Comedies, by which we mean comedy films, are as old as cinema.
Of course, we’re talking about comedies in theaters right now, even though Buster Keaton should be in your vocabulary. Here are the movies making America laugh right now, and you should check them out this weekend.
Barbershop: The Next Cut
It’s been over ten years since the last Barbershop film, but this entry into the series has actually resonated with critics quite positively, largely due to the messages about gang violence in Chicago that have been given a major role in the comedy. At the risk of being too preachy, the film still delivers laughs with its talented cast, proving that the series still has staying power, and can deliver an important message as well.
Key & Peele was one of the best and most original shows on Comedy Central in a long time, so when the show ended a lot of people were disappointed. Keanu should allay the fears that the comedy duo wouldn’t do anything after the end of the show, as they deliver an excellent and, at times, ridiculous movie that has a similar feel to some of the show’s best sketches, but doesn’t feel like a tired rehash, or extended sketch gone wrong.
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
Speaking of tired rehashes, popular comedies often suffer this fate and produce a string of inferior sequels that no one wants to see, yet somehow still make money.
As much as we appreciate Michael Winslow having a stream of income, comedy sequels are usually terrible, but Neighbors 2 is actually pretty good. The film nails the parts of the last movie that it got right and doesn’t try too hard to deviate from what works, which is a positive. Let’s put it this way, Seth Rogen isn’t taking home best actor for this film next year, but it will make you laugh and that’s all that matters anyway.