BySean Gallen, writer at Creators.co
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Sean Gallen

So far, 2016 has been a good year for the comedy genre with box office success, the return of the Coen brothers and some interesting films that pushed the envelope like Swiss Army Man and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. The year's not over and done with yet, we're going to look at five comedy films to get excited about as we get over the slow blockbuster summer.

1. Masterminds

  • Release Date: September 30, 2016
  • Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Jason Sudeikis
Who says Zach can't be a leading man?
Who says Zach can't be a leading man?

Zach Galifianakis seems set to make his triumphant return to the big screen, after he won the attention of critics with his show Baskets. In his first big release, Masterminds, he plays David Scott Ghantt, a gullible low-level worker for a security company who teams up with and falls for Wiig's Kelly Campbell. Based on a true story, they pull of a heist for criminal mastermind Scott Chambers (Wilson) who then betrays them by turning them over to the authorities. Directed by Jared Hess, Masterminds possesses all the over the top visual flare and strange character quirks of his previous films (Napoleon Dynamite, Gentleman Broncos) and features an incredible cast peppered with SNL royalty.

Check out the trailer below:

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2. Keeping Up With The Joneses

  • Release Date: November 24, 2016
  • Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot

Once again, we see Galifianakis in the leading role, but this time he plays a bored suburban husband whose life is turned upside down when new neighbors, played by Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot, who are too beautiful and accomplished to be true, turn out to be secret agents. This one feels a little like what Mr. and Mrs. Smith 2 could have been, but the undeniable chemistry between the leads and Isla Fisher is enough to get excited about, not to mention Greg Mottola (Superbad) adding his unpredictable twists and turns as the director.

Check out the trailer below:

3. Bridget Jones's Baby

  • Release date: September 16, 2016
  • Starring: Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey

Bridget Jones gets a proper sending off.
Bridget Jones gets a proper sending off.

Zellweger blows dust off her British accent and the Bridget Jones pajamas to bring the beloved character back to life for the final installment of the Bridget Jones trilogy. Bridget Jones's Baby subverts the happily-ever-after cliche that all rom-coms end with by focusing on the character after her failed marriage as she's enjoying being single and over 40. Her newfound freedom is thrown into outer-space once she finds out she's pregnant and has to figure out whether former flame Darcy (Colin Firth) or new admirer Jack Qwant (Dempsey) is the father. Written by Emma Thompson, Bridget Jones's Baby is set to be a wistful slice of British comedy with some twists on the old rom-com formula.

Check out the trailer below:

4. Why Him?




  • Release Date: December 25, 2016



  • Starring: James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Megan Mullally
Merry Christmas Mr. White
Merry Christmas Mr. White

In Why Him? Bryan Cranston returns to the comedy world as the cantankerous old dad, dragged by his wife (Megan Mullally) and his daughter (Zoey Deutch) to meet his future son-in-law Laird Mayhew (Franco). Mayhew is an eccentric internet billionaire who doesn't understand the words "private space" or "over-sharing," but tries his hardest to win his future dad's affection by any means necessary. The chemistry between Franco and Cranston looks incredible as they get under each other's skin. Nothing says Merry Christmas like getting your girlfriend's family tattooed on your back.

Check out the trailer below:

5. Bad Santa 2

  • Release date: November 23, 2016
  • Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Christina Hendricks

I'm dreaming of a blight Christmas
I'm dreaming of a blight Christmas

Nothing says Christmas like a bottle of Scotch, a pack of cigarettes and petty criminals, right? Billy Bob Thornton returns as Willie, the part-time mall Santa, full-time safe cracker for Bad Santa 2. The first installment became a cult classic as a dark and crude ode to the winter holiday and it looks as though they're doubling down on black humor with new additions Kathy Bates (as Willie's mother) and Christina Hendricks. The trailer doesn't give a lot of story away but focuses more on the gross-out humor, but if they're looking to build on the first installment, we're expecting an equally surprising, poignant story. Here's hoping they can bring some fear to our Christmas cheer.

Check out the trailer below:

What comedies are you most looking forward to this year?