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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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  • craig said

    The Wedding Ringer looks really funny,Iv’e seen the trailer and I love the scene where Kevin Hart get’s dressed up as a priest with military pants on because he was told that by the guy he’s trying to help get married.I love Kevin Hart anyway,and this movie looks very good and funny.

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  • Damn Yankee said

    I would have chosen Sisters as my top pick anyway, but it gets extra points because I have a soft spot for any movie based around a big party. I’m also excited that Elizabeth Banks is directing a movie! Not one I want to see, but still.

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  • diamond said

    I think the best comedy movies of 2015 will be Vacation and Dirty Grandpa. Deniro is a brilliant grandpa in Meet the Fockers he is already a total a##hole

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  • JP said

    I’m interested to see that Miranda Hart is going to be in Spy. Is this her big-screen debut? Has she made it big in the States yet – or is she one of Britain’s well kept secrets?

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  • Mr Patch said

    dont u know Adam Sandler rocks?? Haters gonna hate!! Pixels and Paul Blart mall cop 2 are gonna be the best comedy movies 2015 has to offer because he’s been funny for decades and nothin gonna chnage,.

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  • Doop said

    As much as I think Kevin Hart is annoying as hell at times lol,I must admit Get Hard with Will Ferrell in it is pretty good,in stupid but hilarious way lol…

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  • Jerry said

    Hot Tub Time Machine 2 had “just enough” decent comedy for me to not regret watching it.

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  • Perry said

    In my opinion Entourage and Daddy’s Home will be the top comedy movies in 2015 worth seeing. Will Farell and Marky Mark were gold together last time in The Other Guys. Although they were friends there and now they seem to be enemies.

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  • Jenny said

    Spy looked bad at first but now its looking pretty good lol

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  • Morris said

    2015 comedy movies I want to see: Vacation and…. Vacation. Great to see The Hangover wolfpack doing well, I’ll watch anything they do. Plus I saw the first Vacation a long time ago and it was funny

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  • garyopenhill said

    I would say based on mostly the reviews, that the new zealand low budget comedy “what we do in the shadows” is the only REALLY interesing and truly creative comedy in this list, that is not to say i wont see them all for the sporadic laughs

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  • Jeff said

    I personally wouldn’t describe ‘A million ways to die in the West’ (not sure why the article writer is unable to add the extra 10 characters required to use its correct name…but maybe he/she is just trying to be ‘cool’) a ‘misfire’ – I thought it was quite funny. It also didn’t ‘flop’ as it made back its production costs from general release – which is a lot rarer than it seems. Maybe because it had ‘musical’ moments, it was off-putting to some? If it put anybody off because of that, seriously get over your bias fro at least one viewing ‘the moustache’ song may even change your mind!

    I was very surprised by ‘Trainwreck’ which had me guffawing. Spy actually delivered exactly as promised. Paul Mart was okay, but felt like it could have been better. I’m not sure if one could describe Entourage as a comedy… a movie with a lot of shots of women with breasts showing it was…but ‘comedy’… ummm… I don;t think I laughed once, though I may have smiled a few times (when there was women with breasts out on the screen probably).

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      To defend myself, I abbreviated ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ because it’s a long title in a short paragraph, not to sound “cool”. I didn’t say it was a “flop”, I said it was a “misfire”. It didn’t get a great reception from critics (33% on RT) or from the public (6.1 on imdb, a mediocre score), and it didn’t launch Seth MacFarlane as a leading man. I quite liked the movie, and its songs, as I reviewed in last year’s guide, but it didn’t do what it was meant to. Especially when compared to ‘Ted’. I’ll bet you $1 million it will never get a sequel. ‘Trainwreck’ and, particularly, ‘Spy’ I recommend on here, so I don’t think our opinions are actually too different!

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  • Thorongil said

    Absolutely Anything – to me it was much better than Spy or Ted 2. Acutally I don’t get that, how is Absolutely Anything is missing from the toplist….

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  • Yanntop said

    The “wedding ringer”, what a beautiful idea , The beginning of the film was customized with a song and it’s amazing!!!

    I have seen hundred of filmm, but never like this. I was impressed.

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  • Devika Gupta said

    Even I want to say that the movie “what we do in the shadows” was one of the Most intelligent comedy films I have ever seen. Although I have seen most movies from your list, I would check out some other as well!

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