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Summer movie preview: Comedy central

Posted 6:22pm on Thursday, May. 01, 2014

Superheroes are many things: Amazing ( Spiderman). Extraordinary ( The X-Men). Terrifying and totally awesome ( Transformers).

But superheroes are not very funny. Not intentionally.

And if there’s one thing we really need to survive summer in DFW — the sunburns, the sweltering heat and the mosquito swarms — it’s a good laugh. A popcorn tub full of them, in fact.

Which is why our summer movie preview is devoted to finding hilarity, hijinks and shenanigans at every turn.

We’re not the only ones looking for levity amid the Godzillas and Mutant Ninja Turtles. More than 20 comedies will be battling for our attention this summer, along with the usual blockbusters and movie beasts.

Ever since 2011, when Bridesmaids made us laugh, cry, and nearly lose our lunch during the classic wedding shop scene, the summer comedy has been on the comeback trail. Last year, when The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, became a hit, it was official: funny is the new superhero of summer.

So join us on a sun-baked stroll through the 25 comedies that could make your summer brighter, or at least bearable. Click through the photos above to see what's in store.

(Plus: Looking for other big flicks of summer, like Godzilla, the new X-Men and Planet of the Apes sequels? Check out critic Cary Darling's list of non-coms by clicking here.)

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