberg showed great comic potential in ‘The Other Guys’. This is described as a “hard R” comedy. [Critics: 69%] [Public: 7.1] – Ranked: 2nd Best

– JULY –

The Watch
Starring: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade
Director: Akiva Schaffer
Out: 27 July 2012

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The community-conscious manager of a local Costco store (Stiller) sets up a neighbourhood watch to help solve a murder, but finds the participants (Vaughn, Hill, Ayoade) only want to relax and have a good time. The group’s mundane investigation becomes more eventful when they stumble onto an alien plot to take over the world. The R-rated comedy sci-fi has hints of last year’s ‘Attack The Block’, only that was much better. This was 2012’s biggest disappointment for me, it has a terrific comic cast, but they’re on autopilot and struggling with a script by Seth Rogen that’s purile and lazily plotted. The core idea, a sort of ‘Ghostbusters’-lite, could really have worked had they given it to someone who could be bothered. The Lonely Island videos are genius, it’s hard to believe it’s the same director, he had absolutely nothing to offer here. [Critics: 17%] [Public: 5.7] – Mediocre


The Campaign
Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, Brian Cox
Director: Jay Roach
Out: 10 August 2012

Timed to coincide with the 2012 US election, this is a comedy about two warring politicians (Ferrell and Galifianakis) in a small congressional district in South Carolina. It’s also a comment on the circus of modern day politics. From the director of ‘Dinner For Schmucks’, ‘Austin Powers’ and a couple of excellent TV movies about politics (‘Game Change’, ‘Recount’). Ferrell and Galifianakis are both on good form. The more you follow U.S. politics, the more you’ll get out of it. It’s well informed fun and has a good point to make about what’s broken. [Critics: 66%] [Public: 6.4] – Ranked: 10th Best

For A Good Time, Call…
Starring: Ari Graynor, Lauren Miller, Justin Long, Mimi Rogers
Director: Jamie Travis
Out: 31 August 2012

[Critics: 56%] [Public: 5.8] – Mediocre

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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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