2011 Comedy Movies

Funny Movies in Theaters in 2011

Moviegoers are still showing up for comedies rather than dramas, and Hollywood studios have definitely caught on to the fact that funny films - if they're done well - attract big business at the box office. Among the batch of comedy movies released in theaters in 2011 are a couple of sequels (The Hangover Part 2, New Year's Eve, and the fourth Pirates film and Spy Kids movie) as well as films featuring familiar comedy stars (Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Rowan Atkinson, and Adam Sandler). Check out this list of comedy movies in theaters throughout 2011 (listed in order of release) to see if there's something that has the potential to make you laugh out loud.

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1
'The Dilemma'

© Universal Pictures
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly, and Channing Tatum

The Plot: Since college, confirmed bachelor Ronny (Vince Vaughn) and happily married Nick (Kevin James) have been through thick and thin. Now partners in an auto design firm, the two pals are vying to land a dream project that would launch their company. With Ronny’s girlfriend, Beth (Jennifer Connelly), and Nick’s wife, Geneva (Winona Ryder), by their sides, they’re unbeatable.

But Ronny’s world is turned upside down when he inadvertently sees Geneva out with another man and makes it his mission to get answers. As the amateur investigation dissolves his world into comic mayhem, he learns that Nick has a few secrets of his own. Now, with the clock ticking and pressure mounting on the biggest presentation of their careers, Ronny must decide how and when he will reveal the truth to his best friend.

Release Date: January 14, 2011

2
'No Strings Attached'

No Strings Attached
No Strings Attached. © Paramount Pictures
Starring: Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher

The Plot: Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher) are life-long friends who almost ruin everything by having sex one morning.  In order to protect their friendship, they make a pact to keep their relationship strictly “no strings attached.”  "No strings" means no jealousy, no expectations, no fighting, no flowers, no baby voices.  It means they can do whatever they want, whenever they want, in whatever public place they want, as long as they don't fall in love.  The question becomes- who's going to fall first?  And can their friendship survive?

Release Date: January 21, 2011

3
'Just Go With It'

Just Go With It
Just Go With It. © Columbia Pictures
Starring: Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston

The Plot: In Just Go With It, a plastic surgeon, romancing a much younger schoolteacher, enlists his loyal assistant to pretend to be his soon to be ex-wife, in order to cover up a careless lie. When more lies backfire, the assistant's kids become involved, and everyone heads off for a weekend in Hawaii that will change all their lives.

Release Date: February 11, 2011

4
'Hall Pass'

Hall Pass
Hall Pass. © New Line Cinema
Starring: Owen Wilson, Christina Applegate, Jason Sudeikis, and Jenna Fischer

The Plot: Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis) are best friends who have a lot in common, including the fact that they have each been married for many years. But when the two men begin to show signs of restlessness at home, their wives (Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate) take a bold approach to revitalizing their marriages: granting them a "hall pass," one week of freedom to do whatever they want...no questions asked. At first, it sounds like a dream come true for Rick and Fred. But it isn't long before they discover that their expectations of the single life--and themselves--are completely, and hilariously, out of sync with reality.

Release Date: February 25, 2011

5
'Take Me Home Tonight'

Take Me Home Tonight
Take Me Home Tonight. © Relativity Media
Starring: Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Teresa Palmer, and Michelle Trachtenberg

The Plot: In the vein of a John Hughes film, a recent MIT graduate decides to finally win the heart of his high school crush, who barely knew he existed, by creating a false identity and becoming the person he thinks she wants. The story follows the intersection of the 5 main characters at an all-night, no holds barred party.

Release Date: March 4, 2011

6
'Paul'

Paul
Paul. © Universal Pictures
Starring: Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, and Bill Hader

The Plot: Paul is a comedy about two sci-fi geeks who embark upon a pilgrimage in a RV to the center of America's UFO heartland: Nevada's infamous Area 51. While in the middle of that desert, the two friends encounter a fugitive alien by the name of Paul. Somewhat reluctantly, they embark upon an adventure that will change not just their lives forever, but also the lives of the friends and enemies they encounter along the way.

Release Date: March 18, 2011

7
'Hop'

Hop
Hop. © Universal Pictures
Starring: Russell Brand and James Marsden

The Plot: Blending state-of-the-art animation with live action, Hop tells the comic tale of Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker who accidentally injures the Easter Bunny (voiced by Russell Brand) and must take him in as he recovers. As Fred struggles with the world's worst houseguest, both will learn what it takes to finally grow up.

Release Date: April 1, 2011

8
'Arthur'

Arthur
Arthur. © Warner Bros Pictures
Starring: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Greta Gerwig and Jennifer Garner

The Plot: Irresponsible charmer Arthur Bach (Russell Brand) has always relied on two things to get by: his limitless fortune and the good sense of lifelong nanny Hobson (Helen Mirren) to keep him out of trouble. Now he faces his biggest challenge--choosing between an arranged marriage that will ensure his lavish lifestyle or an uncertain future with the one thing money can't buy, Naomi (Greta Gerwig), the only woman he has ever loved. With Naomi's inspiration and some unconventional help from Hobson, Arthur will take the most expensive risk of his life and finally learn what it means to become a man, in this re-imagining of the classic romantic comedy Arthur.

Release Date: April 8, 2011

9
'Your Highness'

Your Highness
Your Highness.
Starring: James Franco, Zooey Deschanel and Danny McBride

The Plot: Throughout history, tales of chivalry have burnished the legends of brave, handsome knights who rescue fair damsels, slay dragons and conquer evil. But behind many a hero is a good-for-nothing younger brother trying just to stay out of the way of those dragons, evil and trouble in general. Danny McBride and James Franco team up for comedy adventure set in a fantastical world-Your Highness. As two princes on a daring mission to save their land, they must rescue the heir apparent's fiancée before their kingdom is destroyed.

Release Date: April 8, 2011

10
'Prom'

Prom
Prom. © Walt Disney Pictures
Starring: Aimee Teagarden and Thomas McDonell

The Plot: At Prom, every couple has a story and no two are exactly alike. Several intersecting stories unfold at one high school as the big dance approaches. "Prom" portrays the precarious passage from high school to independence as some relationships unravel and others ignite. For Nova Prescott (Aimee Teegarden), it’s a battle of wills as she finds herself drawn to the guy (Thomas McDonell) who gets in the way of her perfect prom. Fellow seniors Mei (Yin Chang) and Tyler (De’Vaughn Nixon) harbor secrets, while others face all the insecurity and anticipation that surrounds one of high school’s most seminal events. There are hundreds of nights in high school, but there’s only one "Prom."

Release Date: April 29, 2011

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'Jumping the Broom'

Jumping the Bro
Jumping the Broom. © TriStar Pictures
Starring: Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso and Julie Bowen

The Plot: A collision of worlds when two African-American families from divergent socioeconomic backgrounds get together one weekend in Martha's Vineyard for a wedding.

Release Date: May 6, 2011

12
'Something Borrowed'

Something Borrowed
Something Borrowed. © Warner Bros Pictures
Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, and John Krasinski

The Plot: Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a talented attorney at a top New York law firm, a generous and loyal friend and, unhappily, still single...as her engaged best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson) is constantly reminding her. But after one drink too many at her 30th birthday party, perpetual good girl Rachel unexpectedly ends up in bed with the guy she’s had a crush on since law school, Dex (Colin Egglesfield), who just happens to be Darcy’s fiancé. When Rachel and Darcy’s lifelong friendship collides with true love, it leads to unexpected complications and potentially explosive romantic revelations. Meanwhile, Ethan (John Krasinski), who has been Rachel’s constant confidante and sometimes conscience, has been harboring a secret of his own, and Marcus (Steve Howey), an irrepressible womanizer, can’t keep his mind out of the gutter or his hands off any girl within reach.

Release Date: May 6, 2011

13
'Bridesmaids'

Bridesmaids
Bridesmaids. © Universal Pictures
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and Rose Byrne

The Plot: Annie's life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian's maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she'll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you'll go for someone you love.

Release Date: May 13, 2011

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'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides'

Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides
Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides. © Walt Disney Pictures
Starring: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, and Sam Claflin

The Plot: Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise. When Jack crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.

Release Date: May 20, 2011

15
'The Hangover Part 2'

'The Hangover Part 2'
'The Hangover Part 2'. © Warner Bros Pictures
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, and Justin Bartha

The Plot: In the follow-up to the record-breaking hit comedy The Hangover, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to exotic Thailand for Stu’s wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don’t always go as planned. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can’t even be imagined.

Release Date: May 26, 2011

16
'Mr Popper's Penguins'

Mr Poppers Penguins
Mr Poppers Penguins. © 20th Century Fox
Starring: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino and Madeline Carroll

The Plot: In this family comedy, Jim Carrey is Mr. Popper, a driven businessman who is clueless when it comes to the important things in life – until he inherits six penguins. Popper’s penguins turn his swank New York apartment into a snowy winter wonderland – and the rest of his life upside-down. Filmed on a refrigerated soundstage with real Gentoo Penguins, Mr. Popper's Penguins is a contemporary adaptation of the classic book.

Release Date: June 17, 2011

17
'Bad Teacher'

Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz Bad Teacher Photo
Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz Bad Teacher Photo. © Columbia Pictures
Starring: Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake

The Plot: Some teachers just don’t give an F. For example, there's Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz). She’s foul-mouthed, ruthless, and inappropriate. She drinks, she gets high, and she can’t wait to marry her meal ticket and get out of her bogus day job. When she’s dumped by her fiancé, she sets her plan in motion to win over a rich, handsome substitute (Justin Timberlake) – competing for his affections with an overly energetic colleague, Amy (Lucy Punch). When Elizabeth also finds herself fighting off the advances of a sarcastic, irreverent gym teacher (Jason Segel), the consequences of her wild and outrageous schemes give her students, her coworkers, and even herself an education like no other.

Release Date: June 24, 2011

18
'Larry Crowne'

Larry Crowne
Larry Crowne. © Universal Pictures
Starring: Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts

The Plot: Until he was downsized, affable, amiable Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) was a superstar team leader at the big-box company where he’s worked since his time in the Navy. Underwater on his mortgage and unclear on what to do with his suddenly free days, Larry heads to his local college to start over. There he becomes part of a colorful community of outcasts, also-rans and the overlooked all trying to find a better future for themselves…often moving around town in a herd of scooters. In his public-speaking class, Larry develops an unexpected crush on his teacher Mercedes Tainot (Julia Roberts), who has lost as much passion for teaching as she has for her husband. The simple guy who has every reason to think his life has stalled will come to learn an unexpected lesson: when you think everything worth having has passed you by, you just might discover your reason to live.

Release Date: July 1, 2011

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'Monte Carlo'

Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo. © 20th Century Fox
Starring: Selena Gomez, Cory Monteith, Leighton Meester, and Katie Cassidy

The Plot: Monte Carlo finds Selena Gomez playing a teen named Grace who's mistaken for a socialite while on a trip to Paris. Flying off to Monte Carlo for a charity ball and auction, Grace and her friends find themselves involved in the search for a million dollar necklace that goes missing.

Release Date: August 12, 2011

20
'Horrible Bosses'

Horrible Bosses
Horrible Bosses. © New Line Cinema
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell and Jason Bateman

The Plot: For Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day), the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses (Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston) into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con (Jamie Foxx), the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers...permanently. There’s only one problem: even the best laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them.

Release Date: July 8, 2011

21
'Zookeeper'

Zookeeper
Zookeeper. © Columbia Pictures
Starring: Kevin James, Adam Sandler and Rosario Dawson

The Plot: In Zookeeper, Kevin James plays Griffin Keyes, a kind-hearted zookeeper who is convinced the only way to get a girl in his life is to quit his job. The zoo animals, in a panic, decide to break their time-honored rule of not talking to humans and teach Griffin the ways of the wild so he can find a mate and stay at the zoo.

Release Date: July 8, 2011

22
'Friends with Benefits'

Friends with Benefits
Friends with Benefits. © Screen Gems
Starring: Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake, and Emma Stone

The Plot: A young female headhunter (Mila Kunis) in New York convinces a potential recruit (Justin Timberlake) to accept a job in the Big Apple. Despite an attraction to each other, both realize they¹re everything they¹ve been running from in a relationship and decide to see what happens if they leave emotion out of it and keep it strictly physical.

Release Date: July 22, 2011

23
'Crazy Stupid Love'

Crazy Stupid Love
Crazy Stupid Love. © Warner Bros Pictures
Starring: Steve Carell, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling

The Plot: At fortysomething, straight-laced Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the dream--good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart. But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his "perfect" life quickly unravels. Worse, in today's single world, Cal, who hasn't dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth. Now spending his free evenings sulking alone at a local bar, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protege to handsome, thirtysomething player Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling).

In an effort to help Cal get over his wife and start living his life, Jacob opens Cal's eyes to the many options before him: flirty women, manly drinks and a sense of style that can't be found at Supercuts or The Gap. Cal and Emily aren't the only ones looking for love in what might be all the wrong places: Cal's 13-year-old son, Robbie, is crazy about his 17-year-old babysitter, Jessica, who harbors a crush on Cal. And despite Cal's makeover and his many new conquests, the one thing that can't be made over is his heart, which seems to keep leading him back to where he began.

Release Date: July 29, 2011

24
'The Smurfs'

The Smurfs Photo
The Smurfs Photo. © Columbia Pictures
Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Hank Azaria, and Sofia Vergara

The Plot: When the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours - in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.

Release Date: July 29, 2011

25
'The Change-Up'

The Change-Up
The Change-Up. © Universal Pictures
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Olivia Wilde, and Jason Bateman

The Plot: Growing up together, Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) and Dave (Jason Bateman) were inseparable best friends, but as the years have passed they’ve slowly drifted apart. While Dave is an overworked lawyer, husband and father of three, Mitch has remained a single, quasi-employed man-child who has never met a responsibility he liked. To Mitch, Dave has it all: beautiful wife Jamie (Leslie Mann), kids who adore him and a high-paying job at a prestigious law firm. To Dave, living Mitch’s stress free life without obligation or consequence would be a dream come true.

Following a drunken night out together, Mitch and Dave’s worlds are turned upside down when they wake up in each other’s bodies and proceed to freak the &*#@ out. Despite the freedom from their normal routines and habits, the guys soon discover that each other’s lives are nowhere near as rosy as they once seemed. Further complicating matters are Dave’s sexy legal associate, Sabrina (Olivia Wilde), and Mitch’s estranged father (Alan Arkin). With time not on their side, Mitch and Dave comically struggle to avoid completely destroying each other’s lives before they can find a way to get their old ones back.

Release Date: August 5, 2011

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'30 Minutes or Less'

30 Minutes or Less
30 Minutes or Less. © Columbia Pictures
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Nick Swardson and Danny McBride

The Plot: In the action-comedy 30 Minutes or Less, Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is a small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wanna-be criminal masterminds (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson). The volatile duo kidnaps Nick and forces him to rob a bank. With mere hours to pull off the impossible task, Nick enlists the help of his ex-best friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari). As the clock ticks, the two must deal with the police, hired assassins, flamethrowers, and their own tumultuous relationship.

Release Date: August 12, 2011

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'One Day'

One Day
One Day. © Focus Features
Starring: Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway

The Plot: Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) meet on the night of their college graduation – July 15th, 1988. She is a working-class girl of principle and ambition who dreams of making the world a better place. He is a wealthy charmer who dreams that the world will be his playground. For the next two decades, every July 15th reveals to us how “Em” and “Dex” are faring, as their friendship ebbs and flows with the passing of the years. Through laughter and romance, heartbreak and exhilaration, they experience the grandeur of life. Somewhere along their journey, these two people realize that what they are searching and hoping for has been there for them all along.

Release Date: August 19, 2011

28
'Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World'

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World. © Dimension Films
Starring: Jeremy Piven, Jessica Alba, Mason Cook, and Joel McHale

The Plot: On the surface, Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba) has it all...married to a famous spy hunting television reporter, a new baby and intelligent twin step kids. But in reality, trying to mother Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook), who clearly don't want her around, is her toughest challenge yet. Also, her husband, Wilbur (Joel McHale), wouldn't know a spy if he lived with one which is exactly the case - Marissa's a retired secret agent.

Marissa's world is turned upside down when the maniacal Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) threatens to take over the planet and she's called back into action by the head of OSS, home of the greatest spies and where the now-defunct Spy Kids division was created. With Armageddon quickly approaching, Rebecca and Cecil are thrust into action when they learn their boring stepmom was once a top agent and now the world's most competitive ten year olds are forced to put their bickering aside and rely on their wits. With a little help from a couple of very familiar Spy Kids, Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara), and some mind-blowing gadgets, they just may be able to save the world and possibly bring their family together while they're at it."

Release Date: August 19, 2011

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'Our Idiot Brother'

Our Idiot Brother
Our Idiot Brother. © The Weinstein Company
Starring: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, and Zooey Deschanel

The Plot: Every family has one: the sibling who is always just a little bit behind the curve when it comes to getting his life together. For sisters Liz (Emily Mortimer), Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) and Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), that person is their perennially upbeat brother Ned (Paul Rudd), an erstwhile organic farmer whose willingness to rely on the honesty of mankind is a less-than-optimum strategy for a tidy, trouble-free existence. Ned may be utterly lacking in common sense, but he is their brother and so, after his girlfriend dumps him and boots him off the farm, his sisters once again come to his rescue. As Liz, Miranda and Natalie each take a turn at housing Ned, their brother's unfailing commitment to honesty creates more than a few messes in their comfortable routines. But as each of their lives begins to unravel, Ned’s family comes to realize that maybe, in believing and trusting the people around him; Ned isn’t such an idiot after all.

Release Date: August 26, 2011

30
'Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star'

Bucky Larson
Bucky Larson. © Columbia Pictures
Starring: Christina Ricci, Nick Swardson, and Stephen Dorff

The Plot: Bucky (Nick Swardson) is a small town grocery bagger, going nowhere in life - until he discovers that his conservative parents were once adult film stars! Armed with the belief that he has found his destiny, Bucky packs up and heads out to LA, hoping to follow in his parents’ footsteps.

Release Date: September 9, 2011

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'50/50'

50/50
50/50. © Summit Entertainment
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, and Bryce Dallas Howard

The Plot: Inspired by personal experiences, 50/50 is an original story about friendship, love, survival and finding humor in unlikely places. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen star as best friends whose lives are changed by a cancer diagnosis.

Release Date: September 30, 2011

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'What's Your Number?'

What's Your Number
What's Your Number. © 20th Century Fox
Starring: Chris Evans, Anna Faris and Ryan Phillippe

The Plot: A woman, having hit her sexual limit at 20 men, decides to track down the other 19 guys in hopes that she's overlooked one who could be "the one."

Release Date: September 30, 2011

33
'Tower Heist'

Tower Heist
Tower Heist. © Universal Pictures
Starring: Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck, Eddie Murphy and Matthew Broderick

The Plot: Some average, hard-working guys lose money to a wealthy businessman who takes advantage of them with a Ponzi scheme, so they seek revenge by concocting a plan to rob his high-rise.

Release Date: November 4, 2011

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'Johnny English Reborn'

Johnny English Reborn
Johnny English Reborn. © Universal Pictures
Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Gillian Anderson, Dominic West, and Rosamund Pike

The Plot: In his latest adventure, the most unlikely intelligence officer in Her Majesty’s Secret Service must stop a group of international assassins before they eliminate a world leader and cause global chaos. In the years since MI-7’s top spy vanished off the grid, he has been honing his unique skills in a remote region of Asia. But when his agency superiors learn of an attempt against the Chinese premier’s life, they must hunt down the highly unorthodox agent. Now that the world needs him once again, Johnny English is back in action. With one shot at redemption, he must employ the latest in hi-tech gadgets to unravel a web of conspiracy that runs throughout the KGB, CIA and even MI-7. With mere days until a heads of state conference, one man must use every trick in his playbook to protect us all. For Johnny English, disaster may be an option, but failure never is.

Release Date: October 21, 2011

35
'Jack and Jill'

Jack and Jill
Jack and Jill. © Columbia Pictures
Starring: Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes and Al Pacino

The Plot: Jack and Jill is a comedy focusing on Jack Sadelstein (Adam Sandler), a successful advertising executive in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife and kids, who dreads one event each year: the Thanksgiving visit of his identical twin sister Jill (also Adam Sandler). Jill’s neediness and passive-aggressiveness is maddening to Jack, turning his normally tranquil life upside down. Katie Holmes plays Erin, Jack’s wife.

Release Date: November 11, 2011

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'The Muppets'

The Muppets
The Muppets. © Walt Disney Pictures
Starring: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, and Emily Blunt

The Plot: On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets' former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate.

Release Date: November 23, 2011

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'New Year's Eve'

New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve. New Year's Eve
Starring: Robert De Niro, Lea Michele, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, and Hilary Swank

The Plot: New Year's Eve celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in the intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year.

Release Date: December 9, 2011

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'The Sitter'

The Sitter
The Sitter. © 2011 and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Starring: Jonah Hill and Ari Graynor

The Plot: When the world’s most irresponsible babysitter takes three of the world’s worst kids on an unforgettable overnight adventure through the streets of New York City, it’s anyone’s guess who’s going to make it home in one piece.

Release Date: December 9, 2011

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'Young Adult'

Young Adult
Young Adult. © Paramount Pictures
Starring: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt, and Elizabeth Reaser

The Plot: Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt) who hasn’t quite gotten over high school, either.

Release Date: December 9, 2011

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'We Bought a Zoo'

We Bought a Zoo
We Bought a Zoo. © 2011 Twentieth Century Fox
Starring: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, and Thomas Haden Church

The Plot: Matt Damon stars as Benjamin, a husband and father who, along with the rest of his family, buys a dilapidated zoo and tries to whip it back into shape. At the same time he's trying to get the zoo back in shape, Benjamin's wife is battling cancer. The book the film's based on tells the story of how the family coped with the emotional turmoil and how the zoo and its animal residents helped ease them through tough times.

Release Date: December 23, 2011