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Comedy Movies 2012 – Guide

– DECEMBER –

This Is 40
Starring: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Albert Brooks, Megan Fox, Jason Segal
Director: Judd Apatow
Out: 21 December 2012

Best Comedy Movies 2012
Knocked Up spin-off focusing on a story from Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie’s (Leslie Mann) current life. Director Apatow says audiences really responded to their characters and their problems so he wanted to explore further ground with them. I’m sure it has nothing to do with Apatow being married to Mann. This is Apatow’s second movie about being forty. Megan Fox has been given a big role, which always carries its risks. Jason Segal is returning briefly as the inappropriate stoner from ‘Knocked Up’. All we know plot-wise is that Pete now runs a record label, Fox’s character won’t come between him and Debbie, and that the couple are coming to terms with life over the hill. I’m sure Apatow will create something worthy of a ticket. [Critics: 52%] [Public: 6.3] – Mixed Reaction

Parental Guidance
Starring: Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott
Director: Andy Fickman
Out: 25 December 2012

Best Comedy Movies 2012
A minor league baseball broadcaster (Crystal) and his estranged soon-to-be-ex wife (Midler) find themselves in charge of their three grandkids when their daughter goes away for work. Grandpa starts out with 21st century methods of childcare but soon is forced to resort to an old-school style of parenting. With this cast, it feels like the 80s again. I’m not convinced Crystal and Midler can still carry a movie, but it’s nice to see oldies getting a shot. The director’s track record (‘You Again’, ‘Race to Witch Mountain’, ‘The Game Plan’) suggests very family-friendly material that won’t be big on laughs. [Critics: 19%] [Public: 5.8] – Mediocre

The Guilt Trip
Starring: Seth Rogen, Barbra Streisand, Yvonne Strahovski, Colin Hanks, Adam Scott
Director: Anne Fletcher
Out: 25 December 2012

Best Comedy Movies 2012
An inventor (Rogen) invites his mother (Streisand) on a cross-country trip as he tries to sell his new product, while also reuniting her with a lost love. It’s a buddy comedy with a mother and son – unusual, and a nice idea – Rogen and Streisand are very much a double act. From the director of ‘The Proposal’, and the writer of ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’. Streisand last tackled mainstream comedy in the ‘Fockers’ series. This could appeal to two very different demographics, or not be targeted enough for either. [Critics: 37%] [Public: 5.6] – Mediocre



BEST OF 2012
(combining critics’ and public’s opinions)
1st: 21 Jump Street   2nd: Ted   3rd: Seven Psychopaths   4th: Pitch Perfect
5th: American Reunion   6th: Best Exotic Marigold Hotel   7th: Goon
8th: Jeff Who Lives At Home   9th: The Dictator   10th: The Campaign   11th: This Is 40   12th: Project X  

MEDIOCRE
Wanderlust, Casa De Mi Padre, The Three Stooges, A Fantastic Fear Of Everything, For A Good Time Call, That’s My Boy, The Watch, Butter, Here Comes The Boom, The Details, Parental Guidance, The Guilt Trip

AVOID
Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, A Thousand Words


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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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