2019’s Nine Top Comedies

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Amidst the conflicts and controversies encompassing the globe, Hollywood is giving movie-goers a chance to forgot their troubles with some great new comedies. The films include comedy-dramas as well as bust-your-gut-with laughter, old fashion laugh-fests.  So set aside your online casino play at Intertops Casino Red for an hour or two and sit back and enjoy a smile poppin’ comedy.

Some of the best new comedies for 2019 include:

The Professor

Johnny Depp, Zoey Deutch, Danny Huston and Wayne Roberts are collaborating on this extremely funny film-with-a-message. The storyline involves a college professor who learns that he has a terminal diagnosis.

He decides to drink, smoke and live life to the fullest. This includes expressing his real thoughts to the people around him which allows him to mend broken relationships, learn what is truly important, embrace others and ignite his true spirit.

The Hustle

With stars like Ann Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, this movie is set to offer moviegoers a real treat.  The two actresses complement each other as they create a team of con artists who go after men who have wronged other women.  Hathaway’s character Josephine, a rich, sophisticated socialite, keeps Wilson’s Penny Rust free-spirited Aussie on her toes  as they set out to swindle a naïve tech billionaire.

Adult Life Skills

There’s plenty of new talent in this romp through entrance into adulthood.  The movie, which stars the script writer Rachel Tunnard, focuses on 30-year-old Anna who lives in her mother’s garage and deliberately isolates herself from the world.  Even her mother’s efforts to push her daughter into adulthood seem to be for naught until a childhood friend comes to visit.  Anna must navigate her way into the real world through assisting a young boy who is obsessed with Westerns and dealing with a local real estate agent who is attempting to seduce her.

Adam

Adam is more of a coming-of-age movie than a full blown comedy but the film treats a young boy’s introduction into his sister’s LGBT/Trans activist world with tenderness and understanding.  Nicholas Alexander is Adam, a teen who bites off more than he can chew when he visits his older sister Casey during the summer before his senior year of high school.  As Adam tags along with Casey to rallies, queer bars and other activist gatherings he falls for Gillian. Chaos ensues as Gillian assumes that Adam is Trans and things get more complex as the film progresses.

Long Shot

Put comedian Seth Rogan on the same set with serious actress Charlize Theron and you’re sure to get sparks.  That’s what happens in Long Shot when Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) a journalist with a free spirited way of looking at the world, teams up with Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron), a powerhouse diplomat who is preparing to make a run for the Presidency. Fred revives Charlotte’s long-buried idealism as he gets on board her campaign as speechwriter. The contrast between Fred’s easy-going character and Charlotte’s suave, polished campaign staff keeps this movie humming.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Movie aficionados have been waiting for Once Upon  a Time in Hollywood to hit the screen for months. The trailers show a dynamic, well-scripted film and the cast – let’s just say that, given that the movie stars Leo DiCaprio, Luke Perry and Margot Robbie, plus director Quentin Tarantino,  there’s not a lot that could go wrong. The movie blends life, history and art into a cool, wild collage.

The movie is set in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) was the star of  now-defunct western TV series. He wanders through a Hollywood that he doesn’t recognize any more with his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). As they struggle to make it in a new Hollywood, they must contend with the ups and downs of the times.

Blinded by the Light

Gurinder Chadha, the director of Bend it Like Beckham, is back to show us that he truly understands the angst of the teenage years, especially when they combine with cultural conflicts and passion. The film is inspired by the life of journalist Sarfraz Manzoo who grew up in a traditionally Pakistani family where adoption of any hints of western culture was frowned upon.

Set in 1987, Blinded by the Light follows the saga of Javed who discovers that the songs of Bruce Springsteen speak to his heart and soul. His conservative father tries to tighten the reins and keep Javed within the confines of his traditional society even as Javed struggles to break free, physically and mentally, through The Boss’s songs.

Stan & Ollie

A touching tribute to the great Hollywood comedic duo, Stan & Ollie tells the story of Ollie Laurel and Stan Hardy as they set out on their triumphant farewell tour through post-war Britain. England of the late ‘40s and early ‘50s was a depressing place where the public was bearing the brunt of England’s massive war debt.

Laurel and Hardy’s golden era was a memory but they took it upon themselves to embark on a variety hall tour of Ireland and Britain to bring cheer and good wishes to the public. The film stays true to history as it shows how old time entertainment can be as amusing to today’s audiences as it was decades ago.

Where’d You Go Bernadette?  

Where’d You Go Bernadette? is a lovely story for anyone who has ever thought about lost dreams.  The movie is narrated by Bernadette’s 15 year old daughter as she attempts to track down her mother who has gone missing.

Meanwhile, Bernadette, the mother, has disappeared in an attempt to reconnect with her creative passions after years of focusing all of her energies on family.  As the story unfolds, Bernadette’s adventures prepare her to jump-start her life to rediscover her old passions.

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