Next 3 Real-Life Comedies: 'Tag,' 'Crazy Rich Asians,' 'Fighting with My Family'

Next 3 Real-Life Comedies: 'Tag,' 'Crazy Rich Asians,' 'Fighting with My Family'

Jun 04, 2018


Real life can often inspire intense dramatic adventures, as in the just-opened Adrift, starring Shailene Woodley. Less often, real life can inspire boisterous comedies, as in the just-opened Action Point, starring Johnny Knoxville.

Action Point may not have performed up to expectations at the box office this weekend, but that doesn't mean audiences are no longer interested in seeing how talented filmmakers can draw from true-life experiences and view them in a humorous light. Here are three upcoming films that draw from real-life inspiration and are all aiming primarily for our funny bones.


In the early 1980s, a group of high school friends in Spokane, Washington regularly played a friendly game of "tag," About eight years later, they decided to revive the game for one month out of the year, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal. The game continued for 23 years, until 2013, when the article was published, leading to the movie that will soon open in theaters.

The real-life players often went to extreme measures, sometimes traveling across the country to tag someone who had moved, and that outrageous spirit is reflected in the trailer. Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Isla Fischer, Annabelle Wallis, Rashida Jones and Brian Dennehy (the well-known actor, not the real-life original participant with the same name) star. The comedy will open in theaters on June 15.

Crazy Rich Asians 

Published in 2013, Crazy Rich Asians became a very popular novel and spawned two fictional sequels. Author Kevin Swan told Vanity Fair: "I was born in Singapore, and I lived there until I was 12. I had a very fortunate upbringing. This book really is, in many ways, inspired by my childhood. … We were a very large, intermarried family, very similar to the family tree you see in the book." He noted: "I want to emphasize: this book is fiction. There is no character that is based on anyone who’s really in my family."

Like the original novel, the film version revolves around preparations for an elaborate wedding that has become the talk of the international aristocracy. Constance Wu stars as Rachel, who travels from New York to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family. The cast includes Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, and Jimmy O. Yang. The comedy will open in theaters on August 15.

Fighting with My Family

"Rowdy" Ricky Knight and his wife, known as "Sweet Saraya," raised their four children in the British world of wrestling. In 2012, the BBC documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family showcased the Knight family and their dream of wrestling in America.

The film adaptation will examine the pressures that arise after one of the Knight children becomes a star in America. Stephen Merchant, known especially for his work with Ricky Gervais on the original British TV show The Office, wrote the screenplay and directed. Dwayne Johnson serves as an executive producer. Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth), Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Jack Lowden, Vince Vaughn, and Johnson star. Though the film will undoubtedly have its dramatic moments, the trailer (and the filmmaker) both suggest we can anticipate plenty of laughter when it opens in theatrical release on March 1, 2019.

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