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Comedy Movies 2017 – Guide

Father Figures
Starring: Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, Glenn Close, J. K. Simmons, Ving Rhames
Director: Lawrence Sher
Out: December 22, 2017

Twin brothers (Wilson, Helms) who were raised believing their father died, learn in their 40s that he’s still alive. Not only that but their mother (Close) confesses she had such a wild youth at Studio 54 that their father could be one of several candidates. The brothers determine to hit the road to examine the potential dads. J.K. Simmons plays one paternal possibility, while Ving Rhames plays a former football player who helps Terry Bradshaw (legendary NFL quarterback) figure out if he’s the father. This is the directorial debut of veteran cinematographer Larry Sher (‘The Hangover’). All signs point to a so-so R-rated comedy, owing a lot to the plotline of ‘Broken Flowers’. [Critics: 17%] [Public: 5.4] – Mediocre

Downsizing
Starring: Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Jason Sudeikis, Hong Chau
Director: Alexander Payne
Out: December 22, 2017
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To tackle overpopulation, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to 5 inches tall and propose a global transition from big to small. Money goes much further in a miniaturised world and with the promise of a better life, one ordinary man (Damon) and his wife (Wiig) decide to abandon their stress in Omaha to get small and move to a downsized community – a choice that triggers life-changing adventures… Director Alexander Payne (‘Sideways’, ‘Nebraska’, ‘The Descendants’) is known for his satirical, chucklesome depictions of American society, winning Best Screenplay twice and scoring a Best Director nomination three times. He’s not had a misfire yet. Some critics say this changes that, but if it does, it’s a pretty terrific misfire. ‘Downsizing’ is certainly his most ambitious project to date. An unpredictable journey (two parts social commentary, one part comedy) through a beautifully realised miniature world, even if that world does sink into the background for long stretches. Damon makes for a great everyman, pressured by his selfish wife to downsize only to be left worse off, but finding his place in a global community. The cast is fun, from Hong Chau (Inherent Vice) as a blunt, poorly-spoken Vietnamese refugee to Christoph Waltz as an aging Ukrainian partyboy (complete with dodgy accent). It’s Damon’s message-heavy romantic relationship in the final act that will turn some off: What’s meant to be an uplifting outcome doesn’t convincingly solve his emotional loneliness. But ‘Downsizing’ entertains, provokes and is wonderfully observed and wryly amusing when it’s not being sporadically hilarious. [Critics: 49%] [Public: 5.7] [Our Grade: B] – Good

Pitch Perfect 3
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow
Director: Trish Sie
Out: December 22, 2017
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After the highs of winning the world championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time… Director of ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Elizabeth Banks has stepped down citing scheduling conflicts and parental responsibilities, replaced by the director of ‘Step Up All In’. Ruby Rose will join the returning Kendrick, Wilson and Snow. [Critics: 31%] [Public: 5.9] – Ok


RANKINGS

CRITICS (via Rotten Tomatoes)
1st: The Big Sick (98%)
2nd: Logan Lucky (92%)
3rd: The Disaster Artist (91%)
4th: Brad’s Status (81%)
5th: The Little Hours (79%)
6th: Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (76%)
7th: War On Everyone (59%)
8th: Downsizing (49%)
9th: Rough Night (45%)
10th: Going In Style (49%)
11th: Wilson (48%)
12th: The Hitman’s Bodyguard (41%)
13th: How To Be A Latin Lover (38%)
14th: Snatched (37%)
15th: Pitch Perfect 3 (31%)
16th: A Bad Moms Christmas (30%)
17th: Suburbicon (28%)
18th: Fist Fight (25%)
19th: Daddy’s Home 2 (19%)
20th: The House (18%)
21st: Baywatch (17%)
22nd: Father Figures (17%)
23rd: CHiPs (17%)
24th: Just Getting Started (5%)
PUBLIC (via IMDB)
1st: The Big Sick (7.6)
2nd: The Disaster Artist (7.4)
3rd: Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (7.0)
4th: Logan Lucky (7.0)
5th: The Hitman’s Bodyguard (6.9)
6th: Going In Style (6.6)
7th: Brad’s Status (6.5)
8th: Daddy’s Home 2 (6.0)
9th: CHiPs (6.0)
10th: Pitch Perfect 3 (5.9)
11th: How To Be A Latin Lover (5.9)
12th: The Little Hours (5.8)
13th: War On Everyone (5.8)
14th: Wilson (5.8)
15th: Downsizing (5.7)
16th: Little Evil (5.7)
17th: Baywatch (5.6)
18th: Fist Fight (5.6)
19th: The House (5.6)
20th: Suburbicon (5.6)
21st: A Bad Moms Christmas (5.5)
22nd: Father Figures (5.4)
23rd: Rough Night (5.2)
24th: Snatched (4.4)
25th: Just Getting Started (4.3)


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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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