Summer is typically the time of the year when movie studios pull out their big guns. The blockbuster action tentpoles and any other movies that are anticipated to make boatloads of money are traditionally reserved for the warmer months, but so are comedy films. While they generally aren't expected to make a billion dollars at the box office, comedies are usually cheap to make and can turn a nice profit for studios — which in turn can help finance those expensive action movies. And there are plenty of summer 2017 comedies you'll want to see.
This summer's batch of comedies is unique in a couple of ways. First of all, it's pretty light as far as traditional comedies go. Instead, most of this summer's funniest films are either action movies or animated films that feature strong comedic elements. Out of the 17 comedies coming out this summer, only four are what I would call "traditional" comedies, and even cooler, a good portion of them are female-led. For instance, instead of a typical male night out comedy, there are two female night out comedies. Instead of your run-of-the-mill two guy buddy road comedy, there's a two gal buddy road comedy. This summer should prove beyond any reasonable doubt that women are currently dominating the comedy scene, and you can take a look at the list of upcoming releases below to see what I mean.
1'Guardians Of The Galaxy: Volume 2' — May 5
A superhero movie, yes, but if its predecessor is any indication this could be the funniest film of the year.
2'Snatched' — May 12
Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn make quite the comedic pair in this mother/daughter adventure.
3'Baywatch' — May 26
The original Baywatch was unintentionally funny, but this version has every intention of playing it for laughs.
4'Dead Men Tell No Tales' — May 26
Jack Sparrow is always good for a chuckle or two.
5'War Machine' — May 26
If you prefer your humor dark and satirical, then this Netflix original is the movie for you.
6'Captain Underpants' — June 2
Here's a superhero movie that is decidedly more focused on comedy than heroics.
7'Cars 3' — June 16
The franchise is looking for a return to form after the critical disappointment of Cars 2.
8'Rough Night' — June 16
This seems like your typical girls night out comedy, but it takes a seriously dark and unexpected turn.
9'Baby Driver' — June 28
This is the new Edgar Wright movie. That's basically all you need to know.
10'Despicable Me 3' — June 30
This could be the best entry yet in what has been a very funny animated franchise.
11'The House' — June 30
Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell should be able to elevate this by-the-numbers plot into something special.
12'Spider-Man: Homecoming' — July 7
Spidey has always been Marvel's funniest superhero in the comics, and the third iteration of the character on the big screen looks to finally make that the case in the movies, too.
13'Girls Trip' — July 21
In case Rough Night proves too dark and strange for you.
14'Blazing Samurai' — August 4
An animated film inspired by Blazing Saddles and starring Michael Cera. This can't miss.
15'The Emoji Movie' — August 4
The concept of this movie is certainly dubious, but the cast is undeniably impressive.
16'The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature' — August 11
I never expected The Nut Job to get a sequel, but I guess the chance to use that subtitle was too good to pass up.
17'The Hitman’s Bodyguard' — August 18
Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson are former enemies forced to work together to take down a dictator in yet another action comedy.