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Comedy Movies 2014 – Guide

Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb
Starring: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Dan Stevens, Ricky Gervais
Director: Shawn Levy
Out: 25 December 2014

At New York’s Museum of Natural History, where the exhibits come to life at night thanks to a magical Egyptian tablet, the night guard (Stiller) has his big show at the annual dinner ruined when they all go haywire. The tablet is losing its power and the only way to reverse it is to take it to a Pharoah exhibit in the British Museum. Which means they’re off to London… Robin Williams plays Teddy Roosevelt once again in what is his mainstream swan-song, while Ricky Gervais reprises his role as the museum’s boss. Dan Stevens (‘The Guest’, ‘Downton Abbey’) does well as a sometimes amusing, sometimes villainous Sir Lancelot, a living museum version of the figure of Arthurian legend. The first ‘Night at the Museum’ was a great example of a high concept family comedy that entertained both kids and adults. The second movie was largely a drag. This is an improvement over ‘Smithsonian’ and is a nice enough send off for the franchise (with a genuinely moving goodbye to Williams, who is clearly below-par all movie). Unlike the first movie though it strains to have enough for the adults to go on. [Critics: 44%] [Public: 6.3] – Good

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The Trip To Italy
Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rosie Fellner
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Out: 25 April 2014 (UK)

Two old friends are commissioned to write a newspaper feature touring the cuisine and culture of Italy. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play slightly altered versions of themselves, with invented family lives and partially-invented careers. There’s almost no plot, just free flowing improvised comedy chats about life and family, as the pair drive and sail from one meal to the next landmark through beautiful scenery. From acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom, who worked with the pair on ‘A Cock and Bull Story’ and the original ‘The Trip’. If you like Coogan and Brydon, you’ll find quite a few chuckles here, notably from their obsession with impressions (some of which are good – Michael Caine, Michael Parkinson), and from Brydon’s ‘man trapped in a box’ voice. This is soothing, relaxing comedy. Definitely not for everyone though.

Downhill
Starring: Richard Lumsden, Karl Theobald, Ned Dennehy, Jeremy Swift
Director: James Rouse
Out: 30 May 2014 (UK)

Small British comedy about four old school buddies, now middle-aged (including Jeremy Swift from ‘Downtown Abbey’, Karl Theobald from ‘Alpha Papa’ and Ned Dennehey channeling Withnail), who embark on a coast to coast walk across the UK. En route they each go through a mid-life crisis of one kind or the other. This is an accomplished film from a first time feature director. It’s deceptively slight at first but by the end you’ll realise you’ve watched a well-constructed character piece. The cast have a great dynamic and there are lots of amusing moments. Admittedly you’ll probably appreciate it more if you’re 30+. It also captures something very British, both in the way they interact, and the rural scenery.

The Inbetweeners 2
Starring: Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley, Blake Harrison
Directors: Damon Beesley, Iain Morris
Out: 6 August 2014 (UK)

The boys – Will, Neil, and Simon – backpack to Australia to meet Jay after he lures them with exaggerated tales of the great time he’s having. Cue misadventures, life lessons and much embarrassment. The cast have said the characters will always lag behind their peers, so while driving into London may no longer be a challenge, by following their contemporaries for a backpacking trip round Australia they will be put out of their depth once again. Based off the E4 sitcom, with a £3.5m budget, the first Inbetweeners movie claimed the biggest ever UK opening weekend for a comedy, going on to gross an incredible £41.8m in the UK. It completely tanked in the US but that didn’t matter. The sequel sees the series creators stay on as writers, only this time they take over directing too. Public opinion is divided, with the majority saying this is much worse than the first film, while a few prefer it. For me it was more or less the same but it did feel a bit tired and the ending anti-climactic. Perhaps they are too old and too far out of their element. Supporting characters are two-dimensional and Neil has descended into full-on special needs. However Jay’s Australian uncle is a great addition, there are amusing moments (Neil talking while asleep at the wheel) and there’s an impressive early sequence showing Jay’s luxurious fantasy life in one extravagant long take. At this point, it’s for fans only. [Critics: 71%] [Public: 6.6] – Good


RANKINGS

CRITICS (via Rotten Tomatoes)
1st: The Grand Budapest Hotel (92%)
2nd: Chef (88%)
3rd: Dead Snow 2 (87%)
4th: 22 Jump Street (85%)
5th: Muppets Most Wanted (78%)
6th: St. Vincent (77%)
7th: Neighbors (73%)
8th: The Inbetweeners 2 (71%)
9th: They Came Together (68%)
10th: Bad Words (64%)
11th: The Interview (52%)
12th: Knights Of Badassdom (50%)
13th: Life After Beth (45%)
14th: Night at the Museum: Secret ‘Tomb (44%)
15th: This Is Where I Leave You (43%)
16th: Horrible Bosses 2 (34%)
17th: Stage Fright (34%)
18th: Million Ways To Die In ‘West (33%)
19th: Dumb And Dumber To (26%)
20th: The Other Woman (23%)
21st: Tammy (23%)
22nd: Let’s Be Cops (18%)
23rd: Ride Along (17%)
24th: Sex Tape (17%)
25th: Walk Of Shame (13%)
26th: A Haunted House 2 (8%)
PUBLIC (via IMDB)
1st: The Grand Budapest Hotel (8.2)
2nd: St. Vincent (7.3)
3th: Chef (7.3)
4rd: 22 Jump Street (7.2)
5th: Dead Snow 2 (7.1)
6th: The Interview (6.8)
7th: Bad Words (6.7)
8th: The Inbetweeners 2 (6.6)
9th: This Is Where I Leave You (6.6)
10th: Muppets Most Wanted (6.5)
11th: Let’s Be Cops (6.5)
12th: Neighbors (6.4)
13th: Horrible Bosses 2 (6.4)
14th: Night at the Museum: Secret ‘Tomb (6.3)
15th: Million Ways To Die In ‘West (6.2)
16th: The Other Woman (6.1)
17th: Ride Along (6.1)
18th: Walk Of Shame (6.0)
19th: Dumb And Dumber To (5.9)
20th: Knights Of Badassdom (5.8)
21st: Life After Beth (5.7)
22nd: They Came Together (5.5)
23rd: Stage Fright (5.2)
24th: Sex Tape (5.1)
25th: Tammy (4.7)
26th: A Haunted House 2 (4.7)


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23 Comments »

  • JP said

    It looks like a good year. Mainly because we won’t have to suffer another Hangover film. Who’s with me?

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  • GoupaMbut said

    Is Ricky Gervais still working? What is this, ten years ago?

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  • prawnjump said

    I think the best comedy movies of 2014 will be Neighbors, 22 Jump Street and Dumb And Dumber To.

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  • Damn Yan said

    Isn’t every comedy just another Hangover these days? Although actually I was surprised by how many of these sound alright.

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  • Zoe P said

    I’m looking forward to seeing: Knights Of Badassdom! Dinklage rocks!!! 🙂

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  • BluckerBlanket said

    John Cusack will star is all sorts of direct to video crap these days but he can’t come back for Hot Tub Time Machine 2? The first one was a mainstream hit and was good, what the hell is he thinking?? As things stand for me the best comedy movies 2014 has to offer are Horrible Bosses 2 and maybe the hot tub action.

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  • JustJoe said

    The most enjoyable comedy is on TV these days. Although I’m looking forward to Bill Murray in “St. Vincent”.

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    • Lee said

      And you weren’t disappointed, were you? St. Vincent was a great film. Among Bill’s top 5 for sure… maybe even top 3.

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  • logo said

    oh please Haunted House 2 is great parodie film , watch it. it mightbe not masterpiece but definitely not a movie to avoid

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  • pial said

    i never burst into laugh watching jump street movies but it always gets immense ratings.
    haunted house 2 is so funny.
    horrible bosses 2 will be the funniest comedy movie of 2014. i am waiting.

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  • Kamille said

    I Think that The Other Woman sound good! Or it is just me?

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  • emilly said

    I think Ride along is not OK .it’s an “Avoide” movie!!!!

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  • Jemima said

    Looks like an ok year to me, kinda same as usual. Some good things some bad things. The 2014 comedy movies I’m personally looking forward to most at the moment are The Interview and Bill Murray in St. Vincent.

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  • Marco said

    Walk Of Shame of was pretty good.

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  • Barack Obama said

    Yo, wassup citizenzzzzzzz. I just stepped away from the world stage for a moment to let you all know the best comedy movies of 2014 are Let’s Be Cops and Ride Along. Let’s support our police officers, they’re doing a wonderful job. And all you fine readers are invited to the big house.

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  • Buzzz said

    Have you really seen Neighbors? It’s the worst movie of the year, a total scam. I guess they must have bribed their way to the top as it is not funny at all.

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