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2012 summer movie preview: The comedies

By Wang DexianMovies - 23 May 2012 11:41 AM | Updated 11:55 AM

2012 summer movie preview: The comedies

Sacha Baron Cohen is back with a new offering, which unlike ‘Borat’ or ‘Bruno’ is not entirely a mockumentary.

While the previous two films had Cohen walking around in character with a low-key cast (excluding cameos), ‘The Dictator’ sees Cohen breaking away from that.

The movie features a strong supporting cast including Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley and John C. Reilly and is Cohen's tribute to Charlie Chaplin's ‘The Great Dictator’, a film the classic comedian made to poke fun at Hitler.

Cohen draws inspiration from Middle Eastern dictators of recent memory such as Saddam and Gaddafi for his portrayal of fictional Republic of Wadiya dictator Admiral General Aladeen. When the haughty dictator is reduced to a mere peasant in New York City, his odd beliefs and behaviour cause hilarity to ensure when innocents try and help him.

The Five-Year Engagement’ is a new offering from producer Judd Apatow, and sees frequent collaborators Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel hooking up again after the tremendous success of their last movie ‘The Muppets’.

The movie isn’t particularly exciting but the movie addict will enjoy the simple treatment centering on Segel and his fiancée (played by Emily Blunt) and the strain that is placed on their relationship when their wedding is continually delayed.

Last of the notable comedies being released is ‘Neighborhood Watch’ or 'The Watch', starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Ricardo Ayoade (from cult British TV series ‘The IT Crowd’) as a suburban neighbourhood watch group.

The group is actually a front for the guys to get away from their family but when they uncover an alien plot that threatens to destroy the world, they are forced to leap into action. The premise has a little bit of last year's sleeper hit ‘Attack The Block’ in it, which doesn't hurt it one bit, as does the roll call of current comedic talents.

Producing it is Shawn Levy, who directed the ‘Night At The Museum’ movies, while the director is Akiva Schaffer, who you might probably recognize from his involvement in foul mouthed online viral classics like ‘Jizz in My Pants’ or ‘I Just Had Sex’ from his group The Lonely Island.

Unfortunately for Jonah, his commitment to the film meant that he had to forgo a part in Quentin Tarantino's ‘Django Unchained’. Coming off the heels of his Oscar nomination for “Best Supporting Actor” in ‘Moneyball’, it would have been perfect for him.