Laughspin’s summer comedy movie preview: 11 flicks you should check out

With the passing of Memorial Day on Monday, the unofficial start of Summer is upon us. And we all know, Summer is the biggest season for movies. So, how do you decide which ones you’re going to see? Hey, we know! We made a list. Here’s 10 comedies coming out this summer that we’re most looking forward to. Trailers included. Enjoy!

June 1

High School

No summer is complete without at least one stoner flick. Rest assured, the premise for High School involves ounces upon ounces of marijuana– enough to get an entire high school stoned, in fact. Matt Bush (Adventureland) plays a kid who’s first time trying pot coincides with a school-wide drug test. Oh, no! Instead of trying to get out of the test, he hatches plan with his best friend to get his entire high school (faculty included) stoned. And Adrien Brody — like you’ve never seen him before — plays a crazed drug dealer with ratty cornrows.

June 8

Lola Versus

Filmmaking couple Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister Jones (Whitney) have teamed up for the second time since their first film Breaking Upwards. Lola Versus stars Greta Gerwig as Lola, a woman who’s getting older (hittin’ the big 3-0) and gets dumped by her fiancee (Joel Kinnaman) a few weeks before their wedding. It looks poignant and sad but there’s a lot of humor to get us through those moments. Expect Wein and Lister-Jones to milk it.

June 8

Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding

I feel it might be hard watching Catherine Keener play an uptight, stone-faced lawyer who takes her kids on vacation to her mother’s over in Hippieland where it’s Woodstock everyday, but I’m predicting that the movie really takes off when she finally “lets go.” Jane Fonda plays the hippie mom and Elizabeth Olsen — yes, Ashley and Mary-Kate’s kid sister — plays her cute, sassy daughter.

June 15

Your Sister’s Sister

Another hit from Sundance, Your Sister’s Sister is Lynn Shelton’s second film since Hump Day, a hilarious, raunchy film from 2009 which also featured Mark Duplass. This one costars Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt (Mad Men, The United States of Tara) as sisters engaged a love triangle with Jack (Duplass). Yet another summer movie that looks both uncomfortably sad and funny. Oh, and it co-stars Mike Birbiglia!

June 22

Seeking a Friend For the End of the World

In the final days on Earth, before an asteroid crashes into the planet, Steve Carell sets out to find his childhood sweetheart with the help of Keira Knightley. It’ll be interesting to see Carell (known for is comedic roles) play opposite Knightley, who’s established herself as a respected dramatic and period piece actress. Also, the cast alone is a good enough reason to see this. Community‘s Gillian Jacobs, Patton Oswalt, Rob Corddry and Rob Huebel all play supporting roles.

June 28

Safety Not Guaranteed

There’s been a lot of positive buzz about this movie since it premiered at Sundance and South by Southwest earlier this year. Mark Duplass (The League) stars as a man who places an ad for a partner with which to back in time. Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) in her first starring role, plays the reporter who goes undercover to write a story on him. Guess what? She ends up developing some serious feelings for the guy. Will they go back in time? Won’t they go back in time? Or kiss? NO SPOILERS, PLEASE!

June 29


This one could either go really well or turn out to be really annoying; I guess it depends on how much you like Seth MacFarlane. It is MacFarlane’s first feature, which he wrote and directed, so fans are pumped. Naturally, he’s playing a Peter-Griffin-voiced R-rated teddy bear alongside Mark Wahlberg. Community‘s Joel McHale, Mila Kunis and Giovanni Ribisi round out the cast.

July 25

Ruby Sparks

From the directors of one of the best dark comedies of all time Little Miss Sunshine, comes the fantasy-drenched Ruby Sparks, starring Paul Dano (Dwayne from Sunshine), who plays a young, struggling writer who writes the woman of his dreams, when the unthinkable happens– Ruby, played by Zoe Kazan (HBO’s Bored to Death) comes to life. It also stars Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening and Steve Coogan. The Daily Show‘s Aasif Mandvi also has a small role!

August 3

Celeste and Jesse Forever

Rashida Jones co-wrote and stars in this film about high school sweethearts who marry and then find they’re growing apart. Andy Samberg plays the husband so it’s a safe bet you won’t be bummed out the whole time. The cast — including Emma Roberts and Elijah Wood — looks too fun for you to be cry-vomiting the entire time, anyway. There’s no trailer online but you can watch the cast get all mushy in a clip of their Q&A from Sundance.

August 10

The Campaign

Zach Galifianakis’ effeminate twin brother stars opposite Will Ferrell in one of the most anticipated comedies of the summer. Okay, Galifianakis’ persona of his fictional twin brother Seth will star opposite Ferrell (but, not really– though Zach has surely harnessed Seth’s characteristics for this role). Galifianakis has played this character for years. The Campaign follows Ferrell and Galifianakis duking it out as childish, dim-witted, and sometimes eerily familiar political candidates. Saturday Night Live‘s Jason Sudeikis, Dan Aykroyd and well respected dramatic actor of screen and stage Brian Cox also star.

August 24

Sleepwalk With Me

Stand-up comedian Mike Birbiglia has adapted his Off-Broadway autobiographical one-man show (and the follow-up book) for the big screen. Birbiglia plays a slightly fictionalized version of him self– a stand-up comedian with a different name who’s plagued by a serious sleepwalking disorder. Visually, it looks intriguing; and we know Birbiglia can tell a captivating story. This American Life‘s Ira Glass co-wrote and produced it so it’s got a lot of cred behind it.

Which big screen comedy are you most looking forward to? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments section!

Samantha Simon

Samantha is a writer, musician, person living in New York City. She enjoys cooking and talking about her mom. Follow her on Twitter: @smoochiecoochie.

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