hmv.com previews... 2022's Best Movies - Comedy
Over the next two weeks, we're going to be previewing 100 of 2022's best movies. We continue today with the comedies...
The Lost City
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Patti Harrison, Oscar Nunez, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Brad Pitt
Director: Adam and Aaron Nee
Release Date: March 25th
Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum team up for this big-budget comedy.
The film follows Bullock's brilliant, but reclusive author Loretta Sage has spent her career writing about exotic places in her popular romance-adventure novels featuring handsome cover model Alan (Tatum), who has dedicated his life to embodying the hero character, “Dash.”
While on tour promoting her new book with Alan, Loretta is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire who hopes that she can lead him to the ancient lost city’s treasure from her latest story.
Wanting to prove that he can be a hero in real life and not just on the pages of her books, Alan sets off to rescue her. Thrust into an epic jungle adventure, the unlikely pair will need to work together to survive...
Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson, Maluma, John Bradley, Sarah Silverman
Director: Kat Coiro
Release Date: February 11th
Jennifer Lopez leads this glossy romantic comedy, which marks the big-screen debut of Colombian pop superstar Maluma.
Lopez plays Kat Valdez, a Latin pop star who is booked to marry Bastian, her on-stage partner, live in concert.
However, after learning that he has been having an affair, Valdez instead chooses to marry a stranger, teacher Charlie Gilbert (Wilson), who has been left holding a "Marry Me" sign by accident at her concert.
From there, the two must navigate their sudden new commitment...
Starring: Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds, Colin Morgan, Jude Hill
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Release Date: January 22nd
Kenneth Branagh writes and directs this comedy-drama, which is based on his early childhood.
Belfast chronicles the life of and daily struggles of a working-class Northern Irish Protestant family from the perspective of their nine-year-old son Buddy during The Troubles.
The film features music by Belfast native Van Morrison, including eight classic songs and a new song he has written for the movie.
Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Josh Duhamel, Sônia Braga, Jennifer Coolidge, Lenny Kravitz, Cheech Marin
Director: Jason Moore
Release Date: June 29th
J-Lo's second appearance in this preview list and another wedding, though a very, very different one.
Lopez plays Darcy, who have cajoled their families to the Bahamas for the ultimate destination wedding just as the couple get cold feet.
But suddenly everyone's lives are in danger when the entire party is taken hostage. Now the pair must work together to save their loved ones, if they don't end up killing each other first...
Ticket To Paradise
Starring: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Billie Lourd, Kaitlyn Dever, Lucas Bravo
Director: Ol Parker
Release Date: September 30th
George Clooney and Julia Roberts team up with Ol Parker, director of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again for this new romantic comedy.
The story follows young graduate Wren Butler who accompanies her best friend Lily on a post-graduation jaunt to Bali.
After Lily abruptly decides to marry a local, her divorced parents try to stop their daughter from making the same mistake they once made 25 years ago.
Meanwhile, Wren stays in Bali for the festivities and, in the process, finds her own love with a local doctor...
Starring: Billy Eichner, Luke Macfarlane, Miss Lawrence, Symone, Guillermo Diaz, Guy Branum
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Release Date: August 26th
Eichner, best known for his roles in Parks and Recreation and American Horror Story, will team up with Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Stoller for this new romantic comedy.
The film will make history as the first romantic comedy from a major studio about two gay men, and the first studio film featuring an entirely LGBTQ+ principal cast.
Eichner and Macfarlane will star, with plot details only revealing that they will be two men stumbling towards love, but with their busy lives consistently getting in the way.
I Want You Back
Starring: Jason Orley
Director: Charlie Day, Jenny Slate, Gina Rodriguez, Scott Eastwood, Manny Jacinto, Mason Gooding
Release Date: February 11th
Charlie Day and Jenny Slate lead this new comedy and find themselves on a revenge mission.
The pair play Peter and Emma, two thirty-somethings who have each been left by their respective partners.
Unwilling to admit that their relationships are over and fearing that they will be forever alone, the two decide to team up to win their exes back by destroying their new relationships...
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jane Adams, Kevin Nash, Q'orianka Kilcher, Ethan Suplee, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Bill Burr
Director: Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin
Release Date: February 18th
Tatum and his writing partner on Magic Mike Reid Carolin come together for this canine caper.
Tatum plays Briggs, a U.S. Army Ranger who is tasked with bringing Lulu, a Belgian Malinois military working dog, down the Pacific Coast in time to attend her handler's funeral.
Starring: Jo Koy, Jimmy O. Yang, Tia Carrere, Brandon Wardell, Eva Noblezada
Director: Jay Chandrasekhar
Release Date: April 1st
Hugely successful comedian Jo Koy stars as a fictionalized version of himself as he attends a family gathering to celebrate Easter Sunday...
The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Sharon Horgan, Ike Barinholtz, Jacob Scipio, Lily Sheen, Neil Patrick Harris, Tiffany Haddish
Director: Tom Gormican
Release Date: April 22nd
Another movie starring an actor playing a fictionalized version of themselves, only this time, it's Nicolas Cage...
In this movie, Cage, who is deeply in debt, begrudgingly accepts a $1 million offer to attend the birthday of a billionaire super fan.
When things take a wild turn, Cage is forced to become a version of some of his most iconic and beloved characters in order to extricate his wife and daughter from the fan who is a notorious drug lord...