People tend to associate film festivals with the star-studded period films and ponderous biopics that so often sweep the Academy Awards (a.k.a. “Oscar bait”). But some of the best movies to make their way through the festival circuit this year have been comedies. Here are five we can’t wait to check out when they screen at the Milwaukee Film Festival later this month.1)
Yes, feline beauty pageants are a thing, and they’re fabulous. This documentary follows a group of catty cat owners whose claws really come out when they’re forced to compete for top honors within the Canadian Cat Association circuit. Reviewers are comparing the movie to a real-life remake of Christopher Guest’s Best in Show.
- Tuesday, Oct. 23 | 9:45 p.m. | Avalon Theater
- Saturday, Oct. 27 | 10:30 a.m. | Jan Serr Studio Cinema
- Tuesday, Oct. 30 | 6:30 p.m. | Fox-Bay Cinema Grill
Regina Hall (The Hate U Give, Girls Trip) delivers a standout performance as the manager of a “sports bar with curves” who must fend off lecherous customers and contend with other problems small and large over the course of a very long day. Consider this the feminist workplace comedy you didn’t know you needed.
- Monday, Oct. 22 | 7 p.m. |Oriental Theatre East
- Thursday, Oct. 25 | 1 p.m. | Times Cinema
- Thursday, Nov. 1 | 6:30 p.m. | Times Cinema
Erasmus (Steve Coogan) and Paul (Paul Rudd) play a delightfully dysfunctional gay couple who receive the shock of their hard-partying lives when a rosy-cheeked young boy shows up on their doorstep and claims to be Erasmus’ grandson. The film’s director and writer, Andrew Fleming, based the story in large part on his own experience raising his partner’s son.
- Friday, Oct. 19 | 7 p.m. | Oriental Theatre West
- Sunday, Oct. 28 | 9:30 p.m. | Times Cinema
- Wednesday, Oct. 31 | 1 p.m. | Oriental Theatre East
Humor doesn’t always translate well. But this film by Swiss director Peter Luisi – about a high school teacher who stumbles upon a way to make money by unleashing and betting on streakers at sporting matches – is as uproariously funny as any of the English-language comedies being screened at the festival this year.
- Wednesday, Oct. 24 | 4 p.m. | Fox-Bay Cinema Grill
- Friday, Oct. 26 | 1 p.m. | Times Cinema
- Thursday, Nov 1 | 6:15 p.m. | Oriental Theatre West
A Brooklyn-based couple discovers that ending a five-year relationship isn’t half as hard as deciding who’s going to move out of their rent-controlled apartment and brave the wilds of New York City’s rental market. The end result is a film that’s equal parts tear-jerking and laugh-inducing.
- Saturday, Oct. 20 | 8:30 p.m. | Times Cinema
- Monday, Oct. 22 | 10 p.m. | Oriental Theatre West
- Tuesday, Oct. 30 | 3 p.m. | Jan Serr Studio Cinema