Tag Archives: Zach Galifianakis

Melissa McCarthy in Identity Thief

‘Identity Thief’ squanders talents of comedic stars

Melissa McCarthy in Identity Thief

When it comes to comedies, there is no offense greater than wasting the talent of your brilliant stars. Identity Thief commits this sin in spades, squandering the skills of stars Jason Bateman and the comedically gifted Melissa McCarthy in a derpy, often slapstick comedy that could be described as Tommy Boy meets Due Date. Continue reading

Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell in The Campaign

Galifianakis and Ferrell win votes with ‘The Campaign’

Politics of 2012 are already ridiculous, from Newt Gingrich’s moon base to Mitt Romney’s animal abuse to Rick Santorum’s general awfulness. The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, give us hilarious takes on campaign speeches and Super PACs for real politicians. In The Campaign, Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis bring us two fictional politicians we can get behind. Continue reading

The Hangover Part II

Lightning doesn’t strike twice for Hangover II

Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis in The Hangover Part II
Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis in The Hangover Part II

Have you ever gone on vacation somewhere and had the best time ever? You got to relax, forget all about work and do something fun for a change. In fact, it was so fun that you vowed to go back, but when you returned the next year, it was nowhere near as fun as the first time around. Yeah, that’s pretty much The Hangover Part II.

The Wolfpack is back, drinking, blacking out and getting into all sorts of trouble–only this time it’s in Thailand. It seems that the basic theory with everything in this sequel is that it should be bigger and more insane than the first movie. Continue reading

Kristen Wiig stars in Bridesmaids

Chicks rule in Bridesmaids

Some people say that women aren’t funny. In fact, in the grand history of comedy, women have been mostly relegated to playing girlfriends and wives of the leading men. Even today, many of comedy’s female stars are considered hot chicks first and comediennes second. If Hollywood does make a movie with a predominately female cast, it’s a “chick flick” and and the laughs are sparse. Thankfully, Bridesmaids throws click flick conventions out the window and gives us a female version of Wedding Crashers or The Hangover. Continue reading

It's Kind of a Funny Story stars Zach Galifianakis, Keir Gilchrist and Emma Roberts

Zach Galifianakis hits dramedy tone in It’s Kind of a Funny Story

It's Kind of a Funny Story stars Zach Galifianakis, Keir Gilchrist and Emma RobertsFilms that deal with mental illness often take one of two paths: they go for light hearted comedy, joking about inappropriate outbursts or hallucinations, or they take the tragic route and focus on the ways mental illness can destroy families or shatter the lives of its victims. It’s Kind of a Funny Story combines these two tracks for an interesting story about friendship, love and coping with the pressures of life. Continue reading

‘Dinner for Schmucks’ will leave you hungry for more Galifianakis and Clement

If a film stars Jemaine Clement and Zach Galifianakis, I will see it. It doesn’t matter if it’s funny, if it’s got special effects, if it’s Oscar-quality, or even if it’s feature length, I’ll be there because I love those two comedic actors. Galifianakis and Clement pepper in unique humor in an otherwise broad comedy in Dinner for Schmucks. Continue reading

Killer cast makes great comedy in Bored to Death

Bored to Death starts Sunday Sept. 20 at 9:30pm ET/PT on HBOBored to Death is the new HBO series starring Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, and Ted Danson (yes, you read that correctly, Ted Danson). The series takes place in New York and focuses on the life of real-life writer Jonathan Ames (Schwartzman). Jonathan is a novelist who is also a part-time journalist for publisher George Christopher (Danson) and best friends with comic book artist Ray Hueston (Galifianakis). Continue reading

The Hangover opens June 5

Bradley Cooper on ‘The Hangover’ and evolving comedy

The Hangover opens June 5Bradley Cooper has fittingly described his new film The Hangover as “Bachelor Party meets Memento” because the comedy takes the familiar storyline of inebriated pre-matrimony adventures and flips it around with the complexity of Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed mystery. Instead of showing the drunken debauchery, the story focuses on the three main characters waking up to a trashed hotel suite and trying to remember what happened the night before. Continue reading