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Comedy Movies 2018 – Guide

Super Troopers 2
Starring: Jay Chandrasekhar, Paul Soter, Steve Lemme, Erik Stolhanske, Kevin Heffernan
Director: Jay Chandrasekhar
Out: April 20, 2018

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. [Critics: 32%] [Public: 6.1] – Ok

Tully
Starring: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass, Ron Livingston
Director: Jason Reitman
Out: April 20, 2018
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A mother of three (Theron), including a newborn, is gifted a night nanny by her brother (Duplass). Hesitant to the extravagance at first, she comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully (relative newcomer Davis)… Screenwriter Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman first teamed for ‘Juno’ which was nominated for Best Picture and won of Best Screenplay. They reunited for ‘Young Adult’, starring Charlize Theron, which did ok with critics but didn’t connect with audiences or awards. While that was a comedy-drama about prolonged adolescence, ‘Tully’ tackles motherhood. In fact the plot sounds like a grown ups’ version of ‘Mary Poppins’. [Critics: 86%] [Public: 7.0] – Great

I Feel Pretty
Starring: Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski
Directors: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein
Out: April 20, 2018

A head injury causes a woman (Schumer) to develop an extraordinary amount of confidence and believes she’s drop-dead gorgeous. Working in a cosmetics firm, she knew what was like like to be average in a world of the genetically blessed. But after falling off an exercise bike and banging her head, she believes a spell has transformed her. Except to everyone else, she looks exactly the same. Her new confidence suddenly sees her climbing the ranks, getting the respect of her idol and boss (Williams). Ultimately she realises ‘the spell’ has lifted, but through the process will learn that true beauty is not skin deep… The concept sounds like a tweak on ‘Shallow Hal’, with the woman now seeing herself as stunning rather than the man observing. It’s got great comic potential. After the overrated ‘Trainwreck’ and the trainwreck of ‘Snatched’, this could be Schumer’s funniest film. Although it’s also the directorial debut of the ‘How To Be Single’ writers which fumbled its high concept by lapsing back to rom-com convention. [Critics: 34%] [Public: 5.3] – Mediocre

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Overboard
Starring: Anna Faris, Eugenio Derbez, Eva Longoria, John Hannah
Directors: Bob Fisher, Rob Greenberg
Out: May 4, 2018
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A spoiled, wealthy yacht owner (Derbez) mistreats his hard-working employee (Faris). When he falls overboard and loses his memory she decides to get payback by pretending she’s his wife and that he lives with her kids in borderline poverty. But through his humiliation she starts to be drawn to the good emerging in him… A remake of the 1987 comedy with the genders reversed. This is the second English-speaking vehicle for Eugenio Derbez, after last year’s ‘How To Be A Latin Lover’. The 56-year-old is Mexico’s most successful actor, the most recognised actor among Spanish-speaking Americans, and the most influential Hispanic male in the world according to Variety. His fatherhood comedy ‘Instructions Not Included’ was the most successful Spanish-language film ever in the US ($44m gross) and worldwide (a further $54m). For those outside his demographic it’s hard to see his appeal and the humour is a bit simple. Anna Faris meanwhile doesn’t have the comic appeal she did ten years ago. They ain’t no Goldie and Kurt. [Critics: 25%] [Public: 5.9] – Mediocre

Life Of The Party
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Molly Gordon, Maya Rudolph, Debby Ryan, Julie Bowen
Director: Ben Falcone
Out: May 11, 2018
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A fortysomething mom (McCarthy) gets a surprise divorce from her husband and decides to go back to college. Specifically, to the university her daughter attends, only to find herself a fish out of water… Think Rodney Dangerfield’s ‘Back to School’. Maya Rudolph plays her neurotic best friend (a ‘Bridesmaids’ reunion), while Jackie Weaver (‘Silver Linings Playbook’) is her mom and Gillian Jacobs (‘Community’) a sorority sister. Debby Ryan (‘What If’) is the “mean girl” head of the sorority and Julie Bowen (TV’s ‘Modern Family’) is another enemy. McCarthy co-wrote the script with her husband, who directs. She can carry a great comedy (see ‘Spy’) but her collaborations with her husband have been among her worst (‘Tammy’, ‘The Boss’), meaning hopes aren’t high for this. [Critics: 38%] [Public: 5.5] – Mediocre

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