Category:Comedy films based on actual events
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The following 45 pages are in this category, out of 45 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 45 pages are in this category, out of 45 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Magic Mike XXL – Magic Mike XXL is a 2015 American comedy-drama film directed by Gregory Jacobs, written by Reid Carolin and starring Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Kevin Nash and Joe Manganiello. A sequel to 2012s Magic Mike, the film was released on July 1,2015, received mixed reviews from critics, three years after abandoning his life as a stripper, Mike is running his own furniture business. He receives a call from Tarzan who informs Mike that Dallas is gone, believing that his former boss has died, Mike drives to a hotel only to find that his friends, the remaining Kings of Tampa, are enjoying themselves at a pool party. Later, while trying to work, Mike overhears a song he used to strip to, reinvigorated, Mike decides to join them on their trip. Driving in a van owned by Tito and Tobias, they decide to make their first stop at Mad Marys. To prove to Richie that hes willing to commit to the trip, the others join him soon after. They then head down to a beach where Mike attempts to resolve his issues with Ken, Mike also meets a photographer named Zoe who tells him that shes headed for New York. They flirt but Mike decides not to pursue her, back on the road, Mike suggests that they change their routine. They stop at a gas station where he coerces Richie into trying to make the cashier smile with an improvised striptease which he successfully does and this inspires the others to abandon their old routines. Soon afterwards, Tobias, under the influence of MDMA, passes out while driving, everyone is left unscathed aside from Tobias who gets a concussion. In the hospital the group begins to lose morale, and contemplate packing up, Mike then reveals that his furniture business isnt going that well, and that hes no longer dating Brooke after she rejected his marriage proposal. The group decides to continue on, in search of a new emcee, Mike brings the group to a Savannah strip club owned by Rome whom Mike has a history with. Despite proving to her that his skills havent deteriorated, hes unsuccessful in getting her to help them, however, she does give them a ride to their next stop by having Andre, a rapper/singer who works at the club, drive them there. The group arrives at a mansion, Tito tells them that he knows the girl who lives there and that shes expecting them. They walk in through the door but are greeted by the girls mother, Nancys teasing of the group initially makes them feel awkward but as the night goes on, the mood lightens. During this time, Mike meets Zoe again, Zoe confesses that she was hired by another photographer as his assistant solely so he could try to get with her, despite being married. Mike urges her to come to the convention to regain her smile, after sleeping with Richie, Nancy allows the group to drive her ex-husbands car to Myrtle Beach. When they arrive, they are surprised to see Rome, Rome, after having a change of heart, agrees to be their emcee
2. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013 film) – The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. Matthew McConaughey, Rob Reiner, Jon Favreau, Joanna Lumley, the Wolf of Wall Street premiered in New York City on December 17,2013 and was released theatrically on December 25,2013 in the United States, distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film was the first to be released entirely through digital distribution and it was a major commercial success, grossing more than $392 million worldwide during its original theatrical run to become Scorseses highest-grossing movie and the 17th-highest-grossing film of 2013. The film was controversial for its morally ambiguous depiction of events, explicit content, profanity, depiction of hard drug use. The film also caused controversy due to revelations that it was financed by illegally obtained funds from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, the film received mostly positive reviews from critics, with praise for Scorseses direction, the comedic performance of DiCaprio and the fast-paced and consistent humor. It was also recognized by numerous other awards ceremonies, as well as guilds, the word fuck and its numerous conjugations are said between 506 and 569 times, making this the film with the most uses of the word in a mainstream, non-documentary film. Jordan soon finds his career terminated following Black Monday, and takes a job at a boiler room brokerage firm on Long Island that specializes in penny stocks, thanks to his aggressive pitching style and the high commissions, Jordan makes a small fortune. Jordan befriends his neighbor Donnie Azoff, and the two found their own company and they recruit several of Jordans friends, whom Jordan trains in the art of the hard sell. The basic method of the firm is a pump and dump scam, to cloak this, Jordan gives the firm the respectable name of Stratton Oakmont. After an exposé in Forbes, hundreds of ambitious young financiers flock to his company, Jordan becomes immensely successful, and slides into a decadent lifestyle of prostitutes and drugs. He has an affair with a woman named Naomi Lapaglia, when his wife finds out, they divorce and he marries Naomi. Meanwhile, the SEC and the FBI begin investigating Stratton Oakmont, Jordan illegally makes $22 million in three hours upon securing the IPO of Steve Madden. This brings him and his firm to the attention of the FBI and he uses the wife and in-laws of his friend Brad Bodnick, who have European passports, to smuggle the cash into Switzerland. Donnie gets into a brawl with Brad, and while Donnie escapes. Jordan also learns from his private investigator that the FBI is wiretapping his phones, fearing for his son, Jordans father advises him to leave Stratton Oakmont and lie low while Jordans lawyer negotiates a deal to keep him out of prison. Jordan, however, cannot bear to quit, and talks himself into staying in the middle of his farewell speech, Jordan, Donnie and their wives are on a yacht trip to Italy when they learn that Aunt Emma has died of a heart attack. Jordan decides to travel to Switzerland immediately to settle the bank account, in order to bypass border controls, he forces his yacht captain to sail to Monaco, and the ship is capsized in a storm. After their rescue, the plane sent to them to Geneva is destroyed when a seagull flies into the engine
3. American Hustle – American Hustle is a 2013 American black comedy-crime film directed by David O. Russell. It was written by Eric Warren Singer and Russell, inspired by the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and early 1980s. It stars Christian Bale and Amy Adams as two con artists who are forced by an FBI agent to set up a sting operation on corrupt politicians, including the mayor of Camden. Jennifer Lawrence plays the wife of Bales character. Principal photography on the film began on March 8,2013, in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, American Hustle had its nationwide release in the United States on December 13,2013. It opened to acclaim from critics, who praised its writing. In 1978, con artists Irving Rosenfeld and Sydney Prosser have started a relationship and are working together, Sydney has improved Rosenfelds scams, posing as English aristocrat Lady Edith Greensly. Irving loves Sydney, though is hesitant to leave his unstable and histrionic wife Rosalyn, fearing he will contact with her son Danny. Rosalyn has also threatened to report Irving to the police if he leaves her, FBI agent Richie DiMaso catches Irving and Sydney in a loan scam, but offers to release them if Irving can line up four additional arrests. Richie believes Sydney is English but has proof that her claim of aristocracy is fraudulent, Sydney tells Irving she will manipulate Richie, distancing herself from Irving. Irving has a friend pretending to be a wealthy Arab sheikh looking for investments in America. Carmine seems to have a desire to help the areas economy. Richie devises a plan to make mayor Polito the target of an operation, despite the objections of Irving and of Richies boss. Sydney helps Richie manipulate an FBI secretary into making a wire transfer of $2,000,000. When Stoddards boss, Anthony Amado, hears of the operation, he praises Richies initiative, Carmine leaves their meeting when Richie presses him to accept a cash bribe. Irving convinces Carmine the sheikh is legitimate, expressing his dislike of Richie, Richie arranges for Carmine to meet the sheikh, and without consulting the others, has Mexican-American FBI agent Paco Hernandez play the sheikh, which displeases Irving. Carmine brings the sheikh to a party, explaining mobsters are there. Irving is surprised to hear that Mafia overlord Victor Tellegio, right-hand man to Meyer Lansky, is present, Mafia man Tellegio explains that the business needs the sheikh to become an American citizen and that Carmine will need to expedite the process
4. Operation Dumbo Drop – Operation Dumbo Drop is a 1995 American war comedy film directed by Simon Wincer that explores war, politics, and animal welfare. The storyline was conceived from a written by Gene Quintano. A joint collective effort to commit to the production was made by Interscope Communications. It was distributed by Walt Disney Pictures theatrically, and by Buena Vista Home Entertainment for home media, Operation Dumbo Drop premiered in theaters nationwide in the United States on July 28,1995, grossing $24,670,346 in domestic ticket receipts. The film was a financial success after its theatrical run. During the Vietnam War in 1968, Captain Sam Cahill has been working hard to create relations between the United States and Montagnard Vietnamese in the village of Dak Nhe. The U. S. Army is looking to monitor enemy operations on a clandestine weapons supply route which passes near the village, Cahill is coming close to his discharge, and explains to his successor Captain T. C. Doyle the delicate nature of Vietnamese customs as well as the counter intelligence involving covert enemy activity. In a lapse of judgment with surrounding village children, a child steals a Nestlé Crunch bar, the wrapper, as punishment, Brigadier Nguyen of the NVA, orders his subordinate, Captain Quang, to kill the villagers elephant right before a spiritual festival. To aid the villagers, Cahill promises to replace the slain elephant before their upcoming ceremony, Cahill blackmails Chief Warrant Officer 3 Davis Poole into helping as well. They purchase an elephant from a Vietnamese trader and they also agree to take along the elephants handler, Linh, who has experience with verbal commands in guiding the elephant. Along the way, NVA soldiers attempt to stop them, following a failed air transport, the soldiers use a combination of methods to reach Pleiku Air Base before the final stage of their journey to Dak Nhe. At Pleiku Air Base, Major Pederson notifies the captains that the mission has been cancelled, the enemy supply route has changed direction, and they no longer need the support of the local village. Against regulations, they commandeer a cargo aircraft, the aircraft comes under enemy fire, forcing them and the elephant to parachute out early. They land unharmed in and around the village, except for Ashford, NVA forces suddenly appear, threatening to take the remaining soldiers hostage and kill the elephant. Ashford, however, is able to free himself and create a long enough to distract. They complete their mission and, to the delight of the U. S. Army, Danny Glover as Captain Sam Cahill Ray Liotta as Captain T. C. Doyle Denis Leary as Chief Warrant Officer 3 David Poole Doug E. S. Army during the Vietnam War in the late 1960s
5. Private Parts (1997 film) – Private Parts is a 1997 American biographical comedy film produced by Ivan Reitman and directed by Betty Thomas. It follows Sterns life from boyhood and his rise to success in radio, Stern and several of his radio show staff star as themselves, including newscaster and co-host Robin Quivers, producers Fred Norris and Gary DellAbate, and comedian Jackie Martling. The film also stars Mary McCormack, Alison Janney, and Paul Giamatti, after a proposed film featuring Stern as his superhero character Fartman fell through, development for a new film began in 1994, several months following the release of Private Parts. Stern signed with Rysher Entertainment, who agreed to fund it, production was delayed after Stern rejected 22 scripts from several screenwriters until he accepted one developed by Blum and Kalesniko in late 1995. Filming took place in the New York City area and Washington, D. C. from May to November 1996 with a budget of $28 million, numerous celebrities and family members of the radio show staff make cameo appearances in the film. The soundtrack is formed of songs from rock bands as well as two original tracks featuring Stern performing with Rob Zombie and the Dust Brothers. Released in the United States on March 7,1997 by Paramount Pictures and it grossed a domestic total of $41.2 million at the end of its theatrical run. It received mostly positive reviews from critics, a group whom Stern made a conscious effort to please. In 1998, the film was released on DVD and Stern won a Blockbuster Award for Favorite Male Newcomer for his performance, Stern shot additional scenes for a censored version of the film prior to its premiere television broadcast on the USA Network in 1999. Stern, thinking she sees him as a moron, begins to tell his life story, as a youngster, Stern dreams of being on the radio after visiting his fathers recording studio and grows up to be a quiet, socially awkward teenager. He decides to work in radio and studies Communications at Boston University and he becomes a DJ at WTBU, the college station, and meets his girlfriend Alison. After graduating, Howard works at WRNW in Briarcliff Manor, New York and is promoted to program director and he leaves after being asked to fire a fellow DJ and moves to WCCC in Hartford, Connecticut, where he befriends DJ Fred Norris. Howard adopts a more casual attitude on the air, becoming more open and he and Fred attends the premiere of actress Brittany Fairchilds new film. The three leave early for Fairchilds hotel room where she strips for a bath and convinces Howard, brittanys behavior becomes more sexual, and an embarrassed Howard leaves. When Alison finds his wet underwear in their car and believes he has been unfaithful, Howard leaves Hartford for WWWW in Detroit, Michigan and is miserable, but Alison goes to Detroit and forgives him. WWWW then switches to country music, and Howard quits, Howard starts at WWDC in Washington, D. C. in 1981 and meets his news anchor Robin Quivers, whom he encourages to riff with him on the air. They refuse orders from boss Dee Dee for constantly breaking format, one of their antics, in which Howard assists a female caller to reach orgasm, almost gets him fired until a ratings boost forces Dee Dee to keep him and hire Fred to the team. Meanwhile, Alison announces her pregnancy, but it ends in miscarriage, although they cheer each other up by joking about it, Howard makes light of the situation on the air, which greatly upsets Alison
6. Taking Woodstock – Taking Woodstock is a 2009 American comedy-drama film about the Woodstock Festival of 1969, directed by Ang Lee. The screenplay by James Schamus is based on the memoir Taking Woodstock, A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Life by Elliot Tiber and Tom Monte. The film premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and opened in New York and Los Angeles on August 26,2009, a hippie theater troupe, The Earthlight Players, rents the barn, but can hardly pay any rent. Due to financial trouble, the motel may have to be closed, the family is given until the end of the summer to pay up. Elliot plans to hold a musical festival, and has, for $1. When he hears that the organizers of the Woodstock Festival face opposition against the planned location, he offers his permit. Elliot comes to agreement about the fee for the motel more smoothly, initial objections by his mother quickly disappear when she sees the cash paid in advance. Elliot and Yasgur encounter a little bit of expected opposition, the local diner refuses to serve Elliot anymore, inspectors target the motel for building code violations, and some local boys paint a swastika and hate words on the hotel. However, resistance quickly dissolves in the wave of peace. The Tiber family works hard serving the influx of visitors. A cross-dressing veteran, Vilma, is hired as a security guard, Elliot also struggles with hiding his homosexuality from his family, when he connects romantically with one of the event organizers staying at the motel. On the first day of the concert, Elliot, his father, elliots father, transformed and enlivened by all the new life in town, tells Elliot to go and see the concert. Elliot hitches a ride through the traffic jam on the back of a benevolent state troopers motorcycle. There, he meets a couple, who invite him to join them on an LSD trip in their VW Bus a short distance from the crowd. Elliot has trouble relaxing at first, but gradually melts into a union with them. When they finally emerge after sundown, Elliot watches the vast crowd, Elliot returns home from his liberating experience and has breakfast with his parents. He suggests to his mother that now have enough money to replace him. Elliot storms out, facetiously suggesting his mom eat the hash brownies Vilma has just offered, the once-brittle family is united in joy and delirious affection
7. Good Morning, Vietnam – Good Morning, Vietnam is a 1987 American military comedy-drama film written by Mitch Markowitz and directed by Barry Levinson. The story is based on the experiences of AFRS radio DJ Adrian Cronauer. Most of Williams radio broadcasts were improvised, the film is number 100 on the list of the American Film Institutes 100 Funniest American Movies. In 1965, Adrian Cronauer arrives in Saigon to work as a DJ for Armed Forces Radio Service, Cronauer is met at the airport by PFC Edward Garlick. Cronauers attitude and demeanor contrasts sharply with many staff members and his show consists of irreverent humor segments and rock and roll, which are frowned upon by his superiors, Second Lieutenant Steven Hauk and Sergeant Major Phillip Dickerson. Hauk adheres to strict Army guidelines in terms of humor and music programming, however, Brigadier General Taylor and the other DJs quickly grow to like the new man and his brand of comedy. Cronauer meets Trinh, a Vietnamese girl, and follows her to an English class, bribing the teacher to let him take over, Cronauer instructs the students in American slang. Once class is dismissed, he tries to talk to Trinh but is stopped by her brother Tuan, instead, Cronauer takes Tuan to Jimmy Wahs, a local GI bar, to have drinks with Garlick and the station staff. Two soldiers, angered at Tuans presence, initiate a confrontation that escalates into a brawl, Dickerson reprimands Cronauer for this incident, but his broadcasts continue. While relaxing in Jimmy Wahs one afternoon, he is pulled outside by Tuan, moments later, the building explodes, killing two soldiers and leaving Cronauer shaken. The cause of the explosion is determined to be a bomb, the news is censored, Dickerson cuts off the broadcast and Cronauer is suspended. Hauk takes over his shows, but his humor and the polka music he plays lead to a flood of letters. In the meantime, Cronauer spends his time drinking and pursuing Trinh, at the radio station, Taylor intervenes on Cronauers behalf, ordering Hauk to reinstate him, but Cronauer refuses to go back to work. Garlick and Cronauers vehicle is stopped in a congested street amidst a convoy of soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division, the incident reminds him why his job is important, and he soon returns to the air. Dickerson seizes an opportunity to get rid of Cronauer by approving his request to interview soldiers in the field, Cronauer and Garlicks Jeep hits a mine and they are forced to hide from VC patrols. In Saigon, Tuan learns of the trip after Cronauer fails to show up for English class and he steals a van and drives off after them. After finding them, the van breaks down and they flag down a Marine helicopter to take back to the city. At the station, Dickerson tells Cronauer that he is off the air for good and his friend Tuan is revealed as a VC operative who was responsible for the bombing of Jimmy Wahs
8. Kid Cannabis – Kid Cannabis is a 2014 American biographical comedy-drama film. It is based on the story of an Idaho teen dropout who builds a multimillion-dollar marijuana ring by trafficking drugs through the woods across the Canada–US border. Nate Norman lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with his younger brother, an eighteen-year-old high school dropout, Nate smokes copious amounts of marijuana with his best friend Topher Clark, a 27-year-old who had moved from Boston. The two become increasingly fed up at being nobodies scraping to get by in a city of wealth, Nate and Topher decide to try their hand at smuggling weed across the border. Beginning in northern Idaho, Nate and Topher don camouflage gear, upon coming to a road, the two realize they’d made it when they spot a speed limit sign that is displayed using the metric system. Knowing how easily they can travel unnoticed between the two countries, Nate and Topher return to the US to acquire some “startup capital”. After salvaging and selling a sunken motorboat, the two head back towards Canada, this time by car, with $1,800 on hand, once safely in Canada, they travel to the nearby border town of Creston, British Columbia. They enter a marijuana dispensary full of people smoking medicinally, and he then brings them to his run-down apartment and sells them $1,800 worth of weed himself, before promptly kicking them out. Despite selling a product, the demand for “BC Bud” in Coeur d’Alene proves to be massive. Nate and Topher quickly unload their stash and make their way back to Canada to find a supplier with top-grade product. Both in the car this time, Nate and Topher are pulled over soon after the border by a Canadian police officer. After a brief but tense conversation, the cop advises them that if they are looking for weed, they should go to the town of Nelson, outside of a gas station in Nelson, Topher meets a beautiful girl named Nicole Grefard. Nicole is smoking a joint, and after talking with Toph, Nate agrees to purchase 300 pounds from John, her father. With Topher back in the States, Nate assemble six of their friends to serve as their drug-runners. He puts the crew through military training and has them wear camouflage ghille suits. The gang makes a series of runs, and the money begins to pile up. Nate buys an extravagant lake house for his mom and buries a large case of money as a “retirement fund”, Nate and Topher rent an apartment in Spokane, Washington to serve as a transfer point for marijuana and cash. The boys buy expensive new cars and throw lavish parties with dozens of sexy girls, one night during a run the crew is approached by Brendan Butler, who is also on a smuggling run