Kevin James Joins Vince Vaughn & Ron Howard's New Comedy
by Ethan Anderton
February 22, 2010
Back at the beginning of the new year we got word that Ron Howard would be directing a new untitled infidelity comedy starring Vince Vaughn as a man who learns that his friend's wife is cheating and must then navigate treacherous waters to decide what do with that knowledge. Deadline Hollywood is reporting that the other male side of this equation will be filled in by Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop). James & Vaughn will play business partners and best friends in this idea that came from Howard's producing partner Brian Grazer, which was then turned into a script from in-demand Wall Street 2 screenwriter Allan Loeb.
Ron Howard's return to comedy is what interests me the most about this, as he hasn't directed a comedy since How the Grinch Stole Christmas, although his last decent comedy was 1989's Parenthood (which is coming to NBC). Having been wholly unimpressed with his adaptations of Dan Brown's novels, I'm anxious to see anything different from him. Vaughn's schtick of the fast-talking friend has gotten a bit tiresome, but he still has a decent comic presence. However, James is so unbelievably average that his involvement does nothing for me. Paul Blart proves that he's the comic actor for a simple family audience and now he's fallen in with Adam Sandler's crowd, helping continue his trend of less than sub-par movies. But I'm still curious.