We all need a good laugh sometimes. Actually, we pretty much need a good laugh all the time. The year 2014 looks to be filled with many different kinds of comedies to help give us these laughs. Hopefully, these promising looking movies will all deliver. Click on the photo to the left to start the slideshow of my picks for the notable upcoming comedies of 2014!
'Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons' (On Video On Demand Now)
Stephen Chow is one of the comedy greats and this is his latest movie so it is best to pay attention! Well, technically, he is not in this movie, but he co-wrote and co-directed it. There is word going around that there will be a sequel and that he will be featured in it, however. Either way, Stephen Chow is a great director as well as a great actor. I went through a period with my friends where we watched just about every movie featuring Stephen Chow that has ever been made and there are a lot of them. I don't regret it at all. He is a master of comedy and I am hoping this movie will reflect that. The only issue I have with this movie is that its tale has already been done before both by many other artists and by Stephen Chow himself in the two part movie "A Chinese Odyssey". The source material may be overdone, but I think Stephen Chow's comedy may not be. Click here to watch the trailer!
'Adult World' (on Video On Demand now)
This comedy is about a young writer (played by Emma Roberts) who meets an older writer (played by John Cusack) while also working at a sex shop. John Cusack can be very good in the right comedy role that is mixed with some drama. I think his role as a reclusive writer here fits that bill. Emma Roberts seems to be a perfect match for her role as well. I think this could be a good mix of comedy and drama. Click here to see the trailer!
'Authors Anonymous' (March 18 VOD, April 18 in theaters)
This one looks a little shaky, but as an aspiring author I think I will be able to relate to this movie. The writing group shown in the trailer for this movie reminds me of my own writing group. This one is for the writers. Click here to watch the trailer!
'Muppets Most Wanted' (March 21)
It's the the new movie from The Muppets. By now, you should know whether you like The Muppets or not. If you do then this movie is for you! It also has funny people like Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais in it. Plus, it looks to have somewhat of a similar feel to one of my favorite movies from The Muppets, "The Great Muppet Caper". Click here to watch the trailer!
'Dom Hemingway' (April 4)
I'll admit that the teaser trailer for this one had me more excited than the full trailer, but I think this still has potential. The character of Dom Hemingway, played by Jude Law, certainly looks to be a fun one. The problem I saw with the full trailer is that the movie seems to be more of a sentimental family drama than a flat-out comedy. Still, the character here looks too good to pass up. Also, it will be interesting to see Emilia Clarke in a different role from that of the one she plays on "Game of Thrones". Click here to watch the trailer!
'Walk of Shame' (April 25)
I like Elizabeth Banks. She can be very funny. This movie has a story very similar to a short story I once wrote. It wasn't a very good story although I found it funny at the time. I'm honestly not sure if I am going to be doing the "Walk of Shame" after exiting the theater for this movie, but I think it has potential. The trailer definitely has some funny moments and I do think Elizabeth Banks could make this worth seeing. Click here to see the trailer!
'The Double' (May 9)
This movie is probably some people's worst nightmare. One Jesse Eisenberg can be too much for some to handle, but this one has two! Basically, Jessie Eisenberg plays a man who runs into a total doppelganger of himself. This looks like it will be more of a dark comedy. Also, it is directed by Richard Ayoade who was featured in the great comedic television show "Garth Marenghi's Darkplace". Click here to watch the trailer!
'Filth' (May 30)
This is a film that gives you another reason to say the name Imogen Poots. That alone justifies its existence. Add in the fact that it stars James McAvoy in a drugged-out comedy role and this one looks like a lot of fun with a nice helping of darkness. Click here to watch the trailer!
'A Million Ways To Die In The West' (May 30)
I generally like "Family Guy" which is from the writer, director, and star of this movie, Seth MacFarlane. I felt Seth MacFarlane's first movie, "Ted", was okay, but could have been better. I think this western comedy looks better. Mainly though, I want to see this one because of three reasons: Sarah Silverman, Neil Patrick Harris, and of course, Liam Neeson. Click here to watch the not-safe-for-work red band trailer!
'22 Jump Street' (June 13)
It took me awhile before I finally watched the movie "21 Jump Street" and when I did I found it okay, but nothing special. This one looks a lot funnier to me. I laughed a lot during the trailer for this and have hopes that it will be one of those sequels that surpasses the original. Click here to watch the red band trailer!
'Dumb and Dumber To' (November 14)
"Dumb and Dumber" is a classic that unfortunately got a prequel movie with none of the original cast when it should have got a sequel instead. Now, it is finally getting what it deserves. "Dumb and Dumber To" brings back Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in their beloved roles under the direction of the Farrelly brothers, who directed the original film. The title is lovable and hopefully this sequel will be too.
'Horrible Bosses 2' (November 26)
The first "Horrible Bosses" was funny enough. I won't say it blew my mind or had me rolling on the floor with laughter, but it was funny enough. A sequel could be really bad, but it could also be an opportunity to take everything a step further than the original did. Christoph Waltz joins the cast for this one and I think this is a sign of good things to come. Nothing has really been released about this movie yet so it is hard to judge it, but I think it at least has some potential. Let's hope it lives up to it!
'Hot Tub Time Machine 2' (December 25)
I really don't know anything about this sequel as no information has been released about it yet. I liked the first movie, however, and have no reason to believe this sequel won't be fun too. Like all the sequels on this list, I hope they take this one further than the first movie and bring us even more laughs! We shall see.
'Into The Woods' (December 25)
"Into The Woods" is a beloved stage musical that is being brought to the big screen by Disney. It features some excellent actors including Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, and Chris Pine. There is no trailer yet so it is hard to see how this will come out, but it certainly seems promising!
'The Smoker and The Dame Who Wore Red Shoes' (December 25)
This is a movie from Ireland that looks, well, out there and I like out there! IMDB says it is "A cross between Blade Runner, Doctor Who, Casablanca and Pirates of the Caribbean." If that's not a combo you can get behind then what is? From the pictures of this film you can tell that this is low budget and filmed in front of a green screen. This may destroy the movie or actually make it all the more fun. Hard to say without any trailer, but I will definitely be keeping my eye out for this one!
'They Came Together' (No Release Date Set)
When a poster makes you laugh more than some whole movies then you know you are in for something good. I love the comedy of David Wain and Michael Showalter, who wrote this film, and have enjoyed all of David Wain's directorial efforts thus far so I have no reason to believe I won't enjoy this one. When this movie hits theaters, I will come and if you like, you can come too. We can come together.
'The Voices' (No Release Date Set)
I really like the sound of this one. Basically, Ryan Reynolds plays a guy whose pets talk to him and give him advice after he is suspected of murdering his co-worker. It is directed by Marjane Satrapi, who made the autobiographical comic "Persepolis" which she turned into the excellent movie of the same name. Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick round out the cast and Ryan Reynolds does the voices of all the animals. This one really sounds like a winner!
'Frank' (No Release Date Set)
This is the story of comedian Chris Sievey who was known as the character Frank Sidebottom. Michael Fassbender plays the role of Frank and it will be interesting to see him in a comedy role rather than his usual serious turns. Also in this is the great Maggie Gyllenhaal as well as Domnhall Gleeson, who made his mark in last year's excellent "About Time". I think this could be both a movie that pays tribute to a lesser known comedian as well as a fascinating movie on its own.
'Life After Beth' (No Release Date Set)
Anna Kendrick keeps popping up on this list and that's a good thing. She is an excellent actress who does well in comedic roles. She also clearly has good taste when it comes to pursuing movie roles. "Life After Beth" is a horror comedy and we can certainly use more of those. I feel like this movie could have come out in the '80s and that's the best compliment one can give to a horror comedy. Aubrey Plaza plays the titular character who is the girlfriend of Zach, played by usually serious actor Dane DeHaan. She dies and then comes back to life as a zombie. Zach then decides to make everything right with their relationship that he couldn't do when she was fully alive. Also in the cast are John C. Reilly, Cheryl Hines, Molly Shannon, and Paul Reiser. Yeah, I think this one is going to be worth the wait!
'The One I Love' (No Release Date Set)
This one is being a bit cryptic with its plot, but it seems that it has an interesting twist to hide. It is about a struggling couple that goes on a weekend retreat to see if they can fix their marriage. Then, according to IMDB, they discover an "unusual dilemma". What is this dilemma? I don't know, but from what I am hearing about the movie, it seems it is a twist that may be quite different from what you would expect in this kind of scenario. I am very curious about this one.
'Birdman' (No Release Date Set)
We all know Batman, but what about Birdman? Well, Michael Keaton who played Batman seems to know something about him as he is part of the cast of the movie "Birdman". Also in the cast are other excellent actors like Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Ryan. The movie is about a fading actor who once played a popular superhero and is now creating a play in hopes of a comeback. Sounds like something that could poke fun at the current superhero movie trend as well as offer some dark comedy. The thing I am most excited for in this comedy, however, is that it is directed by the usually very serious director Alejandro González Iñárritu. I can't wait to see him turn comical!
'Barely Lethal' (No Release Date Set)
This looks to be a fun jab at action movies. It is about a teenage assassin who fakes her death and then enrolls in high school. There she finds out that high school is even harder than being an assassin! Plus, inevitably, her job will come back to haunt her! I like the cast here with Hailee Steinfeld (of this year's other interesting action comedy, "3 Days To Kill", which I reviewed here) in the lead role and Samuel L. Jackson in what looks to be a role similar to his as Nick Fury in the Marvel Studios movies. This movie also may show us a different side of actress Sophie Turner of "Game of Thrones". Plus, you know, I like a good pun. I'll be on the lookout for this one.
'From Vegas to Macau' (No U.S. Release Date Set)
This list started in China and now it ends in China. If you have seen the movie "God of Gamblers" then you likely know why to be excited for this film. I became obsessed with actor Chow Yun-Fat starting in high school. I saw every movie I could find with him in it and one of the finest of these films was "God of Gamblers". "From Vegas to Macau" sees Chow Yun-Fat once again playing a master gambler and also once again he is under the direction of Wong Jing! It's been awhile since Chow Yun-Fat has had a really good role, but this may be just what he needed! I hope this can capture some of the same magic that was there in the days of classic Chow Yun-Fat! Click here to watch the Hong Kong trailer!