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SNEAKS '06 | Comedy

A first run at the year's movies

Sent With Hope Into The World, Each Is A Potential Hit -- But Filmgoers Always Have The Final Say.

January 15, 2006

Accepted After being rejected by every college he applied to, a high school grad (Justin Long) and his misfit friends start their own fake university. Blake Lively and Lewis Black. Directed by Steve Pink. Universal Pictures, April 21

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Adam & Steve Craig Chester and Malcolm Gets star as two gay men who begin a relationship oblivious of the fact that they previously had one disastrous date in 1987. With Parker Posey, Chris Kattan, Julie Hagerty, Sally Kirkland and Jackie Beat. TLA Releasing, March 31

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The Amateurs Jeff Bridges stars as a man in midlife crisis who gathers his friends and associates to make an adult movie. With Ted Danson, William Fichtner, Patrick Fugit, Lauren Graham, Tim Blake Nelson, Joe Pantoliano and Jeanne Tripplehorn. Written and directed by Michael Traeger. Bauer Martinez, March 17

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American Dreamz The president of the United States becomes a celebrity judge on an idol-making TV talent show in writer-director Paul Weitz's satire of U.S. culture and politics. Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid, Mandy Moore, Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Klein, Jennifer Coolidge, Seth Meyers, John Cho, Judy Greer, Sam Golzari and Willem Dafoe star. Universal Pictures, April 14

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Another Gay Movie Director Todd Stephens' ("Gypsy 83") sex romp spoofs the feel-good coming-of-age film with this outrageous tale of four high school grads who make a daring pact. With Michael Carbonaro, Jonathan Chase, Jonah Blechman, Mitch Morris and Scott Thompson. TLA Releasing, July

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Aquamarine Following a storm, two teenage girls discover a vivacious mermaid who then falls for a local lifeguard. Emma Roberts, Joanna "JoJo" Levesque, Sara Paxton and Jake McDorman star. Directed by Elizabeth Allen. 20th Century Fox, March 3

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Art School Confidential Comic book artist Daniel Clowes and director Terry Zwigoff ("Ghost World") reteam for this story of a freshman with big aspirations at a prestigious East Coast college. Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, Matt Keeslar, John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent and Anjelica Huston star. Sony Pictures Classics/United Artists, April 28

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As You Like It Director Kenneth Branagh returns to Shakespeare with Rosalind and Orlando's celebrated courtship in the Forest of Arden. Kevin Kline, Bryce Dallas Howard, Adrian Lester, David Oyelowo, Alfred Molina, Janet McTeer and Romola Garai star. Picturehouse, fall

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The Benchwarmers Rob Schneider, David Spade and Jon Lovitz play middle-aged men who attempt to compensate for their unathletic childhoods by forming a three-man baseball team. With Jon Heder. Directed by Dennis Dugan ("National Security"). Columbia/Revolution, April 7

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Big Momma's House 2 Martin Lawrence goes undercover as the plus-size housekeeper for the dysfunctional family of a suspect in a national-security case. With Nia Long, Emily Procter, Zachary Levi and Mark Moses. Directed by John Whitesell ("Malibu's Most Wanted"). 20th Century Fox, Jan. 27

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The Cleaner A janitor with amnesia (Cedric the Entertainer) is duped into thinking that he's a secret agent mixed up with international arms dealers. Lucy Liu and Nicollette Sheridan star. Directed by Les Mayfield ("The Man"). New Line Cinema, TBA

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Click Adam Sandler, right, stars as an overworked architect who buys a magical remote control that begins to take over his life. With Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken, left, David Hasselhoff, Henry Winkler, Julie Kavner and Sean Astin. Directed by Frank Coraci ("Around the World in 80 Days"). Columbia/Revolution, June 23

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Confetti British mockumentary about three couples competing for most original wedding of the year in a bridal magazine contest. With Martin Freeman, Jessica Stevenson, Stephen Mangan, Felicity Montagu, Jimmy Carr and Alison Steadman. Directed by Debbie Isitt. Fox Searchlight, May 26

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Date Movie Alyson Hannigan, Adam Campbell, Jennifer Coolidge, Tony Cox, Fred Willard and Eddie Griffin star in this spoof of romantic comedies. Directed by Aaron Seltzer. Written by Jason Friedberg and Seltzer ("Scary Movie 1-3"). 20th Century Fox, Feb. 17

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The Devil Wears Prada Meryl Streep, above, stars as a high-maintenance fashion magazine editor, with Anne Hathaway as her put-upon assistant in this adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's novel. Stanley Tucci, Simon Baker and Adrien Grenier also star. Directed by David Frankel ("Miami Rhapsody"). 20th Century Fox, June 30

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Dr. Dolittle 3 The good doctor's youngest daughter (Kyla Pratt) has inherited his gift for animal gab and puts it to use at summer camp. With Kristen Wilson, Walker Howard and John Amos. Directed by Rich Thorne. 20th Century Fox, Feb. 17

Duck Season Two Mexico City 14-year-olds find ways to kill a Sunday afternoon while entertaining a 16-year-old neighbor girl and the pizza guy. Enrique Arreola, Daniel Miranda, Diego Catano and Danny Perea star. Directed by Fernando Eimbcke. Warner Independent Pictures, March 10

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