Category Archives: Comedy

LOVE. WEDDING. REPEAT. (2020): New Trailer Starring Sam Claflin, Olivia Munn, Freida Pinto…

Love Wedding Repeat (2020), Sam Claflin, Netflix
Love Wedding Repeat (2020), Eleanor Tomlinson, Sam Claflin, Netflix

Directed and co-written by  Dean Craig; Sam Claflin, Olivia Munn, and Freida Pinto’s latest comedy, Love Wedding Repeat tells the story of Jack; a young man trying to make sure his sister’s wedding goes smoothly.

Only, this task includes having to manage a small list of unexpected outcomes; namely the presence of an angry ex girlfriend and ‘the one that got away,’ a misplaced sedative in alternate versions of the same day.

I’m definitely ready for all the humour and wedding season high jinks. Also glad to see Munn in a new movie.

Eleanor Tomlinson, Joel Fry, Aisling Bea, Jack Farthing, Tim Key, Allan Mustafa, Alexander Forsyth and Stefano Patti also star.

Love Wedding Repeat Release Dates: April 10th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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TRYING (2020): New Trailer For UK Adoption Mini Series Starring Rafe Spall, Esther Smith, Imelda Staunton…

Trying (2020),  Esther Smith, Rafe Spall
Trying (2020), Esther Smith, Rafe Spall, Apple TV+

Trying is a new comedy starring Rafe Spall, Imelda Staunton and Esther Smith.

Set in the UK, Smith and Spall play a young couple as they navigate the adoption process in their journey to becoming parents.

I wonder how similar this will be compared to Instant Family (2018).

Either way, I hope for some refreshing comedy and a happy ending for two seemingly decent people.

Robyn Cara, Sarah Niles, Jonathan Rhodes, Simon Bubb, Diana Pozharskaya, Amber Aga and Darren Boyd also star.

Trying Release Dates: May 1st, 2020 (US & UK), Apple TV+

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BAD EDUCATION (2019): New Trailer Starring Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney, Alex Wolff, Geraldine Viswanathan…

Bad Education (2020), Hugh Jackman, HBO
Bad Education (2020), Hugh Jackman, HBO

Hugh Jackman (Frank Tassone) and Allison Janney’s (Pam Gluckin) latest comedy / drama Bad Education is all about the unfolding of the single largest public school embezzlement scandal in history.

 Directed by Cory Finley, Bad Education is set in Long Island, New York and features additional key cast including Ray Romano, Geraldine Viswanathan, Alex Wolff…

In for the great performances and humour, as always but I also definitely want to see just how dramatically all the lies unravel and the perpetrators get brought to justice.

The combination of Jackman and Janney is clearly a win. It actually seems odd that they haven’t already been in a movie together. I could be wrong of course.

Kathrine Narducci, Kathrine Narducci, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Annaleigh Ashford, Jimmy Tatro, Pat Healy, Welker White, Kayli Carter, Ray Abruzzo, Rafael Casal and Catherine Curtin also star.

Bad Education Release Dates: April 25th, 2020 (US)…

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ONWARD (2020): The Things I Liked…

Onward (2019), Disney Pixar
Onward (2019), Disney Pixar

Onward is a movie with a beautiful big brother / little brother relationship at its heart. And this relationship is my favourite thing about the latest Disney Pixar animated adventure starring Chris pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer.

Set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers set off on a quest to discover if there is still magic out there. A quest that neither could do without the other. 

In terms of how much I enjoyed the story, I think Onward is OK. I wanted to have been more engrossed with it all but there wasn’t enough newness to it, theme wise. There wasn’t necessarily much animated cuteness either butI l doubt I’d have noticed that if I’d loved the way the story played from beginning to end. It’s really the last third of director Dan Scanlon’s film that I enjoyed most. Before then, I was more than a little impatient for the results of the film’s central magic spell to manifest.

Other things I enjoyed about Onward include the fullness of Holland’s character Ian’s blue hair and what Scanlon’s film has to say about belief in general – but especially self belief and confidence.

As far as animated movies about sibling relationships go, particularly the big brother / little brother dynamic, my favourite will probably always be Big Hero 6 (2014).

Watch Onward because it’s not bad and perhaps you’ll find even more to love than I did. 

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THE WILLOUGHBYS (2020): New Trailer From Will Forte, Martin Short, Alessia Cara, Maya Rudolph, Ricky Gervais…

The Willoughbys (2020), Netflix
The Willoughbys (2020), Netflix

New animated comedy The Willoughbys is all about four children who are dissatisfied with their parents.

Convinced they’d be better off raising themselves, the Willoughby children hatch a sneaky plan to send their selfish parents on vacation. And so begins their own high-flying adventure to find the true meaning of family.

Directed by Kris Pearn, Cory Evans and Rob Lodermeier; The Willoughbys stars Will Forte, Martin Short, Alessia Cara, Ricky Gervais…

Considering that I’ve never read the books on which The Willoughbys is based, I kind of want to know in which way the children get a happy ending.

The only thing is, I wonder how long it’ll take for me to get comfortable with the severe pointedness of all their seriously sharp noses.

Jane Krakowski, Terry Crews, Seán Cullen, Shannon Chan-Kent, Rebecca Husain, Robyn Ross and Cristina Rosato also star.

The Willoughbys Release Dates: April 22nd, 2020 (US)…

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COFFEE & KAREEM (2020): New Trailer From taraji P. Henson, Ed Helpms, Betty Gilpin, Andrew Bachelor…

Coffee & Kareem (2020), Ed Helms, Netflix
Coffee & Kareem (2020), Ed Helms, Netflix

Taraji P. Henson, Ed Helms, Betty Gilpin and Andrew Bachelor (King Bach) are the stars of Coffee and Kareem. A new comedy about a twelve-year-old ‘s plan to scare his mom’s new boyfriend – police officer James Coffee backfiring, and forcing Coffee and Kareem to work together. All so they can save themselves from Detroit’s most ruthless drug kingpin.

Directed by Michael Dowse, additional key cast includes Terrence Little Gardenhigh, Jesse Hutch, David Alan Grier…

I’m looking forward to this one because I like Helms, Henson and Gilpin. Plus, that slap at 1:21 into this trailer is amusingly crisp and precise. There’s also the above image of Helms in the hat which happens to make me smile every time I look at it.

Chance Hurstfield, Serge Houde, RonReaco Lee, Samantha Cole, Fraser Aitcheson and Garfield Wilson also star.

Coffee & Kareem Release Dates: April 3rd, 2020 (US)…

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GUNS AKIMBO (2019): The Things I Liked…

Guns Akimbo (2020), Samara Weaving, Daniel Radcliffe, Madman Films
Guns Akimbo (2020), Samara Weaving, Daniel Radcliffe, Madman Films

Guns Akimbo, is the story of Miles (Daniel Radcliffe), a nerdy video game developer whose life changes drastically and against his will, when he becomes the next contestant in an underground live-streamed real-life death match.

Watching Radcliffe play a character extremely far removed from the one he’s most known for is a key reason I wanted to see Guns Akimbo. The fact that the trailer gave me slight ‘The Hunger Games for the social media age’ vibes is another reason.

Post viewing, I can now say that I found Guns Akimbo to be an OK movie overall. For me personally, it’s not really until the forty five minute mark that things became most engaging. After this point is when the memorable, well executed scenes, particularly regarding the humour, action and music took place. An example being the fight scene featuring a funny and well timed ’Stop. Hammer time’ reference.

There’s also one or two scenes that have rather stylish camera work and / or great special effects; plus an unexpected turn in the story. It’s arguably no wonder then that Quentin Tarantino came to mind a few times. Tarantino is an absolute master in terms of style, story, music and overall execution. And what writer / director Jason Lei Howden does with these elements in Guns Akimbo made me see him as one of Tarantino’s promising students. One who still has room to grow. Especially considering this is only his second feature length film.

Earlier in the movie there’s a scene where I thought that Miles could have ended his troubles by simply taking the time to explain his predicament to an injured officer but he didn’t. Later on we do get to see why that would have likely not worked. Still, I wish the writing had been so tight that I wouldn’t have had to question any of the character’s choices at all. 

I’m happy to say that on the strength of the parts of Howden’s film that I really did enjoy, I’m now intrigued to see what he does next. 

If you haven’t seen it yet, perhaps give Guns Akimbo a chance if you’re especially curious. 

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JOJO RABBIT (2019): The Things I Liked…

JoJo Rabbit (2019), Scarlett Johansson, Fox Searchlight
JoJo Rabbit (2019), Scarlett Johansson, Fox Searchlight

Jojo Rabbit, a comedy / drama about a young boy in Hitler’s army who finds out that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home is a movie I found more and more impressive as it played.

Director and co-writer Taika Waititi really did a great job of bringing humour to one of history’s darkest times. Jojo Rabbit is as funny and smart as others have been saying. I appreciate the way it reminds us of just how easily a young mind can be shaped; while also showing us that young minds are smart enough to figure things out for themselves, given the right circumstances.

JoJo Rabbit (2019), Roman Griffin Davis, Fox Searchlight

I watched Waititi’s movie mainly because of the very intriguing and clever premise, the comedy categorisation, the fact that everyone told me to and the brilliant cast. A talent list that includes Scarlett Johansson, Waititi himself and Sam Rockwell, to name just a few.

Besides the cleverness and notable performances, the colours and beautiful imagery will stay with me when I think of Jojo Rabbit. As will the super cute and talented young actors, Roman Griffin Davis and Archie Yates. There’s also the way Jojo Rabbit reminds me of another brilliant World War 2 drama / comedy. Namely Roberto Benigni’s Life Is Beautiful (1997).

Watch Jojo Rabbit because it’s good – and see exactly why Waititi deserved the win for 2020’s Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar.

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