Sometimes what makes an otherwise mediocre buddy comedy work is the unexpected chemistry of its lead actors. Think Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in 21 Jump Street or Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in Heat.
Now with Mad Men winding down and The Hangover films finished (at least for the time being), that next buddy comedy team-up might very well be John Hamm and Zach Galifianakis. According to THR, Hamm and Galifianakis are attached to star in Keeping Up With The Joneses, a comedy that follows a suburban, type-A couple who discovers that their neighbors are undercover agents. The project has been in development by producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald for a few years now. Greg Mottola (Superbad, Paul) has signed on to direct, with Hamm and Galafianakis’ contracts still in the works.
Mottola has been revisiting his television roots for the past few years, directing some episodes of The Newsroom as well as the HBO original movie Clear History, which starred Larry David and also featured Hamm.
Embracing his comedic abilities is exactly what Hamm needs to do now that Mad Men is coming to a close. After establishing his dramatic chops on the AMC hit, his appearances on Saturday Night Live and supporting roles in a number of films proved that he is capable of being incredibly funny. His next projects include Disney’s warm-and-fuzzy-looking Million Dollar Arm and The Sound and the Fury directed by James Franco, so starring in a straight-up comedy is the perfect follow-up project.
Galifianakis, on the other hand, has been a hit or miss the past few years. Despite earning over 15 million views for Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns episode featuring President Obama, his awkward brand of humor may be getting a little tiresome for viewers, if the critical response to Due Date and The Hangover 3 are an indicator. Then again, Mottola is a master at awkward comedy, so perhaps he can bring out the best in both actors.
What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Does an undercover agent comedy movie featuring Don Draper and Alan from The Hangover sound good to you?
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