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"I want the full experience!" Warner Bros has debuted a second trailer for the summer comedy Life of the Party opening in a few weeks, the latest collaboration between actress Melissa McCarthy and filmmaker Ben Falcone (who also happen to be married), both of Tammy and The Boss previously. McCarthy once again stars in Life of the Party as a woman who decides to go back to college after being dumped by her husband, but ends up in the same class and school as her daughter. So, of course, she decides to become the "life of the party" and live it up while enjoying her return to wild school life. The full cast includes Debby Ryan, Gillian Jacobs, Julie Bowen, Jacki Weaver, Maya Rudolph, Adria Arjona, and Stephen Root. This looks boring and instantly forgettable, unfortunately, still not laughing at anything in the trailer.
"In order to change her rank she had to change the rules." Cinedigm has released the trailer for a high school, teen comedy titled Class Rank, one of the first two films directed by actor-turned-filmmaker Eric Stoltz (his other film is Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk). It's described as a "quirky teen comedy about placement, politics and finding your voice." The story follows two high school outsiders who join forces in an attempt to overtake the school board. Guided by their families, they enter the perilous word of politics and, in the process, learn a thing or two about love. Yep. Class Rank stars Olivia Holt, Skyler Gisondo, Kristin Chenoweth, plus Bruce Dern. This makes me want to watch Alexander Payne's Election again.
"Why is this happening?!" "I don't know, because you dated a spy." Lionsgate has released the first teaser trailer for the buddy comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me, starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon as best friends. The title is a riff on the classic James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me (released 1977), obviously, and the trailer plays like a Bond movie with the cool animated title sequence and all of that. I dig it. The plot involves the two women getting caught up in a deadly spy conspiracy with assassins on their tail, and even though he's her ex-boyfriend, they're still going after them. Justin Theroux co-stars as the spy, with Gillian Anderson, Ivanna Sakhno, Sam Heughan, and Hasan Minhaj. I was actually expecting this to look awful, but it doesn't look so bad. A bit cheesy, sure, but these two make an amusing friends pair.
"Shut up, we can take them!" Netflix has released a hilarious, second full-length trailer for the rowdy action comedy Game Over, Man!, the first feature made by the entire "Workaholics" group. The action film stars all three guys from "Workaholics" - Adam Devine, Anders Holm and Blake Anderson - and is directed by one of the creators of the show. We featured the first full trailer in January earlier this year, but with the film arriving later this month, it's time for another reminder. The story follows three stoner gamer friends about to sign a big financing deal when their main investor is kidnapped by terrorists. These three "zeroes" become heroes (sort of) when the hotel they work at is taken hostage. Yeah, this definitely is the modern stoner/gamer version of Die Hard, and I'm so there for it. I just hope it's actually good! Fire this up below.
A woman who has a funny bone for a backbone. Entertainment One UK has debuted an official trailer for the indie comedy Funny Cow, starring English actress Maxine Peake as a comedienne in the 70s making her mark on the male-dominated stand up scene. Peake recently starred in the black-and-white "Metalhead" episode of Netflix's "Black Mirror", which is where some people might recognize her from, even though she has been in many films before this. Set against the backdrop of the 70s/80s comedy club circuit in Northern England, Funny Cow stars Peake as fictional comedienne "Funny Cow", trying making a name for herself in the stand up world. The full cast includes Paddy Considine, Christine Bottomley, Stephen Graham, Alun Armstrong, Tony Pitts, Hannah Walters, and Kevin Eldon. This film actually looks quite good.
"Are you sure you want to be part of this crazy family?!" Netflix has launched the full-length trailer for the new Adam Sandler comedy premiering on the streaming service, titled The Week Of. This film is actually directed by the great Robert Smigel, most well known for his work on "Saturday Night Live" and other late night TV shows. Adam Sandler and Chris Rock star in The Week Of as two "very different" fathers who come together to marry their children, resulting in a crazy weird, wild, hilarious "week of" the wedding. The full cast includes Steve Buscemi, Rob Morgan, Rachel Dratch, Scott Cohen, Patricia Belcher, and Melanie Nicholls-King. So, this film actually looks way better than you're probably expecting, with some genuinely amusing domestic humor. I still don't think it'll be a homerun, but you never know. Have a look.
Board games and charades take a deadly yet funny turn in dark comedy Game Night. This kind of social gathering has become more and more popular in recent years and seems ripe with potential for a cinematic setup. Enter the directing duo of John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein, who take the premise up a notch with real-life kidnappings, real-life gangsters, and real-life dangers which all fall on the heads of the suburban characters involved. It's an obvious take for a Hollywood comedy, but the team behind Game Night utilizes the ensemble cast to the best of its abilities and never allows the twists or the humor to fall flat. Game Night ends up being a riotous time at the movies that may perhaps serve as a better evening
"Things have really changed for me." STX Entertainment has debuted the first official trailer for summer comedy I Feel Pretty, starring comedian/actress Amy Schumer as a woman who suddenly gains extreme overconfidence and goes off to get everything she wants using her looks. Obviously she learns some lessons, mostly that "when she thought she was ugly, she may have been the most beautiful, and when she believed she was beautiful, she had started to turn a bit ugly." The impressive cast includes Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, Busy Philipps, Rory Scovel, Aidy Bryant, Lauren Hutton, Naomi Campbell, and Adrian Martinez. This doesn't look that good, even though they're clearly trying to follow up Judd Apatow's Trainwreck nicely, it doesn't have the same humor. Even the poster is terrible. Have fun anyway.
"That's why somebody's mom just enrolled in college!" Warner Bros has unveiled the first official trailer for summer comedy Life of the Party, in theaters this May, the latest collaboration between actress Melissa McCarthy and filmmaker Ben Falcone (who also happen to be married), both of Tammy and The Boss previously. McCarthy once again stars in Life of the Party as a woman who decides to go back to college after being dumped by her husband, but ends up in the same class and school as her daughter. So, of course, she decides to become the "life of the party" and live it up while enjoying her return to wild school life. The full cast includes Debby Ryan, Gillian Jacobs, Julie Bowen, Jacki Weaver, Maya Rudolph, Adria Arjona, and Stephen Root. This looks terrible, seriously, painfully bad humor that doesn't land. Caution.
"They've been waiting for a second chance… waiting for their country to need them again…" Damn Yanks! Crazy Canadians! Fox Searchlight has debuted the new full-length trailer for the long-awaited sequel Super Troopers 2, hitting theaters on April 20th this spring, because of course it opens on 4/20. Makes total sense. This stoner comedy sequels picks up where the first film (released back in 2001) left off and follows the Super Troopers who are tasked with establishing a Highway Patrol station in a border area between the US and Canada. Pretty much everyone is back: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Brian Cox, Lynda Carter, and Marisa Coughlan. The newcomers this time include Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rob Lowe, Tyler Labine, Will Sasso, and Hayes MacArthur. As expected, this looks totally nuts and ridiculous, but still hilarious. Light up that blunt, kick back, and enjoy.
"I need you to be the person you plan to be sooner." The first official trailer has arrived online for an indie romantic comedy titled You, Me and Him, from the UK made by Australian filmmaker Daisy Aitkens, her feature debut. You, Me and Him plays with modern relationship dynamics by introducing a lesbian couple named Olivia and Alex, played by Lucy Punch and Faye Marsay. One lady is a career driven lawyer and the other a fun loving, pot smoking layabout and their neighbour is an annoying Casanova. While neither woman ever wanted children, both end up pregnant. How's that for a modern romantic comedy concept? The cast includes David Tennant, David Warner, Sarah Parish, Peter Davison, Gemma Jones, and Sally Phillips. From the footage in this trailer, it seems this is trying too hard to be a quirky comedy that captures society's romance, but lacks any of the nuance or real emotions of the real world. But I don't know.
"I have an idea that is poetic in its justice." Pantelion Films has released the official trailer for a remake of an 80's comedy titled Overboard, from first-time movie directors Bob Fisher & Rob Greenberg. The plot is about a spoiled, wealthy yacht owner who is thrown overboard and becomes the target of revenge from his mistreated employee. It's a remake of the 1987 December comedy directed by Garry Marshall and starring Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell. This new version of Overboard stars Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris, plus Eva Longoria, John Hannah, Swoosie Kurtz, Josh Segarra, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Emily Maddison, and Mel Rodriguez. This looks a bit too wacky for my tastes, especially when she brings him home and makes him do all the work and daddy duties. Yeah, I get it, just not my kind of comedy. Dive in & have fun.