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Comedy Movies 2018 – Guide

New: Top 10 Best Comedy Movies 2018 Let’s take a look at the biggest and best comedy movies of 2018. Funny this year comes in the form of Will Ferrell as Sherlock Holmes, the return of Deadpool and Super Troopers, Johnny Knoxville jackassing in a dangerous theme park and Kevin Hart going to Night School. That and so much more. Let us know in the comments what you think will be the best comedy movies 2018 has to offer.

Here’s the rundown of every significant theatrical release, good and bad:

– JANUARY –

A Futile And Stupid Gesture
Starring: Will Forte, Domhnall Gleeson, Joel McHale, Thomas Lennon
Director: David Wain
Out: January 26, 2018 (Netflix) (U.S. Release Dates)
Best Comedy Movies 2018

Madcap biopic following the rise of National Lampoon from Harvard university magazine to national mag, to radio hour, to producer of movies ‘Animal House’ and ‘Caddyshack’, launching the likes of SNL, Bill Murray and Chevy Chase along the way. The force behind it was Doug Kenney (Forte, ‘MacGruber’), a wild, convention-hating, womanising, subversive humorist who proved one of the most influential voices in U.S. comedy… This is a lively and witty look at the pop culture phenomena, which itself subverts biopic conventions occasionally to fun effect. Director David Wain (‘Role Models’, ‘Wet Hot American Summer’) finds poignancy and nice visual touches, such as Kenney’s marriage breakup presented in comic strip form. Will Forte carries the film with his energy and unpredictability, and it’s great fun to see comic legends like Murray, Harold Ramis and Roger Dangerfield portrayed on screen. Of particular interest is Joel McHale playing the young Chevy Chase, his ‘Community’ co-star who he famously fell out with. Of course enjoyment also depends on an interest in this era (the story stops in 1980, short of the ‘Vacation’ films which is a shame), and a knowledge of ‘Animal House’ and ‘Caddyshack’ helps.

– FEBRUARY –

Game Night
Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Jesse Plemons
Directors: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
Out: February 23, 2018
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A group of couples (led by Bateman and McAdams) meet regularly for game nights. This time though one of their number (Chandler, ‘Super 8’) introduces a new concept: Somebody will be kidnapped, and whoever finds them will win a grand prize. They won’t know what’s real and what’s fake. And sure enough when real bullets starts flying they’ll need all their wits to figure out the conspiracy behind what’s going on… Something of a comedic take on 1997’s ‘The Game’, mixed with the recent resurgence in board game enthusiasm. Headliner Jason Bateman is doing the same old routine, and the directors helmed the tonally misjudged ‘Vacation’ remake, but critics say a tight script (from the writer of ‘Accepted’) and an energetic pairing with McAdams make this effort significantly better than the trailer suggests (note to marketers: getting shot in the arm and bleeding isn’t funny).

– MARCH –

Gringo
Starring: David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Sharlto Copley, Amanda Seyfried
Director: Nash Edgerton
Out: March 9, 2018
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A mild-mannered businessman (Oyelowo) is sent to Mexico by his bosses (Theron, Edgerton) with a breakthrough medical marijuana tablet. Soon he’s been kidnapped by local drug lords and is running with a price on his head. Even a black-ops mercenary (Copley) hired to rescue him may not be able to help… Also featured, the debut of Paris Jackson, Michael Jackson’s 19-year-old daughter, playing “an edgy 20-year-old.” This is an Amazon production, directed by Joel Edgerton’s brother Nash. It marks a major change of direction for Oyelowo, star of serious award dramas like ‘Selma’ and ‘A United Kingdom’. Here he’s a shrill, hyperactive coward carrying the comedy of the film, complete with Nigerian accent (almost Kevin Hart territory). It’ll be fascinating to see if he can pull it off. The comedic scenarios in the trailer aren’t that strong, just “squeamish guy in trouble and being pursued”. The supporting cast would have been excellent for a drama, but look like they’re mostly straining for comedy here.

Isle Of Dogs
Starring: (voices) Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum
Director: Wes Anderson
Out: March 23, 2018
Top 10 Comedy Movies 2018

In a dystopian future Japan dogs have been exiled to and quarantined on a remote island due to a “canine flu”. Five local dogs—Chief (Cranston), Rex (Norton), Boss (Murray), Duke (Goldblum), and King (Bob Balaban) are fed up with their isolated existence in exile until a boy named Atari ventures to the island to search for his dog, Spots (Liev Schreiber). Atari receives their help, and protection from the Japanese authorities who have come to retrieve him… Stop-motion animated adventure written and directed by Wes Anderson. The quality voice cast also includes F. Murray Abraham, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Ken Watanabe and Yoko Ono. [More Details Soon]

– APRIL –

Blockers
Starring: Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton
Director: Kay Cannon
Out: April 6, 2018
New Comedy Movies 2018

A panicked couple (Mann, Cena) and a friend (Barinholtz, ‘Neighbors’) try to stop their teenage daughters from having sex on Prom night, after intercepting a text chat showing they’ve made a pact to lose their virginity… Directorial debut of the screenwriter of ‘Pitch Perfect’. The trailer had a lowbrow teens-only forced humour. Despite his heroic meme status, John Cena doesn’t convince as a leading man in a comedy, he’s better suited to supporting roles.

Super Troopers 2
Starring: Jay Chandrasekhar, Paul Soter, Steve Lemme, Erik Stolhanske, Kevin Heffernan
Director: Jay Chandrasekhar
Out: April 20, 2018
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The quintet of goofy Vermont state troopers return with their penchant for pranks and feuding with other local law enforcement officers. Little else is known about the plot which has gone through several radically different drafts over the years (from a 70’s set prequel about their dads, to a conflict with Canadian residents when the border is moved). Indeed the project seemed dead until it launched the second most successful crowdfunding campaign for a movie. Through Indiegogo it raised $4.5 million from 50,000 contributors, passing its $2m target in just 26 hours. The original ‘Super Troopers’ was made for $1.2 million and acquired by Fox Searchlight at Sundance in 2001. It grossed $23 million worldwide before becoming a huge hit on DVD (quite why none of that money could go on a sequel instead of asking fans to fund it is another matter). Personally I preferred Broken Lizard’s ‘Club Dread’ and ‘Beerfest’ to ‘Super Troopers’, but it’s the clear favourite among fans. Given how many years the troupe has been prepping the material, and with Chandrasekhar directing again, expect it to deliver on its promises.

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