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Comedy Movies 2016 – Guide

– SEPTEMBER –

Masterminds
Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis
Director: Jared Hess
Out: 30 September 2016
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A night guard (Galifianakis) feels unfulfilled, driving an armoured car full of money to and from banks every day. But when he’s convinced by his work crush (Wiig) and her accomplices to join a far-fetched plan to mount one of the biggest heists in American history, he soon throws everything on the line for love, money, and a life of excitement. If these inexperienced dim-witted Southerners somehow manage to nab the $17 million, they’re likely to leave a glaring trail of evidence in their wake: blowing it on mansions, sports cars, and boats… This is a comedic take on the 1997 Loomis Fargo robbery, following the ’30 Minutes Or Less’ model of real-crime-becomes-comedy-caper. The director of ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ and ‘Nacho Libre’ has assembled a formidable comedy cast. There are certainly funnier true crimes they could have chosen, but this should prove an adequate watch. [Critics: 32%] [Public: 5.8] – Ok

– OCTOBER –

Keeping Up With The Joneses
Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher, Gal Gadot
Director: Greg Mottola
Out: 21 October 2016

A quiet, suburban cul de sac is turned upside down when an unfulfilled married couple (Galifianakis, Fisher) begins to suspect there’s something nefarious afoot with their sexy and charismatic new neighbours (Hamm, Gadot). When the couple discover that they are in fact spies, they get caught up in an international espionage plot… Jon Hamm has been easing into comedy with small roles in the likes of ‘Bridesmaids’ and ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’. He’s also co-starred with Galifianakis in an SNL skit and an episode of ‘Between Two Ferns’ with decent results. Director Mottola did solid work on ‘Superbad’ and ‘Paul’), while the writer penned the underrated suburban comedy ‘You, Me and Dupree’. It’s a concept that sounds better suited to the ’90s, but never mind. [Critics: 19%] [Public: 5.8] – Ok

– NOVEMBER –

Army Of One
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Rainn Wilson, Russell Brand, Ken Marino
Director: Larry Charles
Out: 4 November 2016

Gary Faulkner (Cage), a wacky ex-con and unemployed handyman receives a vision from God (Brand) telling him to travel to Pakistan and capture Bin Laden. After failed attempts to sail there, he arrives by plane and starts looking, much to the dismay of the local US government operative (Wilson). Based on the true story… Nicolas Cage has made so many terrible straight-to-DVD movies in recent years that it eclipses the excellent work he slips in between (‘Kick-Ass’, ‘Joe’ etc). Here he’s going full eccentric in amusing fashion, in the hands of the director of ‘Borat’, ‘Bruno’ and ‘The Dictator’. Casting Russell Brand as God may be poking fun at his ego, but he’s a pretty unlikeable and samey character on screen these days. ‘Army of One’ is going straight-to-download, not just as a result of Cage’s diminished box office standing, but because the premise doesn’t stretch to feature length well and lacks depth. [Critics: 27%] [Public: 5.0] – Mediocre

Bad Santa 2
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox, Christina Hendricks
Director: Mark Waters
Out: 23 November 2016

Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, holiday Santa Willie (Thornton) teams with his elf-playing sidekick, and his tough-as-nails mom (Bates), to rob a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. In his way is the attrative upper-class woman who runs the charity (Hendricks)… John Ritter and Bernie Mac had significant roles in the 2003 original but have since passed away. Apart from Lauren Graham all the other key cast are back, including the curly-haired kid, now 22, who gained 40 pounds to reprise his role. The director of chick flicks like ‘Mean Girls’, ‘Ghosts of Girlfriends Past’, and most recently flop ‘Vampire Academy’ doesn’t seem like the most natural choice to take over from original director Terry Zwigoff. Zwigoff’s been in career limbo since 2006, and probably blacklisted by these producers for arguments over final cut first time round, however not having his trademark eye for people on the fringes of society will be a loss. The red-band trailers are funny and nail the un-pc, foul-mouthed antics. Chances are it’ll be missing the heart, which is what tends to happen when indie films go mainstream. [Critics: 23%] [Public: 5.5] – Mediocre

– DECEMBER –

Office Christmas Party
Starring: Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T. J. Miller, Kate McKinnon, Jennifer Aniston
Directors: Josh Gordon, Will Speck
Out: 9 December 2016

When a company CEO (Aniston) tries to close the branch of her hard-partying brother (Miller), he and his Chief Technical Officer (Bateman) must rally their co-workers and host a memorable office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs. However the party turns out to be a lot crazier than anyone had anticipated… No this is not a movie spinoff for ‘The Office’, though its title might mislead some otherwise. Indeed, two of the writers used to write for the series. This is the fifth comedy to star Bateman and Aniston after the likes of ‘The Switch’ and ‘Horrible Bosses’. Bateman looks here like he couldn’t be putting in a more generic Bateman performance, but hey it works. Olivia Munn has a big role, despite being the worst actress since Megan Fox. Rising stars T.J. Miller (‘Silicon Valley’) and Kate McKinnon (‘SNL’) will bring some energy. From the directors of ‘The Switch’ and the unfairly-forgotten ‘Blades of Glory’. It’ll be a raucous dumb time with a fun cast that should turn out better that last year’s normally-sensible-white-people-going-crazy-for-two-hours-without-consequences party movie, ‘Sisters’. [Critics: 42%] [Public: 6.0] – Ok

Why Him?
Starring: Bryan Cranston, James Franco, Zoey Deutch, Megan Mullally
Director: John Hamburg
Out: 23 December 2016

An uptight Midwestern dad (Cranston) travels with his family to visit his daughter (Deutch) at college. There he is introduced to his worst nightmare: her socially abrasive billionaire boyfriend (Franco). When he finds out a proposal is in the air, dad goes into panic mode… From the director of ‘Along Came Polly’ and ‘I Love You Man’, this is produced by Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill’s companies. There are conflicting reports if this is a remake of Andy Samburg’s recent TV series ‘Cuckoo’, but it certainly has the same premise. Franco and Cranston can excel in the right role but, based on the trailer, neither of them seems suited for this very generic comedy (Cranston particularly seems to have hired De Niro’s career manager). Key (of ‘Key & Peele’) will probably steal the show as Franco’s European-hailing estate manager, tasked with running his complicated life. Expect this to make ‘Meet the Parents’ look like a classic. [Critics: 40%] [Public: 6.3] – Good

– SOMETIME IN 2016 –

David Brent: Life On The Road
Starring: Ricky Gervais, Doc Brown, Ben Bailey Smith, Andy Burrows, Tom Basden
Director: Ricky Gervais
Out: TBC 2016 (UK: 19 August 2016)

Mockmentary about out-of-touch David Brent (Gervais), the former boss from BBC’s ‘The Office’, who’s always fancied himself as a rockstar and is now hitting the road to live the lifestyle and make it big. It’s ten years after ‘The Office’ finished and Brent is day-to-day a travelling salesman working for an industrial cleaning product distributor based in Slough, England. As the old camera crew catches up with him he thinks it’ll be like Scorsese doing the Rolling Stones, but instead it’s a ‘where are they now’ doc that reveals the full horror. For starters Brent’s had to take two weeks off work and cash in his pension because the session musicians in the band are costing him more than he’s getting in ticket sales. While his main bandmate in ‘Foregone Conclusion’, Dom Johnson (Ben Bailey Smith), is having his career held back by all this… Smith sang with Gervais on his musical tours and in 2013 they recorded a spoof reggae song ‘Equality Street’ for Comic Relief. The movie is written and directed by Gervais. It’s probably a loss that Stephen Merchant, his co-writer on all things ‘Office’/Brent is not involved here. Until now there’s not been much that’s interesting about Brent as a character once you take him out the office environment, and the moment he becomes a touring musician it’s inauthentic – he would talk about it but never actually do it. But hopefully the movie can find a way of infusing the brilliance of ‘The Office’ with a bit of ‘Spinal Tap’.


RANKINGS

CRITICS (via Rotten Tomatoes)
1st: Hunt For The Wilderpeople (98%)
2nd: The Nice Guys (92%)
3rd: Barbershop: A Fresh Cut (90%)
4th: The Lobster (90%)
5th: Everybody Wants Some (87%)
6th: Hail Caesar! (85%)
7th: Deadpool (84%)
8th: The Meddler (84%)
9th: Sausage Party (83%)
10th: Eddie The Eagle (80%)
11th: Keanu (76%)
12th: Popstar: Never Stop’ (77%)
13th: Ghostbusters (72%)
14th: Central Intelligence (69%)
15th: Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising (62%)
16th: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (60%)
17th: Bad Moms (59%)
18th: Office Christmas Party (42%)
19th: Why Him? (40%)
20th: Grimsby (38%)
21st: Masterminds (32%)
22nd: Dad’s Army (31%)
23rd: Army Of One (27%)
24th: Bad Santa 2 (23%)
25th: Zoolander No. 2 (23%)
26th: The Boss (22%)
27th: Keeping Up With The Joneses (19%)
28th: Ride Along 2 (15%)
29th: Special Correspondents (13%)
30th: Dirty Grandpa (11%)
31st: 50 Shades Of Black (7%)
32nd: Nine Lives (7%)
33rd: The Do-Over (5%)
PUBLIC (via IMDB)
1st: Deadpool (8.1)
2nd: Hunt For The Wilderpeople (7.9)
3rd: The Nice Guys (7.4)
4th: Eddie The Eagle (7.4)
5th: The Lobster (7.1)
6th: Everybody Wants Some (7.0)
7th: Popstar: Never Stop’ (6.8)
8th: Central Intelligence (6.3)
9th: Why Him? (6.3)
10th: Sausage Party (6.3)
11th: Keanu (6.3)
12th: The Meddler (6.3)
13th: Hail Caesar! (6.3)
14th: Grimsby (6.2)
15th: Bad Moms (6.2)
16th: Dirty Grandpa (6.0)
17th: Office Christmas Party (6.0)
18th: Barbershop: A Fresh Cut (5.9)
19th: Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising (5.8)
20th: Ride Along 2 (5.9)
21sr: Keeping Up With The Joneses (5.8)
22nd: Masterminds (5.8)
23rd: Special Correspondents (5.8)
24th: The Do-Over (5.7)
25th: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (5.6)
26th: Bad Santa 2 (5.5)
27th: Ghostbusters (5.4)
28th: The Boss (5.4)
29th: Dad’s Army (5.2)
30th: Army Of One (5.0)
31st: Zoolander No. 2 (4.8)
32nd: Nine Lives (4.5)
33rd: 50 Shades Of Black (3.5)


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9 Comments »

  • 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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