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The summer in comedy
The Promotion: John C. Reilly and Seann William Scott duke it out for the manager job at a Chicago grocery store in this consumer satire from writer-director Steve Conrad, who penned The Pursuit of Happyness.
The Love Guru: Mike Myers dons a Mahatma beard and golden swami robes to play an American raised in India who dreams of becoming a Brooklyn hairstylist (or America's go-to self-help guru). With Jessica Alba and Justin Timberlake.
Finding Amanda: Brittany Snow is a Vegas stripper so badly in need of rehab that her mother enlists her uncle (Matthew Broderick) to steer her sober. Trouble is, he might just need to take a detour to the track....
Diminished Capacity: On the heels of his wife's Sex and the City shebang, Matthew Broderick opens another movie, this time starring as a brain-injured man who hits the road with his dementia-addled uncle (Alan Alda) and high school sweetheart (Virginia Madsen).
Step Brothers: Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly reunite as newly related men who discover that two fools are better than one.
Meet Dave: Dave (Eddie Murphy) is an alien, new to Earth. Dave tries to adjust to Manhattan life, all the while being supervised by a command post of tiny (alien) people in his head (whom we see).
In Search of a Midnight Kiss: Filmed in black-and-white, this Manhattan comedy tags along with a 29-year-old man (Scoot McNairy) on a Craigslist date with a beautiful but super-intense young woman (Sara Simmonds).
Swing Vote: On the eve of the presidential election, one drunken ne'er-do-well (Kevin Costner) has the power to cast the sole deciding vote. Could be nonfiction.
Pineapple Express: Seth Rogen and James Franco are stoned on the best weed of their life, and also running for their lives from a killer cop in a film penned by Rogen and his Superbad writing partner Evan Goldberg and directed by indie darling David Gordon Green.
Bottle Shock: Based on the true story of a French wine-shop owner (Alan Rickman) who traveled to Napa in 1976 to set up a blind taste test between French and California wines. The must-see summer flick for wine lovers.
Ben Stiller (who also directs), Jack Black, and Robert Downey Jr. go all Rambo as Hollywood actors who don't realize that their military training is actually in a real war. With Tom Cruise in a fat-suit cameo all the world wants to see (including you).
The House Bunny: Ditzy Playboy bunny Anna Faris becomes college sorority housemother, a plot line that must have made for a terribly efficient pitch meeting.
The summer in ABBA films
Dates listed are for national premieres. Twin Cities opening dates may differ. And, as with summer weather, baseball, and presidential race forecasts, all dates are subject to change.