Get Ready to Laugh: The Comedies of 2007
by Alex Billington
December 27, 2006
Who doesn't love a good laugh? And what better way to serve that up then a selection of the finest comedies coming out next year. We present to you a list of 31 comedies that should be on the top of your list for movies to see in 2007. I decided not to include animated films, as this is purely straight-up comedies only. And boy does it look like a promising year! There are a few that should just be amazing and are on the top of my list: Reno 911: Miami, Hot Fuzz, My Name is Bruce, Fanboys, Be Kind Rewind, Knocked Up - so many!
Don't forget to check the complete Release Schedule for 2007 for updated release dates as well as the entire list of films opening in 2007.
Balls of Fury
Release Date: April 27
Director: Ben Garant (Reno 911: Miami)
Starring: Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, Christopher Walken, George Lopez, Dan Fogler, Maggie Q
Synopsis: A former ping-pong champ is brought in by the government to infiltrate a high-stakes underworld tournament and bring down the organizer, a feared crime boss.
The Hype: Christopher Walken as a the villain? And ping pong? All in one! You've got to be kidding me - this is comedic gold! Even the trailer confirms that it is!
Release Date: 2007
Director: Chris D'Arienzo
Starring: Luke Wilson, Amy Adams, Jennifer Coolidge, Zooey Deschanel, Billy Dee Williams
Synopsis: Barry Munday wakes up after being attacked to realize that he's missing his family jewels. To make matters worse, he learns he's facing a paternity lawsuit filed by a woman he can't remember having sex with.
The Hype: I can't stop laughing at the synopsis! And guess who plays Barry Munday - Luke Wilson! Oh hell yes! This is going to be incredible!
Be Kind Rewind
Release Date: 2007
Director: Michel Gondry (Science of Sleep, Dave Chappelle's Block Party)
Starring: Jack Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover
Synopsis: A man whose brain becomes magnetized unintentionally destroys every tape in his friend's video store. In order to satisfy the store's most loyal renter, an aging woman with signs of dementia, the two men set out to remake the lost films, which include Back to the Future, The Lion King, and Robocop.
The Hype: The concept just sounds hilarious, then you throw in Jack Black, and then you throw in the brilliant mind of Michel Gondry and you've got this. A definite must-see!
Release Date: 2007
Director: Bernie Goldmann / Melisa Wallack
Starring: Jessica Alba, Elizabeth Banks, Aaron Eckhart, Todd Louiso
Synopsis: A guy fed up with his job and married to a cheating wife reluctantly mentors a rebellious teen.
The Hype: Jessica Alba! Elizabeth Banks! Aaron Eckhart! Please tell me this is coming out soon!
Blades of Glory
Release Date: March 30
Director: Josh Gordon / Will Speck
Starring: Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Nick Swardson, Rob Corddry, Craig T. Nelson
Synopsis: In 2002, two rival Olympic ice skaters were stripped of their gold medals and permanently banned from men's single competition. Presently, however, they've found a loophole that will allow them to qualify as a pairs team.
The Hype: Two of funniest guys around teaming up as a figure skating couple? Do I need to even say anything else? Even the photos for it so far are hilarious.
The Brothers Solomon
Release Date: August 31
Director: Bob Odenkirk (Let's Go to Prison)
Starring: Will Arnett, Will Forte, Chi McBride, Malin Akerman, Kristin Wiig
Synopsis: A pair of well-meaning, but socially inept brothers try to find their perfect mates in order to provide their dying father with a grandchild.
The Hype: It's got Will Arnett, who is quite funny, despite what people may say about Let's Go to Prison. And directed by Bob Odenkirk, who isn't bad, despite what people may say about Let's Go to Prison.
The Bucket List
Release Date: September
Director: Rob Reiner (The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally)
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes
Synopsis: Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.
The Hype: A road trip with cancer patients fulfilling their dieing wishes - oh man I can't wait to see what they want to do, it'll probably be ridiculous! And did you see who these cancer guys are: Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. And the director: Rob Reiner. Damn!
Release Date: April 4
Director: Jon Poll
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr., Hope Davis, Tyler Hilton
Synopsis: A rich kid becomes the self-appointed psychiatrist to the student body of his new high school.
The Hype: Sounds like a kids comedy more than anything, but some kids comedies may actually be good. Just look at Home Alone, that will never die in my books!
Death at a Funeral
Release Date: April 27
Director: Frank Oz (The Stepford Wives, Bowfinger, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)
Starring: Matthew Macfayden, Rupert Graves, Peter Dinklage, Alan Tudyk
Synopsis: Chaos ensues when a man tries to expose a dark secret regarding a recently deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional British family.
The Hype: Directed by the voice of Yoda himself, Mr. Frank Oz, it sounds like a tricky mix of comedy and drama, and all British? Hey, if Yoda can make great comedy, I'm down for it!
Release Date: May 11
Director: C.B. Harding (Blue Collar Comedy Tour)
Starring: Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall, D.J. Qualls, Keith David, Danny Trejo, Danielle Hartnett
Synopsis: Three bumbling Army reservists bound for Iraq are accidentally dropped at Mexican village besieged by hostile forces.
The Hype: Although I'm not a fan of the whole Blue Collar guys, this is a modern day spoof on Full Metal Jacket (or at least the poster is), and we haven't seen a good military comedy since the days of McHale's Navy and In the Army Now!
Release Date: June 22
Director: Tom Shadyac (Bruce Almighty, Patch Adams)
Starring: Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham, John Goodman, Wanda Sykes, John Michael Higgins, Jonah Hill
Synopsis: God contacts Congressman Evan Baxter and tells him to build an ark in preparation for a great flood.
The Hype: Steve Carell is one of the funniest guys around as of current, and putting him in the lead of a story about a guy who builds a "Noah's Ark" is just perfect. There are a lot of fans of Bruce Almighty, and now we've got this sequel with a new twist.
Release Date: August 17
Director: Kyle Newman (The Hollow)
Starring: Sam Huntington, Chris Marquette, Dan Fogler, Kristen Bell, Carrie Fisher, Danny Trejo, Billy Dee Williams
Synopsis: Four guys from the Midwest drive across the country to honor the wish of their dying friend: to watch "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch before the movie's worldwide release.
The Hype: A geek's fantasy of comedic excellence filled with a cast of lesser-knowns who will turn out even funnier performances. Go Star Wars fans, go - fool that George Lucas!
Release Date: November 9
Director: David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers)
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, John Michael Higgins, Kevin Spacey, Kathy Bates, Elizabeth Banks
Synopsis: Joe Claus, Santa's bitter older brother, is forced to move to the North Pole.
The Hype: The trailer that's out for it, which is practically the only scene they've shot so far, is hilarious enough to make me want to see it right now, plus it's directed by the same guy who did Wedding Crashers. Paul Giamatti as Santa Claus? That's funny even on paper!
Release Date: April 13
Director: Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead)
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Timothy Dalton, Steve Coogan, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine
Synopsis: Jealous colleagues conspire to get a top London cop transferred to a small town and paired with a witless new partner. On the beat, the pair stumble upon a series of suspicious accidents and events.
The Hype: Shaun of the Dead. Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Edgar Wright. Vigilante British cops. Guns. 'Nuff said!
Release Date: June 1
Director: Akiva Schaffer
Starring: Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Mark Acheson, Bill Hader, Brittney Irvin, Isla Fisher
Synopsis: An accident-prone daredevil plans to jump the Snake River on a moped in order to win over his stepfather.
The Hype: A guy plans to jump a river on a moped. And the writer/director is the same guy who's done some writing for SNL and wrote the MTV Movie Awards. It just looks pretty damn good all-around.
How I Met My Boyfriend's Dead FiancÃ©e
Release Date: September 14
Director: Jeff Lowell
Starring: Jason Biggs, Paul Rudd, Eva Longoria
Synopsis: A ghost tries to sabotage her former boyfriend's current relationship with a psychic.
The Hype: The director last wrote John Tucker Must Die? Uh oh, sounds pretty bad. We'll have to wait for a trailer, but sounds like another Freaky Friday or, obviously, John Tucker Must Die.
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
Release Date: July 20
Director: Dennis Dugan (The Benchwarmers, Saving Silverman)
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel, Steve Buscemi, Dan Aykroyd, Nicholas Turturro
Synopsis: Two straight, single Philadelphia firefighters pretend to be a gay couple in order to receive domestic partner benefits.
The Hype: Another one with a concept that just sounds great - straight firemen acting gay? And Kevin James and Adam Sandler as the gay guys?! Maybe it'll be too risquÃ© for anyone to like!
I Think I Love My Wife
Release Date: March 16
Director: Chris Rock (Head of State)
Starring: Chris Rock, Kerry Washington, Gina Torres, Steve Buscemi
Synopsis: A married man who daydreams about being with other women finds his will and morals tested after he's visited by the ex-mistress of his old friend.
The Hype: A new trailer came out over Christmas Day, and it shows a pretty damn funny concept with Chris Rock at the helm, so it looks quite promising. He's been in the shadows recently, but maybe this was the project he's been working on the whole time.
Release Date: June 1
Director: Judd Apatow (The 40 Year Old Virgin)
Starring: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segel, Jay Baruchel
Synopsis: A young guy finds out he impregnated his one night stand.
The Hype: All I need to tell you is: he directed 40 Year Old Virgin, this is his next film, and the stars are Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd, who you may remember as Brian Fantana from Anchorman. Done, you'll see it, it'll be awesome - next!
Lars and the Real Girl
Release Date: July 27
Director: Craig Gillespie (Mr. Woodcock)
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson
Synopsis: A delusional young guy strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet.
The Hype: A doll on the internet? I'm not sure, but it does have Ryan Gosling and the same director who is doing Mr. Woodcock (right below this). Two comedies in one year? One will have to be a hit, one won't - or maybe they'll both suck.
Release Date: October 26
Director: Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl)
Starring: Seann William Scott, Billy Bob Thornton, Susan Sarandon, Ethan Suplee, Amy Poehler
Synopsis: Taken aback by his mother's wedding announcement, a young man returns home in an effort to stop her from marrying his old high school gym teacher, a man who made high school hell for generations of students.
The Hype: Nearly anything with Billy Bob Thornton has some great moments, so we'll give it a chance, but not much more.
My Name Is Bruce
Release Date: February
Director: Bruce Campbell (Man with the Screaming Brain)
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, Grace Thorsen
Synopsis: B Movie Legend Bruce Campbell is mistaken for his character Ash from the Evil Dead trilogy and forced to fight a real monster in a small town in Oregon.
The Hype: Bruce Campbell as Bruce Campbell himself going around killing zombies in a town with a bunch of "Ash" fans. Do you know who Bruce Campbell is? If you do - you are instantly here!
Mysteries of Pittsburgh
Release Date: 2007
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story)
Starring: Jon Foster, Sienna Miller, Mena Suvari, Peter Sarsgaard
Synopsis: During his first summer after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, Art Bechstein falls into a romance with a married couple.
The Hype: Same director who did Dodgeball, and some good actors. I've lived in Pittsburgh, so I think this could promise some quite hilarious moments.
Parental Guidance Suggested
Release Date: February 14
Director: Adam Jay Epstein / Andrew Jacobson
Starring: Jamie Kennedy, Matthew Lillard, Frankie Muniz, Ryan Pinkston, Michael Cera, Andy Milonakis
The Hype: There's not much to this yet besides being a "multisketch sex comedy." All its got is an ensemble cast of comedic greats, so hopefully it turns out great, and raunchy.
Release Date: May
Director: Steve Conrad
Starring: John C. Reilly, Seann William Scott, Jenna Fischer, Lili Taylor
Synopsis: Two assistant managers of a corporate grocery store vie for a coveted promotion.
The Hype: Reminiscent of Employee of the Month, it seems to be quite funny, with John C. Reilly holding up one end and Seann William Scott pulling down the other. Let's hope it's better than Employee of the Month.
Reno 911!: Miami
Release Date: February 23
Director: Ben Garant (Balls of Fury)
Starring: Thomas Lennon, Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney, Cedric Yarbrough, Carlos Alazraqui, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Niecy Nash, Mary Birdsong, Paul Rudd, Nick Swardson
Synopsis: A rag-tag team of Reno cops are called in to save the day after a terrorist attack disrupts a national police convention in Miami Beach during spring break.
The Hype: Similar to Borat, this is another character spoof that was a TV show converted to a movie and looks to be just as incredible as Borat. Just think of it as Borat, but with 10 different Borat's, not just 1. The trailer is full of so much crap - exploding helicopters, chicken chasing, you name it, it's there!
Release Date: March 1
Director: Karl Kozak (Out of the Black)
Starring: Tyler Poelle, Mikey Post, Scott Dittman, David Schultz, Dianna Agron, Chuck Kelley
Synopsis: Budget cuts force two competing ambulance companies to run each other out of business or lose their jobs. Now they'll do anything to out-wit, out-do, and out-screw their rivals out of a medi-care payment.
The Hype: A couple of ambulance companies competing in all ways possible sounds like it could be pretty good. It's even billed as an action film too, so expect lots of high-speed ambulance shoot outs!
Release Date: April 13
Director: Ryan Shiraki (Home of Phobia)
Starring: Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler, Parker Posey, Amber Tamblyn, Missi Pyle, Danny Arroyo
Synopsis: Three women vacation together at a popular travel destination for college co-eds on spring break.
The Hype: A couple of really cute girls (Parker Posey!) and a spring break gone awry, sounds fun! It's written primarily by Rachel Dratch, so let's hope it doesn't get too cheesy.
Release Date: August 17
Director: Greg Mottola (The Daytrippers)
Starring: Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Bill Hader
Synopsis: Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry.
The Hype: As long as it's not as "bad" as Accepted, it sounds like it has a chance. A couple of underage kids getting busted at a party and living a seperated life? As long as they've got the right actors down, it'll be great.
Release Date: March 2
Director: Walt Becker (Van Wilder)
Starring: Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy, Marisa Tomei, Jill Hennessy, Ray Liotta
Synopsis: A group of suburban biker wannabes look for adventure hit the open road in search of adventure, but get more than they bargained for when they encounter a New Mexico gang called the Del Fuegos.
The Hype: Although pushing on the edge of being too cheesy from the trailer, it does look like it'll have some hilarious parts with the full cast of huge names. Who doesn't love a biker comedy with over-the-hill men? Actually, I don't think I do!
You Kill Me
Release Date: June 29
Director: John Dahl (The Great Raid, Rounders)
Starring: Philip Baker Hall, Ben Kingsley, TÃ©a Leoni, Luke Wilson, Bill Pullman, Dennis Farina
Synopsis: A hit-man trying to turn his life around gets a job in a mortuary, where he meets a woman who is a relative of one his hits.
The Hype: It sounds fairly good, let's just hope it is. A comedy with a hit man is a good start, then you throw in some rather cliche mixes of "oh he meets a relative of one of his hits" and you've got this. But the great title pun and everything else it has going sounds promising.
Which comedies will you be seeing on opening day - if any?
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