A pick of belly laughs for movies this weekend

By From page A12 | May 07, 2014

FAIRFIELD — It’s going to be a weekend full of laughter as Seth Rogan, Patricia Heaton and Sofia Vergara each star in opening movies this week.

Rogan stars with Zac Efron and Rose Byrne in “Neighbors,” a comedy about a young set of parents suffering from arresting development as they deal with living next door to a fraternity house. The movie is rated R.

“Mom’s Night Out” stars Heaton, Sarah Drew, Sean Astin and country music star Trace Adkins in a comedy about a group of women starving for an evening of peaceful adult conversation. They just need their husband to watch the children without anything problematic happening. The movie is rated PG.

Vergara and Jon Favreau hope to garner some laughs this weekend in “Chef” – a comedy about a chef who quits his job at a well-known Los Angeles eatery after refusing to compromise his integrity. He teams up with his ex-wife, his friend and his son to start up a food truck. The movie also stars John Leguizamo and Dustin Hoffman. It’s rated R.

Another rated R comedy, “The Double” opens starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska. Eisenberg plays Simon, a shy, awkward man who is overlooked at work and scorned by his mother. Trouble soon starts after a new co-worker, also played by Eisenberg, arrives and is Simon’s exact double but with a personality that is a polar opposite.

In a shift from the comedies, a bevy of big names lend their voices to the animated “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.” Lea Michele of “Glee” fame (Dorothy), Jim Belushi (Cowardly Lion), Dan Aykroyd (Scarecrow) and Kelsey Grammer (Tin Man) star in this movie that is also billed as a musical. It’s rated PG.

“Palo Alto” also bring some sobering diversion to the screen with Emma Roberts and James Franco in starring roles. The drama is about a group of teens who manage to find trouble on a regular basis and a single-dad soccer coach who seeks out one of those female teens for his affections. Val Kilmer and Talia Shire are also in the movie. The movie is rated R

Opening in limited venues are:

  • A re-release of “The Rescuers,” which will grace the big screen with the voices of Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor. It’s rated G.
  • “Devils Knot” is an unrated murder mystery stars Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth.
  • “Fed up,” rated PG. It’s a food and exercise documentary that stars Katie Couric.
  • The Art House comedy “The Wedding Video,” which stars Lucy Punch and Robert Webb.

For showtimes, call the Edwards Theatres at 432-2140, Brenden Theatres at 469-0180 or visit www.fandango.com/94533_movietimes.

Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.


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