The Toronto International Film Festival starts today and though most films are thought-provoking examinations of the human condition and boring stuff like that, there are some comedies in the mix that will hopefully make you cry in a fun way. Here’s a quick look at some of the comedy world’s contributions to Toronto’s biggest yearly event that Rob Ford hopefully won’t (or will, depending on your sense of humour) somehow ruin. This is by no means an exhaustive list because the fun part of TIFF is discovering hidden gems, so if you’re a HUGE fan relying on us to do all the work for you, we’d suggest hitting up the TIFF website to do some digging of your own.

Adult Beginners

TIFF’s description:

Out of a job after a disastrous product launch, a big-city yuppie retreats to his suburban childhood home, in this heart-warming and hilarious film about crashing hard, coming home and waking up

There have been tons of movies about rich, cocky people no longer being able to be rich and cocky, and tons more where some person is forced to return to their “shitty” hometown after living in the big city. But since this film stars Kroll Show’s Nick Kroll as the main guy it’s probably good for some major laughs. It was also written by Jeff Cox who wrote Blades of Glory and Liz Flahive, a writer on Emmy-approved “comedy” Nurse Jackie.

The Cobbler

TIFF’s description:

A lonely NYC shoe repairman (Adam Sandler) discovers a magical heirloom that allows him to "walk in another man’s shoes," in this charming fantasy co-starring Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi and Ellen Barkin.

A movie about magic shoes starring Adam Sandler? Sure! This is Sandler’s third film where his character comes across a magical object, following 2006’s Click about a magic remote control and 1999’s Big Daddy about a magical boy who calls himself Frankenstein.

Cut Bank

TIFF’s description:

A small-town Montana mechanic yearning to move to the big city (Liam Hemsworth) finds what may be his ticket out when he comes into possession of evidence of a murder, in this clever and fiercely funny crime picture co-starring Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern, Oliver Platt and John Malkovich.

Every member of the cast has proven themselves to be adept at walking the line between comedy and drama and the film’s plot sounds funny if you ignore the part about murder.


TIFF’s description:

Following a dismal high school reunion and a disastrous proposal of marriage, a going-nowhere twentysomething (Keira Knightley) falls in with a carefree teenager (Chloë Grace Moretz) and takes a week off to reassess her life.

Sounds like another “on-trend” story about a character losing everything, starting all over again and forging an unlikely friendship with someone way older or younger than they are, but the cast is great and features the lovabale and severely underrated Sam Rockwell as Moretz’s wacky dad. Too bad for the person out there who has a script about Internet-obsessed nerds in the mid-90s, also called Laggies


TIFF’s description:

Jon Stewart's debut feature tells the true story of Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari's five-month imprisonment in Iran after his appearance on Stewart's show.

Is this movie funny? Not unless you’re totally nuts. But if Jon Stewart is at your screening he’s bound to say something funny. Plus, that Gael García Bernal is a real dreamboat.

St. Vincent

TIFF’s description:

A cantankerous, cash-strapped, loose-living retiree (Bill Murray) becomes a spectacularly unlikely role model for his twelve-year-old neighbour, in this delightful comedy co-starring Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd, Terrence Howard and Naomi Watts.

Despite being yet another film about an unlikely friendship, it stars Bill Murray so if it’s somehow not funny, the producers of this thing totally wasted their money. And don’t forget that TIFF has dubbed tomorrow “Bill Murray Day” in celebration of the movie’s premiere, so dig out your old Garfield costume and go bother Richard Dreyfuss.

Teen Lust

TIFF’s description:

High schooler Neil (Jesse Carere, Skins) has even more reason to pop his cherry when he discovers that his stuffy, Satan-worshipping parents are planning to use him as a virgin sacrifice, in this wild comedy from writer-director Blaine Thurier (Low Self-esteem Girl).

Why will this movie be good? First of all, it’s Canadian and apparently we’re pretty funny. Second, it’s got a fresh premise and a new twist on teen sex comedies and third it’s got Jon Dore as one of the parents. If you need a fourth reason I’ll add that the wonderful Cary Elwes plays the Satanic cult leader and if that isn’t enough to convince you then you have horrible taste in actors.

This Is Where I Leave You

TIFF’s description:
An all-star cast — including Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Rose Byrne, Timothy Olyphant, Adam Driver and many more — headlines this adaptation of the novel by Jonathan Tropper, about a death in the family that brings together an expansive, far-flung clan for a weekend of mourning, bonding and healing.
Why it’ll be funny:

Sounds like Four Weddings and a Funeral without the weddings, or Hugh Grant. I'm down.

Top Five 

TIFF’s description:

Written, directed by, and starring Chris Rock, Top Five tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist forces him to confront both the career that made him famous and the life he left behind. Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che and Jay Pharoah.

There are so many hilarious people in this that if it’s not funny I’ll eat my computer.


TIFF’s description:

Kevin Smith brings his comedic chops to a disturbing new milieu in this Canuck-baiting chiller about a popular podcast host who descends into straight-up madness when he heads north of the 49th parallel.

Part of TIFF’s wildly popular and super fun Midnight Madness program, Tusk finally answers the question of “what would happen to someone if they were slowly turning into a walrus?”. It’s just too bad are ancestors aren’t around to see this.

What We Do In The Shadows

TIFF’s description:

Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle vs Shark) and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) co-direct and star in this hilarious mockumentary about a trio of vampires living in a New Zealand suburb who struggle to adapt to life in the 21st century.

This sounds like the perfect mashup of Interview With A Vampire, Blast from the Past and This Is Spinal Tap, proving that if you want to make a movie and don’t know where to begin, simply combine the plots of three existing films. Seriously though, this movie sounds hilarious and is probably funnier than Dracula: Dead and Loving it.