With summer coming up, it is time to look at some of the most anticipated summer comedy movies. Comedy films tend to do well during summer months because people are eager for a reason to stay indoors and bask in the air conditioned comfort of a movie theater. During these months, temperatures are high and people are ready for any excuse to see a good movie. In 2014, the top comedy films include a "Fast and Furious" spoof, a quirky comedy about homeschooling and a cross-country road trip flick featuring Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon.
This summer's comedy season kicks off with "22 Jump Street," the sequel to 2012's "21 Jump Street," starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. In the first installment, the two actors played cops who had to go undercover as high school students to bust a drug ring. "22 Jump Street" finds Hill and Tatum's characters moving up to the next level of their career. This time, the two cops must blend in at a local college. They deal with football, fraternities and co-eds while simultaneously trying to stop another drug crime.
Expect more of the raunchy humor that made "21 Jump Street" so successful. Also expect plenty of comic action as the two cops work to solve their case in this feature that opens on June 13, 2014.
The summer continues with "Superfast," a "Fast and Furious" spoof by the same team of writers who produced "Scary Movie," "Date Movie," "Epic Movie" and "The Starving Games." They have worked hard to copy the look and feel of the "Fast and Furious" franchise. The team's efforts include hiring actor lookalikes and recreating iconic moments from the films. Of course, the entire film is completely tongue-in-cheek with the gross-out humor and vulgar content that fans have come to expect from these parodies.
"Superfast" may have a lower box office draw than its parody predecessors because the film makes fun of actor Paul Walker, who starred in five of the "Fast and Furious" films before dying in a car crash in Nov. 2013. However, this is unlikely to diminish the bulk of its fan attendance.
"Tammy," written by comedian Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone, opens on July 2, 2014. This film tells the story of the titular Tammy, played by McCarthy, as she loses her job, learns her husband is having an affair and accidentally wrecks her car. When Tammy's life is at its lowest, her mother, played by Susan Sarandon, decides that the two of them need to take a road trip to see Niagara Falls.
The sole teaser trailer for "Tammy" features an extended clip of Tammy attempting to rob a fast food restaurant while wearing a paper sack over her head. McCarthy's physical comedy and hilarious dialogue as she tries to convince the fast food workers that she is a dangerous criminal bodes well for "Tammy" as a film, and it is likely to receive positive reviews.
"Wish I Was Here" opens on July 25, 2014 and features Zach Braff as Aidan Bloom, a man who decides to homeschool his children after the family can no longer afford private school. This film falls into the dramedy category, but it still inspires plenty of laughter as Braff teaches his children, played by Joey King and Pierce Gagnon, how to follow their hearts and challenge the status quo. Expect Braff's character to learn a few things about himself on the way.
"Let's Be Cops" tells the story of Ryan and Justin, played by Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans, Jr., who wear police uniforms to a costume party and then decide to continue pretending to be cops just to see what happens. As expected, they soon find themselves in over their heads as they quickly move from intimidating teenagers and breaking up sorority parties to getting involved in a serious mob ring.
"Let's Be Cops" is funny and warmhearted. It effectively parodies the "buddy cop" movie model while allowing Johnson and Wayans to play to their comedic strengths. The jokes are too mature for children, but this film is designed to appeal to a wide variety of audiences and provide something for everyone. This film opens on Aug. 13, 2014 and helps to close out the summer comedy season.
These summer comedy movies are not the only comedy films to open in summer 2014, but they are some of the most anticipated. Each of them provides a great opportunity to escape the heat, laugh and enjoy a good story.