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Comedy Movies 2017 – Guide

– MAY –

Snatched
Starring: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Christopher Meloni, Wanda Sykes
Director: Jonathan Levine
Out: May 12, 2017
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When her boyfriend dumps her, Emily (Schumer), a spontaneous woman in her 30s, persuades her ultra-cautious mom (Hawn) to accompany her on a vacation to Ecuador. At Emily’s insistence, the pair seek out adventure, but soon find themselves kidnapped. Their bond will be tested and strengthened as they attempt to navigate the jungle and escape… Whereas last year’s ‘The Meddler’ had a subtle, well-observed look at mother-daughter comedy, this seems crass and big. From the writer of ‘The Heat’ and the ill-fated ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot, the script was rewritten by Schumer to be “in her voice”. The director did good work on ‘Warm Bodies’, ‘The Night Before’ and ’50/50′, so expect the characters and thematic ideas to be a bit better developed than the trailer suggests. While Schumer has turned into a love-her-or-hate-her figure in the last year, there are issues with her co-star too. 15 years after her last film, Goldie Hawn today doesn’t look like an average mum, rather she looks like old age hollywood with heavy plastic surgery, sun-baked skin and overall artifice. While her casting makes sense on paper, the Hawn of ‘Private Benjamin’ and ‘Overboard’ has long gone. Expect a step down from Amy Schumer’s ‘Trainwreck’ (which was a bit overrated anyway). [Critics: 37%] [Public: 4.4] [Our Grade: B-] – Ok

Baywatch
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra, David Hasselhoff
Director: Seth Gordon
Out: May 26, 2017
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Devoted Californian lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) butts heads with a brash new recruit Matt Brody (Efron). Brody misses morning meetings in order to pick up donuts, and gets into trouble for checking out beach beauties without any subtlety. But in between their competitive workout sessions and daring rescues, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay… Alexandra Daddario (‘San Andreas’) is Summer Quinn, Bollywood Actress Priyanka Chopra plays the antagonist. David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson have cameos. Based on the TV show which ran from 1989 to 2001. The director make the solid ‘Horrible Bosses’ and the misjudged ‘Identity Thief’. ‘Baywatch’ is pulling a ’21 Jump Street’ and converting to a straight-up action-comedy. It’s been shown repeatedly that if the TV source is cheesy or trashy, adapting it as a comedy is the way to go (see ‘Starsky & Hutch’, ‘Brady Bunch’ etc). And pretty much all of these parody-adaptations have been amusing. Dwayne Johnson is a charisma machine and the always-game Efron has put in good comic turns in the likes of ‘Neighbors’ and ‘Dirty Grandpa’. Expect inconsequential summer-y fun. [Critics: 17%] [Public: 5.6] – Mediocre

– JUNE –

Rough Night
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Zoë Kravitz, Demi Moore
Director: Lucia Aniello
Out: June 16, 2017
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Five friends (including Johansson, SNL’s McKinnon, and ’22 Jump Street’s Bell) rent a beach house in Miami for a bachelorette weekend, and when the partying gets out of control they accidentally bump off a male stripper… What follows is described as ‘The Hangover’ meets ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’. Essentially a raunchy R-rated comedy version of ‘Very Bad Things’. The script landed on the 2015 Black List of top unproduced screenplays. The writing duo cut a deal whereby one is making their directing debut here and the other is in the cast. Headliner Scarlett Johansson has never starred in a comedy, but this appears to be an ensemble where McKinnon and Bell can carry the laughs. There’s now a trend of gender-reversing traditionally male genre movies and while ‘Ghostbusters’ failed last year, this feels closer to ‘Bad Moms’ which found an audience. [Critics: 45%] [Public: 5.2] – Mediocre

The Big Sick
Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Ray Romano, Holly Hunter
Director: Michael Showalter
Out: June 23, 2017

Based on the real life courtship of lead actor Kumail Nanjiani and co-author Emily Gordon (played by Zoe Kazan). Struggling standup Kumail’s traditional Pakistani Muslim family are busy trying to set up an arranged marriage and would disown him if they found out he had started a relationship with Emily, a White American. So after a few months he relucantly lets the relationship crumble. But when Emily is hospitalised in a coma by a mysterious illness, he feels compelled to take charge of the crisis alongside her angry parents (Romano, Hunter) whom he barely knows… Produced by Judd Apatow (and with the trademark Apatow ‘feel’), the original structure presents two romances: first with Emily, and then once she is unconscious, with Kumail and her parents, who are furious with him for breaking their daughter’s heart. Both journeys are down to earth, heartfelt, moving, with genuine laughs and discussion-worthy cross-cultural questions. For an autobiographical film, it’s a surprisingly strong attack on Kumail’s own parents, that never really resolves happily. ‘The Big Sick’ is the best romantic-comedy of the year, it’s already safe to say that. [Our Grade: A-] [Critics: 98%] [Public: 7.6] – Excellent

The House
Starring: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Ryan Simpkins, Andy Buckley, Andrea Savage
Director: Andrew J. Cohen
Out: June 30, 2017
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After they blow through their daughter’s college fund, a couple (Ferrell, Poehler) team up with some neighbours to start an illegal casino in their basement to try to earn it back… Jason Mantzoukas (‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’) plays Ferrell’s best friend who’s dealing with a serious gambling problem and gives the couple the idea to start a casino. Cedric Yarbrough (‘Speechless’) is a hardworking resident who starts gambling in the casino to de-stress. Mariah Carey has a cameo. Former SNL co-stars Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler are a solid lead pairing. The writer of ‘Neighbors’ makes his directorial debut, and given this is more suburban misbehavior the tone will probably feel quite similar (although ‘The House’ has double the budget). [Critics: 18%] [Public: 5.6] – Mediocre

The Little Hours
Starring: Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Dave Franco, Fred Armisen, John C. Reilly, Nick Offerman
Director: Jeff Baena
Out: June 30, 2017

Medieval nuns Alessandra (Brie), Fernanda (Plaza), and Ginevra (Micucci) lead a simple life in their convent. Their days are spent chafing at monastic routine, spying on one another, and berating the estate’s day labourer. After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, Father Tommasso (Reilly) brings on a newly hired hand (Franco), a virile young servant forced into hiding by his angry lord (Offerman). Introduced to the sisters as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation, he struggles to maintain his cover… Goofy, foul-mouthed adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th-century work ‘The Decameron’. [Critics: 79%] [Public: 5.8] – Good

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  • Waldo Blasetti said

    Hi, thanks for discussing your ideas.

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  • Isser said

    For me 2017 was the best year for comedy movies compared to previous years and I vote for Fist Fight, it rocked me the most.

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  • Weeigy said

    Fist Fight and How to be A Latin Lover are the best comedy movie of 2017. I have watched them when I am sad. It makes me feel happy and I really enjoyed them.

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