The Other Guys

  • Directors: Adam McKay
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Chris Henchy, Adam McKay
  • Genres: Action, Comedy
  • Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Dwayne Johnson, Samuel L Jackson, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan

Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) are partnered NYPD detectives who work in the forensic accounting department and rarely see any action. Gamble is more than happy with his job while Hoitz has been assigned against his will after a public incident with his quick trigger finger. They idolize the city’s top cops Danson (Dwayne Johnson) and Manzetti (Samuel L. Jackson), but when an opportunity arises for Gamble and Hoitz to step up, things do not quite go as expected.

24 Hour Party People

  • Directors: Michael Winterbottom
  • Producers: Andrew Eaton
  • Writers: Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • Genres: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music
  • Actors: Steve Coogan, Paddy Considine, Danny Cunningham, Shirley Henderson, Lennie James, Sean Harris, Peter Kay

The story opens in the late 1970s in the Pennines, where Tony Wilson, reporting for Granada Television embarks on a hang gliding adventure, despite not having any training. After crashing several times and receiving a “rather unfortunate” injury to his coccyx, he walks away, then turns to the camera, breaking the fourth wall, saying the scene was symbolic of what is to come on many levels. “I don’t want to say too much, don’t want to spoil it. I’ll just say one word: ‘Icarus’. If you get it, great. If you don’t, that’s fine too. But you should probably read more.”

Wilson is dissatisfied with his job as a television news reporter, finding stories like the hang-gliding stunt unfulfilling, telling his producer, Charles, “I’m a serious fucking journalist … I went to Cambridge.”

Wilson then attends a concert in June 1976 at Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall by the Sex Pistols (the Buzzcocks were also to perform but weren’t ready). Despite only being attended by 42 people, Wilson cites the concert as a great historical event that would inspire attendees to “go out and perform wondrous deeds”.

For his part, Wilson, the host of a music show, So It Goes, decides to move beyond just putting bands on television and get into promoting concerts. With some friends, actor Alan Erasmus and Rob Gretton, Wilson starts a weekly series of punk rock shows at a Manchester club. It is during the opening night, and a performance by a band Gretton manages called Joy Division, that Wilson is caught by his wife, Lindsay, getting fellatio from a woman in the back of the club owner Don Tonay’s “nosh van”. She then retaliates by having sexual intercourse in a toilet cubicle with the Buzzcocks’ Howard Devoto, and is caught by Tony. The real Devoto, portraying a janitor cleaning the bathroom sink, then turns to the camera and says “I definitely don’t remember this happening.”

Meanwhile, various aspects of Wilson’s life are glossed over, and Wilson takes a moment to acknowledge this, quickly skimming over his divorce from his first wife, Lindsay, his second marriage and children, and his relationship with beauty queen Yvette Livesey. His own drug problems and professional difficulties are also glossed over. “I’m a minor character in my own story,” Wilson explains, saying that the stories about the music, as well as Manchester itself, are more important.

In the Loop

  • Directors: Armando Iannucci
  • Producers: Adam Tandy, Kevin Loader
  • Writers: Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Tom Hollander, James Gandolfini, Chris Addison, Peter Capaldi, Gina McKee, Steve Coogan, David Rasche

During an interview on BBC Radio 4’s PM Programme, Secretary of State for International Development Simon Foster accidentally states that a proposed war in the Middle East is “unforeseeable”. Although told off for not following “the line” by the Prime Minister’s enforcer Malcolm Tucker, the statement coincides with a visit by high-up U.S. officials who jump upon the phrase and begin to use Simon, and his hapless new aide Toby, as pawns in an international game.[3]

Around the World in 80 Days

  • Directors: Frank Coraci
  • Producers: Bill Badalato
  • Writers: Jules Verne, David N Titcher, David Benullo, David Goldstein
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance, Western
  • Actors: Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan

The film starts with a man (later known to be Lau Xing played by Jackie Chan), robbing and escaping from the Bank of England. To escape from the police, he observes from a window, two police officers searching for him, asking an Oriental man in the street for his identification and says “Passport…too”. He becomes, under the name “Passepartout” (pronounced Pass-par-too), a valet to Phileas Fogg (Steve Coogan), a scientist trying to break the 50-mph speed barrier. After succeeding to do so and managing to avoid the police, they head to the Royal Academy of Science. Here, Fogg is insulted by other ‘brilliant minds’, in particular the bombastic William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (Jim Broadbent), who believes that everything worth discovering has already been discovered and there is no need for further progress. The bank robbery is also discussed. In his blind rage, Fogg says that he is glad the bank was robbed, because it is outdated and says that the thief could be in China in little over a month, which interests Lau Xing. Fogg is pressured to bet to see if it would be possible, as his calculations said, to travel around the world in 80 days. If he won, he would become Minister of Science in Lord Kelvin’s place; if not, he would tear down his lab and never invent anything again.

Phileas is also lucky enough not to have lost the bet; he is one day early, thanks to crossing the international date line, yet believed himself late, because of an error on the part of Lau Xing. He ascends the stairs of the Academy and there, embraces Monique, victorious in his bet.

Night at the Museum

  • Directors: Shawn Levy
  • Producers: Shawn Levy, Chris Columbus, Stephen Sommers
  • Writers: Milan Trenc, Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Jake Cherry, Dick Van Dyke, Carla Gugino, Mickey Rooney, Bill Cobbs, Ricky Gervais, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Patrick Gallagher, Rami Malek, Kim Raver, Pierfrancesco Favino, Charlie Murphy

Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is a divorced father who is unable to keep a stable job, the bulk of them being failed business ventures. He is desperate to win the support of his son Nick (Jake Cherry), whom he fears is beginning to look up to his more successful future stepfather, Don (Paul Rudd), a bond trader on Wall Street. Larry therefore applies for a job at the American Museum of Natural History, where he is assigned as a night guard.

The three elder (soon to be retired) night guards, Cecil (Dick Van Dyke), Gus (Mickey Rooney), and Reginald (Bill Cobbs), give him a quick tour, advise him to leave some of the lights on, and warn him not to let anything “in . . . or out”, which Larry meets with humorous skepticism. They also leave some odd instructions for him.

Once night comes, Larry discovers that the museum exhibits come to life. Larry barely manages to survive through the night. First, he discovers a Tyrannosaurus rex drinking from a water fountain; Larry distracts it by throwing a bone it has ripped from its own skeleton. Then, despite a narrow escape in the wildlife exhibits, Larry manages to lock up the lions. Finally, he double-checks his belt, only to discover that a capuchin monkey named Dexter has in fact stolen his keys. When Dexter destroys the old guards’ instruction manual, Larry is forced into humiliating himself.

The next day, Dr. McPhee fires Larry despite his effort to clean up the museum; but when the reports issued by the news media begin increasing the Museum’s popularity, he readmits Larry. Some time later, Larry appears in Nick’s classroom during Career Day. Later that night, Larry returns with Nick and all the exhibits celebrate. Cecil, Gus, and Reginald eventually become janitors at the Museum; a stereotypical punishment in comedy films for defeated antagonists (and still allows them to be around the energies of the tablet).

Happy Endings

  • Directors: Don Roos
  • Producers: Michael Paseornek, Holly Wiersma
  • Writers: Don Roos
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Music, Thriller
  • Actors: Lisa Kudrow, Steve Coogan, Jesse Bradford, Bobby Cannavale, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Ritter, Tom Arnold

The film follows the lives of a diverse group of mostly middle-class Americans through the emotional ups and downs in their flawed yet very human lives, each loosely connected to each other through a restaurant.

The film follows three interconnected stories. In the first, a woman (Lisa Kudrow) reluctantly agrees to work with a would-be young filmmaker (Jesse Bradford) in order to locate the now grown son she secretly gave up for adoption after becoming pregnant from her stepbrother (Steve Coogan) (who is later found to be gay) 19 years earlier.

In the second story arc, her stepbrother and his domestic partner (David Sutcliffe) are deciding whether or not to confront their friends, a lesbian couple (Laura Dern and Sarah Clarke), regarding the paternity of their son.

And in the third, a young man (Jason Ritter) is involved with a band and trying to keep his father (Tom Arnold) from learning that he is gay, while also dealing with the seemingly gold-digging woman (Maggie Gyllenhaal) who inserts herself into their lives.