Summer 2011: Summer of the Raunchy Comedy

During the past few years, Hollywood has seen a big increase in the release of raunchy comedies (a.k.a. R-rated). Many people in the movie industry attribute this to producer and director Judd Apatow, whose hugely successful 40 Year Old Virgin was largely responsible for the influx of movies like Kocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Superbad and The Hangover and for plummeting actors like Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill and Zach Galifianakis from unknowns to household names.

You might argue that this was the summer of superheros since Thor, Captain America, Green Lantern and X-Men: First Class were released. However, although these movies performed fairly well at the box office, with the exception of Green Lantern (it had a budget of $200 Million but only brought in about $116 Million at US box office), I think their success was overshadowed by that of the R-rated comedies.

The success of Hangover Part II, Bridesmaids, Horrible Bosses and Bad Teacher makes you wonder why Friends With Benefits and The Change-Up didn’t do as well at the box office.

The Change-Up, which completely flopped, especially had a lot going for it. A great cast: Ryan Reynolds is always popular with audiences; Jason Bateman was everywhere this year (Paul, Horrible Bosses). A fun premise: a new take on the body switching premise. And an R-rating.

However, as you can see from the box office results, being a raunchy comedy – even with big names like Justin Timberlake and Ryan Reynolds – doesn’t guarantee success at the box office. For success, the movie has to be somewhat funny, The Hangover Part II being the exception.

In case you want to check out the trailers for these comedies:

The Hangover Part II

Bridesmaids

Horrible Bosses

Bad Teacher

Friends With Benefits

The Change-Up

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6 thoughts on “Summer 2011: Summer of the Raunchy Comedy

    • Haha I know! I didn’t even see it until a week ago. The most I was willing to pay to see it was $1 (Redbox). And I was right, it sucked! Which is too bad cause I love Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

      Taylor liked it though…terrible taste.

  1. Bridesmaid and Horrible Bosses were the funniest!!! Hangover 2 was too much like the first Hangover. The Change-up was good, and Friends with Benefits was original/nothing special.

    • I need to check out Bridesmaids still. I loved Horrible Bosses. I fell asleep in Hangover 2 (stil can’t believe I paid for that piece of crap). The Change-up didn’t really appeal to me but I’ll end up watching it sometime.

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