|Comedy Movies This Holiday Season
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Posted: November 15, 2012
by Ted Greenberg
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We’re currently in prestige movie season, that time of year when every film seems like Oscar bait. Not necessarily in a bad way, especially if you like long-winded dramas, period pieces or adaptations of musicals. Every year, though, a few comedies sneak into the mix and offer us a chance to laugh, something we definitely need with the stressful holiday season upon us. Here are few on my radar in 2012.
Filmmaker David O. Russell has given us the edgy comedies Spanking the Monkey and Flirting with Disaster (the quail laced with LSD scene is a classic) as well as the existential comedy I Heart Huckabees. His latest film Silver Linings Playbook — he seems to love films with three words in the title — has strong buzz before its opening November 21st. Last year’s Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper and Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence star as people battling mental illness while making a surprising connection. Oh, and there’s ballroom dancing and Robert De Niro. SLP looks to walk that fine line of comedy-drama that Russell is famous for. I know I will line up to see the film over Thanksgiving weekend. See why below.
This Is 40 is a kinda follow up to Knocked Up. Paul Rudd, who starred in the great bromance comedy I Love You Man, and Leslie Mann reprise their roles as a married couple in this film that delves into the humor of approaching midlife. Written and directed by Mann’s real life husband Judd Apatow, the trailer is filled with humor and heart. And what looks like great chemistry between Rudd and Mann.
The Guilt Trip pairs Seth Rogen, who just a couple of years ago was one of the hottest actors in Hollywood, with the legendary Barbra Streisand, who is in her first starring role in 16 years. Rogen has wowed audiences with his dry sense of humor since he came on the scene in the little seen, but much beloved TV series Freaks and Geeks. He’s starred in Knocked Up, Pineapple Express and The 40 Year Old Virgin. Streisand began on Broadway and soon was making landmark 70s comedies like What’s Up Doc? In The Guilt Trip, Streisand and Rogen, who play mother and son, set out on a journey across the United States to sell his latest invention and help each other find love. Directed by Anne Fletcher, whose Sandra Bullock-Ryan Reynolds starrer The Proposal was a surprise hit, The Guild Trip is written by Dan Fogelman, whose Crazy Stupid Love charmed last season. The film opens on Christmas Day. You can catch a sneak peek at The Guilt Trip below.
Happy Movie Going!