In the mood for a laugh? Don't miss this week's lineup of comedies showing on the big screen in and around Jacksonville.
Here are the top-ranked comedy films to catch in theaters, based on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer Score, which reflects the opinions of hundreds of film and television critics.
Two academic teenage superstars realize, on the eve of their high school graduation, that they should have worked less and played more. Determined to never fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.
With a Tomatometer Score of 97 percent and an Audience Score of 76 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Booksmart" has been a must-watch since its release on May 24. The New Republic's Kristen Evans said, "It's more John Hughes than Judd Apatow, and it's a little more 'Bridesmaids' than 'Lady Bird' ... a success on [its] own terms," while Erin Keane of Salon.com noted, " 'Booksmart' puts a fresh spin on the coming-of-age night-of comedy because it's focused on two girls, one of whom is also queer."
In the mood for popcorn? It's playing at Regal Beach Boulevard (14051 Beach Blvd.) through Thursday, June 20 and AMC Regency 24 (9451 Regency Square Blvd.) through Wednesday, June 19. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
Legendary late-night talk show host's world is turned upside down when she hires her only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women separated by culture and generation are united by their love of a biting punchline.
Set to be released on Friday, June 14, "Late Night" already has a Tomatometer Score of 80 percent and an Audience Score of 79 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
"I'm not sure the film gets all of this right, but it's an intriguing, enjoyable, well-cast effort," according to Linda Holmes of NPR, while Minneapolis Star Tribune's Chris Hewitt said, "What does work – a lot – is (Emma) Thompson, who conveys wit, intelligence and capability better than just about anyone in the movies today."
It's screening at Regal Avenues 4DX & RPX (9525 Phillips Highway), Regal Beach Boulevard (14051 Beach Blvd.), Regal River City Marketplace (12884 City Center Blvd.), and AMC Regency 24 (9451 Regency Square Blvd.) through Thursday, June 20. Click here for showtimes and tickets.
Pokémon Detective Pikachu
In a world where people collect pocket-size monsters (Pokémon) to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent monster who seeks to be a detective.
With a Tomatometer Score of 66 percent and an Audience Score of 82 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Pokémon Detective Pikachu" is well worth a watch.
"Detective Pikachu is unrelentingly weird," noted Daniel Kaszor of the Globe and Mail, while NPR's Vincent Acovino said, "There's something admirable about a film that isn't afraid to have some fun with a property so established – and beloved – by its core audience."
It's playing at Regal Beach Boulevard (14051 Beach Blvd.), AMC Regency 24 (9451 Regency Square Blvd.), and Cinemark Tinseltown and XD (4535 Southside Blvd.) through Wednesday, June 19. Click here for showtimes and tickets.