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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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Sex Drive: American Pie On Wheels

Posted in Comedy by Adam on September 30, 2008
Click to watch the Sex Drive trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the Sex Drive trailer at Zuguide.com

With Michael Cera hitting theaters this Friday in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Clark Duke, Cera’s buddy and co-everything on the hit web series Clark and Michael, is set to make his first major big screen appearance in the upcoming teen comedy (aka Road Trip/Euro Trip/American Pie rip-off) Sex Drive. While Duke, who currently appears on the ABC Family TV series Greek, is briefly visible in the final party scene in Cera’s Superbad, Sex Drive will mark his debut performance as a full-fledged costar. Now, there seems to be a growing sentiment that Duke is a no-talent hack who’s only succeeding by riding Cera’s comedy coattails. I’m not going to argue with that one way or the other. But, since Duke’s role in Sex Drive (Josh Zuckerman’s smarmy friend who accompanies him on a cross-country trip to rendezvous with a young woman he met online) requires him to a be a real a-hole most of the time, it seems as though both fans and detractors will have something to work with. For example, throughout Sex Drive, Duke sports a series of wacky button-down shirts paired with complementary neckerchiefs. This could be seen as a) an awesome wardrobe choice that fits the slimy nature of his character (fans) or b) a desperate attempt to compensate for a lack of comedy chops with clothing that makes him look like Hugh Hefner’s overweight niece (detractors). You be the judge.

The Sex Drive trailer opens with Zuckerman chatting with a girl online using a poorly photoshopped profile picture that makes him appear more handsome, athletic, and popular than he is in real life. We next see Zuckerman getting a ride to work with his older, cooler brother James Marsden, who rags on him for never having a relationship and admiting to meeting a girl online. Even though Marsden insists that the girl is probably a dude, Zuckerman and Duke continue to weigh out his limited options while walking through the mall, with Zuckerman dressed as a giant, Mexican donut. When the girl decides to take things to the next level by arranging a face-to-face meeting, Zuckerman is initially tenative, but Duke is able to convince him that showing up in Marsden’s vintage Pontiac GTO will more than make up for any dissimilarities between Zuckerman and his online persona. We then see Marsden returning home, ghost-riding his dirt bike down the street, and violently attacking a garage door when he realizes that his beloved muscle car is gone.  The rest of the trailer features a selection of Zuckerman and Duke’s road trip follies, including hitting a guy in the middle of a cornfield, meeting up with an Amish buggy driver who knows his way around an engine (Seth Green), attending a performance by Fall Out Boy, and facing off with an idiot cop and a can of pepper spray. My favorite part of the Sex Drive trailer comes as Zuckerman and Duke are talking in the mall and Duke points out that Zuckerman is working the puppet mouth on his giant, Mexican donut costume. Sex Drive opens October 17, 2008. Check out the Sex Drive trailer at Zuguide.com.