The only two things that 'Up' and 'The Hangover' have in common is neither featured big-named actors, and both were the top-grossing summer comedies of 2009. On the other hand, celebrity-packed 'Land of the Lost' and 'Funny People' were two of the biggest summer box office disappointments. Did Hollywood take note and cast the new rising stars of comedy in this summer's comedies? Not so much.

Aside from 'MacGruber' and 'Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,' 2010's summer comedies are packed full of stars. Even the "indie" highlight, 'Cyrus,' has four big names. We're not complaining -- almost all of the movies below look promising. It will be great to see Penélope Cruz battle for screen time in 'Sex and the City 2' and Mark Wahlberg attempt to follow Will Ferrell's lead in 'The Other Guys.' And who knows ... even with all these stars, there's still plenty of room to discover the next Zach Galifianakis.
The only two things that 'Up' and 'The Hangover' have in common is neither featured big-named actors and both were the top-grossing summer comedies of 2009. On the other hand, celebrity-packed 'Land of the Lost' and 'Funny People' were two of the biggest summer box office disappointments. Did Hollywood take note and cast the new rising stars of comedy in this summer's comedies? Not so much.

Aside from 'MacGruber' and 'Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,' 2010's summer comedies are packed full of stars. Even the "indie" highlight, 'Cyrus,' has four big names. We're not complaining -- almost all of the movies below look promising. It will be great to see Penélope Cruz battle for screen time in 'Sex and the City 2' and Mark Wahlberg attempt to follow Will Ferrell's lead in 'The Other Guys.' And who knows ... even with all these stars, there's still plenty of room to discover the next Zach Galifianakis.
Shrek'Shrek Forever After'
Opening: May 21
Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Kathy Griffin
What It's About: Billed as "The Final Chapter," this film promises the characters fans loved in the first three plus plenty of new ones that comedy nerds are already atwitter about. Kathy Griffin gets the role she was born to play (she's a witch). Father of Butter Pants is voiced by Ryan Seacrest, Alice by Kristen Schaal, Cookie by Craig Robinson, Gretched by Jane Lynch, and new 'SNL' favorite Jon Hamm is voicing Brogan. All of these new characters will likely appear after Shrek signs a pact with Rumpelstiltskin, which throws him into a 'Lost'-like alternate reality where he never met Fiona. Undoubtedly, everything will still end happily ever after.

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MacGruber'MacGruber'
Opening: May 21
Starring: Will Forte, Ryan Phillippe, Kristen Wiig, Val Kilmer
What It's About: When this parody of 'MacGyver' first appeared on 'SNL' in 2008, it didn't seem likely to become a recurring sketch. How many times could a bad special agent blow himself up? Yet, one shouldn't underestimate the power of a dumb laugh. Fat Val Kilmer plays super-villain Dieter Von Cunth (told you, dumb laughs are funny), who is planning to launch a nuclear warhead at Washington, D.C. MacGruber, along with Vicki St. Elmo (Wiig) and Lt. Dixon Piper (Phillippe), must bumble his way to the destruction. Jorma Taccone, MacGruber creator and Lonely Island member, makes his directorial debut. Did he cast Phillippe because he looks like Justin Timberlake?

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SATC2'Sex And The City 2'
Opening: May 27
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Chris Noth, Penélope Cruz
What It's About: As you read this, you can no doubt hear a quiet roar off in the distance -- and it's only going to get louder. That's the sound of women getting ready for the other big blockbuster of the year, in which the fab foursome of Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte extend Girls' Night into a "Girls' Getaway" to Abu Dhabi, one of the few places on earth more decadent than New York City.

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Brand'Get Him to the Greek'
Opening: June 4
Starring: Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Rose Byrne, Sean Combs, Elisabeth Moss, and multiple rock star cameos.
What It's About: Russell Brand reprises his 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' role of Aldous Snow, a nearly burnt-out rock-star cliche. Jonah Hill is also doing his role from that same film, Annoyingly Hilarious Fat Guy. But we're not complaining, they both do it so well -- especially together. Instead of a waiter/fanboy, Hill is now a record company assistant attempting to bring the hard-partying Snow from London to the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. After roughly 90 minutes of vomit, booze and toilet jokes, they somehow make it to the gig.

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Toy Story 3'Toy Story 3'
Opening: June 18
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, Michael Keaton
What It's About: Before becoming the reigning monarchs of animation, Pixar was a company on the verge of going out of business until Disney Studios contracted them to make 'Toy Story.' Now, they're returning to the film that began it all with a third sequel. Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the toy gang are donated to a preschool. They meet new friendly toys, like a Ken doll voiced by Michael Keaton and Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear (Ned Beatty). Unfortunately, they soon realize they're being tortured by toddlers, so they go 'Homeward Bound' as they try to reconnect with their owner, Andy.

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Cyrus'Cyrus'
Opening: July 9
Starring: John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei, Catherine Keener, Matt Walsh
What It's About: John C. Reilly plays John, a divorcee who is one part Michael Scott from 'The Office' and one part Dale Doback from 'Step Brothers.' Somehow he manages to land Molly (Tomei) and is walking on sunshine until he meets her son, Cyrus (Hill). John and Cyrus become locked in a 'Step Brothers'-esque rivalry for Molly's attention. This is the first studio picture by brothers Mark and Jay Duplass, who are known in the indie world for their low-budget mumblecore films such as 'The Puffy Chair.' If their previous work is any indication, expect awkward moments on the level of 'Greenberg.'

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Despicable Me'Despicable Me'
Opening: July 9
Starring: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Danny R. McBride
What It's About: Continuing the summer's trend of Hollywood's biggest comedians voicing cartoon characters, Carell plays the bumbling supervillain Gru. Along with his idiotic, high-pitched minions, Gru is planning a heist that will finally get the world to fear him and his arch-nemesis, Vector, to respect him: He is going to steal the moon. In typical 'toon fashion, his main roadblock isn't the laws of physics, but three young orphan girls who need a dad.

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Dinner for Shmucks'Dinner For Schmucks'
Opening: July 23
Starring: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Stephanie Szostak, Zach Galifianakis, Ron Livingston
What It's About:
Director Jay Roach has stolen Chris Rock's idea of stealing European comedies and remaking them for American audiences. This adaptation of the French film 'The Dinner Game' follows rising executive Tim (Rudd), who must decide whether or not to bring Barry (Carell) as the perfect guest to his boss's competition of finding the dumbest dinner guest. Carell and Galifianakis have landed the roles they were meant to play -- geeks trying out-dweeb each other.

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The Other Guys'The Other Guys'
Opening: August 6
Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton
What It's About: Thankfully, Will Ferrell fans don't have to weather another summer with only 'Land of the Lost.' In a blockbuster season filled with all-star comedy casts, this is by far the most interesting. Ferrell and Wahlberg play NYPD detectives who see more action at their desks than on the streets; Eva Mendes plays Ferrell's wife (that's already funny right there). Director Adam McKay, a longtime Ferrell collaborator, made a lot of unusual cast choices -- let's hope they pay off like 'Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.'

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Scott Pilgrim'Scott Pilgrim vs. The World'
Opening: August 13
Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Evans, Brandon Routh, Brie Larson
What It's About: Scott Pilgrim is a typical Michael Cera character: awkward, smart and musically talented. The twist comes when he falls in love with Ramona Flowers (Winstead), a roller-blading punk rocker with seven evil exes all obsessed with destroying new suitors. Seven seems like a kind of a lot for a girl in her young 20s, but that's not Scott's problem. The exes all have comic book superpowers to use against him. Rather than get restraining orders, Ramona frankly informs Scott he has to defeat them all.

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Bow Wow'Lottery Ticket'
Opening:
August 20
Starring: Bow Wow, Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Bill Bellamy
What It's About: Bow Wow has to hold onto a $350-million lottery ticket for three days in the projects. The audience soon learns that's easier said than done. Ice Cube goes all "Eddie Murphy" and gets into costume as a crotchety old man. It's no fat suit, but don't worry, he'll get there one day.

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Jennifer Aniston'The Switch'
Opening: August 20
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Juliette Lewis
What It's About: Aniston is Kassie, a woman (once again, inexplicably) whom no man wants to marry. So she takes matters into her own hands and decides to impregnate herself. What she doesn't know is her best friend Wally (Bateman) would love nothing more than to make her an honest woman. Instead, he gets drunk and switches his "donation" with the "donation" Kassie believes she is cashing. Seven years later, wackiness, problems and eventually love ensue.

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Going the Distance'Going The Distance'
Opening: August 27
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Christina Applegate, Ron Livingston
What It's About: Real life on-again-off-again couple Drew Barrymore and Justin Long play long-distance lovers, Erin and Garrett. They deal with the inevitable issues that all high-school sweethearts find when going off to college ... But these 30-somethings are slow learners. Documentarian Nanette Burstein, known for the critically acclaimed 'On the Ropes' and 'The Kid Stay in the Picture,' makes her feature-directing debut here.

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