Three reasons 2008 already makes me laugh


I don’t know about you,

but this hasn’t been my favorite year at the movie theater. While

a handful of independent charmers made their mark, all in all I wasn’t

blown away by many of the big-budget, big-star offerings at the cineplex

this year. But, ever the cinematic optimist, I’ve already got three

reasons to look forward to 2008. I say out with the old and serious,

in with the new and funny. These three upcoming comedies caught my eye.

So bring on the new year and save me some popcorn.


1. Nim’s Island

(April 2008)


Jodie Foster

brings the wacky. As an agoraphobic, reclusive author (is there any

other kind?), the double Oscar winner lets her comedic talents shine

through for a change. Pratfalls and desert islands? I’m in.


2. Leatherheads

(April 2008)


Kind of like O Brother,

Where Art Thou?
meets Bull Durham, but with football. I wasn’t

that interested in this George Clooney

vehicle until I heard Renee Zellweger

trot out that little zinger about the “big strapping men.” Nineteen-twenties

repartee and silly hats? I’m in.


3. Mamma Mia! (summer



Dude, Meryl Streep

and singing and dancing and ABBA? You don’t even need to ask. I’m

so in.

So, do any other comedies coming

up look like they might tickle your funny bone? And how much do you

love Jodie in this hat?

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