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Role Models: Bad Big Brothers in a Red Band Trailer

Posted in Comedy by Adam on November 18, 2008
Click to check out the Role Models red band trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to check out the Role Models red band trailer at Zuguide.com

After a hiatus of nearly a decade following the release of American Pie, the red band trailer has made a triumphant return in recent years. With R-rated previews for Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Pineapple Express, Burn After Reading, Tropic Thunder, Knocked Up, etc. becoming hits both in theaters and online, moviegoers are finally getting a more accurate idea of the levels of cursing, nudity, violence, and drug use that the most highly anticipated upcoming movies promise to deliver. Where the red band designation was initally intended to be a deterant and a warning to parents, it has recently become an effective marketing tool – exuding a sense of exclusivity and the forbidden. The red band trailer seems to lend itself particularly well to the comedy, where raunchy, offensive adlibs have become the norm. A couple of memorably objectionable lines from a good red band trailer are usually enough to sell fans on a flick’s potential.

Role Models, the new comedy from director David Wain (“Stella,” “The State,” Wet Hot American Summer) and co-writer/star Paul Rudd (Clueless, Anchorman, The 40 Year Old Virgin), is one of the latest films to jump in on the red band trailer trend. After wrecking the truck they use to promote Minotaur Energy Drink on a school campus, Elizabeth Banks tells Rudd, the cynical pitch man, and Seann William Scott, the womanizing mascot, that they have been sentenced to perform 150 hours of community service at a Big Brothers Big Sisters-type program. Rudd is paired with Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad), a renaissance fair loving dork, and Scott is stuck with Bobb’e J. Thompson (“Human Giant,” Fred Claus), a little, foul-mouthed troublemaker. In the trailer, both Rudd and Scott make ample use of the film’s R-rating, but I’m pretty sure it’s Bobb’e J. Thompson who will have the most quotable lines in the movie.

Highlights of the Role Models red band trailer include: 1)  Rudd and Scott telling a smart ass middle school student that Scott got the Minotaur costume out of the boy’s mother’s closet after he f-ed her. 2)  Jane Lynch telling Rudd and Scott that she used to eat cocaine for breakfast and lunch. 3) Thompson shouting that he doesn’t want to take his pants off right after Scott introduces himself. And, 4) Mintz-Plasse asking Thompson if he means that the medieval themed game he plays is “gay” in the Old English sense of the word. My favorite part of the trailer is when they show a shot of Thompson’s drawing depicting a meeting between Beyoncé, himself, and some sugar. Role Models opened November 7, 2008. Check out the Role Models red band trailer at Zuguide.com.

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall: The Naked Breakup

Posted in Comedy, Romance by Adam on October 7, 2008
Click to watch the Forgetting Sarah Marshall trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the Forgetting Sarah Marshall trailer at Zuguide.com

After making a name for himself playing the clingy, obsessive, overly-emotional boyfriend to a T (see Nick Andopolis on Freaks and Geeks and Eric on Undeclared), Jason Segel decided to take the logical next step and translate his signature character to the big screen in last spring’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Released this past week on DVD, the romantic comedy from the team behind Knocked Up and the 40-Year-Old Virgin stars Segel as Kristen Bell’s doting, TV theme song-writing boyfriend, whom she dumps once her acting career takes off. Where Nick would have reacted by reciting Styx lyrics to her in a candle-covered basement and Eric by crafting a multimedia presentation of their most intimate moments, the Forgetting Sarah Marshall Segel responds by trying to convince Bell of his commitment to her while sitting bareass on a leather couch. Regardless of the response, all three characters suffer from the same compulsive, pitiful, foredoomed devotion that drives away the women they love and leaves them heartbroken and alone. While both Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared ended before we could see what ultimately became of Nick and Eric, Forgetting Sarah Marshall follows Segel as he tries to piece his life back together by taking a Hawaiian vacation — only to discover that Bell is in the room next door with Russell Brand, the most lecherous man on the face of the earth.

Highlights of the Forgetting Sarah Marshall trailer include: 1) The aforementioned breakup scene where Segel lets his towel drop when he realizes he’s getting dumped. 2) Segel drinking chianti from an orange juice glass while watching Bell and Brand on Access Hollywood. 3) Segel crying after sleeping with another woman. 4) Jonah Hill making a pass at Brand after giving him his demo CD. 5) Segel falling off a cliff while trying to impress Mila Kunis. And, 6) Segel tricking Bill Hader’s wife into mimicking a sex act while speaking to the two of them on a webcam. My favorite line in the trailer comes when Bell asks Segel what he’s doing at the resort and he jokingly replies, “Came here to murder you.” Forgetting Sarah Marshall opened April 18, 2008 and the DVD was released September 30, 2008. Check out the Forgetting Sarah Marshall trailer at Zuguide.com.

Donnie Darko: Seth Rogen’s Big Screen Debut

Posted in Dark Comedy, Drama, Sci Fi by Adam on August 7, 2008
Click to watch the Donnie Darko trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the Donnie Darko trailer at Zuguide.com

Before appearing in The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up or Superbad, or even showing up as Eager Cameraman in Anchorman, Pineapple Express star Seth Rogen played bully Ricky Danforth in director Richard Kelly’s 2001 cult classic Donnie Darko. While Rogen didn’t get too much screen time, he was present the first time Donnie and Gretchen spoke, delivering the classy line, “I like your boobs,” and was also responsible for throwing Gretchen to the ground moments before she was hit by a car. Not exactly the funniest role ever, but at least it served as a stepping stone for Rogen from his TV roles in “Freaks and Geeks” and “Undeclared” to his current streak of feature film success.

The Donnie Darko trailer begins with Drew Barrymore reciting a melodramatic passage from a novel to her English class, which includes Jake Gyllenhaal, or Donnie, and Seth Rogen. From there, it transitions to explaining Jake’s fragile mental state and his frequent conversations with a giant, sinister bunny rabbit. After Patrick Swayze makes a brief appearance as a motivational speaker, Jake begins talking about time travel and predestination with Noah Wyle, his science teacher. All in all, the trailer has a very bleak, creepy feel to it, and it’s clear that they decided to try to market it as a kind of horror film, even though it’s really not. I think it would have helped if they incorporated some clips that show the dark humor that runs throughout the film, and played up the fact that it takes place in the 80s by including some music from the soundtrack. My favorite part of the trailer is when Jake looks into a mirror and sees Frank, the giant rabbit, and creates a ripple in the spacetime continuum when he tries to touch the image. Donnie Darko opened October 28, 2001. Check out the Donnie Darko trailer at Zuguide.com.