2017 Comedy Movies

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

When the villainous Captain Salazar (Bardem) and his army of deadly ghost pirates and threaten to kill every living pirate, Jack Sparrow (Depp) must go on an adventure to find the Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that gives its possessor complete control over the seas.

Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth installment of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which began with The Curse of the Black Pearl back in 2003. Based on a Disney World theme park attraction, the series has turned into one of the studio’s most lucrative properties, bringing in nearly $4 billion at the worldwide box office. Pirates was a breakout starring vehicle for Depp, who earned a Best Actor nomination for his portrayal of Jack Sparrow in the original film. Trailers and TV spots for Dead Men Tell No Tales have billed this one as the “final adventure,” so it remains to be seen if the franchise will continue beyond this point.

Orlando Bloom, who portrayed protagonist Will Turner in the first three movies, returns after a 10 year absence.

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The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)

  • Rating: PG
  • -Genre: Action, Animation, Comedy

A spinoff of 2014’s The LEGO Movie that focuses on Batman (Arnett). In order to stop the Joker (Galifianakis) from taking over Gotham City, the Caped Crusader may have to learn how to give up the lone vigilante act and recruit the help of allies Robin (Cera) and Batgirl (Dawson).

Baby Driver (2017)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime

After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

Baywatch (2017)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Comedy

Lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) and a brash new recruit (Zac Efron) uncover a criminal plot that threatens the future of the bay.

Baywatch began as a television series about Los Angeles lifeguards who protected the California beaches. Among its stars were David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, and Alexandra Paul. The show ran for just one season in 1989 before being cancelled due to low ratings, but it was revived by Hasselhoff and the series creators for the syndication market, and it became one of the most popular shows on the air. Baywatch lasted for 11 seasons. In 1999, Baywatch underwent a cast and location change to become Baywatch Hawaii. The property also had a spinoff titled Baywatch Nights and multiple direct to video films.

This 2017 reboot starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron was conceived as an R-rated comedy in the vein of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s 21 Jump Street relaunch. A sequel has not been confirmed yet.

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Cars 3 (2017)

  • Rating: G
  • -Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast cars, the legendary Lighting McQueen finds himself pushed out of the sport that he loves. Hoping to get back in the game, he turns to Cruz Ramirez, an eager young technician who has her own plans for winning. With inspiration from the Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns, No. 95 prepares to compete on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage.

Wanting to get back on the winners’ list, he approaches Rust-eze, who is now owned by Sterling. Sterling is a fan of McQueen but has suggested he spend his days endorsing Rust-eze new products instead. However McQueen makes a deal that if he wins, he will decide when his retirement will be and if he loses, he will retire immediately.

He went on to meet his trainer Cruz Ramirez who actually dreams of racing herself. McQueen felt the old training method was better for him so he looked for Smokey, who was his mentor Doc’s mentor. There he learned that Doc continued to feel victorious in the race by mentoring him when he was no longer capable of winning himself.

When the next racing season began, it slowly dawned on McQueen that it is time to mentor instead of racing and, he gets Cruz to race for him. Cruz wins and continued to race with McQueen as her trainer.

The ending gave Cars movie franchise fans hope that a fourth installation could happen. However no sequel has been officially announced yet. Cars 3 was directed by Brian Fee, written by Bob Peterson, Kiel Murray and Mike Rich and produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Actor Owen Wilson is the voice behind Lightning McQueen. Other stars that lent their voices to various characters include Armie Hammer, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, Chris Cooper, Cristela Alonzo, Jennifer Lewis, Kerry Washington, Larry the Cable Guy, Lea DeLaria, Margo Martindale, Nathan Filion, and Tony Shalhoub.

The movie premiered in the United States on June 16, 2017.

Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017)

  • Rating: PG
  • -Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.

The Emoji Movie (2017)

  • Rating: PG
  • -Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family

Three emojis (T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris) embark on an epic adventure through a smartphone to save their world from deletion.

The Disaster Artist (2017)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Comedy

When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

This film is based on the book of the same name by Sestero, which chronicles the making of Wiseau’s infamous film The Room, which is widely considered to be the “Citizen Kane of bad movies.” The Disaster Artist was a passion project for James Franco, who viewed the piece as a combination of Boogie Nights and The Master. Initially, Wiseau had hoped Johnny Depp would portray him in the film, but he later agreed to Franco. The Disaster Artist is the first time James has worked with his brother, Dave, on a film, after the younger Franco intentionally took roles in other projects in an effort to make a name for himself. A24, the indie studio best known for Oscar-winning movies Room and Moonlight is distributing domestically.

A work-in-progress cut of The Disaster Artist premiered in March 2017 at the SXSW festival to much praise. Franco’s turn as Wiseau in particular was seen as a standout, with many impressed by the way he transformed into his role. Critics have remarked how The Disaster Artist is sincere and poignant in its approach, elevating beyond the many jokes people have made about The Room and spinning it into a story about fulfilling dreams and realizing career aspirations. Due to the positive buzz, Disaster Artist is a possible dark horse on the awards circuit, especially for Franco and the adapted screenplay.

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Despicable Me 3 (2017)

  • Rating: PG
  • -Genre: Animation, Comedy

Despicable Me 3 picks up with Gru, Lucy and their daughters – Margo, Edith and Agnes – as they face off with Balthazar Bratt, a former ’80s child star-turned supervillian. Meanwhile, Gru is united with his long-lost twin brother, Dru.

 

Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Comedy, Musical

After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

This is the third and final installment of the Pitch Perfect trilogy, which started in 2012. The original film was a modest hit, earning $65 million domestically while earning mostly positive reviews. While critics felt some of the plot beats were rather formulaic, they did enjoy the performances of the cast and music. Because the first movie was such a success, a sequel, Pitch Perfect 2, was released in 2015. Though the critical reception was more lukewarm than its predecessor, the followup proved to be a much bigger commercial hit, raking in $184.2 million in the United States.

It is unknown if there will be future installments in the franchise, but considering the tagline is “Last Call Pitches,” it seems the plan is to end the main story here.

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Lady Bird (2017)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Comedy, Drama

A California high school student plans to escape from her family and small town by going to college in New York.

This is the solo directorial debut of filmmaker/actress Greta Gerwig, who is best known for her previous collaborations with Noah Baumbach, including Greenberg and Frances Ha (which earned her a Golden Globes nomination). Lady Bird has been described as semi-autobiographical, but Gerwig made sure to clarify that nothing depicted in the film is taken verbatim from her life. It is merely based in in a core truth of what she knows. One of her goals with the film was to create a female companion piece to Richard Linklater’s 2014 drama, Boyhood.

Lady Bird premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in September 2017, earning widespread critical acclaim for its captivating performances and brutally honest portrayal of adolescence. It has emerged as one of the favorites on the awards circuit, with Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf in particular generating Oscar buzz. Lady Bird is also expected to be a contender in the Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay categories at the Academy Awards, signaling Gerwig’s arrival as a talented director with a unique voice and vision.

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The Boss Baby (2017)

  • Rating: PG
  • -Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family

A suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Action, Comedy

The world’s top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.

Monster Trucks (2017)

  • Rating: PG
  • -Genre: Action, Animation, Comedy

Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.

Logan Lucky (2017)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Comedy, Heist

The Logans are a blue-collar family from the hills of West Virginia, and their clan has been famous for its bad luck for nearly 90 years. But the conniving Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) decides it’s time to turn the family’s luck around, and with a little help from his friends, the Redneck Robbers, he plans to steal $14 million from the Charlotte Motor Speedway on the busiest race day of the year.

I, Tonya (2017)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama

Based on the unbelievable but true events, I, TONYA is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan.

Suburbicon (2017)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller

A dark comedy/drama set in the quiet family town of Suburbicon, where the best and worst of humanity is hilariously reflected through the deeds of seemingly ordinary people.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)

  • Rating: PG
  • -Genre: Action, Animation, Comedy

Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

CHIPS (2017)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama

Jon Baker and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello have just joined the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Los Angeles but for very different reasons.  Baker is a beaten up pro motorbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together.  Poncherello is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job—inside the CHP.  The inexperienced rookie and hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kickstarting a partnership is easier said than done.  But with Baker’s bike skills combined with Ponch’s street savvy it might just work…if they don’t drive each other crazy along the way.

Fist Fight (2017)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Comedy

When one school teacher (Charlie Day) gets the other (Ice Cube) fired, he is challenged to an after-school fight.

The Big Sick (2017)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Big Sick is based on the real-life courtship between Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani (Kumail Nanjiani) and grad student Emily Gordon (Zoe Kazan) who fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family’s expectations, and his true feelings.

Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Comedy

Brad and Dusty must deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays.

This is the sequel to the 2015 comedy hit Daddy’s Home, which overcame a lukewarm critical reception to earn $150.3 million at the domestic box office. The film ups the star power, with Mel Gibson and John Lithgow joining the cast alongside Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell.

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Downsizing (2017)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi

When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to over-population, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in order to get small and move to a new downsized community – a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.

This is the latest film from writer/director Alexander Payne, a longtime critical darling behind Oscar-winning hits like Sideways and The Descendants. Payne and his writing partner Jim Taylor spent years working on the script, but production on The Descendants and Nebraska prevented them from starting production. In 2014, the two finally decided to make it their next film. Since Downsizing has been in development for so long, the cast underwent numerous changes before principal photography commenced. Originally, Reese Witherspoon, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Paul Giamatti were set to star, but they were all replaced.

Downsizing premiered at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, where it received generally positive reviews. Critics found the concept to be unique and creative, but felt the story was not executed in the best manner. Though not as much of a player on the awards circuit as Payne’s other films, the film has received some noteworthy accolades. It was named one of the 10 best films of the year by the National Board of Review, and Hong Chau has received multiple Supporting Actress nominations for her performance – including the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes.

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A Dog’s Purpose (2017)

  • Rating: PG
  • -Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

Colossal (2017)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

A woman discovers that severe catastrophic events are somehow connected to the mental breakdown from which she’s suffering.

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