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Jack (Ted Danson), Michael (Steve Guttenberg) and Peter (Tom Selleck) are three bachelors who share an apartment and have their lives thrown into chaos when Jack’s daughter Mary – who he had no idea existed – is left at their apartment by her mother. With no idea how to raise a baby, and no desire to do so, the friends have to learn how to adapt, and soon find that Mary changes all of their lives.

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Year of release: 1987

Director: Leonard Nimoy

Writers: Coline Serreau, James Orr, Jim Cruickshank

Main cast: Ted Danson, Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Margaret Colin

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Genre: Comedy

Highlights: Lots of funnies! All three leads are great

Lowlights: None really

Overall: Obviously unrealistic and quite schmaltzy, but so charming and funny that you really don’t mind

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Dave (Gene Wilder) is deaf and Wally (Richard Pryor) is blind. So when they witness a crime, Dave sees the guilty party, and Wally hears her. Somehow between them they have to convince the police of who did it, and escape the clutches of the criminal gang who want to get rid of them.

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Year of release: 1989

Director: Arthur Hiller

Writers: Earl Barret, Arne Sultan, Marvin Worth, Eliot Wald, Andrew Kurtzman, Gene Wilder

Main cast: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Eve Severance, Kevin Spacey, Kirsten Childs

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Genre: Comedy

Highlights: All of it! Wilder and Pryor are comedy gold

Lowlights: None really

Overall: Classic comedy, well worth a visit (or a revisit)

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Aaron Eckhart is Nick Naylor, spokesman and spin doctor for a big tobacco company, who has to balance his career with trying to be a good example for his young son. Naturally his job causes a lot of bad feeling towards him, with some surprising repercussions.

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Year of release: 2006 (UK)

Director: Jason Reitman

Writers: Christopher Buckley (novel), Jason Reitman

Main cast: Aaron Eckhart, J K Simmons, Cameron Bright, Maria Bello, David Koechner

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Genre: Comedy, satire

Highlights: The comedy parts are REALLY funny. Aaron Eckhart is perfect in the role

Lowlights: Um…none?

Overall: Great satirical movie, which doesn’t take sides on the non-smoking argument. Really enjoyed it and definitely recommend it

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A sci-fi film you can enjoy even if you don’t like sci-fi. Three men (Don Ameche, Wilford Bromley, Hume Cronyn) from a group of elderly people who live in a retirement home use the swimming pool in the empty house next door. When a couple (Brian Dennehy and Tahnee Welch) rent the place, they agree to let the men continue to use the pool as long as they don’t disturb the mysterious cocoons that the couple store there. The pool has a rejuvenating effect on the three men.

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Year of release: 1985

Director: Ron Howard

Writers: David Saperstein, Tom Benedek

Main cast: Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Brian Dennehy, Tahnee Welch, Steve Guttenberg

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Genre: Sci-Fi, Comedy, Drama

Highlights: The older cast members were the heart and soul of this film

Lowlights: Got a bit too sci-fi-y for me towards the end

Overall: Definitely worth a watch on a chilled out Sunday afternoon

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American comedy about a college female acapella group called Barden Bellas. When rebellious Beca starts at the college she is not interested in making friends, but her great singing voice leads her to join the group which is made up of popular girls, bitchy girls, and other girls who would never have been friends otherwise (and are barely friends anyway). Story features on the quest to win a prestigious competition, their rivalry with male acapella group the Treblemakers.

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Year of release: 2012

Director: Jason Moore

Writers: Mickey Rapkin (book), Kay Cannon

Main cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Adam Devine, Skylar Astin, Ben Platt, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee

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Genre: Comedy

Highlights: Rebel Wilson steals the show! Also the Treblemakers are really really good!!

Lowlights: None really. Possibly aimed at a more youthful market than this viewer, but overall lots of fun

Overall: Definitely worth a watch if you want a feel-good comedy

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A film that is set entirely (save for about 30 seconds at the very beginning) set in one man’s car with him as the sole occupant, having various telephone conversations sounds like it should be dull. But this film is mesmerising. Tom Hardy is Ivan Locke, a successful construction manager who on the eve of the one of the most important contracts of his career, receives a phone call that changes everything. As he drives through the night, we witness his life crumbling through his various conversations.

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Year of release: 2013

Director: Steven Knight

Writer: Steven Knight

Main cast: Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman (voice), Ruth Wilson (voice) Andrew Scott (voice), Ben Daniels (voice)

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Genre: Drama

Highlights: Tom Hardy – as the only visible character, he has a lot of responsibility to pull this off successfully, but he absolutely does it

Lowlights: None, seriously

Overall: If action and noise is your thing, then you probably won’t want to watch this. But if you like slow burning drama, with a simmering tension (Locke’s growing frustration is almost palpable) then definitely give this one a go

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Best friends Julie, Kayla and Sam make a deal to all lose their virginity on their prom night, but don’t count on their parents finding out about it…and the parents make it their mission to block their girls from finally doing the dirty!

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Year of release: 2018

Director: Kay Cannon

Writers: Brian Kehoe, Jim Kehoe

Main cast: Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, Gideon Adlon

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Genre: Comedy

Highlights: So many laughs!! Special mentions to John Cena (unexpectedly hilarious) and Ike Barinholtz

Lowlights: Honestly, none

Overall: Crude, sweet and incredibly funny

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