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Comedy Movies 2015 – Guide

– AUGUST –

Turbo Kid
Starring: Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside
Directors: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell
Out: 28 August 2015

In a post apocalyptic 1997, an orphaned teenager goes on a wasteland adventure to save his female companion from the hands of an evil warlord who controls the only water supply. This is one long tribute to 80s/90s kid culture, a loving pastiche of Mad Max, Tron, Indiana Jones, BMX movies and more. If that notion appeals to you, you’ll have a great time. What really makes it work is the sweet relationship at its center between Turbo Kid and the eternally upbeat Apple, his sorta girlfriend. She is a big scene-stealer, giving perhaps the most joyful performance of the year. Also involved is sci-fi icon Michael Ironside (‘Robocop’, ‘Total Recall’) executing victims in creative ways and relishing being back on major bad guy duties. There’s a lot of gore throughout, used comedically, it’s the most inventive use of body dismemberment since ‘Dead Snow 2’. [Critics: 87%] [Public: 6.6] – Excellent

– SEPTEMBER –

The Intern
Starring: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Adam DeVine, Rene Russo
Director: Nancy Meyers
Out: 25 September 2015

A fashion e-commerce website founded and run by a young lady (Hathaway) hires a 70-year-old widower (De Niro) to be their intern after he discovers retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. 40 years older than his boss, the widower initially meets resistance from her, before she learns to respect him and what he has to offer. A reverse on Hathaway’s ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, this has a similar premise and title to ‘The Internship’ which was also about old timers becoming interns at a tech company. That proved to not be very funny. This describes itself as a comedy but it’s from Nancy Meyers, the director of ‘It’s Complicated’, ‘The Holiday’ and ‘What Women Want’, so expect it to be a smirks at best, but an effectively warm drama. [Critics: 60%] [Public: 6.7] – Good

Cooties
Starring: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Leigh Whannell, Jack McBrayer
Directors: Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion
Out: 18 September 2015

A wannabe writer turned teacher (Wood) starts his first day as supply at the school he used to go to. But when virus-infected chicken nuggets are served at the cafeteria, the kids turn into feral zombies, ripping apart any adult they come across. Now the bickering teachers are under siege in the school, looking for a way across the playground… This has an entertaining, edgy concept (reversing ‘The Faculty’ and playing it for laughs), with a terrific bit of casting in Rainn Wilson (‘The Office’). The twisted kid imagery is fun. However it doesn’t start well, being too silly before the kids even transform – like a weird fever dream of unnatural character moments and misfiring jokes. The tone just doesn’t work until things are well underway. Also, because this is co-written by Leigh Whannell (‘Saw’) you have his usual ego trip, meaning here the protagonist is loosely based on him and, as usual, he casts himself in the movie and is dreadful in the role. ‘Cooties’ has great pacing, and works best when the camera is on Wilson. [Critics: 42%] [Public: 5.7] – Ok

– OCTOBER –

Deathgasm
Starring: Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley Crossman
Director: Jason Lei Howden
Out: 2 October 2015

New loner kid in town Brodie and bad-boy Zakk quickly bond over their mutual admiration of heavy metal. When Zakk takes them to break into the home of their metal-thrashing icon, they end up with a satanic verse which, when they unwittingly perform it as a song, turns the neighbours into demonically-possessed maniacs and summons an ancient evil entity known as The Blind One… New Zealanders are the reining kings of comedy-horror with ‘What We Do In The Shadows’, ‘Housebound’ and now this. It’s little surprise that this is directed by an fx artist who worked under the man who started the NZ tradition, Peter Jackson. Thankfully ‘Deathgasm’ is not the Rob Zombie metalhead depiction, rather it’s closer to Bill & Ted. The possessed monsters are copied wholesale from ‘Evil Dead 2’, but it’s done so well it feels like a welcome sequel. ‘Deathgasm’ sports inventive gore, thoroughly likeable characters, and razor sharp comic timing. [Critics: 88%] [Public: 6.3] – Good

The Final Girls
Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Åkerman, Alexander Ludwig, Adam DeVine
Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Out: 9 October 2015

‘Last Action Hero’ meets PG-13 ‘Friday the 13th’. A young woman (Farmiga) is grieving the loss of her mother (Åkerman), a scream queen from the 1980s. At a screening on the anniversary of her death, the cinema magically catches ablaze and she escapes through the screen with her friends into her mother’s most famous movie, ‘Camp Bloodbath’. Finding themselves trapped in the events of the movie, and in the same danger from the Jason-style stalker, she reunites with her mother to bend the slasher rules and find a way to escape… The self-aware horror characters/premise has been well covered in recent years by the likes of ‘Behind the Mask’, ‘Cabin in the Woods’, ‘Stage Fright’ and ‘Tucker & Dale vs Evil’. The fewer of those you’ve seen, the more original this will feel. The movie is a mixed bag. It starts off thinking it’s far more amusing than it is. The dialogue for the 80s slasher characters is completely inauthentic, using 70s disco funk vernacular, 90s phrases or sassy ‘Juno’-style dialogue. The portrayal of the horror movie’s final girl (badass, leather jacket) is completely wrong too. The ‘real world’ characters are just as cliched as those in a slasher (being the virgin, the handsome boyf, the not so attractive funny best friend, the nerd, the bitch), which is a missed opportunity for contrast. While the lead actress has a constant doe-eyed insipid expression, like she should be caring for an injured mouse. All that aside, ‘Final Girls’ is a very creative and effective compilation of previous concepts that run back to ‘Purple Rose of Cairo’, it strives to find an emotional heart, there are some good lines later on, and the visuals during the final act are impressive. It’ll pick up a cult following for sure. [Critics: 70%] [Public: 6.7] – Good

Rock The Kasbah
Starring: Bill Murray, Zooey Deschanel, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson
Director: Barry Levinson
Out: 23 October 2015
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A washed up music manager (Murray) takes his very last client on a USO tour to Afghanistan. Soon he finds himself lost in a small Afghan town with no passport, no money and to prospects. He stumbles across a young woman with a remarkable voice and he manages to sneak her into the capital Kabul to compete on ‘Afghan Star’, Afghanistan’s equivalent of ‘American Idol’. From the writer of ‘Scrooged’ and TV’s ‘Magic City’, Murray has compared this to ‘M.A.S.H.’. Danny McBride and Scott Caan play a military duo. It ought to be a nice role for Murray, although director Barry Levinson (‘What Just Happened’, ‘Man of the Year’, ‘Envy’) hasn’t made a good movie in a while. [Critics: 8%] [Public: 5.5] – Avoid

Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan, Sarah Dumont, David Koechner
Director: Christopher B. Landon
Out: 30 October 2015

Ben (Sheridan – ‘Mud’, Cyclops in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’) and Carter, two of the three members of the dwindling scout group led by Scout Master Rogers (Koechner), decide to sneak off from their last ever camp-out to attend a huge warehouse party. But while they were out in the woods, sticking marshmallows to their heads and making belching calls, a zombie outbreak has taken hold, meaning they’ll need to put all their badge training to use if they’re going to survive… After a fairly uninteresting start this picks up steam, turning into a raucously amusing outing. Zombie-comedies are tired as hell (perhaps the same story with a different monster would have veered it away from box office doom), but ‘Guide’ is smart and wins over in a ‘Monster Squad’ kinda way. The trio of scouts are all likeable and it makes good use of settings, be it a battle in a Dolly Parton-themed house as ‘9 to 5’ plays, getting chased by an irate zombie bouncer in a strip bar, or a casual chat in a police cell while surrounded by zombies trying to get in. There’s the subtly of a zombie extra wearing a ‘yolo’ t-shirt, and the unsubtly of a toothless granny only able to suck on the ass cheek she’s trying to bite. All in all, if you’re open to it you’ll have a good time. [Critics: 44%] [Public: 6.3] – 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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