Category Archives: Comedy

SECOND ACT (2018): New Trailer From Jennifer Lopez, Milo Ventimiglia, Vanessa Hudgens, Leah Remini…

Second Act (2018), Jennifer Lopez
Second Act (2018), Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez, Milo Ventimiglia, Vanessa Hudgens and Leah Remini are the stars of new romance / comedy Second Act.

Directed by Peter Segal, Lopez plays a retail worker who reinvents her life / life-story and shows Madison Avenue what street smarts can do…

Two of my favourite romantic comedies (The wedding Planner (2001) and Maid In Manhattan (2(002) star Jennifer Lopez. Hopefully this will be another favourite to add to the list, regardless of the obvious similarities to the maid In Manahattan story.

Charlyne Yi, Freddie Stroma and Treat Williams also star.

Second Act Release Dates: November 21st, 2018 (US); November 30th, 2018 (UK)…

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DON’T TALK TO IRENE (2018): The Things I Liked…

Don_t Talk To Irene (2018), Michelle McLeod
Don_t Talk To Irene (2018), Michelle McLeod

Don’t Talk To Irene is a charming comedy about Irene, the fattest girl in school. Following suspension and with the help of some kind strangers – soon to be friends, Irene finds her inner awesomeness during two weeks of community service at a retirement home.

Starring Michelle McLeod (Irene), Geena Davis, Anastasia Phillips and Scott Thompson, there is very little I don’t like about Don’t Talk To Irene. The voice of the narrator and the film’s soundtrack are key highlights. However my main highlight is definitely McLeod’s charming performance as a smart, strong-willed and imaginative teenager.

Thanks to the writing and fun performances, I was both moved and amused during director Patt Mills’s movie. So much so in fact, that I wouldn’t be mad about news of more adventures with lovely Irene. With such a winning personality, I couldn’t help but wonder how one could not hope for a daughter with Irene’s spirit.

Watch it for the mood-lifting story, charming performances and general cuteness.

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GOOSEBUMPS 2 – HAUNTED HALLOWEEN (2018): New Trailer Starring Madison Iseman, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ken Jeong, Caleel Harris, Jeremy Ray Taylor…

Goosebumps 2 - Haunted Halloween (2018), Caleel Harris , Jeremy Ray Taylor
Goosebumps 2 – Haunted Halloween (2018), Caleel Harris, Jeremy Ray Taylor

Directed by Ari Sandel, the first trailer for the Goosebumps sequel, Goosebumps 2 – Haunted Halloween is here and it looks so much like the TV show version that twelve year-old me used to love.

Key cast includes Madison Iseman, Caleel Harris, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ken Jeong, Jeremy Ray Taylor…

I haven’t read a Goosebumps book since I was probably 14 and this trailer really takes me back. I don’t know about you but I’m quite sure that I’d probably be happy about being ‘attacked’ by gummy bears; me now, mind you, maybe not twelve year-old me.

I want to watch so I can be taken back to my after school viewing habits.

Goosebumps 2 Haunted Halloween Release Dates: October 12th, 2018 (US & UK)…

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WONDER PARK (2019): New Trailer Starring Mila Kunis, Jennifer Garner, Brianna Denski, John Oliver, Ken Jeong…

Wonder Park (2019), Paramount Pictures
Wonder Park (2019), Paramount Pictures

Wonder Park, the new animation / adventure / comedy about a girl, some animals, and a magic amusement park.

Mila Kunis, Brianna Denski, Jennifer Garner, John Oliver, Ken Jeong and Matthew Broderick star…

I couldn’t help thinking about Disney World and Hollywood’s Universal Studios the whole time this trailer played. I’m most intrigued about the ‘magic’ in ‘magic amusement park.’

Wonder Park Release Dates: March 15th, 2019 (US), April 12th, 2019 (UK)…

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I FEEL PRETTY (2018): It’s…

I Feel Pretty (2018), Amy Schumer
I Feel Pretty (2018), Amy Schumer

I Feel Pretty, the latest movie starring Amy Schumer, Emily Ratajkowski and Michelle Williams is a comedy about a woman who suddenly finds plenty of self confidence following a head injury.

Written / directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, there are only really two things right about this film. Firstly, tits intention to inspire women, young women especially to stop letting society tell them what is beautiful, so they can find the confidence to go after what they really want. The second positive is the casting of Michelle Williams. In this movie Williams is as elevating a talent as the best of them, but even this task was to great.

The truth is, I definitely laughed a little once or twice, mainly because of the humorous moment(s) where a line reminded me of what made Schumer’s Comedy Central TV so good once upon a time. Unfortunately though, I just happened to cringe far more than I laughed overall. There was a scene at the beginning that I felt already made it’s point yet it stretched on and on. There are moments where my eyes rolled in disappointment – in one particular instance due to the use of a story telling device that seemed rushed / ad hoc, as well as executed lazily.

Even with all the cringing and eye-rolling, a point did actually arrive around the first half where I thought the terribleness had ceased and now everything will be less bad. But  then something cringeworthy happens again! Cringeworthy because of the badly executed story. Cringeworthy because of what felt like over-acting by Schumer on a number of occasions and cringeworthy because someone decided that this final draft of I Feel pretty really was worthy of being the final draft.

I kept watching tI Feel pretty when I could have stopped because this movie and Schumer’s previous film Snatched (2017) aside, I usually enjoy her work. I now feel as though my last hope is  the idea that the Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence comedy that’s supposed to be in the works won’t have me saying ‘No, Amy! But I had such high hopes…!’ some thing I said more than twice during I Feel pretty.

Maybe watch Schumer’s Comedy Central TV show instead(?) 

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BOOMERANG (1992): The Things I Liked…

Boomerang (1992), Eddie Murphy
Boomerang (1992), Eddie Murphy

Co-written by Eddie Murphy and directed by Reginald Hudlin, 1992 comedy / drama Boomerang centres around  a successful executive / womaniser named Marcus. Marcus finds that his lifestyle choices have turned back on him following the arrival of his new female boss.

Starring Murphy, Robin Givens, Halle Berry, Chris Rock, Grace Jones and Martin Lawrence, Boomerang is a movie I enjoyed today as much as I did when I first saw it as a teenager. The film is funny. It also features one of the most memorable versions of a player / womaniser that I’ve ever seen on film.

Hudlin’s movie is beautifully produced; from the clothes, location(s), lighting, humour and more. Another highlight is the fact that most if not all of the women in this movie are empowered and powerful. I also couldn’t help but notice that Givens is truly one of the most beautiful women ever. Her character is fun, stunning and very much in charge.

The one thing I noticed that perhaps isn’t particularly great about this film is Martin Lawrence’s acting skills. Beyond that though, it’s fun, funny and quite the visual feast – in more ways than one. Watch it, I say!

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DOWNSIZING (2017): The Things I Liked…

Downsizing (2017), Matt Damon
Downsizing (2017), Matt Damon

Within a few minutes of starting to watch director / co-writer Alexander Payne’s comedy / drama, Downsizing, the thought ‘Oh, no… this  isn’t going to be ridiculous, is it?’ crossed my mind. Starring Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau and Jason Sudeikis, Downsizing is a social satire about a man who decides that he’d have a much better life if he were to shrink himself.

I definitely had a good time watching this movie. This is true even though the film didn’t really get properly exciting for me until it began to deliver on its ‘part-comedy’ categorisation promise; something that finally happens approximately thirty nine minutes in. Everything before that point is ‘kind of engaging’ but it felt slower than one might prefer.

I laughed a pleasing amount in the film and many of the wonderfully funny scenes featured Damon’s clueless Paul Safranek character. I found Paul particularly amusing because he seems to suffer from a kind of ‘blindness’ that I haven’t seen played / written quite as well as it is in this movie for a while. I laughed mostly at him and his apparent cluelessness in several situations.

Beside the memorable comedy performances, I enjoyed the sci-fi aspect of the story and how, knowing the challenges of modern life as well as I think I do, one might actually decide that shrinkage was a good idea.

As engaged as I was with the story as non-action movie, there were moments nearer the beginning where I couldn’t help but half expect Damon’s character to suddenly burst into action-movie-star mode and start running and punching. That didn’t quite happen here but I’m certainly not disappointed either. Though slow in parts, the humour – also delivered well by Waltz and Chau combined with the story plus the moving moments made sure I stayed in my seat.

I say give it a chance, you may just find it as laughter inducing (in parts) as I did.

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SUPPORT THE GIRLS (2018): New Trailer From Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson, Dylan Gelula, Brooklyn Decker…

Support The Girls (2018), Haley Lu Richardson, Regina Hall
Support The Girls (2018), Haley Lu Richardson, Regina Hall

In the Andrew Bujalski written / directed comedy, Support The Girls, Regina Hall is Lisa, the general manager of a highway-side ‘sports bar with curves.’

The story is set over the course of a long strange day that tests Lisa’s incurable optimism and faith in her girls, her customers, and herself. Haley Lu Richardson, Dylan Gelula, Brooklyn Decker, Dylan Gelula, AJ Michalka and Lea DeLaria co-star…

I’m in for the love and sisterhood between the ladies. I’m also quite happy to see Hall in a promising leading role. I’ve been a fan ever since her ‘Candy’ character in The Best Man (1999).

 Support The Girls Release Dates: August 24th, 2018 (US)…

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