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Check out the trailer for Jean-Claude Van Damme's first comedy, Welcome to the Jungle

Nov. 25, 2013by:

It is a shame that Jean-Claude Van Damme does not command the same box office that he did in the 90s. The man was a legend and each of his movies during that era was a hit. Whether it was UNIVERSAL SOLDIER or KICKBOXER or HARD TARGET, you knew you were going in to see a violent action movie with some martial arts and likely some female nudity. Van Damme's movies never pretended to be more than popcorn flicks and that was part of their charm. In recent years, Van Damme's fame has slid and he primarily works in the direct-to-Redbox format of movies. Aside from turns in THE EXPENDABLES 2 and KUNG FU PANDA 2, his fame has lost it's luster.

A few years ago, Van Damme starred in the meta-comedy/drama JCVD which had him playing a version of himself. It was the actor's best work in years as well as his first foray into a dark comedy. Now, Van Damme is going to appear in his first straight comedy alongside a cast that includes Adam Brody, Kristen Schaal, Megan Boone, Rob Huebel, and Dennis Haysbert. The film is called WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE and sounds like a cross between OFFICE SPACE and, well, a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie.

The laugh-out-loud comedy follows a group of unsuspecting office workers who find themselves stranded on a desert island when a corporate retreat led by unhinged former Marine Storm Rothchild (Van Damme) goes horribly wrong. Now Chris (Brody) and his co-workers must battle nature -- and each other -- to survive!

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE looks like the kind of movie the guys from Broken Lizard would make and Van Damme seems pretty damn funny even when he is playing it straight. I like Adam Brody and Rob Huebel is hilarious. All in all, this looks like a fun movie to check out. Hopefully it will signal a resurgence in Jean-Claude Van Damme for a different genre than you would expect.

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE premieres in theaters and VOD on February 7, 2014.

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3:43PM on 11/25/2013
Sorry, thats a comedy? There was not a funny thing in that trailer...

Maybe they're saving it all for the movie, but I seriously doubt it.
Sorry, thats a comedy? There was not a funny thing in that trailer...

Maybe they're saving it all for the movie, but I seriously doubt it.
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3:52PM on 11/25/2013
Oh man. That looks bad.
Oh man. That looks bad.
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4:24PM on 11/25/2013
People gotta lighten up, I think it looks like pure magic!
People gotta lighten up, I think it looks like pure magic!
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4:53PM on 11/25/2013

Meh

Looks meh but i'm in it for JCVD. Hope he has a decent part in it. It would suck if he got "Executive Decision'd".
Looks meh but i'm in it for JCVD. Hope he has a decent part in it. It would suck if he got "Executive Decision'd".
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7:07PM on 11/25/2013
I have to say I was skeptical when I saw that pic you posted of the movie, but the trailer had me laughing pretty hard. I really hope this turns out to be as good as the trailer makes it seem.
I have to say I was skeptical when I saw that pic you posted of the movie, but the trailer had me laughing pretty hard. I really hope this turns out to be as good as the trailer makes it seem.
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9:07PM on 11/25/2013
It definitely looks like a movie that gets released in February. But I'm also in it for Van Damme.
It definitely looks like a movie that gets released in February. But I'm also in it for Van Damme.
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10:51PM on 11/25/2013
I think Van Damme looks like he's having fun Adam West-ing it up, and the vibe I'm getting is "Severance meets The Rundown". Not totally sold on it yet though.
I think Van Damme looks like he's having fun Adam West-ing it up, and the vibe I'm getting is "Severance meets The Rundown". Not totally sold on it yet though.
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8:45AM on 11/26/2013

Kristen Schaal = Reason to see this.

This looks okay, it has a lot of really funny people in it, but I think Kristen Schaal will be the highlight. It is probably worth the VOD or rental price just for her.
This looks okay, it has a lot of really funny people in it, but I think Kristen Schaal will be the highlight. It is probably worth the VOD or rental price just for her.
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9:53AM on 11/26/2013
Well...I enjoyed the trailer. :o)
Well...I enjoyed the trailer. :o)
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11:52PM on 11/26/2013
I consider Street Fighter as his very first comedy movie.
I consider Street Fighter as his very first comedy movie.
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