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"I'm gunna give you lovebirds a choice." Paramount has debuted the first official trailer for a comedy called The Lovebirds, starring Kumail Nanjiani & Issa Rae. This young couple is unintentionally pulled into a bizarre (and hilarious) murder mystery. Working to clear their names and solve the case, they need to figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night. It doesn't surprise me that Hollywood has already come up with a comedic spoof of Queen & Slim, as that's pretty much what this is, with some other twists. Like the weird mask scene at the end? In addition to Nanjiani & Rae, the cast includes Paul Sparks, Anna Camp, Kyle Bornheimer, and Moses Storm. This just looks painfully bad, comedy in the worst of ways trying to mock another good film. How are they still making comedies like this? Who laughs at this?
"You wanna be a business woman? You're going to have to act like a boss." Paramount Pics has debuted a second official trailer for the comedy Like a Boss, the latest from director Miguel Arteta (Cedar Rapids, Beatriz at Dinner, and Duck Butter). This goofy entrepreneur comedy is about two best friends with very different ideals who decide to start a beauty company together. But when they run into financial trouble and sell to a big name corporation, it puts their friendship at risk as they battle about how to proceed under new ownership. "The world of beauty is about to get ugly." Of course it is. Starring Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne as best friends, plus Salma Hayek, Billy Porter, Jennifer Coolidge, Ari Graynor, Natasha Rothwell, Jessica St. Clair, and Karan Soni. This looks excruciatingly bad, and not even laughably bad.
"Are you experiencing increased appetite?" Warner Bros & DirecTV have debuted an official trailer for a wild indie coming-of-age comedy titled Good Girls Get High, the second feature film made by filmmaker Laura Terruso (following Fits and Starts previously). This is pretty much a riff on Booksmart (and Eighth Grade), about two high school girls who are "good girls" just about to finish up and graduate. The decide to become "bad girls" and get stoned on their last night of senior year, only learning that being bad really ain't so good after all. Surprise, surprise. The film stars Abby Quinn and Stefanie Scott, along with Lauren Lapkus, Matt Besser, Isabelle Fuhrman, Chanté Adams, Cole Carter, and Danny Pudi. This looks a bit too cheap, and a bit too cheesy for my tastes, but maybe I'm not the target audience. Still - light one up.
"You can buy a thousand new phones and I follow you onto every single one of them." That's not creepy at all. Lionsgate has released the first official trailer for Jexi, a new modern tech comedy from the directors of 21 & Over and Bad Moms. Jexi is a riff on Her, the title being a portmanteau mix of Alexa and Siri, about a guy who is addicted to his cell phone. His new phone includes a service called Jexi, voiced by Rose Byrne, which becomes his life coach and personal assistant. But when he finally learns to move on to a life without his phone, Jexi freaks out and tries to keep him all to herself. Adam Devine stars, with Alexandra Shipp, Ron Funches, Charlyne Yi, Wanda Sykes, Justin Hartley, Kid Cudi, and Michael Peña. This starts out pretty fun, but it gets really dumb by the end with bad jokes. Some of it is amusing, but some of it is not.
"It's like our own private escape room." Screen Media Films has revealed the first official trailer for a goofy horror comedy film called Corporate Animals, which was a last minute addition to the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The ensemble film played in the Midnight category at the festival, and it's hitting theaters starting next month. From Creep & Creep 2 director Patrick Brice, Corporate Animals is about a group of employees on a "corporate team-building" excursion visiting a cave in New Mexico. When disaster strikes, they end up stuck together inside a cave and, of course, they all go mad. Starring Demi Moore, Ed Helms, Jessica Williams, Karan Soni, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Martha Kelly, Dan Bakkedahl, Calum Worthy, Jennifer Kim, Nasim Pedrad, Frank Bond, and Wendy Meredith. It seems like they were trying to make another Office Space, but this looks especially dumb. Here's hoping it's actually entertaining.
"Since we hit the road together, I've done things I've only seen on television." Netflix has just launched an official trailer for a new comedy from Marlon Wayans titled Sextuplets, and it looks as awful as it sounds and seems just from that title alone. From the director of the spoofs A Haunted House and Fifty Shades of Black comes a new comedy about an expecting father-to-be who discovers that he has many other siblings and tries to track them down before his baby is born. This is a spoof on, another comedy, maybe? But who cares, it looks terrible. Marlon Wayans stars in the lead role, and plays all the other siblings, much like Tyler Perry does in his movies. The cast also includes Molly Shannon, Glynn Turman, Bresha Webb, Debbi Morgan, and Michael Ian Black. Why do they still make these kind of movies? It looks so, so bad.
"You guys are little badasses." Ready for more raunchy underage humor? Universal has debuted a third & final trailer, technically only the second red band trailer, for the comedy Good Boys, the feature directorial debut of writer / producer Gene Stupnitsky (screenwriter on Year One and Bad Teacher). This opens in theaters in just a few weeks to end the summer with some intense profanity. Produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the comedy is about three sixth grade boys who ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to make their way home in time for their first kissing party. What a wild day. Starring Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon, and Keith L. Williams as the three friends, with a cast including Molly Gordon, Lil Rel Howery, Millie Davis, Midori Francis, Lina Renna, and Matt Ellis. Still not that sure if it will be any good, but here's hoping.
"This bloody moon better make me bloody rich." Wild Card Distribution has debuted a full-length, official UK trailer for the indie comedy Extra Ordinary, from directors Mike Ahern & Enda Loughman. The film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival this year, but most importantly just won Best Film at the Galway Film Festival in Ireland this weekend. The film is about a sweet, lonely woman in rural Ireland with supernatural abilities, but hates using her "talents" and mostly just stays home. But when a washed up one-hit-wonder rock star makes a pact with the devil, and puts a spell on a local teenager, Rose must overcome her fears and save the day with her own supernatural talents. Maeve Higgins (seen on "Inside Amy Schumer" & "Moone Boy") stars as Rose, joined by Barry Ward, Will Forte, Claudia O'Doherty, Terri Chandler, Jamie Beamish, Emma Coleman, and Risteard Cooper. The reviews are great, it's winning awards, and this footage looks hilarious. Looking forward to seeing this film whenever it shows up in the US - hopefully soon.
"They're dying for 'likes' - literally!" This is cool. Swiped is a clever comedy short film written and directed by British filmmaker Steve Whiteley. Alarmed by the detrimental effect smartphones are having on those around them, three friends launch a rogue initiative intended to force people to be more present. The short is a parody of true crime documentaries (or "real crime" docs) featuring actual real-world footage spliced in with documentary-style scenes. It's quite funny, and seems a bit awkward (why profile thieves?), but has an important message at its core. Swiped stars Wesley Bozonga as Jordan, Selom Awadzi as Ryan, as well as Jen Wakefield as Talia. These are actors, they're not real robbers, and that is what makes this so good. I think this is a great short that breaks the mold of what we're expecting. "You need to be more present, bro!"
"We are about to embark upon the trip of a lifetime." Orion Pictures has unveiled the first official trailer for a new comedy titled Bad Trip, the latest prank comedy to follow in the footsteps of the "Jackass" series of shows & movies before it. This all-out comedy feature is written by the same guy who wrote Bad Grandpa, to give you an idea of what to expect, and has an actual plot about two friends who go on a cross-country road trip pulling pranks. "Real actors pranking real people." You'll get a taste of how crazy these pranks are in this first trailer. The cast includes Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, Charles Green, Adam Meir, and Tiffany Haddish. If you never enjoyed the Jackass movies, you probably won't enjoy this one either. But it is kind of funny to see these people react to such ridiculousness. It's not easy to pull off these kind of pranks.
"I'm guessing you're not the popular kids in school? Hm?" Universal has released a second trailer for the comedy Good Boys, the feature directorial debut of writer / producer Gene Stupnitsky (screenwriter on Year One and Bad Teacher). This isn't a red band trailer (like the first one) this time, but it still has plenty of lewd language. Produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the comedy is about three sixth grade boys who ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to make their way home in time for their first kissing party. Just how bad can one day get? You'll have to head to theaters in August to find out. Starring Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon, and Keith L. Williams as the three boys, with a cast including Molly Gordon, Lil Rel Howery, Millie Davis, Midori Francis, Lina Renna, and Matt Ellis. This premiered at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year, and looks hilarious and gross all at the same time. So many jokes are so bad, but that is the point.
"You talk. You text. You get atomic breath." Don't talk or use your phone in the theater, or Godzilla destroys you!! The Alamo Drafthouse movie theater chain puts out fun PSA videos almost every week connected with new releases, reminding patrons about their strict No Talking, No Texting policy (which, by the way, rules). Their latest is a Godzilla-themed one, for the release of Mike Dougherty's epic Godzilla: King of the Monsters this past weekend. This one is a bit more unique - they partnered with Cressa Beer and Phoebe Jane Hart, who made a goofy stop-motion short with Godzilla toys. It gets even more meta, as Godzilla is playing with even smaller Godzilla toys. I just think this is creative and funny, plus the animation is superb.