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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013: the best comedies

Frances Ha, Oh Boy and Old Stock among our top picks for comedy at EIFF 2013

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013: the best comedies

Want to watch something funny at the film fest but can't be bothered sifting through the programme? Let your good friends The List do all the hard work for you

Frances Ha

This being a film by Noah Baumbach (Greenberg, The Squid and the Whale), you'd probably expect this to be a comedy of the 'bittersweet and poignant' vein rather than, say, all-out slapstick. And you'd probably be right to a certain extent, although leading lady Greta Gerwig certain shows off her physical comedy chops as the titular dancer who is struggling to grow up.
Filmhouse, Fri 21 Jun and Dominion, Sat 22 Jun.

Oh Boy

'You know when you get the feeling that the people all around you are kinda strange somehow? But when you think about it a little longer, you realise it's not the others but you who's the problem?' So speaks misfit slacker Niko (Tom Schilling) in this Berlin-set comedy about a young man trying to break out of his student lifestyle but failing to connect with the off-kilter adults around him.
Filmhouse, Sun 23 Jun and Cineworld, Sat 29 Jun.

Old Stock

This Canadian comedy follows Stock Burton (Noah Reid), a young man who, after spending two years in a retirement home to avoid coping with his quarter-life crisis, is being forced back out into the world to confront the problems that made him retreat from his life in the first place.
Filmhouse, Sun 23 Jun and Cineworld, Sat 29 Jun.

Not Another Happy Ending

Yes, we all know romcoms can be a bit naff, but we're unwilling to let our cynical nature take hold on this one. Maybe it's because we sympathise with the main plot point (an authorly type struggling with writer's block); maybe it's because it was shot in Glasgow, and we enjoy recognising streets we know on the big screen; maybe it's down to Karen Gillan's idiosyncratic wardrobe, possibly the most eye-catching since Diane Keaton's in Annie Hall. In any case, we can't wait.
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Sun 30 Jun.

Edinburgh International Film Festival

The oldest continually running film festival in the world, the EIFF draws on its prestige to consistently present abundant programmes of new features, documentaries, retrospectives, shorts, panel discussions and educational workshops, with a few high profile premieres thrown in for good measure.

Various venues: Edinburgh

Wed 21 Jun

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Thu 22 Jun

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Fri 23 Jun

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…and 9 more dates until 2 Jul

Not Another Happy Ending

  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • UK
  • 102 min
  • Directed by: John McKay
  • Written by: David Solomons
  • Cast: Karen Gillan, Stanley Weber, Iain De Caestecker
  • UK release: 11 October 2013

A publisher tries to cure his star author of writer's block by making her unhappy.

Frances Ha

  • 4 stars
  • 2012
  • US
  • 86 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Noah Baumbach
  • Written by: Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig
  • Cast: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver
  • UK release: 26 July 2013

Baumbach's comedy drama focuses on a New Yorker (Gerwig) eagerly throwing herself at life.

Oh Boy

  • 2012
  • Germany
  • 83 min
  • Directed by: Jan Ole Gerster
  • Cast: Tom Schilling, Alexander Altomirianos, Inga Birkenfeld

Twenty seven year old Niko is dumped by his girlfriend and cut off by his father in this comic day in the life of a young Berlin slacker.

Old Stock

  • 2012
  • Canada
  • 85 min
  • Directed by: James Genn
  • Cast: Noah Reid, Melanie Leishman, Meghan Heffern

Growing old is inevitable; growing up is harder to do. Able bodied but broken hearted, Stock Burton retires in his early 20s. Facing a quarter-life crisis Stock misuses two years in the Golden Seasons with his youthful grandfather. When Stock is forced out of his pajamas to confront his troubled past he must handle an…


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