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Comedy Movies 2018 – Guide


The Happytime Murders
Starring: (puppet) Bill Barretta, (live) Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks
Director: Brian Henson
Out: August 17, 2018
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In a noir world where puppets co-exist with humans as second class citizens, puppet private eye and disgraced ex-cop, Phil Phillips (puppeteer Bill Barretta), is hot on the trail of the serial killer who murdered his brother and is now targeting the cast members of the famous 80s television series The Happytime Gang. As the killings continue, Phil’s former flame (Banks), is next on the list. It’s up to Phil and his ex-partner, Detective Edwards (McCarthy), to find the culprit, but as bad blood and old resentments resurface the clues start pointing to the only viable suspect, Phil himself. Now he’s on the run with only his wits and hard headed determination, as he and his partner attempt to solve The Happytime Murders… Directed by Muppet maestro Brian Henson (‘Muppet Christmas Carol’, ‘Muppet Treasure Island’), this has been in development hell for 10 years. It’s an edgy idea – a puppet movie with the word ‘Murder’ in the title, and with strangely disturbing concept art – which has many promising shades of ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’. [Critics: 27%] [Public: 5.1] – Mediocre


Night School
Starring: Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Taran Killam, Rob Riggle, Ben Schwartz
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Out: September 28, 2018
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A group of adult troublemakers/misfits (including Hart) are forced to attend night school for different reasons in hopes they’ll pass the GED exam, equivalent to finally finishing high school… Keith David plays Hart’s Dad. Tiffany Haddish (whose breakout role in last year’s ‘Girls Trip’ shot her to fame) and Rob Riggle co-star. Hart co-wrote the screenplay. The director is a veteran of African-American comedy, helming the likes of 1999’s ‘The Best Man’ right up to ‘Girls Trip’, while barely rising above average. ‘Night School’ is likely to do enough for long-time Hart fans, without winning any new ones. [Critics: 28%] [Public: 5.6] – Mediocre


Johnny English Strikes Again
Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller, Olga Kurylenko, Jake Lacy, Emma Thompson
Director: David Kerr
Out: October 26, 2018

After a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all of the active undercover agents in Britain, Johnny English is forced to come out of retirement to find the mastermind hacker. [Critics: 33%] [Public: 6.6] – Ok


The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs
Starring: Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Brendan Gleeson, Zoe Kazan, Liam Neeson
Directors: The Coen Brothers
Out: November 16, 2018 (and on Netflix)

Six chapters each present a different story from the wild frontier. ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ tells the story of a sharp-shooting songster (Nelson). In ‘Near Algodones’, a wannabe bank robber (Franco) gets his due and then some. ‘Meal Ticket’ is a gothic tale about two weary travelling performers (inc. Neeson). ‘All Gold Canyon’ is a story about a prospector mining for gold, while a woman (Kazan) finds an unexpected promise of love, along with a dose of life’s cruel irony, on a wagon train across the prairies in ‘The Gal Who Got Rattled’. Finally, ghostly laughs haunt ‘The Mortal Remains’ as a Lady rains judgement upon a motley crew of strangers undertaking a final carriage ride… It’s the great Coen Brothers making an anthology movie for Netflix, from shorts they’ve written over 25 years, all in a western frontier world they mastered in ‘True Grit’. It won best screenplay at the Venice Film Festival but most ordinary folk say while it benefits from great one-liners, striking scenery and committed performances, it’s a hit and miss affair, too loosely tied together.

Anna And The Apocalypse
Starring: Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Marli Siu, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux
Director: John McPhail
Out: November 30, 2018

Horror-Christmas-musical. A sleepy town is threatened by a zombie apocalypse during the Christmas holidays, forcing Anna and her friends to sing and slash their way to safety with a fast-spreading horde in relentless pursuit… This has a team of Scots behind it and is based on the 2010 BAFTA-winning short film ‘Zombie Musical’ co-written by the late Ryan McHenry, creator of viral sensation ‘Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal’. Festival critics call it a new holiday classic which balances zombie horror, comedy, Christmas and coming of age with toe-tapping aplomb. Personally I find zombie films, and zombie humour, so tired it needs a significant twist to elevate it. Singing and Christmas probably isn’t enough. Hopefully it’s as good as the underrated musical-horror ‘Stage Fright’ from a few years back.

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