The Skinny: Sparks fly when Wade Walker crashes the Peeples annual reunion in the Hamptons to ask for their precious daughter Grace’s hand in marriage.
Starring: Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson
The Buzz: Plenty of firsts with this film including screenwriter Tina Gordon Chism making her directorial debut after penning two successful screenplays for ATL and Drumline; character actor Craig Robinson makes his debut as a leading man and this is the first film from Tyler Perry’s production company, 34th Street Films that is NOT directed by the mogul.
Opening: May 10
The Skinny: Two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at employment.
Starring: Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson
The Buzz: Vaughn and Wilson reunite after making comedy magic in the Wedding Crashers. Can this film duplicate the success of their earlier effort but importantly, will there be enough laughs there to serve as a change of pace for big-budget summer fare? Time will tell.
Opening: June 7
The Skinny: After a series of cataclysmic events ravage Los Angeles, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson must face the true meaning of friendship and redemption as the world ends around them.
Starring: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson
The Buzz: The gang’s back together for this film that has the potential to be a summer comedy sleeper. A couple of months after chewing scenery in Spring Breakers, what surprises does James Franco have in store for this film?
Opening: June 12
The Skinny: Lenny Feder has relocated his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up. This time around, the grown ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises: the last day of school.
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Taylor Lautner, David Spade, Chris Rock, Steve Buscemi, Jackie Sandler, Aly Michalka, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph, Andy Samberg, Milo Ventimiglia, Patrick Schwarzenegger and Steve Austin.
The Buzz: Sandler returns to familiar ground, surrounded by his pals in one of the few stories that doesn’t repel movie audiences. Look for more juvenile humor from the guys but at least in the slow moments we can focus on Salma Hayek, Rudolph and Bello.
Opening: July 12
The Skinny: Feeling pressured to become more sexually experienced before she goes to college, Brandy Clark makes a list of things to accomplish before hitting campus in the fall.
Starring: Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Rachel Bilson and Aubrey Plaza.
The Buzz: There is at least one successful high school comedy every summer. Will this one catch fire with audiences with a release date right before school begins?
Opening: August 16
The Skinny: A failed New York playwright awkwardly navigates the transition from Next Big Thing to Last Year’s News.
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon, Christopher Fitzgerald and Darren Criss
The Buzz: Wiig’s first film since leaving SNL is this dramedy that may have a difficult time connecting with summer audiences. The films success depends on the supporting work of Dillion and Benning.
Opening: July 19
The Skinny: A small-time pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) hires a phony family as camouflage to bring two metric tons of weed from Mexico to Colorado. This plan includes working with a cynical stripper (Jennifer Aniston) as his faux wife, along with a homeless teen (Emma Roberts) and geeky neighborhood British kid (Will Poulter) as their offspring.
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Ed Helms and
The Buzz: Director Rawson Marshall Thurber makes his long-awaited follow-up to his successful comedy, Dodgeball with this pot comedy. We wonder if there are as many laughs in this one as his previous effort?
Opening: August 9
The Skinny: Five childhood friends reunite after twenty years to repeat a legendary pub crawl from their youth, returning to their hometown once again to attempt to reach the fabled pub “The World’s End”. Over the course of the night, they begin to realise that the real struggle is “not just theirs but humankind’s”, and completing the crawl becomes the least of their worries.
Starring: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost
The Buzz: Director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) and the duo of Pegg and Frost generally deliver entertaining and funny films. This Big Chill-esque tale could catch audiences off guard.
Opening: August 23
The Skinny: The story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and Trent’s daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up and begins to finally find his place in the world – all during a summer he will never forget.
Starring: Steve Carell, Liam James, Sam Rockwell, AnnaSophia Robb, Toni Collette and Rob Corddry
The Buzz: Last summer, Carell starred in the endearing comedy, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. He’s back in this ensemble coming-of-age comedy that looks as if it can duplicate last year’s winning formula.
Opening: July 5