Comedy films are coming out in droves this year. Whether they turn out to be well written and acted is yet another tale. The list below covers those to be released in January 2013.
“A Haunted House” is due to be released on January 11. “A Haunted House” is a spoof on the “Paranormal Activity” films. The movie is rated ‘R’ for crude and sexual content, bad language and the appearance of drug use.
Plot: Malcolm and Kisha are newlyweds who have purchased their dream home. They soon find they aren’t alone. Kisha is possessed with “relationship baggage” in the form of spirits. Malcolm calls on everyone from a priest to ghost busters to straighten out his beautiful wife.
Cast: Marlon Wayans, Nick Swardson, David Koechner, Cedric the Entertainer, Dave Sheridan and Essence Atkins.
“The Baytown Outlaws” debuts on January 11, 2013.
Plot: Three redneck brothers choose to help a woman save her godson, Rob. Celeste has been shot three times by her ex-husband and now it’s time to protect her godson from the gun-packing idiot. She hires the brothers to get Rob and bring him back to her, safely. Sounds easy enough but the group finds itself confronted by several colorful characters, such as beautiful female assassins, Native American hunters and Federal Agents out to arrest the brothers for their own criminal behavior.
Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Eva Longoria, Serinda Swan, Clayne Crawford, Thomas Sangster and Meagan Good.
“Horrid Henry: The Movie” is a 3D animated family film with plenty of humor.
Plot: Henry fails to hand in his homework again. This sets off a chain of events. Befriending Moody Margaret, the annoying girl next door, he outsmarts school inspectors and gets the best of an evil headmaster. Henry wins the talent contest and finally stands up to the bullying nemesis. While Henry claims he hates his school, he ends up trying to save it.
Cast: Anjelica Huston, Richard E. Grant, Rebecca Front, Parminder Nagra, Noel Fielding and Mathew Horne.
“My Best Enemy” is a dramedy, with a bit of history added.
Plot: In Vienna in the 1930s, Victor Kaufmann, Rudi and Lena are close friends who always stick together. Victor is the son of a wealthy Jewish art gallery owner. After the German annexation of Austria, Victor finds his friend, Rudi, standing on his front porch in an SS uniform. Victor and his family end up being sent to a concentration camp and Rudi attempts to stop the process but to no avail. In later years, the Nazis wish to give Mussolini a gift in the form of a Michelangelo sketch that belongs to the Kaufmann’s. The sketch is found to be a fake and Victor is told he must produce the real deal. The film takes us on a journey with Victor, as a plane wreck, a switching of identities and an elaborate plan are all a part of the hilarious action.
Cast: The director, Wolfgang Murnberger heads up the cast. The rest of the cast is Moritz Bleibtreu, Marthe Keller, Uwe Bohm, Ursula Strauss and Udo Samel.
“Struck By Lightning” is a teen comedy that is released on January 11.
Plot: A high school senior, Carson Phillips, is bored with the small town he lives in. He feels he was on is path to bigger things when he was struck by a bolt of lightning in his school’s parking lot. He begins to flashback on the last few weeks of his life. Through the flashbacks, the film takes shape. Viewers are given a look into his plan to blackmail the popular kids in school, his home life that includes his mom who is an alcoholic and his estranged father who makes an appearance in the last moments of Carson’s life with a pregnant fiancée.
Cast: Chris Colfer, Allison Janney, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Hyland and Rebel Wilson.
“Freeloaders” has been released on January 11.
Plot: A group of friends has been staying with a rock star pal who opened up his mansion for their seven-year stay. Beverly Hills mansions don’t come easy and when their friend ends up announcing he is getting married and moving to Manhattan, they are anything but supportive.
Cast: Josh Lawson, Brit Morgan, Olivia Munn, Jane Seymour, Clifton Collins and Jay Chandrasekhar.
“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” is due to be released on January 25.
Plot: The witch hunters are out for revenge for their sibling’s mishap at the gingerbread house 15 years before. The brother and sister pair are now packing bounty hunters out to take care of the cackling witches in their town.
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Peter Stormare and Thomas Mann.
Plot: “Movie 43” is an anthology of comedy shorts. With a cast of huge names, it should prove to be one of the best films of 2013.
Cast: Seann William Scott, Hugh Jackman, Richard Gere, Uma Thurman, Halle Berry, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Kate Bosworth, Kate Winslet, Terrence Howard, Live Schreiber, Elizabeth Banks, Justin Long, Kristen Bell, Patrick Warburton, Josh Duhamel, Jason Sudeikis, Chloe Grace Moretz, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jack McBrayer, Kieran Culkin and Chris Pratt.
“John Dies at the End” is a comedy due to be released on January 25.
Plot: A street drug promises to give an out-of-body experience that one will never forget. It’s called “Soy Sauce” and people are jumping at the chance to grab some. The drug is sending users across time and dimensions, although when they come back to their original time, they are no longer human. An otherworldly invasion is rapidly taking place and the only superheroes the world has to keep it sane are John and David. The two college dropouts are known to be lazy, barely holding down a job. The only question left is can they save the planet?
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Clancy Brown, Doug Jones and Glynn Turman.
“Noobz” will be released on Friday, January 25.
Plot: A group of gamers take a road trip to Los Angeles. They are out to conquer the games at the Cyberbowl Video Game Championship.
Cast: Blake Freeman, Moises Arias, Jason Mewes, Mindy Sterling, Casper Van Dien and Jon Gries.
“Supporting Characters” will be released on January 25.
Plot: Best friends, Nick and Darryl are New York film editors who are hired to fix a comedy movie. The director has disappeared and the show must go on. What begins as a simple task creates havoc in their friendship and their relationships. The movie gives viewers an inside look on life and love in the city.