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Comedy Movies 2015 – Guide

Spy
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Miranda Hart
Director: Paul Feig
Out: 22 May 2015

A frumpy CIA analyst (McCarthy) is sent into the field for the first time to find the person responsible for ambushing a fellow agent. Jason Statham plays an overconfident colleague who can’t believe the position she’s been given, while Jude Law plays a suave Bond-type. Rose Byrne is the snooty villain who mistakenly takes McCarthy under her wing, while Bobby Cannavale is a sinister Italian playboy. Generally spy comedies are tired or fall flat on their faces, but this makes it look easy. McCarthy reteams with Paul Feig, the only director who can really tap into her talent (‘Bridesmaids’, ‘The Heat’). Here she is just so damn likeable, making for a great underdog and it’s a pleasure to see her eventually kicking ass. Actually it’s enjoyable to spend time with any of the characters as Jude Law spoofs Bond and Jason Statham spoofs himself (except 50 Cent who is typically dreadful in his cameo). The story is surprisingly unpredictable, except for one major reveal, and the action is well done. It’s McCarthy’s best film. [Critics: 93%] [Public: 7.2] – Excellent

– JUNE –

Entourage
Starring: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Jeremy Piven
Director: Doug Ellin
Out: 12 June 2015
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Big screen comedy-drama continuation of the HBO TV series, which ran for eight seasons. As before, this charts the shifting fortunes of wannabe actor-turned-star Vincent (Grenier) and the assembled friends, agents and hangers-on who make up his entourage. The principal cast of the show all return, including Piven as neurotic agent turned studio head Ari Gold. Billy Bob Thornton joins as a Texan oil billionaire debating whether to keep funding Vincent’s director-star big-budget vehicle based on ‘Jekyll and Hyde’. Haley Joel Osment plays the financier’s son, who’s sent to watch the rough cut and comes up with alterations that will cripple the movie. The numerous cameos include Liam Neeson, Armie Hammer and producer Mark Wahlberg (the series was based on him and his entourage). Fans will love seeing the boys back together, the comradery is strong. Newcomers with an interest in behind-the-scenes Hollywood stories will have a good time. Others may find the stakes of whether the characters stay rich or become even richer not as compelling. [Critics: 32%] [Public: 6.6] – Good

Ted 2
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane (voice), Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Out: 26 June 2015

Ted and human wife Tami-Lynn decide to have a baby to fix their relationship but they need a suitable sperm donor. After a failed attempt to steal sportsman Tom Brady’s sperm they turn to adoption but encounter a bigger problem – Ted himself is legally only considered ‘property’ and must take his case to the courts to get his status upgraded to ‘person’. To help him in his struggle for civil rights he recruits his childhood friend (Wahlberg) and a rookie lawyer (Seyfried) before hitting the road to persuade a big hitter (Freeman)… Wahlberg, Seyfried and Ted make for a likeable trio. The humour may be pretty juvenile – obsessed with pot, swear words as the joke, and sex – but there are great observational lines scattered around, enjoyable film references and creative left-field moments (the Comic-Con cosplay fight, unhelpful standup suggestions and Liam Neeson’s cameo are highlights). The plot is original, but also a bit theoretical and hard to really care about. Overall, if you loved the first film you’ll like this quite a bit. [Critics: 46%] [Public: 6.5] – Good

– JULY –

Trainwreck
Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton, LeBron James
Director: Judd Apatow
Out: 17 July 2015
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A New York magazine feature writer (Schumer) had it drilled into her growing up by her cheating Dad that monogamy isn’t realistic. She lives by that credo – enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment – but in actuality, she’s kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she’s writing, a charming and successful sports doctor (Hader), she begins to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be on to something… This has been a breakout comedy vehicle for Amy Schumer, star of the Comedy Central observational series ‘Inside Amy Schumer’. The script was written by Schumer, drawing from her life experiences, and developed with Judd Apatow. Apatow also directed. After the very high critical ratings, it turns out this is a much more conventional and less hilarious movie than expected. It’s meant to be a reality-based sex comedy but is hampered by the unlikelihood of Amy Schumer having an unlimited supply of often very hot men, them having sex while she’s still clothed, and her below average-looking dad having “f**ked all her teachers”. It also skews very female, using NBA sports stars and sports talk as a male compromise, but as a man who’s no follower of American sports it didn’t feel like this film was for me. Overall it’s an average Apatow picture, with chameleon Tilda Swinton, as her magazine editor, the highlight. [Critics: 85%] [Public: 6.3] – Good

Pixels
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage
Director: Chris Columbus
Out: 24 July 2015
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When footage of arcade games is sent into space in the 1980s as part of a cultural package for prospective alien life, aliens find it and misinterpret it as a challenge. Now they are attacking Earth using the physical form of retro game characters (including Pac-Man, Centipede and Donkey Kong) and it’s up to a few 80’s kid champions, now middle aged, to step up and win each round using the same patterns they remember. Leading them is the championship’s runner up (Sandler), the cheater who beat him (Peter Dinklage), a conspiracy-obsessed man who shouts (Josh Gad), and the U.S. President (Kevin James, naturally). Other game properties that appear include Arkanoid, Asteroids, Galaga, Dig-Dug, Q*bert, Breakout, Missile Command, Space Invaders, Joust, Defender, Robotron and Wizard of Wor. Veteran director with a mixed record Chris Columbus (‘Home Alone’, ‘Harry Potter 1 & 2’) is at the helm. Overall, visual fx do a great job, the action is well filmed, but everyone else should be ashamed of themselves. As someone who grew up in 80’s arcades I have a natural affinity for the source material but the script (which must have been written in a weekend) is lame, unfunny and pathetically basic on character. Sandler doesn’t get a laugh the entire movie, and all the relationships are remedial. Anything good here comes from the excellent French short film that Sander’s company bought the rights to. Which means the concept is great and the pixilation fx visuals look very nice, but that’s it. I wish any other creative team has adapted this concept. ‘Wreck It Ralph’ was a much, much better exploration of the same subject matter. [Critics: 17%] [Public: 5.7] – Mediocre

Vacation
Starring: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Charlie Day
Directors: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
Out: 31 July 2015
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Sequel/reboot of the 80’s franchise. Following in the footsteps of his father Clark and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Helms) surprises his wife (Applegate) and their two young sons with a cross-country car trip to family theme park Wally World. Misadventures ensue. On the way they’ll fall out, bond, and stop in on Pa and Mom (Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo) at their B&B. Leslie Mann plays Rusty’s sister Audrey, and Chris Hemsworth (in his first comedy) is her husband, an irritatingly handsome and successful anchorman. Charlie Day cameos as a suicidal river-rafting guide. This is the directorial debut of the ‘Horrible Bosses’ co-writers, who also penned the screenplay. There is an inherent charm to this simple concept, something that was original writer John Hughes’ hallmark. However Ed Helms simply doesn’t have the charisma that Chevy Chase had in the role, doesn’t convince as a dumb enthusiast, and is just not funny enough to carry the film. That, together with the direction and writing, means 4 out of 5 jokes fall flat. Driving cross country should offer limitless comic scenarios but instead this version is obsessed with sex, penis and sh*t. Just the visit to Hemsworth’s mansion has two different overplayed willy scenes. The kids aren’t well observed either (as they were in ‘European Vacation’) reduced to basically one repeated gag – that the unlikeable younger one bullies the older one. And then there’s the two people who die – so misjudged. You could compile a funny 8min reel from its good moments (the rat on the shoulder, the empty chair, the truck driver’s chuckle etc), but the other 90min just aren’t worth the trip. ‘We’re The Millers’ was much better. [Critics: 27%] [Public: 6.2] – Ok

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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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