Fall 2006 Movie Preview: Comedies
Hopefully this film will make viewers forget Wilson’s most recent flop, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, which made only $20.8 million at the U.S. box office. (Compare that to Talladega Nights, which generated $47 million during its opening weekend alone).
On Sept. 22, Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera & Steve-O return to the big screen with Jackass: Number Two. For fans who thought the stakes couldn't be raised any higher and the bar couldn't be lowered any further, the original cast and crew of the MTV show return for another round of jaw-dropping stunts.
Napoleon Dynamite dynamo Jon Heder stars alongside Billy Bob Thornton in School for Scoundrels (Sept. 29). Heder enrolls in a confidence-building class in order to win the love of his dream girl, and Thornton is the scheming teacher who has designs of his own for the attractive young female.
Jessica Simpson follows up The Dukes of Hazzard with Employee of the Month (Oct. 6). Clerks at a discount superstore compete for Simpson’s affections when they discover she has a reputation for only dating employees who have won the coveted Employee of the Month award.
Robin Williams recently made headlines for checking into rehab after 20 years of sobriety. He also has to put his recent flop The Night Listener behind him. Williams returns to comedy with Man Of The Year (Oct. 13). He stars as a quick-witted radio talk-show host whose fanciful bid for the presidency becomes a surprising reality.
In Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (Nov. 3), Sacha Baron Cohen plays the crude and clueless Kazakstani reporter Borat. In this feature mockumentary, Borat explores America and meets real people who get entangled in his hilarious predicaments.
Topping Talladega Nights may be challenging for Will Farrell, who stars in Stranger Than Fiction (Nov. 3). He plays IRS auditor Harold Crick, who begins to hear his life chronicled by a narrator, but no one else can hear it. When he finds out a real-life author is the narrator, Crick must take action before he meets his death.
With the so-so Nacho Libre behind him, Jack Black stars in Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny (Nov. 17), which centers on a pair of aspiring rock superstars who embark on a quest to acquire the supernaturally powered guitar pick that will finally allow them to fully realize their vast rock roll potential.
Dax Shepard and Will Arnett star in Let’s Go To Prison (Nov. 22). It centers on a career criminal and a wealthy man who are incarcerated in the same cell in a maximum-security prison. While doing time, the jail bird teaches the well-to-do gentleman the ways of corruption and pilfering.
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