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Comedy Movies 2016 – Guide

Central Intelligence
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Aaron Paul, Amy Ryan
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Out: 17 June 2016
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A once bullied geek who grew up to be lethal CIA agent (Johnson) enlists the help of the former “big man on campus” at his high school (Hart), now a mild-mannered accountant who misses his glory days, to help him on a top-secret case. But before the accountant realises what he’s getting into, his increasingly unpredictable new friend drags him through a world of shoot-outs, double-crosses, and espionage that could get them both killed… This might almost be ‘Ride Along 3’ (cue: Kevin Hart nervously firing a gun) except The Rock > Ice Cube and this has the excellent director of ‘We’re the Millers’ and ‘Dodgeball’. The trailer showcased Johnson at his most amusing and the chemistry with Hart looks like a ton of fun. If the movie’s half as good as the poster tagline… [Critics: 69%] [Public: 6.4] – Good

Hunt For The Wilderpeople
Starring: Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rachel House, Rima Te Wiata
Director: Taika Waititi
Out: 24 June 2016

A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious overweight kid (Dennison) and his illiterate foster uncle (Neill) who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush. …The writer-director of ‘What We Do In The Shadows’, last year’s best comedy, proves himself again with this heartwarming and hilarious caper. A lot rests on the kid’s shoulders but the chemistry with grumpy Sam Neill is real and they make a terrific duo. The direction and writing are offbeat and every encounter has a fresh comic twist. While the story is tinged with poignant loss there’s nothing profound or soul searching here, and the conspiracy theorist toward the end is both overly-familiar and too OTT, but ‘Wilderpeople’ is charming and infectious fun. [Critics: 98%] [Public: 7.9] – Excellent

– JULY –

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth
Director: Paul Feig
Out: 15 July 2016
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When a college professor (Wiig) finds her shelved book about the supernatural has been published by its co-author (McCarthy) she ends up accompanying her and her wacky engineer (McKinnon) to their first encounter with a sprit. Forming the Ghostbusters they take on a handsome but dumb secretary (Hemsworth) and a New York savvy metro worker who encounters another ghost (Jones). Meanwhile a geeky weirdo (Neil Casey) is waking spirits across the city with his own inventions, hoping to open a portal to the spirit dimension and lead its army… Leslie Jones is by far the best thing in this version because she feels authentic. McCarthy is, no surprise, unconvincing as a cutting edge scientist, but she’s not as bad as McKinnon who might be the the least convincing engineer ever put on screen, she both overacts and acts badly to the point where it feels like she’s in an unfunny SNL skit rather than a movie. The villain looks like he’s doing a table read rather than living the part. While the concept that the bad guy would be the ghost from the famous Ghostbusters logo, thereby explaining the logo’s origins, a great idea, was completely lost in the execution. Bad decisions riddle the film, from the ghosts that are too Disney dayglo, to Slimer getting a girlfriend. The audience lifted when Bill Murray appeared but then were confused and disappointed to find he was playing someone else. The number of original cast cameos and throwbacks in the final third becomes a big distraction, often dominating scene after scene. On the plus side, this Ghostbusters still entertains in a throwaway manner, there are funny lines, Hemsworth is sometimes amusing and Wiig works sometimes. You’ll enjoy it more the less you remember about the brilliant original, and underrated sequel. This always should have been a handover movie with the old team. [Critics: 72%] [Public: 5.4] – Ok

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Starring: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield, Jane Horrocks
Director: Mandie Fletcher
Out: 22 July 2016

Self-centered, shallow PR guru Edina (Saunders) once sported Sting and Bono among her clients, but now only has Lulu and Baby Spice. Hearing that Kate Moss needs a new rep, she takes best buddy and hard-partying fashion editor Patsy (Lumley) to a networking party. But when she accidentally bumps Kate Moss into the Thames, they flee to the glamorous French Rivera to avoid a manslaughter charge. There they will seek a rich partner to solve their problems… Director Mandie Fletcher previously helmed the entire final season of the show (considered the weakest by fans), and hadn’t directed a film in 24 years. It enjoyed the biggest UK box-office opening for a British film since ‘Spectre’, but the problems are numerous. Firstly, Edina isn’t just “naughty” but deeply unlikeable on the big screen: living rich without working, profoundly selfish (with no redemption), trashes other people’s offices, tricks men into marrying for money, and stumbles around uncomfortable racial and transgender jokes. Saunders is simply too old for the role and the cast is chockablock with pensioners and has-beens, which only adds to the dated feel. Lumley still has the role down, looks the part and gets the only smirks but isn’t given enough material to save it. Saunders has been a brilliant TV writer since the 80s, but struggles to write a clever feature screenplay (this is her first), partly because the ‘Ab Fab’ TV episodes were about panicking over mundane situations, that don’t translate to a big canvas. Despite good will going in, ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ is a misfire that feels lost. For die hard fans only. [Critics: 60%] [Public: 5.6] – Mediocre

Bad Moms
Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate
Directors: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Out: 29 July 2016

Amy (Kunis) always puts her family first, but her man-child husband, high-maintenance kids and idiot boss are taking a toll. When she is pushed too far by the alpha moms at her kids’ school, headed by the PTA Queen Bee (Applegate), she finally snaps. Teaming up with two other overstressed misfit moms (the sexually-liberated Hahn and submissively polite Bell), they set out to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities via a wild binge of fun and self-indulgence, shaking up their lives and potentially making them better moms by the end. However, it’ll put them on a collision course with the alphas… Penned and directed by the screenwriters of past wild-behaviour comedy ‘The Hangover’, this is also part of the ‘Bad’ trend that started with ‘Bad Santa’ and has gone on to cover ‘Teacher’ and ‘Grandpa’. Mila Kunis is the focus throughout but is both unfunny and pretty unconvincing as the mother of the onscreen children (not to mention her daughter looks adopted and talks like a screenwriter). Kunis must have fans, but she doesn’t half drag down action films too (see ‘Jupiter Ascending’, ‘Oz: Great & Powerful’ etc). The lead should have been Kristen Bell, who’s much more likeable and chuckle-inducing (just not as bankable for some reason). ‘Bad Moms’ will work for anyone who finds the word “cock” instantly hilarious, or who is seeking a liberation fantasy, but for everyone else it’s a chore. [Critics: 59%] [Public: 6.2] – Ok


Nine Lives
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Robbie Amell, Christopher Walken
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Out: 5 August 2016

A stuffy, workaholic businessman (two time Oscar winner Spacey) finds himself trapped inside the body of his family’s cat after a terrible accident. Now he must figure out how to redeem himself. Christopher Walken plays the owner of a mystical pet shop. This comes from Luc Besson’s production company EuropaCorp which has put out some decent titles but often puts out some of the year’s worst. Director Sonnenfeld’s last comedy was the lame Robin Williams vehicle ‘RV’, while the screenwriter wrote the fairly terrible ‘Four Christmases’. The concept sounds like the sort of bottom of the barrel idea used as a parody for a movie within a movie. It can’t be quite as bad as I’m imagining, can it? [Critics: 7%] [Public: 4.5] – Avoid

Sausage Party
Starring: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera
Directors: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon
Out: 12 August 2016

Raunchy R-rated 3D-animated movie, intended as a spoof of Pixar/Disney/Dreamworks movies. Frank (Rogen) is a sausage who lives at a supermarket with his other food product friends. They enjoy a peaceful life, with their ultimate goal to be picked by a customer. To their delight, they are purchased by a woman, and brought to her home. But when the woman prepares a meal with them that equates to torture and death, they realise the reality of their existence. Now, with the help of his friends and new hotdog bun love interest (Wiig), Frank will embark on an eye-popping, gruesome survival adventure to escape his fate and discover the truth… Jonah Hill voices Carl, another sausage. Bill Hader is guacamole. Michael Cera is Barry, another (deformed) sausage. Edward Norton is Sammy Bagel Jr. Salma Hayek is Theresa, a taco. While Craig Robinson is a box of grits. Danny McBride, James Franco, and Paul Rudd also have key roles. The director of ‘Monsters vs Aliens’ and ‘Shrek 2’ combines forces with the director of the ‘Thomas The Tank Engine’ TV show. The screenplay comes from writing partners Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg who did the terrific ‘This Is The End’ (a virtual cast reunion here – a good sign), ‘Pineapple Express’ and the terrible ‘The Watch’. First impression might be it looks one note and better suited to a sketch than a feature, but reviews out of SXSW were excellent, calling it boundary-pushing and hilarious. How many parents will take their kids to this by mistake? Expect quite a few. [Critics: 83%] [Public: 6.3] – 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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