We do listen! A few grintagers suggested compiling a monthly movie guide to comedy releases. Well viola! Below new comedy movies of the month in Ireland – and probably UK too.
All dates are in SEPTEMBER and as far as we know marks the release date in Irish cinemas –
2nd – Sausage Party
Starting with one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year, Seth Rogen’s Sausage Party is the the first R-rated animated movie ever. Read more about it and watch the trailer here.
2nd – Cafe Society
This Woody Allen movie features a brilliant cast including the hilarious Steve Carrell, Blake Lively, Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. Looking for an exciting career, young Bobby Dorfman leaves New York for the glitz and glamour of 1930s Hollywood. After landing a job with his uncle, Bobby falls for Vonnie, a charming woman who happens to be his employer’s mistress. Settling for friendship but ultimately heartbroken, Bobby returns to the Bronx and begins working in a nightclub. Everything falls into place when he finds romance with a beautiful socialite, until Vonnie walks back into his life and captures his heart once again.
2nd – A Date for Mad Mary.
This Irish dark comedy is directed Darren Thornton by and stars Seána Kerslake, Tara Lee, Charleigh Bailey, Denise MacCormack and Siobhán Shanahan. It tells the story of ‘Mad’ Mary McArdle returning to Drogheda after a short spell in prison – for something she’d rather forget. Back home, everything and everyone has changed. Her best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is maid of honour. When Charlene refuses Mary a ‘plus one’ on the grounds that she probably couldn’t find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong. But her attempts at dating are a disaster and she winds up feeling more alone… until she meets Jess and everything changes. It already has a brilliant rating of 8.9 on movie rating site IMDB.
9th – Captain Fantastic – and no its not about ex Irish soccer mgr. Mick McCarthy!
Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen), his wife Leslie and their six children live deep in the wilderness of Washington state. Isolated from society, Ben and Leslie devote their existence to raising their kids — educating them to think critically, training them to be physically fit and athletic, guiding them in the wild without technology and demonstrating the beauty of co-existing with nature. When Leslie dies suddenly, Ben must take his sheltered offspring into the outside world for the first time. The story line may seem dark and morbid but as The Huffington Post put it: “It’s a funny film that will drive you to tears”. The film is written by Matt Ross and stars Viggo Mortenson, Kathryn Han, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks and Charlie Shotwell.
16th – Bridget Jones’s Baby
Unless you’ve been living under a rock I don’t think we need to explain to you the story behind the Bridget Jones series. The first movie Bridget Jones’s Diary was released 2001 and now 15 years later she’s back. Breaking up with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) leaves Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) over 40 and single again. Feeling that she has everything under control, Jones decides to focus on her career as a top news producer. Suddenly, her love life comes back from the dead when she meets a dashing and handsome American named Jack (Patrick Dempsey). Things couldn’t be better, until Bridget discovers that she is pregnant. Now, the befuddled mom-to-be must figure out if the proud papa is Mark or Jack.
16th – Hunt For The Wilderpeople
A boy (Julian Dennison) and his foster father (Sam Neill) become the subjects of a manhunt after they get stranded in the New Zealand wilderness. Again looking at the plot this one doesn’t exactly come across as a film that would have your sides splitting but the Guardian have described it as ‘Comedy Dynamite’. Its like a disney version of a coming-of-age drama with quirky humour and real emotions.
16th – The Young Offenders.
30th Swiss Army Man. Directed by Daniel Kwan Daniel Scheinert and features another Daniel surname Radcliffe, here is your comedy version of Castaway. Being stranded on a deserted island leaves young Hank (Paul Dano) bored, lonely and without hope. As a rope hangs around his neck, Hank prepares to end it all, until he suddenly spots a man (Daniel Radcliffe) laying by the shore. Unfortunately, he is dead and quite flatulent. Using the gassy body to his advantage, Hank miraculously makes it back to the mainland. However, he now finds himself lost in the wilderness, and dragging the talking corpse named Manny along for the adventure. This film looks unlike anything we’ve seen before and hopefully you too will find the bizarre plot deadly funny!
30th – Masterminds. With a cast featuring Zach Galifianakas, Owen Wilson, Kate Winslet and Kate McKinnon what’s not to love? Read more about this movie in our article here.
That’s the lot. More in October and do send on any favourites we missed!!