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Comedy Movies 2015 – Guide


The Night Before
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, Lizzy Caplan
Director: Jonathan Levine
Out: 25 November 2015

Three New Yorkers who have been friends since childhood reunite every Christmas Eve for a night of debauchery and hilarity, a tradition that started after one of them (Gordon-Levitt) was orphaned in his 20s. But with one about to be a father (Rogen) and another now too famous (Mackie), this is the last outing. Luckily they have acquired tickets to the fabled Nutcracka party they have been seeking for years. Over this night, one will try to win back the woman of his dreams, another will recognise his sports star life is artificial, and the last will go on a wild drugs bender with a stash supplied by his pregnant wife… Rogen and Gordon-Levitt are reteaming with the director of ’50/50′, who also helmed ‘Warm Bodies’ and ‘The Wackness’. ‘The Night Before’ is a surprisingly good male bonding movie, fuelled by great chemistry between the trio. Each of them represents a recognisable mid-30s archetype and the movie has something to say about how friendships need to evolve. Michael Shannon is amusing as their intense weed dealer Mr.Green, but it’s Seth Rogen who’s the highlight, drawing on a career of on-screen drug experience to create his tripping-balls masterpiece. If there’s one drawback to the movie it’s the intrusive brand placement. They drive around in a limo billboard for Red Bull, talk about how perfect their Sony phone is and obsess over Sony Music artist Miley Cyrus (it’s a Sony film) – with the finale based around a chance encounter with Cyrus and her music. In these numerous moments it’s not a film, it’s a cross-promotional product, and this increasingly frequent nonsense needs to be flagged. [Critics: 66%] [Public: 6.6] – Good


Don Verdean
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement, Danny McBride, Will Forte
Director: Jared Hess
Out: 11 December 2015

Biblical archaeologist Don Verdean (Rockwell) is hired by a local church pastor (McBride) to dig up faith-promoting relics in the Holy Land for his church, in order to keep his congregation from joining a rival pastor (Forte), who used to be Satanist. But after a fruitless expedition, the archaeologist is forced to get creative/fraudulant with what he’s found… From the writer-director of ‘Napoleon Dynamite’, ‘Nacho Libre’, ‘Gentlemen Broncos’ and ‘Masterminds’ (out earlier this year). Festival reviews say it’s low on laughs, leans on quirkiness, and has a sluggish pace, but that Clement (‘What We Do In The Shadows’), playing his Israeli fixer Boaz, is very funny. There’s no chance it’ll have the cultural impact of ‘Napoleon Dynamite’. [Critics: 30%] [Public: 5.3] – Mediocre

Starring: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Ike Barinholtz, James Brolin, Dianne Wiest
Director: Jason Moore
Out: 18 December 2015
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Two disconnected sisters (Fey, Poehler) are summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents (Brolin, Wiest) sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they decide to throw one final high-school-style house party for their old classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need. Guests will include a tired ladies’ man (John Leguizamo), a super-serious drug dealer (John Cena), a jealous rival from their school days (Maya Rudolph) and a John Belushi-style party animal (SNL’s Bobby Moynihan)… From the director of ‘Pitch Perfect’ this sees three-time Golden Globes hosts Fey and Poehler reuniting again on the big screen. They’re an appealing double act who have been responsible for some classic comedy but the first hour here is poor. The undercooked script rests too much on their banter, doesn’t tell an interesting or plausible story, and that banter isn’t great – seeing a 45 year old Fey dressing like a 25 year old and talking about farts and lady parts just… isn’t that funny. Things pick up in the second half as Fey moves away from the forced ‘bad girl’ persona, the house party gets into full swing, guests start getting more screen time, and threads start pulling together. Overall, for dedicated fans only. [Critics: 59%] [Public: 6.1] – Ok

Daddy’s Home
Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church
Directors: Sean Anders, John Morris
Out: 25 December 2015

A mild-mannered smooth jazz radio exec (Ferrell) works hard to be a good stepfather to his wife’s (Cardellini, ‘Mad Men’) two kids, but major complications arise when their rebellious biological father (Wahlberg) arrives in town, determined to take his place in a most underhand way… It’s an original ‘domestic warfare’ film concept, perhaps a product of modern times. It’s also an awkward one. Having the biological father come into the house to push out the stepdad, mock his infertility and manipulate his kids into hating him just isn’t a funny premise. It’s …sad. But after about half an hour that initial distaste starts to pass and it’s easier to appreciate the good job it’s doing of finding comic angles and heading toward a (seemingly impossible) resolution where everyone gets what they want. Farrell and Wahlberg’s chemistry, previously demonstrated in ‘The Other Guys’, also comes out more as the genuine antagonism at the beginning starts to turn increasingly into a childish rivalry. Ultimately ‘Daddys Home’ works as a nicely constructed, amusing family comedy that’s probably inappropriate to show to families. Thomas Haden Church provides good support as Farrell’s heavily-involved boss, as does Hannibal Buress as a sleepy diy man who end up staying as a house guest. [Critics: 32%] [Public: 6.2] – Ok

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Absolutely Anything
Starring: Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, (voices) Robin Williams, John Cleese
Director: Terry Jones
Out: TBC 2015 (UK: 14 August)

When a group of eccentric aliens (voiced by Monty Python’s Terry Jones, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam) decide to assess one Earthling at random they give a teacher in a failing secondary school (Pegg) the power to do absolutely anything. Starting with accidentally vaporising his classroom, his life begins to change, and not always for the better. He soon finds himself with further mishaps and dilemmas, like choosing between his faithful dog (voiced by Robin Williams in his last acting role) and new love (Kate Beckinsale). Director Terry Jones (the amazing ‘Holy Grail’ and ‘Life of Brian’) hasn’t made a movie since 1996’s ‘Wind in the Willows’. He’s had this script, which he co-wrote, lying around since that time (so comparisons to 2003’s ‘Bruce Almighty’ are unfair). This may well the be last Monty Python reunion of any sort on the big screen and combining their humour with Simon Pegg and Robin Williams (plus Rob Riggle and Eddie Izzard as Pegg’s headmaster) is a great idea for a match-up. Critics have absolutely savaged the finished result, but it’s actually a gently amusing wish fulfillment fantasy, helped along if you have an affinity for the old Pythons. Terry Jones should have been allowed to direct more films over the years (and has a great cameo here as a man trying to drive a van while being screwed). Pegg is more charming than he has been in non-Edgar Wright British films, the plotting is creative and concise. On the slight downside it doesn’t really feel as romantic as it’s going for and the messiah worship subplot was done much better in the Python’s ‘Holy Grail’. [Critics: 7%] [Public: 6.0] – Ok


CRITICS (via Rotten Tomatoes)
1st: What We Do In The Shadows (96%)
2nd: Spy (93%)
3rd: Deathgasm (88%)
4th: Turbo Kid (87%)
5th: Trainwreck (85%)
6th: Welcome To Me (71%)
7th: The Final Girls (70%)
8th: The Night Before (66%)
9th: Pitch Perfect 2 (66%)
10th: Second’ Exotic Marigold Hotel (62%)
11th: The Intern (60%)
12th: Sisters (59%)
13th: Ted 2 (46%)
14th: Scouts Guide ‘Z Apocalypse (44%)
15th: Cooties (42%)
16th: Entourage (32%)
17th: Don Verdean (30%)
18th: Daddy’s Home (32%)
19th: Get Hard (29%)
20th: The Wedding Ringer (27%)
21st: Vacation (26%)
22nd: Pixels (17%)
23rd: Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (14%)
24th: Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (13%)
25th: Mortdecai (12%)
26th: Unfinished Business (11%)
27th: Absolutely Anything (7%)
28th: Rock The Kasbah (8%)
29th: Hot Pursuit (8%)
30th: Superfast (0%)
1st: What We Do In The Shadows (7.6)
2nd: Spy (7.2)
3th: The Final Girls (6.7)
4th: The Wedding Ringer (6.7)
5th: The Intern (6.7)
6rd: The Night Before (6.6)
7th: Turbo Kid (6.6)
8th: Entourage (6.6)
9th: Pitch Perfect 2 (6.6)
10th: Second’ Exotic Marigold Hotel (6.6)
11th: Ted 2 (6.5)
12th: Deathgasm (6.3)
13th: Scouts Guide ‘Z Apocalypse (6.3)
14th: Trainwreck (6.3)
15th: Daddy’s Home (6.2)
16th: Vacation (6.2)
17th: Get Hard (6.1)
18th: Sisters (6.1)
19th: Absolutely Anything (6.0)
20th: Welcome To Me (5.9)
21st: Cooties (5.7)
22nd: Pixels (5.7)
23rd: Mortdecai (5.5)
24th: Rock The Kasbah (5.5)
25th: Don Verdean (5.3)
26th: Unfinished Business (5.3)
27th: Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (5.1)
28th: Hot Pursuit (5.0)
29th: Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (4.3)
30th: Superfast (3.9)

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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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