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"Don't worry about being the next 'me', be the first 'you.'" MGM has released the first official trailer for a family comedy coming up next year titled Fighting with My Family, described as a "heartwarming and smart comedy that proves everything is worth fighting for when it comes to family." The movie is about a former wrestler and his family who make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment. It's literally a movie about how WWE wrestling is fun for the entire family. The main cast includes Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Jack Lowden, plus Vince Vaughn, Stephen Merchant, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson playing himself. This also must be inspired by the popularity of Netflix's "Glow", focusing mostly around Pugh's character kicking ass.
"I have to get a man to fall in love with me." Warner Bros has released a fun first trailer for a new comedy coming out on Valentine's Day next year titled Isn't It Romantic, from director Todd Strauss-Schulson (of The Final Girls). This twist on romantic comedies stars Rebel Wilson as a woman who wakes up inside a romantic comedy world, where she's the star of every classic romantic comedy and she can't escape. It's a bit like that film They Came Together from a few years ago, mixed with Groundhog's Day, in a way. The trailer is pretty damn good, and I have a feeling this might be something really unique. This trailer gives us a full introduction to the setup, but I'm still curious to see more. Isn't It Romantic also stars Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine, Priyanka Chopra, and Betty Gilpin. Just watch the trailer below and get a look at this.
"Three friends. Three secrets. One way out." Remember all those fun slasher movies in the 90s, like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer? This amusing new horror comedy short film titled The Thing I Never Told You is a wacky spoof sort of inspired by those movies. The short is made by, written by, and stars Larissa Gritti, Lynn Justinger, and Matt Steiner, all three of whom a part of ellemelle pictures. They made this on a shoe-string budget and in a very short amount of time. The Thing I Never Told You is about three childhood friends who've reunited but are carrying around deep, dark secrets that could bring them closer together or tear them apart forever. Ha! This short is as odd and goofy as they come. Have fun.
"His methods are ingenious. He's a master of disguise. And his mind is brilliant." Sony Pictures has finally debuted the first trailer for the comedy titled Holmes & Watson, reuniting the original "Step Brothers" - Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly - in a new comedy from another time. Ferrell plays Sherlock Holmes, and Reilly plays Dr. Watson. We can definitely say you've never seen a Sherlock Holmes movie like this before. It looks as ridiculous as it sounds, especially with these two making a mess of, well, everything. The full cast includes Kelly Macdonald, Rebecca Hall, Lauren Lapkus, Noah Jupe, Hugh Laurie as Mycroft, Pam Ferris, Bella Ramsey, Rob Brydon, Kieran O'Brien, Bronson Webb, and Jordan Long; with Ralph Fiennes as Moriarty. This looks totally kooky and absurd, and a bit too dumb for my tastes. Enjoy.
"I just think the three of us should go for a ride." Following two great teasers, Roadside Attractions has debuted the full-length official red band trailer for the holiday-themed, political comedy titled The Oath, the feature directorial debut of actor-writer-comedian Ike Barinholtz. Barinholtz also stars as Chris, who's married to a woman named Kai, played by Tiffany Haddish. The film is set around Thanksgiving time and is about a controversial White House "Oath" that turns family member against family member. Described as a "savagely funny dark comedy about surviving life and Thanksgiving in the age of political tribalism." Bring it on and all the savagery. The cast includes Billy Magnussen, John Cho, Meredith Hagner, Carrie Brownstein, Nora Dunn, Jon Barinholtz, Chris Ellis, and Priah Ferguson. I really enjoy how this trailer starts out with all the madness, and then plays back through everything. Can't wait to see this movie.
"Who are all these people?" Nothing like a funny short film set in a romantic city to brighten up your day! Ciao Lola is a short comedy made by producer / filmmaker Oscar Boyson, running only six minutes in total. It was filmed in Venice back in 2016, and is now available to watch online. The short stars Jane Levy (from Fun Size, Evil Dead, About Alex, Don't Breathe, Monster Trucks) as Lola and Thomas McDonell as Peter, a couple visiting the gorgeous Italian city. There's some unexplained subtext to this that isn't implicit, but you'll figure it out as it goes along. I like the playfulness of this, and all the lovely shots of Venice. Enjoy!
Surprise - it's a family! "You're just another white lady who wants to adopt charity orphans to make you feel good about yourself!" Paramount Pictures has debuted an official trailer for a comedy titled Instant Family, the latest movie by Sean Anders (of Sex Drive, That's My Boy, Horrible Bosses 2, Daddy's Home 1 & 2). Instant Family is inspired by the real events from the life of writer/director Sean Anders, telling the story of a couple that find themselves in over their heads when they adopt three children. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro, Isabela Moner, plus Margo Martindale. This looks like an amusing comedy, but the humor doesn't seem that smart to me. Watch the trailer below.
"Can't be unseen." STX has dropped another wild & crazy red band trailer for The Happytime Murders, an R-rated puppet murder mystery neo-noir movie. The first red band trailer was totally insane and filled with lewd and demented footage, this one doesn't have as much footage but still packs a punch (to the gut). Directed by Jim Henson's son Brian Henson, the film is basically like Who Framed Roger Rabbit but with puppets and even more lewd humor. The full cast mixing live-action actors with puppets includes Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale, Jimmy O. Yang, Leslie David Baker, Ryan Gaul, and Elizabeth Banks. I actually really like that they're embracing the absurdity of this whole wacky concept by including all the tweets in this trailer, even if it does look totally WTF insane. Bring on the raunchy puppets.
"Oh no… I think I cut myself!" Netflix has released another official trailer for their comedy The Package, which is now available, the latest film from Funny or Die filmmaker Jake Szymanski (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates). The wacky, stupid comedy is about a group of teenage friends who go on a spring break camping trip, but an accident causes them to change their plans in hopes of saving their friend. Yeah, it's dumb and made for teenagers to get drunk and laugh at. The full cast for this includes Daniel Doheny, Geraldine Viswanathan, Sadie Calvano, Luke Spencer Roberts, Eduardo Franco, Michael Eklund, Gary Jones, Alexander Calvert, Sugar Lyn Beard, and Blake Anderson. This looks so, so bad and I don't even know why Netflix is pushing it with two full trailers, but here we go anyway. Have at it.
"The problem with gold: it's easy to get, but it's difficult to get rid of." Studiocanal UK has debuted the full-length official trailer for heist comedy The King of Thieves, the latest film from British filmmaker James Marsh (The Theory of Everything, Man on Wire, Project Nim). The film tells the "incredible true story" of the Hatton Garden diamond robbery in London, which took place in April of 2015. A group of retired thieves decide to pull off one of the biggest heists ever in London robbing safe deposit boxes - and they got away with roughly £200 million, but were eventually caught. Michael Caine leads the excellent cast, with Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Charlie Cox, Michael Gambon, and Ray Winstone. This looks like so much fun, more about the performances and kooky crook characters than anything, but I'm totally up for it.
"My letters are my most secret possessions." Netflix has released a full, official trailer for romantic comedy To All the Boys I've Loved Before, an adaptation of the popular YA book of the same name written by Jenny Han. The film's plot is about a young woman named Lara Jean Song Covey, whose love life goes from imaginary to out of control when the love letters for every boy she’s ever loved are mysteriously mailed out.
"Steal it back, collect the reward." Screen Media Films has debuted the official trailer for a crime comedy titled Blue Iguana, the latest film from British director Hadi Hajaig (Puritan, Cleanskin). Blue Iguana stars Ben Schwartz and Sam Rockwell as small-time crooks on parole and working in a New York diner. Their dead-end lives are soon turned upside down when an English lawyer walks into the diner with an offer they can't refuse: a "simple" job to steal a rare jewel in London. Hijinks and chaos ensue, of course. The cast includes Phoebe Fox, Simon Callow, Amanda Donohoe, Peter Ferdinando, and Anton Saunders. This looks like a really bad, wannabe Snatch that will probably be a waste of time to sit through. Watch out.