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Victor/Victoria (1982) Tootsie (1982) 1982 comedies in which an out-of-work performer resorts to posing as the opposite gender to get a job. Career success comes with romantic challenges due to having to keep up the charade. The former film is about a woman masquerading as a man (selling "himself" as a female impersonator) in 1930s Paris, and is a diegetic musical; the latter has a man masquerading as a woman to land a Soap Opera role in what was then present-day New York City. The movies were released far enough apart (March and December) that they didn't step on each other's toes, and both got great reviews. Tootsie turned out to be the second biggest box-office hit of 1982 and made it to #2 on the AFI's list of the 100 funniest comedies in 2000 (the movie that beat it? Some Like It Hot) — but Victor/Victoria also did well financially, is #76 on that list, and had an unsuccessful Screen-to-Stage Adaptation in 1995. Both movies received a clutch of Academy Award nominations and each won one (Song Score for the former, Supporting Actress for the latter). Everybody came out a winner on this one.
Ghostbusters (1984) Gremlins (1984) Both movies are horror-comedies about ghouls threatening a society of humans. Ghostbusters was about three scientists who start a business in catching ghosts and eventually deal with evil gods. Gremlins was about a Mogwai named Gizmo, who, after getting water spilled on him by accident, creates new Mogwais that wreak havoc. On their opening weekend, Ghostbusters came out on top at the box office, and was praised by critics and audiences alike, which led to a cartoon series and a sequel. But Gremlins was no slouch, as it was the runner-up in the first 6 weeks, and it too had a sequel. note 
Into the Night (1985) After Hours (1985) Black Comedies about a nebbishy office worker whose chance late night meeting with a beautiful, mysterious woman spirals into a wild series of encounters with assorted oddballs that puts the man in danger. Both films were comebacks for their directors after their previous project ran into controversy: Into the Night for John Landis after the deaths on Twilight Zone: The Movie, After Hours for Martin Scorsese after his first attempt to make The Last Temptation of Christ was canceled by the studio. Into the Night is a commercial, big-budget comedy/thriller set in Los Angeles, After Hours is an arty, lower-budget Kafka Komedy set in New York. They were released a few months apart (Into the Night in February, After Hours in September), but After Hours was the clear victor. Into the Night was the first Box Office Bomb for Landis in his career, and critics weren't impressed with it either. After Hours was a critical favorite as well as a moderate hit that helped Scorsese regain his traction with Hollywood.
Weird Science (1985) Real Genius (1985) Teen comedies with science-fiction elements released in 1985. Weird Science had two dorks who create the most beautiful woman to become popular, while Real Genius focuses on the trials of Teen Geniuses as a CIA agent plots to take credit for the protagonist's prize-winning laser. Real Genius wins in critical and audience reception with a 75% score on Rotten Tomatoes and a IMDb score of 7 when compared to the other film's 56% RT score and 6.6 IMDb score, while Weird Science wins in commercial terms with a $38.9 million gross when compared to the latter's $12.9 million gross.
Spies Like Us (1985) Ishtar (1987) Spiritual Successors to the Bob Hope/Bing Crosby Road To... comedies, with Hope himself cameoing in Spies. Spies was a Cold War satire, specifically mocking the Strategic Defense Initiative (aka the "Star Wars" project), while Ishtar was a more traditional comedy. Both films got poor reviews (critics generally described Spies as "just funny enough"), but Spies recouped its budget, while Ishtar become one of the biggest Box Office Bombs ever and is generally thought to be one of the worst movies of all time, derailing Elaine May's directing career for nearly 30 years.
Big Trouble in Little China (1986) The Golden Child (1986) 1986 released fantasy, comedy adventure films that sees a meet of East and West, containing strong links to Chinese culture and mythology. Both featuring a major character in a Westerner coming reluctantly into the "Eastern" conflict. Director John Carpenter was at one point attached to direct The Golden Child before having a falling out with the producers over creative differences. After which he’d quite interestingly enough get on board to direct Big Trouble in Little China. Carpenter himself has said that he believes that it was no coincidence that two films with such similar subject matters were made around the same time. It is also notable that both films feature the actors Victor Wong, James Hong, and Peter Kwong. When it came to their initial runs at the box office, The Golden Child decisively won. Though it got mixed-to-negative reviews from critics it made more than seven times as much money, and only having a 5 million higher budget to begin with. Whilst on the other hand Big Trouble tanked at the box office. Many people attribute this to the popularity of the film’s star Eddie Murphy at the time along with Big Trouble's distributor Fox releasing James Cameron's Aliens the following week. Though it was still considered a disappointment by the studio considering how much less it garnered than Murphy’s previous films. However, for many Big Trouble in Little China has stood the test of time much better, and has received an ever escalating cult following on top of receiving better reviews from critics as well (the Big Bad played by James Hong in this film, Lo Pan, also inspired the character of Shang Tsung, one of the major Big Bads of the Mortal Kombat series, and the character of Daolon Wong, the season 3 Big Bad of Jackie Chan's cartoon series Jackie Chan Adventures, as well as a one-off villain in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012); the latter two were voiced by Hong). Golden Child is not without a following of its own, but the film at this point seems far more obscure and less talked about than its competitor, plus star Eddie Murphy disowned the film.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) Throw Momma from the Train (1987) Buddy comedy films released less than a month apart in the year 1987. Both starring a duo of characters. One who is a staright-laced and struggling straight man while the other a lonely and awkward overweight man who is the more eccentric/comedic character who means well but continually is a hassle. The former starts off contemptuous to his counterpart, but slowly and surely as they go through their ordeals together warms up to and by the end befriends him.   Both were in general successes, and though Throw Momma From The Train made a bit more at the box office during its theatrical run Planes, Trains, and Automobiles has had greater critical acclaim (Near unanimously positive reviews rather than mixed to positive) and to this day is considered a holiday classic.
Like Father Like Son (1987) Da grande (1987)

Big (1988)

18 Again! (1988)

Vice Versa (1988)
A teenager is trapped in the body of an adult. The exact circumstances vary. Big got the Oscar nods and made Tom Hanks a star. It should be noted, however, that the Italian comedy Da grande, about a 9 year old boy turning into an adult, predated Big by one year. Big, by a long shot.
K-9 (1989) Turner & Hooch (1989) "Police officer teamed up with dog" flicks, both released within a few months of each other in 1989. Top Dog was too late to enter the race. K-9 was released first, and co-starred James Belushi and an Alsatian, while Turner and Hooch teamed Tom Hanks with a French mastiff. Oh, and the dog in K-9 survived, but his counterpart in Turner and Hooch was... less lucky. A draw. Turner and Hooch grossed a bit more at the box office, but K-9 got two direct-to-video sequels, while Turner and Hooch only managed a failed TV pilot. Neither film was particularly well reviewed.
Say Anything... (1989) She's Out of Control (1989) 1989 romantic-comedy films about a certain coming-of-age aspect of high-school life. She's Out of Control dealt with a father, played by Tony Danza, dealing with his daughter hitting puberty and wanting to look more adult, much to his chagrin, while Say Anything... had two students who had just graduated high school, with the average-yet-charming student, played by John Cusack, attempting to woo the socially awkward valedictorian, played by Ione Skye. Both of these movies were released the same day, April 14, 1989, and were reviewed on one episode of Siskel & Ebert. Say Anything... was distributed by 20th Century Fox, while Columbia Pictures distributed She's Out of Control. Neither film did TOO well at the box office, but Say Anything... debuted to critical acclaim, including being called the "Best romantic movie since 1980" by Roger Ebert, became a cinema classic, and beat out She's Out of Control, which wound up on the exact opposite side of the spectrum; it was critically blasted, and Ebert gave it a zero star rating, put it on his list of most hated movies, and accused its creators of "taking two hours of his life and robbing it from him in order to give him less than nothing." Gene Siskel also hated She's Out of Control, stating he almost quit his job before he saw Say Anything..., and that movie was one of multiple factors that sealed the deal on Columbia moving to Sony and smashing the Weintraub Entertainment Group before they could get going on anything (it also soiled director Stan Dragoti's career; he only made one more movie before vanishing from the film business.)
The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) Addams Family Values (1993) 1993 released films that are adaptations of classic television shows about a kooky and wealthy family that does not quite fit in with and puts off those around them. The plots of both of these films in particular having a villainous charcter try to marry a member of the family in order to get their hands on their fortune.   Neither was the big hit that the first Addams Family film was, though Beverly Hillbillies made a little bit more at the box office. That being said Addams Family Values is far more fondly remembered and actually did well with critics who cited it as an improvement over its predecessor in how it had a more fleshed out plot and incorporated witty satire.
Three of Hearts (1993) Threesome (1994) Movies released in 1993 and 1994 respectively about a love triangle centering around a heterosexual, a homosexual and a bisexual Both movies featured appearances by a cast member from Twin Peaks and one of the Baldwin brothers. The former starred Sherilyn Fenn and William Baldwin while the latter starred Lara Flynn Boyle and Stephen Baldwin. Neither film got good reviews from critics nor at the box office, though Threesome did perform a little better commercially than Three of Hearts.
Trading Mom (1994) North (1994) Children's fantasies about children ridding themselves of their parents and going off to find new ones. Along the way, a mysterious magical being is seen guiding the children and encouraging them to respect the parents they already had. North had the benefit of a large budget, an A-List cast, a top director, and various locales. The titular character (Elijah Wood) sues his parents and goes on a worldwide trip auditioning parents that have the tendency to act like 1950s Looney Tunes foreigners, while Bruce Willis appears as North's guardian angel. Trading Mom is a smaller-budgeted affair where three children use a next-door neighbor's magic spell to wish their single mom (Sissy Spacek) out of existence, then go to the "Mommy Market" to audition potential new mothers, all played by Spacek. Both films were critical and commercial failures, but North was met with the biggest scorn, with Roger Ebert calling it one of the worst movies he ever saw. Fellow critic Gene Siskel considered both North and Trading Mom as some of the worst films of 1994 with the former being the absolute worst.
Richie Rich (1994) Blank Check (1994) Children's comedies that both focus around pre-teen boys with access to obscene amounts of wealth, inherited in Richie Rich, and from the titular Blank Check in that film. Richie Rich was a live-action adaptation of the Harvey Comics character, while Blank Check was an original story. Both got middling-to-poor reviews. Despite being the lesser-grossing of the two, Blank Check can probably be considered the winner, as it covered its modest budget twice over in its theatrical run. Richie Rich only barely exceeded its budget theatrically, despite being based on an existing property and having a much higher-profile cast, including Macaulay Culkin in one of his last major starring roles.
Gordy (1995) Babe (1995) Live action movies that involve talking pigs, both released in 1995. Gordy featured a piglet that changes the lives of the people he meets while searching for his family, while Babe focused on a pig raised by a shepard that wants to become a sheepdog. Babe by a longshot. It's considered one of the greats in terms of family films as well as talking animal films, was a box-office smash hit, and even got several Oscar nominations (one of which-Best Visual Effects-it won), as well as a sequel. Although Gordy was released first (it was completed and even reviewed by one outlet, Movieguide, in 1994) it wasn't very successful critically or commercially. (Neither was a rip-off of the other, contrary to popular belief; the American Gordy was an independent film that, when it was first conceived decades before, was based on the character of Arnold the pig from Green Acres, while the Australian Babe was adapted from a popular children's novel.)
Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) Horror comedies by veteran filmmakers, the horror meister Wes Craven and the comedy king Mel Brooks, and starring accomplished comedians who headline the films as the vampires with Eddie Murphy and Leslie Nielsen.  Both were panned by critics, but whilst still not truly positive or anything Dead and Loving It does score somewhat better with the audience. Though whilst both flopped at the box office Vampire in Brooklyn did make more money. Making the call for a winner, if there can even really be one here, difficult.
Dunston Checks In (1996) Ed (1996) Comedies where great apes besides gorillas form a kinship with humans, respectively an orangutan and a chimpanzee, and starring two actors from top TV sitcoms at the time, respectively Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) and Matt LeBlanc (Friends). Dunston Checks In is about the titular orangutan who turns on his abusive owner, a jewelry thief, and befriends the son (Eric Lloyd) of a hotel doorman (Alexander) when the thief is attempting to steal from the hotel in question, while Ed is about a baseball team's former chimpanzee mascot who teams up with a reluctant farmboy-turned minor league player (LeBlanc) to help their team clinch a national championship. A major difference between the two films is how the great apes are portrayed: Dunston featured a real-life orangutan portraying the title character, while Ed has its titular character as (according to LeBlanc) a human in a mechanical chimpanzee head. Both films were massively panned, tanked at the box office, damaged the careers of those involved in both films, and gradually phased the human-monkey buddy genre out. However, Dunston Checks In was considered to be the better film by critics, finding some genuinely funny moments and praising the chemistry between Lloyd and Dunston, and today has a respectable cult following. Ed, meanwhile, is considered to be one of the worst films ever made, clinching a rare 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, earned four Razzie nominations (as opposed to one for Dunston), and is a major Old Shame for LeBlanc.
Kazaam (1996) Space Jam (1996) Two 1996 sports comedy films with the two most recognized NBA superstars of the 1990's, Shaquille O'Neal (in Kazaam) and Michael Jordan (in Space Jam). Kazaam is a more musical feature with a rap angle that sees a young boy find a jukebox with Shaq as a genie in it, and just like Aladdin, he gets three wishes with the rapping genie; of course, someone else wants the genie. Space Jam is a more high-profile feature because it is a Looney Tunes film, with Michael Jordan getting pulled into a basketball game by Bugs Bunny & co to protect themselves from cartoon aliens and their leader, as played by Danny Devito. This movie is akin to Who Framed Roger Rabbit by having live-action actors in an animated setting. This film is based on Jordan's retirement from the NBA and subsequently rejoining the league. Since Looney Tunes characters are in Space Jam, it is clear that Warner Bros. made the movie; Arch-Enemy Disney/Touchstone Pictures made Kazaam. Space Jam did not fare particularly well in the court with critics or with Chuck Jones (though Siskel & Ebert gave it Two Thumbs Up), but it was a slam-dunk at the box office and became the highest-grossing basketball film of all time, giving new life to Looney Tunes that Warner never truly lived up to, unfortunately. Plus, Jordan never really went out of his way to do acting after this film. Space Jam still manages to beat Kazaam, which got slam-dunked by critics and the box office, faring worse with them in both categories (it got a single digit Rotten Tomatoes rating plus Two Thumbs Down from Siskel & Ebert, the former of whom called it a "bad career move" in their end-of-the-year special, and on top of that, despite having a smaller budget, it managed to come up just over a million dollars short of that budget, becoming a Box Office Bomb). Kazaam subsequently made the cinematic careers of both Shaq (who got another bad bomb with Warner/DC's Steel the next year) and the director of the film, Starsky & Hutch vet Paul Michael Glaser, go "Poof"; Glaser didn't work for another 5 years and has not attempted to direct another film.
Happy Gilmore (1996) Tin Cup (1996) 1996 comedies about a washed-up loser who takes up golfing, and ends up in a championship match against his smug rival. The girl in Tin Cup is the whole reason why Kevin Costner's character starts golfing, while the girl in Happy Gilmore is just a footnote in Adam Sandler's quest to raise money to pay off his grandmother's debts. Also, Happy Gilmore relies a lot more on slapstick. Tin Cup made more at the box office, but Happy Gilmore became a big hit on video and is shown on TV much more often, in a case of Vindicated by Cable.
Private Parts (1997) Ringmaster (1998) Comedies released in 1997 and 1998 respectively, starring controversial media personalities — namely Howard Stern and Jerry Springer. Private Parts starred and was written by Stern, who appeared As Himself. Springer technically wasn't playing himself (his character was called Jerry Farrelly), though his fictional counterpart and his show were 99% the same as the real-life Jerry Springer Show. Private Parts was critically polarizing (as indeed Stern himself is), but made more than double its budget at the box-office and now has an 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Ringmaster was hated by both critics and audiences, and while it also made back double its budget, that was still only a quarter of what Private Parts made; it thwarted Springer's attempt to get into filmmaking.
Knock Off (1998) Rush Hour (1998) Rush Hour was a comedy-action movie teaming martial arts star Jackie Chan with comedian Chris Tucker. Knock Off had a similar set up by teaming Jean-Claude Van Damme with Rob Schneider. While many people have accused Knock Off of being a, uh, knock-off made to capitalize on Rush Hour, it was actually released a month before the latter movie. Rush Hour by a mile, which has also gone on to spawn two sequels and a short-lived TV adaptation.
Wrongfully Accused (1998) Mafia! (1998)

BASEketball (1998)
Three 1998 Slapstick Rapid-Fire Comedy Parody films. Wrongfully Accused is a spoof of The Fugitive (1993) and a plethora of other films and TV shows starring Leslie Nielsen. Mafia! parodies mafioso gangster films like The Godfather and Casino and BASEketball is a send-up of Sports Movies starring South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Mafia! and BASEketball were directed by Jim Abrahams and David Zucker respectively, two-thirds of the famous ZAZ spoof trio whereas Wrongfully Accused was the directorial debut of ZAZ collaborator Pat Proft. There doesn't really seem to be a winner here. Like most parodies, all three movies were met with highly negative reception mostly from critics while audiences were A LOT more forgiving and many actually found them hilarious. Reception-wise, BASEketball has the highest RT rating at 42% rating whereas Mafia! has the lowest at 14%. Mafia!, however, made three times it's budget back while BASEketball and Wrongfully Accused both bombed hard. As of today though, all three films have become Cult Classics among fans of the goofball spoof genre and are considered infinitely superior to any parody film that has come out in recent years (particularly ones made by Seltzer and Friedberg).
The Truman Show (1998) EDtv (1999) Both films revolve around a guy whose every moves are followed by TV cameras. The Truman Show has its protagonist unaware of the true nature of his life, and revolves around discovering it and attempting to escape. EDtv has its protagonist living in the real world and signing up for the show, and him dealing with the ramifications on his life and loss of privacy. The Truman Show is held in higher esteem due to its greater philosophical depth and dramatic weight and was a far bigger box-office success, but EDtv, while not very well known, is a highly enjoyable comedy which has, in hindsight, proved remarkably prescient.
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000) Big Momma's House (2000) Formerly edgy black comedians in fat drag. Nutty Professor II has Eddie Murphy playing multiple characters, while Big Momma's House had Martin Lawrence play a character who dressed up as the titular "Big Momma". The Klumps made more money, but also was the last film in its series. And Big Momma did well enough that "she" had further misadventures in two sequels. Call it a draw.
Max Keeble's Big Move (2001) Big Fat Liar (2002) Two movies released within six months of each other about a kid seeking revenge on an adult or, in Max's case, adults.   Big Fat Liar had a bigger box office gross and is more widely remembered.
Orange County (2002) Stealing Harvard (2002) 2002 films about two guys finagling their way into the good graces of a prestigious university.   Neither did well at the box office, but Orange County is considered better and has a better following today. The public was introduced to Colin Hanksnote  (OC), and was already sick of Tom Green (Harvard),note  so Orange County wins.
Chasing Liberty (2004) First Daughter (2004) 2004 romantic comedies about rebellious college-aged daughters of a fictitious sitting U.S. President evading their secret service detail in order to hang out with a mysterious love interest.  Neither. Both flopped at the box office and received overwhelmingly negative reviews. Technically speaking, Liberty, which came out first, made slightly more money ($12m) against a smaller budget ($23m), and received slightly fewer negative reviews (19% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes vs. Daughter's 9%).
Surviving Christmas (2004) Christmas with the Kranks (2004) Christmas comedies released in the same year that both feature protagonists trying to adjust to Christmas in odd plans that go haywire. Both featured big actors, with Ben Affleck starring in the former and Tim Allen starring in the latter, respectively. Surviving focused on a lonely wealthy man who pays a couple occupying his childhood home to pose as his family and spend the holidays with them; while Kranks featured a couple who decided to skip Christmas at the behest of their local community. Oddly enough, both films featured aborted Christmas trips to sunny locations, adult daughters of the couples who interfere with the story, and questionable aesops about anti-consumerism that weren't even upheld by the films themselves. Surviving was also originally slated for a Christmas 2003 release, but was pushed back to make room for Affleck's Paycheck. Kranks, but only barely so. Both were eviscerated by reviewers across the board as among the worst Christmas comedies ever made; but Kranks actually made some money ($96M gross on $60M budget) while Surviving outright bombed ($15M gross on $45M budget). Surviving also added insult to injury by continuing Affleck's abysmal derailment of his career at the time and garnered three Razzie nominations, despite Kranks being slightly more harshly-reviewed.
Cheaper By the Dozen 2 (2005) Yours, Mine, and Ours (2005) Family comedies released during the 2005 holiday season about large families based on pre-existing films or books. The former, a sequel to the 2003 film Cheaper by the Dozen—itself based on a book and 1950 film—focuses on a family with twelve kids led by Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt spending summer vacation at a lake where an old rivalry between Martin and Eugene Levy reignites. The latter, based on a 1968 film, focuses on two separate families uniting when Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo fall in love, to the ire of their respective eight and ten kids. Neither did well with critics (Roger Ebert recommended Cheaper over Yours, though), but Cheaper did better at the box office than Yours.
Cars (2006) Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) 2006 comedies about arrogant, self-absorbed race car drivers (the former actually being the race car), the former being CGI and the latter being live-action. The former is a Pixar film, the latter has Will Ferrell. Cars had a marginally better RT score and a significantly larger box office draw, and received two sequels and a spinoff, but is today regarded as one of Pixar's lesser efforts. Meanwhile, Talladega Nights is remembered as one of Ferrell's best films.
Deck the Halls (2006) Unaccompanied Minors (2006) 2006 Christmas family comedies. the former starred Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick, whereas the latter featured Lewis Black and Wilmer Valderrama Both movies featured appearances by cast members of Arrested Development. The former featured Alia Shawkat as the daughter of Matthew Broderick's character, while the latter had Jessica Walter and Tony Hale in bit cameos. In fact, the latter film was directed by Paul Feig, the Freaks and Geeks/Bridesmaids scribe who directed a few episodes of Arrested. In the end, the two films screwed each other over, being panned by critics and flopping at the box office. Although Deck The Halls made more money, Unaccompanied Minors had less harsh reviews.
Blades Of Glory (2007) Balls Of Fury (2007) 2007 comedies about disgraced child sports prodigies attempting to reclaim their reputations. Despite being very silly, Blades has a more straightforward Cool Runnings-type premise, whereas Balls Of Fury goes for a Hunting the Most Dangerous Game plot. Blades by a long shot, earning $145.7 million at the box office against Balls' $41.1m, and a 69% fresh rating on RT vs. Balls' 22%.
Sex and the City (2008) The Women (2008) New York-set, Costume Porn- fillednote  Chick Flick about four close older female friends (a romantic, a cynic, a prude, and a slut) band together when relationship troubles loom. The Women is based on a play (which had already had a fondly remembered film adaptation made in 1939); said play is about how ridiculously cruel women are to each other. Another feature of the play/film is that no men are ever seen or even heard in a kind of faux-Gendercide. Both opened to middling reviews, but SATC got the most box office.
Bedtime Stories (2008) Imagine That (2009) Comedies about children's imaginations spilling over into the real world starring SNL alums Adam Sandler and Eddie Murphy, respectively.   Neither film wowed critics, but Bedtime Stories was a box office hit while Imagine That bombed in theaters.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) Observe and Report (2009) Early-2009 comedies about overweight mall security guards attempting to foil criminals. The former stars Kevin James, and is mostly a silly action-movie parody. The latter stars Seth Rogen, and is a mismarketed Black Comedy about socially dysfunctional people. Mall Cop was a runaway box office smash (and has a sequel), but critics weren't too fond of it. Observe did modestly at the box office and got mixed reviews, but is perceived as the better film.
Funny People (2009) The Ugly Truth (2009) Comedy films from the people behind Knocked Up, both released in the summer of 2009. Director Judd Apatow and lead actor Seth Rogen made Funny People, whereas lead actress Katherine Heigl was the female lead in The Ugly Truth. In the intervening two years, Heigl had burned her bridges with Apatow and Rogen in a series of rather opinionated interviews. Funny People was better reviewed, but grossed barely a third of what The Ugly Truth managed worldwide.
Couples Retreat (2009) Date Night (2010) Stressed out parents get away from their kids.   Couples Retreat was hated by critics, yet those same critics prefer Date Night, despite having the same formula as the other movie.
Killers (2010) Knight and Day (2010) A hitman and a normal gal who gets caught up in his spy-based hijinks. (The Tourist is rather similar to those films, with the gender roles reversed.)   Knight and Day fared somewhat better as it received relatively decent reviews, and even though it opened to disappointing numbers it made over $200 million, whereas Killers wasn't screened for critics (and those that did see it didn't like it much to say the least) and barely made back its budget.
Cop Out (2010) The Other Guys (2010) 2010 comedies about mismatched NYPD detectives, one of whom is played by an actor known for action (Bruce Willis and Mark Wahlberg, respectively) and the other of whom is played by a Saturday Night Live alumnus (Tracy Morgan and Will Ferrell, respectively). The former is a much more conventional cop comedy, and due to its Vile Villain, Saccharine Show, suffers from some serious Mood Whiplash, whereas the latter is a combination of a showcase for riffing between its leads and an Author Tract about the finance industry. Cop Out was a critical and commercial failure, and was seen as beneath director Kevin Smith, who was directing someone else's writing for the first (and to date only) time. The Other Guys was well-reviewed and financially successful.
The Back Up Plan (2010) The Switch (formerly The Baster) (2010) Rom-coms about hilarity ensuing after a single woman undergoes artificial insemination. Back-Up is thoroughly a Chick Flick while Switch is more about the effect this has on the male characters. The Switch received slightly better reviews than Back-Up.
No Strings Attached (2011) Friends with Benefits (2011) Rom-coms starring combinations of a member of That '70s Show and Black Swan (Ashton Kutcher & Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis & Justin Timberlake, respectively) and a connection to Music/NSYNC (the former sharing its title with their second album, the latter starring Timberlake) wherein the question of "can we have sex and still be friends?" is pondered. The fact that four related actors would go and act in movies coming out at the same time, with identical premises, got a good deal of lampooning. Both films were modestly successful box-office wise (and grossed almost the same amount), though Friends wins with its mostly positive reviews compared to Strings' mixed critical reaction.
Bridesmaids Bachelorette 2011 raunchy R-rated female-led comedies about a group of bridesmaids behaving badly. A subversion, as Bachelorette was adapted from a 2010 play, but the move to adapt was suspected of being a cash grab to capitalize on the massive success of Bridesmaids. Rebel Wilson appeared in both. Bridesmaids was the clear winner as a critical and commercial success, and was one of the most talked-about movies of the year. Bachelorette cost less to make but made only a fraction of what Bridesmaids did, with mixed to negative reviews that criticized the unlikable leads and predictable plot. The small opening of Bachelorette cursed it to being more or less forgotten within a few years, while Bridesmaids appears on lists of the best comedies of the 21st century so far.
Bad Teacher (2011) Young Adult (2011) 2011 R-rated comedies about beautiful blondes being breathtakingly bratty and/or bitchy. Bad Teacher is a mainstream comedy in the Judd Apatow mold, while Young Adult is more cynical and autobiographical. Bad Teacher received mixed reviews but was a box office smash (and got a TV series in 2014), while Young Adult largely flew under audiences' radars but has won the affection of critics (but not the Oscars, probably because that actress had already won for being even worse).
The Muppets (2011) Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) Long Runner franchise-based family movies where Funny Animal characters interact with humans (portrayed by celebrity actors). Both movies feature various musical numbers. While Alvin 3 mostly relied on Getting Crap Past the Radar and crude humor to appeal to older audiences, and was a sequel to a kids' movie that had already been a big hit, The Muppets relied on nostalgia for Jim Henson's brand of entertainment as seen on The Muppet Show. Also notable is that Alvin 3's Funny Animals were rendered in CGI (a bigger draw for kids), whereas the ones in The Muppets were... well, Muppets. The Muppets got rave reviews and decent box office returns, but thanks to Breaking Dawn, wasn't able to perform as well as it potentially could have. Alvin 3, on the other hand, was savaged by critics, but made more money than The Muppets. This wasn't the first time that a Chipmunks movie beat out better-reviewed competition from Disney.
This Is the End (2013) The World's End (2013) 2013 comedies revolving around a group of survivors living in the apocalypse, from critically acclaimed comedy writers and actors. This is the End is about a group of celebrities Adam Westing during the biblical apocalypse, written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple Express). The World's End revolves around a group of friends reliving a pub crawl only to uncover a plot that could lead to the extinction of humanity, written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), directed by the former and acted by the latter and Nick Frost. Both films were critically praised, but This is the End was the victor in terms of money, making $111 million, well beyond its budget. Meanwhile, The World's End made a measly 44 million on its 20 million budget, but was higher-received.
This Is the End (2013) Rapture Palooza (2013) 2013 comedies about the biblical Rapture, both starring Craig Robinson. This is the End has Craig Robinson being a part of the ensemble cast of celebrities trying to survive during the apocalypse, while in Rapture-Palooza he is none other than The Antichrist who wants to make a human woman his bride. This is the End is way more popular and well-remembered.
Movie 43 (2013) InAPPropriate Comedy (2013) Sketch Comedy Anthology Film with as much Vulgar Humor as possible and a few stars embarrassing themselves. The latter is a solo effort by Vince Offer, the former has 13 directors and 18 writers (led by Peter Farrelly, who also co-produced). Both had long production periods: InAPPropriate Comedy got a trailer in 2010 (with the title Underground Comedy 2010, referencing Offer's previous movie), Movie 43 started being shot in 2009. Both were widely panned by critics (with Movie 43 getting special venom from Richard Roeper and the Razzie organization; the former called it "the Citizen Kane of awful" and made a joke about a memory erasing pill that he took after viewing it, while the latter gave it the Worst Picture of 2013 Razzie), but Movie 43 earned $29 million worldwide on a $6 million budget and InAPPropriate Comedy didn't even reach $250,000 domestically; and the few critics that were unfortunate to see both, mostly agreed that In AP Propriate Comedy was even worse.
Ride Along (2014) Let's Be Cops (2014) 2014 buddy comedies centering around cops, but at least one of which really isn't one.   Let's Be Cops did marginally better with critics (with whom both received generally negative reviews) and audiences (with whom it received divisive reviews), but Ride Along made a lot more money at the box office and got a sequel.
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) Spy (2015)

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
2015 spy comedies. While Kingsman is centered on a fictitious British spy agency in the style of James Bond, Spy focuses on a CIA secretary who becomes pressed for field work. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a Cold War period piece concerning a team-up between a CIA and KGB agent. Kingsman is based on a graphic novel and serves as a deconstruction of the Tuxedo and Martini spy genre. Spy is an original comedy from Paul Feig, though it still plays the James Bond formula for laughs. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. acts as a prequel to the TV series of the same name, including a lower-key parody of Tuxedo and Martini tropes and the humor seemingly spawning from playing the tropes straight. Spy has the edge in the critical department, though audiences seemed to prefer Kingsman (7.6 vs. 7.9 on IMDb). Financially, Kingsman became a significant Sleeper Hit grossing $129 million in North America, and enjoying broad international success (particularly in South Korea); meanwhile, Spy disappointed with a relatively weak debut, though it did have solid holds and had some international love. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. didn't fare as well as the other two in the box office (which is not good news for Armie Hammer after the infamous 2013 version of The Lone Ranger), but got some admiring reviews.
Neighbors II: Sorority Rising (2016) Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) 2016 comedies starring Zac Efron who meets some raunchy women who behave as badly, and possibly worse than the men.   Neighbors 2 did manage to gross a little bit more money than Nick and Dave. Neighbors 2 also had generally positive reviews while Nick and Dave had mixed reviews.
Nine Lives (2016) Absolutely Anything (2017) note  Comedies in which a famous comedian voices a talking animal.While the talking animal is key to the plot of both films, Absolutely Anything does not focus that much on the animal, as it is more about the journey of the man he accompanies. Also, while Kevin Spacey was alive when Nine Lives was released, Absolutely Anything was the last role of Robin Williams, as he died shortly after recording his lines.Nine Lives received poor critical reviews, and was also released on the opening weekend of Suicide Squad, which was followed by the surprise success of Sausage Party a week later, however, its' DVD release had decent sales. Absolutely Anything only received a very limited release, and had it's DVD release announced right after the film's limited release. Nine Lives wins this duel.
Rough Night (2017) Girls Trip Both films center around a cast of women taking a road trip that goes wild, with R-rated results. Rough Night has a mostly white cast and was advertised to publications like Cosmopolitan, Girls Trip has a mostly black cast and was advertised on Essence instead. Girl Trip Wins. Rough Night received mixed critical reception (48% RT score) and made 47 million million total on its 20 million budget. Girls Trip, on the other hand, received more positive critical reception (89% on RT) and has made 136.3 million worldwide on its 27 million budget.
A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Sequels focusing on parents of opposing genders where the dads' dads and moms' moms respectively visit for Christmas. Released on consecutive weekends   Neither film was a critical success though Bad Moms Christmas scored slightly better (29 percent on Rotten tomatoes and 42 on metacritic compared to Daddys Home 2's 19 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 30 on metacritic). Commercially though, Daddys home grossed 178 million worldwide while Bad Moms 2 grossed 129 million. On the other hand, Daddys Home was more costly to make, having a production budget of 69 million compared to Bad Moms' 28 million budget.
Paddington 2 (2017) Christopher Robin (2018) Live action installments of long-running literature and animation franchises about a well-meaning but bumbling teddy bear and his friends.   Both got highly positive reviews, but Paddington 2 got higher ones, being rated 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Christopher Robin made $197.6 million at the box office worldwide, which makes it the highest-grossing movie in Disney's Winnie-the-Pooh canon, but doesn't beat Paddington 2's $222.7 million. It did, however, handily beat Paddington 2 in the US and Canada, grossing $99.2 million against a mere $40.9 million.
I Feel Pretty (2018) Isn't It Romantic (2019) Rom coms about plus-sized blondes (Amy Schumer & Rebel Wilson, respectively) whose plots are launched by their leads sustaining some sort of brain trauma.   TBD, but I Feel Pretty is generally considered a flop, having received mixed-to-negative reviews and not making much of a dent at the box office.
A Dog's Way Home (2019) A Dog's Journey (2019)

The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019)
Dog movies in which the animals cannot talk, but the audience is able to hear their thoughts. Way Home and Journey are based on books by the same writer, W. Bruce Cameron, each promoting their connection to the prior Cameron-based film A Dog's Purpose. Meanwhile, The Art of Racing in the Rain is based on a book by Garth Stein (which was actually written before A Dog's Purpose). Journey is a direct sequel to Dog's Purpose and, like that film, was co-produced and distributed by Universal and Amblin Entertainment. Dog's Way Home is based on a separate Cameron novel and was distributed by Sony. The Art of Racing in the Rain was produced by Fox and will be released by Disney. Neither Way Home or Journey came close to the success of A Dog's Purpose. However, of the two, A Dog’s Way Home wound up winning handily, seemingly by virtue of opening first; while both films earned about the same internationally ($34-36 million), Journey severely underperformed domestically, crawling to a mere $20 million, while Way Home earned a more respectable $43 million. (Both films had roughly even budgets of $16-18 million.) Reviews for both were rather mixed, but Way Home just barely scored a (not-Certified) Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes while Journey wound up Rotten. The Art of Racing in the Rain is set for release in August 2019.

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