10 Most Anticipated Comedy Movies of 2017

Owen Wilson, J. K. Simmons, and Ed Helms in Bastards

Bastards | Warner Bros.

Comedy may be one of the most subjective forms of art, but there’s something to be said for the power of a funny film to take audiences right out of the doldrums of everyday life. With the right filmmaker at the helm and a cast of hilarious people, comedy movies have the potential to be the ultimate crowdpleasers, capable of elevating any moviegoing experience from just another trip to the theater to something truly unforgettable.

We’ve already reviewed some of the most anticipated releases in other genres (such as sci-fi, for instance) hitting theaters in the next few months. Now, let’s take a closer look at some promising comedies coming our way in 2017.

1. Bastards (January 27)

Cinematographer Lawrence Sher (Garden State) makes his directorial debut with this comedy, which stars Owen Wilson and Ed Helms as two brothers who head on a road trip to find the father they believed to be dead. The premise and lead stars alone offer tremendous potential, but the fact that veteran actors like Glenn Close and J.K. Simmons are also set to appear makes us even more curious.

2. Fist Fight (February 17)

Ice Cube has developed quite the on-screen persona with hit comedy franchises like Friday, Barbershop, and Ride Along. For his latest film role, the actor/rapper plays a teacher who challenges a colleague (Charlie Day) to a fist fight, though the latter man is hesitant (understandably so) to face him. It might not be the most thought-provoking or complex comedy out there, but we’re betting Fist Fight will be silly fun.

3. T2: Trainspotting (March 3)

For years, rumors of a sequel to director Danny Boyle’s acclaimed comedy/drama Trainspotting circulated, with little actual update on the project. At last, Boyle and the film’s original cast — Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, and Ewen Bremner — finally unite to catch up with the iconic characters they brought to life more than 20 years ago.

4. Snatched (May 12)

Comedian Amy Schumer seamlessly made the transition to movie star with the Judd Apatow-directed Trainwreck, which Schumer herself wrote. Now she’s teaming up with Goldie Hawn for a new comedy from director Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, 50/50) in which the duo play a mother and daughter who get caught up in an unexpected adventure.

5. Rock That Body (June 16)

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson in Captain America: Civil War | Marvel Studios

Marvel Studios may not be ready to commit to a Black Widow film, but Scarlett Johansson continues to prove that she’s among the most bankable actresses out there. She leads this comedy, which centers around a male stripper who winds up dead during a bachelorette party weekend. Zoë Kravitz, Kate McKinnon, and Jillian Bell play supporting roles as well.

6. The House (June 30)

Will Ferrell in Anchorman

Will Ferrell in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy | Paramount

Few comedic partnerships in the 2000s have proven as fruitful as that of Will Ferrell and director/producer Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy). The duo re-team again for this Andrew J. Cohen-directed comedy, which stars Ferrell and Amy Poehler as a married couple who open up an illegal casino in their basement.

7. Bad Dads (July 14)

Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn in Bad Moms

Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, and Kathryn Hahn in Bad Moms | Universal

Last year’s Bad Moms subverted the raunchy “adults behaving badly” comedy formula by flipping the gender of the leads. Yet, it also created the most unlikely shared universe (more in a moment) in the business. This spinoff — which has yet to secure a cast or crew — looks to serve as a companion piece to that first film, focusing on bad parenthood from the male perspective.

8. A Bad Moms Christmas (November 3)

Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn in Bad Moms

Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, and Kathryn Hahn in Bad Moms | Universal

After Bad Moms became a runaway hit, it didn’t take long for stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn to sign on to reprise their roles in this holiday-themed sequel. Though precise plot details remain scarce, the promise of the “bad moms” being judged for how they present the holidays to their children opens up a world of possibilities.

9. Downsizing (December 22)

The Great Wall

Matt Damon in The Great Wall | Universal Pictures

Matt Damon is already appearing in the hotly anticipated The Great Wall, but he’s also working on a comedy/drama from director Alexander Payne (Sideways). Damon plays a man who winds up getting shrunk. The supporting cast includes Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Alec Baldwin, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jason Sudeikis.

10. Pitch Perfect 3 (December 22)

Pitch Perfect 2 - Universal

Pitch Perfect 2 | Universal

After the surprise smash of the original film, Pitch Perfect 2 cemented the musical comedy series as a bonafide moneymaker. So this third entry was inevitable. Expect to see all your favorites from the Barden Bellas to return, including Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson.

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