Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (May 19)
On the face of it, Diary of a Wimpy Kid might seem like a straight up kid's film. However, this whimsical tale, based on the supercool tales from Wimpy Kid creator Jeff Kinney, really is for adults and kids. The story this time is that Greg Heffley really wants to attend a video game convention. So, rather than just being direct with his parents, Greg dupes them into thinking he wants to go to his Grandma's 90th birthday. Well, for the venerable Greg Heffley nothing ever goes as planned and that is again the case here. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies are a necessary ingredient for any comedic summer. With their nods to both the past and present, these films are just as cool as their main character thinks they are.
Baywatch (May 26)
Alright...There are movies that are trying to be something and there are movies that don't care what they are. Baywatch seems to be both and this 2017 summer comedy appears like its fitting quite well into both camps. Baywatch follows lifeguard Mitch Buchanan (Dwayne Johnson) as he butts heads with brash new recruit Matt Brody (Zac Efron). However, the beach is the top priority and these two have to band together to stop a criminal plot that threatens the Bay! For all intents and purposes, this film could very well be an action/comedy. With all the explosions, hotties, and cool beach scenes being thrown around in the trailers, something tells us that this won't be our first trip to the Bay!
War Machine (May 26)
Netflix starts the summer right with this "absurdist war story" that stars none other than Brad Pitt. Written by David Michod this film is a darkly comic look at war and all the various factors that go into its presentation. Brad Pitt plays General Glen McMahon. He is a successful four-star general who rushes in to command NATO forces in Afghanistan. However, war coverage is different now and McMahon ends up tangling with a journalist who plays just as hard as he does. At a time when the US is flexing its muscles abroad in Syria and possibly even North Korea (heck, we might even be beefing with Russia), War Machine is an important film. With its up to date, 2017 comedy outlook, and it's ability to be seen on Netflix's ubiquitous streaming platform, something tells me that War Machine might just be the most seen comedy this summer.