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Comedy Movies 2016 – Guide

Zoolander 2
Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Penélope Cruz, Kristen Wiig
Director: Ben Stiller
Out: 12 February 2016
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When the world’s most beautiful musical celebrities are systematically assassinated with model Derek Zoolander’s iconic “Blue Steel” look on their face, Interpol recruits the has-been Derek (Stiller) and his friend Hansel (Wilson) to infiltrate the new and different world of modern high fashion to put a stop to it. Meanwhile, Derek’s old rival Mugatu (Ferrell) is released from prison… Cameos include Billy Zane, Sting, Susan Boyle, Kiefer Sutherland as an orgy-lover, Milla Jovovich as Katinka Ingabogovinanana, Ariana Grande as Coco Chanel, and Benedict Cumberbatch as a genderless eyebrowless high fashion superstar named “All”. Stiller himself directed the original ‘Zoolander’ back in 2001 and the last comedy he helmed and starred in, ‘Tropic Thunder’, was one of the best of the last 10 years. It boded well, but ‘Zoolander 2’ is a big misfire. The original was enjoyable but not memorable or pop-culture enough to justify a sequel 15 years later. Playing Zoolander today as a has-been only underlines that’s how Stiller comes across here. There’s a half-hearted weariness in his eyes, and the character rarely if ever works. The overall humour is more left-field than the original fashion-mocking film (including a biblical central premise better suited to ‘The Da Vinci Code’) and, while it has the odd humorous off-the-wall moment, so much of it falls completely flat. It’s clear that Stiller hasn’t followed anything in the fashion world since the 90s and so cannot provide fresh satire. The number of front and centre celebrity cameos becomes an annoying distraction by the time you get to Katy Perry and Neil De Grass on a rooftop – feeling increasingly like a way of diverting attention from the weakness of the film itself. Plus there’s the particularly intrusive product placement that Stiller features in all his starring-role films. All is in all, a big disappointment. [Critics: 23%] [Public: 4.8] – Mediocre

Eddie The Eagle
Starring: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Out: 26 February 2016
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A biopic about Britain’s first ski jumper to enter the Winter Olympics. In the 1988 Canadian competition Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards competed in the 70m and 90m ski-jumps, and combined with his Coke-bottle glasses and general aura of clumsiness, became an internationally loved man of mishap. Taron Egerton, suave star of ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’, admirably puts ego to one side taking the leading role (Rupert Grint fire your agent). Hugh Jackman plays his (fictional) coach, Keith Allen is Eddie’s doubting father, and Christopher Walken is a retired ski jump champ. Produced by Matthew Vaughn (‘Kingsman’), this is helmed by Dexter Fletcher, a cult UK figure himself, who directed the capable ‘Sunshine on Leith’. It remains to be seen whether handsome Egerton can pull off such a transformation, but it’s nice that they’re celebrating the never-say-die Mr. Magoo in a feel-good inspirational way. [Critics: 80%] [Public: 7.4] – Excellent

– MARCH –

The Brothers Grimsby (aka Grimsby)
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Rebel Wilson, Isla Fisher
Director: Louis Leterrier
Out: 11 March 2016
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Grimsby football-mad father of 11 Nobby (Cohen) finally finds his long lost brother (Strong), who in the intervening years has become a polished super spy. But when he accidentally makes his brother chief suspect in an assassination, and causes Daniel Radcliffe to get AIDS, the two go on the run… Sacha Baron Cohen has been responsible for some brilliant comic characters: Borat, Ali G, Bruno. He isn’t as sure-footed with Nobby, or as amusing – when out promoting the film in character and during early scenes in the movie it’s not quite working. But that all changes when he teams up with Strong, with whom he makes a great double act. Strong’s a brilliant straight man, his looks of bafflement and concern are constantly amusing, in between barking ridiculous lines with sincere urgency. Cohen and Strong both do whatever it takes to get a laugh, neither leaves with their dignity intact. It’s extremely filthy and pushes the boundaries, but while the likes of ‘Vacation’ uses penis gags as a lazy crutch, the x-rated gags here are genuinely hilarious (particularly the elephant scene and sucking poison scene). Although ‘Grimsby’ is Cohen’s funniest narrative movie (‘Borat’ was a mockumentary), a lot of the humour is UK-centric – his impression of Liam Gallagher’s swagger and many other cultural jokes are going to be lost elsewhere. If you’re amused by someone lighting a firework between their buttocks and you’re British, it’s a must see. [Critics: 38%] [Public: 6.2] – Good

– APRIL –

The Boss
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Kathy Bates
Director: Ben Falcone
Out: 8 April 2016
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A titan of industry, the richest woman in America (McCarthy), is sent to prison after she’s convicted of insider trading. When she emerges penniless, she’s ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, but not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget. Among those is her former personal assistant (Bell) whose apartment she ends up having to stay in. Peter Dinklage is the antagonist, while Kathy Bates is her old mentor… Never one for nepotism, this is written and directed by McCarthy’s husband, just as ‘Tammy’ was. That film was crucified by the public and critics alike (even though it made a surprising $85m in US ticket sales), earning McCarthy a Razzie nom for worst actress of the year. Judging from the so-so trailer for ‘The Boss’ there’s little to suggest this will be a whole lot different. [Critics: 22%] [Public: 5.4] – Avoid

Everybody Wants Some
Starring: Blake Jenner, Temple Baker, Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin
Director: Richard Linklater
Out: 15 April 2016
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Comedy-drama about a group of college freshmen baseball players in ’80s Texas navigating their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. With a title taken from a popular 1980 song by Van Halen, this is considered the spiritual sequel to Richard Linklater’s breakthrough 1993 film ‘Dazed and Confused,’ which was set in a Texas high school in the ’70s. It’s also reportedly set over a weekend, just as ‘Dazed’ was a single day, and sports another cast of relative unknowns. Linklater shot the movie in late 2014 while his previous project ‘Boyhood’ was gathering momentum as an awards season contender. Considering that film was Oscar-nominated for Best Director and Best Film, this ode to competition and coming of age in the 80s should be marked on our calendars. [Critics: 87%] [Public: 7.1] – Excellent

Barbershop: A Fresh Cut
Starring: Ice Cube, Cedric the Entert’, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Eve
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Out: 15 April 2016
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‘Barbershop 3’ sees Calvin (Cube) and his longtime crew still cutting hair in South Side Chicago but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, the once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. New additions to the ensemble cast include Common and Nicki Minaj. The first ‘Barbershop’ was well received by critics and public alike while the second got an average response all round. It’s been 12 years still ‘Barbershop 2’ (overlooking 2005’s Queen Latifah spinoff ‘Beauty Shop’). The series has focused on laughs, displaying a big heart and the value of community. The trailer shows a similar emphasis here as Chicago gun violence lands on their doorstep and Calvin seeks to keep his son from falling into the gangs. The movie’s being sold on nostalgia for the shop and the characters. It should be a enjoyable time for long-term fans but probably won’t win over many new ones. [Critics: 90%] [Public: 5.9] – Good


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  • gd smith said

    Keanu is obviously a play on the plot of John Wick transposed from a dead dog to suite the save the cat screen writing idea. So the title fits. Plus rather than confuse people it gives the movie a hook that will get it more exposure.

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  • dnwilliams said

    Top 5 Most Anticipated: Hail Caesar, Zoolander No. 2, Everybody Wants Some, Keanu, Conner4Real

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  • JP said

    The Dad’s Army remake intrigues me. The cast are undoubtedly superb (Toby Jones has been a shining light in TV performances recently – especially the Dectorists and Capital) but will they try to play the characters or play the original actors playing the characters? Is there much difference? This is one that could be great or grim.

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  • peter s. said

    Deadpool is by far the funniest comedy movie of 2016 so far. Ryan was born to play the role and it takes the pi** out of MArvel.

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  • Twishta said

    This list was bumming me out big time until I saw they are making Supertroopers 2 – now that is a sequel I can get behind! The first one was and still is awesome.

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  • carter said

    Kevin hart is so funny Ride Along 2 was awesome! top comedy movie in 2016 found myself laughing every 2 minutes in the show. Im hype about Central intelligence could not breathe while watching Fat Robbie!! XD

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  • Ahmed said

    Some real good movies in there, as always, thanks for the previews.

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  • President of F'rts said

    Louis Leterrier directing a comedy is weird. I think the best comedy movies of 2016 will be Neighbors 2 and Ghostbusters. Women are bringing it this year.

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  • Chelz Williams said

    Very nice movie. i loved it

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