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Comedy Movies 2015 – Guide

New: Top 10 Best Comedy Movies 2015 2015 is over. Let’s rundown the best comedy movies of 2015. Funny this year came in the form of Will Ferrell as a clumsy step-dad, the return of the foul-mouthed Teddy bear, and vampire flatmates arguing over dishes. That and so much more. Let us know in the comments what you thought were the best comedy movies 2015 had to offer. Here’s the rating for every release of note, good and bad.

– JANUARY –

The Wedding Ringer
Starring: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Olivia Thirlby
Director: Jeremy Garelick
Out: 16 January 2015 (U.S. Dates)
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Socially awkward Doug (Josh Gad – TV’s ‘The Comedians’, Olaf in ‘Frozen’) is two weeks from marrying the gal of his dreams, but he has a problem: He doesn’t have a groomsman for the occasion. Desperate and running out of time, Doug calls upon Jimmy (Kevin Hart), owner and operator of Best Man Inc., a company that provides best man and groomsmen for grooms in need of them. As friendless Doug tries to pull off the con, a bromance unexpectedly blossoms between Jimmy and himself. Directorial debut of ‘The Break-Up’ screenwriter, this is basically a remake of ‘Hitch’ crossed with ‘I Love You, Man’. The trailer threatened something unfunny and overbearing but it’s actually quite nicely done. Pacing is good, jokes are pretty smart, with half a dozen chucklesome moments (including a nice rendition of ‘weed in the coconut’), the bromance (that old plotline) works fine since the leads have a believable chemistry, and it has a bit of heart. Actually it has a lot of Kevin Hart, so if his comedic energy doesn’t appeal to you, this won’t change your mind. [Critics (via Rotten Tomatoes): 27%] [Public (via IMDB): 6.7] – Good

– FEBRUARY –

Mortdecai
Starring: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, Jeff Goldblum
Director: David Koepp
Out: 6 February 2015
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Debonair art dealer and part-time rogue Charles Mortdecai (Depp) searches for a stolen painting rumoured to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. Juggling some angry Russians, MI5, his impossibly leggy wife, and an international terrorist, Mortdecai must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover the prize. Comedic caper noir directed and co-written by David Koepp (‘Secret Window’, ‘Premium Rush’). It’s loosely based on ‘The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery’, the fourth installment in the Mortdecai series which found popularity in the 70’s. Depp clearly wanted to have lots of fun in the eccentric role, there’s a good cast around him (although not for a knockabout comedy), the books are well-liked and Koepp has previously directed four very solid films in a row. However… this one’s an utter disaster. It’s horribly misjudged, dreadfully unfunny, and can’t even keep basic exposition from becoming baffling. Depp (doing a tiresome Terry Thomas impression) should never have been allowed to play the character. [Critics: 12%] [Public: 5.5] – Avoid

What We Do In The Shadows
Starring: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh
Director: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Out: 13 February 2015
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Vampire-comedy mockumentary about four vampires turned in different eras sharing a house in Wellington, New Zealand. Viago (Waititi), Deacon (Brugh), and Vladislav (Clement) are hundreds of years old, but still have to keep up with household chores, dress well without being able to use a mirror, get into nightclubs when they need to be invited in, and overcome flatmate disputes like “who let the vampire hunter in?” When a modern day New Zealand lad is turned and joins the household with his human friend Stu, they appreciate Stu’s knowledge of the internet but find the new vampire’s insistence on showing off difficult to deal with. On the horizon is the big vampire ball and a fateful run in with some local werewolves. Directed and written by stars Clement and Waititi (who also starred in and directed ‘Flight of the Conchords’ respectively), this is the first essential comedy movie of 2015 and the best vampire-comedy ever made, underpinned by its social satire, high-spirited performances, keen knowledge of the mythology and heartfelt pathos. [Critics: 96%] [Public: 7.6] – Excellent

Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Starring: Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Adam Scott, Chevy Chase
Director: Steve Pink
Out: 20 February 2015
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In the present day, Lou (Corddry) is now the billionaire inventor of Lougle (Google), thanks to his alterations to the timeline at the end of the first film. But when he is shot in the dick during a house party, he fires up the hot tub time machine with friend Nick (Robinson) and son Jacob (Duke) to find out whodunit… I enjoyed the first movie but even with the same director and screenwriter, they really messed this one up. John Cusack is absent (officially because the budget is only $12m), replaced by Adam Scott (‘Parks and Recreation’) playing Cusack’s son. Cusack’s presence was an important one in grounding the more wacky characters and giving it some heart. Scott is not in his league. Nostalgia also played a huge part in the original but here they go from a billionaire’s present day to a couple of decades into the future where things look virtually no different. Early ’90s would have worked better. The biggest problem though is that Lou is now the main character and while he worked in the first movie, here he is an absolute asshole throughout, extremely unlikeable. The four leads, who have all been funny elsewhere, don’t find the right comic rhythm between them and the plot itself is so shrug-worthy that there’s no impetus to events. The gameshow scene is pretty amusing and there are a few good lines but otherwise a huge disappointment. [Critics: 14%] [Public: 5.1] – Avoid

– MARCH –

Unfinished Business
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco, Sienna Miller, Nick Frost
Director: Ken Scott
Out: 6 March 2015
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A hard-working small business owner (Vaughn) and his two idiotic associates (Wilkinson, Franco) travel to Germany to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every way, including stopping at a massive sex fetish event (where they encounter Nick Frost) and a protest outside a global economic summit. From the director of ‘Starbuck’ and Vince Vaughn’s remake ‘Delivery Man’. While those was decent, ‘Unfinished Business’ is a disaster, possibly Vaughn’s worst ever film. Nothing works, from the drab and uninvolving plot around a business deal that’s impossible to really comprehend, to every single joke falling like a lead balloon and the supposedly emotional subplots doing nothing but boring (not helped by the amateurish performance from Vaughn’s on-screen son). The biggest offender is Dave Franco who is excruciatingly bad as Vaughn’s assistant with special needs. If you’re tempted please go and watch the layered cleverness of TV’s ‘The Office’ instead. [Critics: 11%] [Public: 5.3] – Avoid

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Starring: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Richard Gere, Bill Nighy
Director: John Madden
Out: 6 March 2015
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The not-so-luxurious Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, in the heart of India, only has a single remaining vacancy, since it is nearly permanently filled with retirees (Dench, Smith, Nighy etc). So when two fresh arrivals appear (including Gere) there’s a rooming predicament. The manager (Patel) realises it’s time to pursue his expansionist dream – of opening a second hotel. The director and screenwriter of the first movie return, as do the entire cast of terrific veteran actors. Critics say while it may seem like flogging a dead horse to try and follow up a pretty unique story, the characters do all develop further and you’ll walk away feeling uplifted. If you’re slightly older then this is a charmingly amusing comedy-drama worth seeing. [Critics: 62%] [Public: 6.6] – Good


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