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Comedy Movies 2017 – Guide

– AUGUST –

Logan Lucky
Starring: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Sebastian Stan
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Out: August 18, 2017
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The Logans are a hardscrabble family/clan from the hills of West Virginia, who’ve worked in the dirt for 90 years. Jimmy Logan (Tatum) decides it’s time to turn the family’s luck around, so with help from his brother (Driver) and his friends the Redneck Robbers (led by a near unrecognisably gruff Daniel Craig), they start plotting a $14 million heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina… Also in the cast are Seth MacFarlane, Jack Quaid (Meg Ryan / Dennis Quaid’s son) and Sebastian Stan playing a NASCAR driver. This is director Steven Soderbergh’s fourth collaboration with Channing Tatum, after ‘Magic Mike’, ‘Haywire’, and ‘Side Effects’. Soderbergh’s self-imposed “retirement” is over, which is fortunate since he’s one of the most versatile and prolific directors around. He has stopped short of broad comedies though, so expect this to be drama-infused and character-based. [Critics: 92%] [Public: 7.0] – Excellent

The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Élodie Yung, Salma Hayek
Director: Patrick Hughes
Out: August 18, 2017
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Action-comedy about the world’s top protection agent, aka bodyguard, (Reynolds) who has a new client: a hitman who has come in from the cold (Jackson). They’ve been on opposite ends of a bullet for years and hate one another. Now they’re stuck together and have 24 hours to get to the Hague to take down a murderous dictator (Oldman)… With the director of ‘Expendables 3’ in charge and a newbie on the script, it’s probably headed for guilty pleasure territory. The best thing they can do after ‘Deadpool’ is give this an R rating and let Ryan Reynolds off the chain. [Critics: 41%] [Public: 6.9] – Good

– SEPTEMBER –

Little Evil
Starring: Adam Scott, Evangeline Lilly, Bridget Everett, Sally Field, Clancy Brown
Director: Eli Craig
Out: September 1, 2017

Comedic take on ‘The Omen’. A newly-married stepfather (Scott, ‘Krampus’, ‘Parks and Rec’) hopes to bond with his 5 year old stepson, who is showing increasing signs of being the anti-Christ. Between the boy compelling teachers to jump out windows and speaking through a goat hand puppet, the stepfather confides in other stepdads and realises that yes all parenting is a challenge and yes a ritual sacrifice may be necessary… From the writer-director of ‘Tucker and Dale vs Evil’, which did a terrific job of smartly flipping horror conventions for laughs, ‘Little Evil’ is a fairly disappointing followup – it’s a pleasant watch, smirksome at points, and Adam Scott is a likeable comic lead, but the script is too run of the mill, it could have done a lot more with the premise. The trailer sums up the best of the movie well and is probably all you need. When it comes to comedy films it feels like Netflix is greenlighting the partially-developed, low-ambition scripts the studios/traditional indie funding won’t. [Our Grade: C+] [Critics: –%] [Public: 5.7] – Mediocre

Brad’s Status
Starring: Ben Stiller, Michael Sheen, Jenna Fischer, Luke Wilson
Director: Mike White
Out: September 15, 2017
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Social media-centered dramatic-comedy. Brad (Stiller), has a good career and happy family but is obsessed with the better fortunes of his old friends from school. While escorting his son (Abrams, ‘Paper Towns’) on an East Coast tour of colleges, Brad is forced to confront those friends and his feelings of failure, with amusing and poignant results… Written and directed by the veteran scribe behind the likes of ‘School of Rock’ and ‘Nacho Libre’. Stiller is looking to bring both humour and emotional depth to a story about the curveballs life throws our way. His recent indie comedy-dramas haven’t made much impression from ‘While We’re Young’ to ‘Greenberg’. He doesn’t seem that well suited to them these days, but hangs on to his ‘Reality Bites’ roots. The more this leans towards humour over drama, the more enjoyable it will likely be. It seems to be more dramatic than anything else… [Critics: 81%] [Public: 6.5] – Good

– OCTOBER –

Suburbicon
Starring: Matt Damon, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Julianne Moore
Director: George Clooney
Out: October 27, 2017

Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns, the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as a husband and father (Damon) must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices… Crime comedy satire co-written by the Coen Brothers (their first draft was in 1986) and directed by George Clooney. Reviews out of the Venice Film Festival have been mediocre, calling it fizzingly entertaining but ultimately a tone-deaf attempt to combine pulpy black comedy with a straight story of racism, that comes off as heavy-handed and sanctimonious. [Critics: 28%] [Public: 5.6] – Mediocre

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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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