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8 modern Russian comedies that deserve audience love

Movies, jokes and funny moments from which you probably know by heart.

What Men Talk About (2010)

Well, of course, “What Men Talk About” is the foundation of the foundations of the Russian comedy of the tenths. In general, the original idea was born on stage in the production of “Middle-aged men’s conversations about women, cinema and aluminum forks”, which was first played by the famous “Quartet I” ( Leonid Barats , Alexander Demidov , Kamil Larin and Rostislav Khait ) on the stage of DK Zueva. Subsequently, the script grew into something big, and the play was filmed. The story revolves around four best friends who are going on a journey together. The main characters are middle-aged men with different values, attitudes and experiences. The main driving force of the plot is the dialogue, which takes up most of the screen time in the picture.

“What Men Talk About” became a real hit and spawned new trends in domestic humor. After the resounding success of the first part, the creators released two more, and on February 2, the fourth part, What Men Talk About. Simple Pleasures ”, in which the main characters will discuss the nature of friendship and understanding its place in a man’s life.

Bitterly! (2013)

The legendary comedy by Zhora Kryzhovnikov (” Ice “, ” Two “), which forever left a mark on the national cinema. The plot is very simple and understandable to everyone: provincial newlyweds Roma ( Yegor Koreshkov ) and Natasha ( Yulia Aleksandrova ) are preparing for their own wedding. They are helped in preparation by their relatives, who are a set of grotesque characters: an official, a former criminal, an overprotective mother, an alcoholic uncle, and others.

“Bitterly!” – a rather controversial film, which is usually either very loved or hated. On the one hand, the picture turned the whole idea of ​​Russian humor upside down and changed the attitude towards it. On the other hand, some scenes and dialogue seem catastrophically absurd and far-fetched. But in any case, “Bitter!” worth seeing at least once in your life. And you might even like it.

Christmas trees (2010)

There is a feeling that not everyone will agree with this statement, but “Yolki” is really a cult Russian film. At least the first part for sure. The initial idea was light and very fresh for our audience. The theory of six handshakes, the fabulous voice of Khabensky on the dubbing and good comedians in the lead roles – why not an example of a good film?

If “Christmas Trees” could stop in time, they could certainly be called one of the kindest and brightest comedies of the previous decade. But, unfortunately, this New Year’s franchise is now more like a commercial and soulless story. But be that as it may, the first films were really funny and thoughtful, and they can definitely be called cult.

How Vitka Chesnok took Lekha Shtyr to the nursing home (2017)

The most unusual film on our list. “How Vitka Chesnok took Lekha Shtyr to the nursing home” is a crime drama with elements of an excellent comedy, which was conceived and directed by Alexander Khant . The plot revolves around the 27-year-old former pupil of the orphanage Vitka Chesnok ( Yevgeny Tkachuk ), who has long been fed up with his own life and wants to run away from his family and start a new one. In order to fulfill his goals and receive an inheritance, Vitka has to meet with his father, Lekha Shtyr ( Aleksey Serebryakov ). Lekha is a former disabled criminal who abandoned his son in childhood. In general, both father and son are still characters: both prickly, rude and vulnerable.

“How Vitka Chesnok took Lekha Shtyr to the nursing home” is a cynical, but surprisingly touching picture that somehow magically touches the thinnest strings of your soul. The whole situation seems very familiar, friends and relatives are recognized in the characters, and the Husky soundtrack in the background skillfully immerses the viewer in an atmosphere of black humor and longing.

I’m losing weight (2018)

A touching story about self-acceptance that made Alexandra Bortich an absolute star. The main character, Anya, lives a luxurious life: she has a handsome boyfriend, Zhenya ( Roman Kurtsyn ), from whom she expects proposals, interesting friends, and a job. However, this all collapses when Zhenya leaves Anya because of being overweight. This separation was a turning point in the life of the main character: she pulls herself together and, with the support of her best friend and good-natured Kolya, begins to actively lose weight.

“I’m losing weight” is an inspiring story, seasoned with a good dose of humor and motivating to take action. After the release of the film, many critics and viewers were delighted with the performance of Alexandra Bortich, who, by the way, specially gained and lost weight for this role.

Radio Day (2008)

Another sensational comedy created by the Quartet I. Two completely different storylines suddenly intertwine and become a common incredible story. On the one hand, there is a Moscow radio station that is chasing ratings. On the other hand, there is a drifting ship from Nakhodka, on board of which circus animals are in distress. How could this be related, you ask? Well, in pursuit of listeners, all methods are good, even the exploitation of a touching story about animals.

“Radio Day” is about light and unobtrusive humor that is understandable to everyone. Probably, it cannot be said that this is the best work of the Quartet I, but it is definitely worth your attention.

Inadequate people (2010)

Unexpectedly, but now let’s talk about the cult rom-com straight from the end of the 2000s. The main character, 30-year-old Vitaly ( Ilya Lyubimov ), moves from provincial Serpukhov to Moscow in an attempt to cope with a midlife crisis. But for Vitali, things get much more complicated when he meets his weird neighbor Christina ( Ingrid Olerinskaya ), who, for a second, is a minor. There is also a boss who pesters, and a lot of inadequate people nearby. Forbidden love, a turning point in life and a lack of understanding of what to do next are the eternal companions of the protagonist, who push him to non-standard actions.

“Inadequate people” look easy and do not seem too complicated. Ilya Lyubimov is responsible for sober thoughts, Ingrid Olerinskaya – for biting humor, and the film’s director Roman Karimov – for everyday life and a sense of nostalgia.

Dad (2021)

Maxim ( Stas Starovoitov ) grew up during the harsh 90s, when childhood was very different. His father Vladimir ( Vladimir Vdovichenkov ), a stern but fair “Russian peasant”, was mainly engaged in upbringing. As an adult, Maxim and his family are going to visit their father in honor of his anniversary, and this idea seems extremely exciting to the main character. On the journey, he recalls iconic episodes of his childhood and tries to understand what it means to be a good father.

“Dad” is an open reflection on the topic of fatherhood and family. Kind of artsy, a little morbid and quite funny. Of course, once again we are plunged into the world of caricatures and cardboard characters, but even in these circumstances, the main idea and message of the film overshadow everything. The problem of fatherlessness, especially in the generation of the 90s, is a frightening and excruciating wound that we are only now starting to really laugh at. And the trend is encouraging.

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