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Most Anticipated Comedies of 2021
We need some comedies, don’t we? After a year of practically only movies on streaming services, there’s something even more appealing about going to the theater, getting a big bag of Sour Patch Children and a Diet Coke, and sitting down with one intention: laughing our asses off (with or without a number to sing along to). The good news is that 2021 is coming in hot with last year’s slate of planned comedies and another crop that’s also been in the works. This list covers some of the highlights: the reboots, the musical adaptations, and a much-anticipated basketball game in Looney Toon land.
To give you a taste before you hop into the actual line up? We’re getting the most meta film we’ve heard of in years, and it’s going to star Nicolas Cage as—wait for it—Nicolas Cage. We’re getting Emma Stone as the unbelievably villainous Cruella DeVille, and Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall are reprising their classic roles in a Coming to America sequel, appropriately titled: Coming 2 America.
With all those titles, how can you not be excited? These are the most anticipated comedies of 2021.
Coming 2 America (March 5)
Nothing like a brief 33 years between an original and a sequel, right? In March, Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall will reunite on the big screen for Coming 2 America, which will catch us up with Prince Akeem Joffer.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (March 19)
So, let’s try and get this straight: Nicolas Cage is starring in a film… as Nicolas Cage, but it’s not a biopic. And it’s not based on real events, but it’s going to bring back some of Cage’s best characters from years past? Played, again, by Cage. Sounds just absurd enough that it could be real? Sign us up.
Marry Me (May 14)
Ever seen a stranger hold a “Marry Me?” sign at a concert. Well. This is what happens when that dream comes true. Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson star in the film about a fan (Wilson) who gets his wish when a pop star (Lopez) makes good on his request following her discovery that her onstage partner (Maluma) is cheating on her.
Free Guy (May 21)
Ryan Reynolds’s action-comedy about a man caught in the throes of, you know, being caught in a video game universe he doesn’t control was supposed to initially have a 2020 release. He was trapped a bit longer than expected, but come 2021, he’s officially Free Guy. Thanks, we’re here all night.
Cruella (May 28)
Puppies beware when Disney revamps the 101 Dalmatians story with Emma Stone in the two-toned villainous role.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (June 11)
After outrage over the all-female reboot (why??) and a middling final product (damn…), the Ghostbusters franchise is coming back again, bringing back some familiar faces, and also introducing Carrie Coon and Finn Wolfhard into the fold.
In The Heights (June 18)
Lin Manuel Miranda’s first massively successful musical is finally getting the movie treatment. Set in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood, the movie-musical covering three days in the Dominican-American community that was supposed to be released last year has a solid summer debut this June.
Space Jam 2 (July 16)
Technically called Space Jam: A New Legacy, the film will follow a similar format to the first, but instead of MJ, LeBron James is stepping in to work his way through the world of Bugs Bunny and friends. Oh, and the whole Warner Bros. playbook is open, so who knows which characters we’ll see this time.
Jackass 4 (September 3)
Jackass is coming back for a fourth iteration, proving that getting kicked in the nuts three times is simply not enough.
West Side Story (December 10)
Steven Spielberg’s flashy remake of the classic musical will finally land in theaters (hopefully!) next winter, with Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler breathing a 21st century take on the Bernstein and Sondheim original.
Justin Kirkland is a writer for Esquire, where he focuses on entertainment, television, and pop culture.
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