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A Christmas Story: You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out

Posted in Comedy, Cult Classic by Adam on December 24, 2008
Click to watch the A Christmas Story trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the A Christmas Story trailer at Zuguide.com

With Christmas just a day away, I thought I’d offer up the trailer for the quintessential basic cable holiday movie, A Christmas Story. Shown no fewer than 300 times each December, A Christmas Story is basically an honest, if slightly exaggerated, view of the holiday season as seen through the eyes of a young boy growing up in the 1940s. All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun, but his pleas are ignored by his parents and even the mall Santa Claus shuts him down. With Ralphie’s overwhelming desire for a BB gun at its center, the rest of the film revolves around his dysfunctional family and their various failures at achieving the perfect American Christmas.

Highlights of the A Christmas Story trailer include: 1) Mrs. Parker dropping a wrapped present that is obviously a bowling ball into Mr. Parker’s unsuspecting lap. 2) Ralphie and Randy throwing the socks they just unwrapped over their shoulders. 3) Randy eating his dinner like a little pig. 4) The Parker’s house being overrun by hound dogs and Mr. Parker shouting at them from his porch. And, 5) The mall Santa Claus sending Ralphie down a slide by pushing him in the forehead with his foot. My favorite part of the trailer is when Mr. Parker points out that the Peking duck they are about to eat is smiling at them just before their server chops its head off with a butcher knife. Check out the A Christmas Story trailer at Zuguide.com.

Yes Man, AKA Liar Liar Part II

Posted in Comedy by Adam on December 5, 2008
Click to watch the Yes Man trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the Yes Man trailer at Zuguide.com

In honor of Jim Carrey completing the long awaited second installment of his forced behavior modification trilogy with Yes Man (the first being 1997’s Liar Liar), I’ve decided to put forth a few ideas for the final, closure-bringing film that should hit theaters towards the end of 2017. But, before we get to the possible plots, let’s do a little recap.

In Liar Liar, Carrey was a lawyer magically forced to tell the truth for 24 hours after his son made a birthday wish. The experience had him saying and doing things that put a major cramp in his scumball lawyer day, like admitting to farting in an elevator and pronouncing himself to be in contempt of court .  In Yes Man, Carrey is a perpetual naysayer challenged to say yes to every opportunity that comes his way for an entire year after attending a self-help seminar. As a result, Carrey drinks too much Red Bull, takes up guitar and Korean, and orders a Persian bride on the internet.

For the third film, I imagine Carrey will start out as some type of jerkhole and, through an outlandish set of circumstances, discover that his anti-social behavior has been holding him back from realizing true happiness.

On to the scenarios:

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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.

W., or Lame Duck: The Movie

Posted in Biography, Comedy, Drama by Adam on October 24, 2008
Click to watch the W. trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the W. trailer at Zuguide.com

In the trailer for W., director Oliver Stone’s third film inspired by a US president (the others being Nixon and JFK) and first inspired by Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, the story of George W. Bush’s rise to power and the missteps that led to him becoming the least popular president in modern American history are portrayed with all the subtlety you’d expect from the man behind Natural Born Killers. There’s hard drinking, fights with dad, and more than a few hints indicating a severe inferiority complex. Since the film is a satire, imagining Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men, American Gangster), a non-comedian, playing Bush might initially seem like a stretch, but watching him deliver his first line in the trailer (“In history, we’ll all be dead.”) immediately validates the casting decision. If nothing else, the film seems to have a solid set of well-known actors, including Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush, James Cromwell as Big George Bush, Ellen Burstyn as Barbara Bush, Richard Dreyfuss as Dick Cheney, and Toby Jones as Karl Rove. The biggest surprise is seeing how much they made Thandie Newton look like Condoleezza Rice.

Highlights of the W. trailer include: 1) Brolin dancing on a bar with a classy young lady.  2) Brolin running into some trash cans while drunk driving. 3) Brolin chuckling when Dreyfuss describes the use of torture techniques, or “fear scenarios.” And, 4) Brolin sitting on the john talking to Banks about the difficulty of getting out of his father’s shadow. My favorite part of the trailer is when Brolin recreates the moment when W. got a brush burn on the side of his face after choking on a pretzel and passing out.  W. opened October 17, 2008. Check out the W. trailer at Zuguide.com.

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People: Megan Fox Lowers Her Standards

Posted in Comedy by Adam on October 14, 2008
Click to watch the How to Lose Friends & Alienate People at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the How to Lose Friends & Alienate People trailer at Zuguide.com

Most people know Megan Fox from her role in the 2007 summer blockbuster Transformers. Despite all the photo shoots and articles written about her in the last year, there are quite a few details about Ms. Fox’s life that may surprise even her most loyal fans. Here’s a list of facts that I have repeatedly added to Wikipedia, only to find them deleted moments later:

  1. For a three month period during 4th grade, Fox had absolutely no teeth. After losing her baby teeth the old fashioned way (driving a small dirt bike into a pickup truck’s lowered tailgate), Fox survived on a diet of consisting of Dr. Pepper/Slim Jim smoothies, melted ice cream sandwiches, and spaghetti sauce.
  2. During a rebellious phase in high school, Fox joined a band of jet ski pirates who terrorized the coastal waters surrounding her hometown. It was not until she decapitated a manatee while trying to make off with a waterproof boombox that she finally saw the error of her ways, saying, “I don’t know if it was the sound of cracking vertebrae or the sight of all that blood, but either way my pirating days were over when I sliced off that sea cow’s head.”
  3. She once grew a 1,167 lb. pumpkin.
  4. In her free time, Fox is a volunteer smoke jumper, logging over 40 jumps in seven Western states.
  5. After numerous failed attempts to control her dibilitating OCD using techniques offered by conventional psychology, Fox finally freed herself from her mental prison when she had small amethyst geodes surgically impanted in the soles of each of her feet.

Anyway, now that the truth is finally out there, let’s turn to Fox’s upcoming film How to Lose Friends & Alienate People. In the comedy, Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Run Fatboy Run) stars as a British celebrity journalist hired by editor Jeff Bridges to write for an upscale magazine in New York City. Once he makes his way to the US, Pegg proceeds to annoy and offend everyone he meets, including publicist Gillian Anderson and fellow writer Kirsten Dunst. Despite his awkward, ill-mannered ways, Pegg makes a connection with Fox, who steps out of her comfort zone to play a sexy starlet with questionable acting skills, and eventually finds a reluctant ally in Dunst.

Highlights of the How to Lose Friends & Alienate People trailer include: 1) Pegg trying to pick up a woman at a bar and Dunst pointing out that his business card is actually a library card. 2) Pegg interviewing an actor and asking him if the “hamster-thing” he plays in a movie is gay. 3) Pegg ordering a stripper for Danny Huston, his boss, only to have Huston’s wife and children walk in mid-strip.  And, 4) Dunst asking Pegg which leg he’d previously hurt and then kicking him in said leg. My favorite part of the trailer comes when Pegg coughs up a mouthful of sandwich onto a woman’s back while riding in an elevator. How to Lose Friends & Alienate People opened October 3, 2008. Check out the How to Lose Friends & Alienate People trailer at Zuguide.com.

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.

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.

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist: George-Michael Scores Another Girlfriend

Posted in Comedy, Romance by Adam on September 23, 2008
Click to watch the Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist trailer at Zuguide.com

After hiding an awkward attraction to his potentially adopted first cousin Maeby (Alia Shawkat) for a couple seasons (and using his bland, ultra-religious girlfriend Ann (Mae Whitman) as an unconvincing beard), Michael Cera moved on from Arrested Development and transferred his tendancy for cultivating uncomfortable realtionships to his roles on the big screen. While trying to woo Martha MacIsaac, his love interest in Superbad, Cera went about proving his undying devotion by accidentally punching her in the boob, refusing to sleep with her after she got drunk at a party, and helping her pick out a comforter at the mall the next day. Given that he was headed to college in a few months anyway, that one probably didn’t make it past the end of the summer. His next attempt at love, with catch phrase machine Ellen Page in Juno, went a little better, but it was mostly her idea and resulted in a kid he would probably never see after the day it was born. Despite that track record, Cera has decided to play the field one more time in his upcoming film with a very long, very vague title, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. This time Cera starts out as a recently-dumped bass guitarist who meets Kat Dennings (Charlie Bartlett) at a gig, moments after spotting his ex with a new man. After Dennings talks Cera into posing as her boyfriend for a few minutes, the pair makes a connection over their shared interest in music and takes off into New York City to try to find a secret show being played by one of their favorite bands.

The Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist trailer starts off with Cera struggling to get his beat-up, yellow Yugo started.  After a voice-over introduces him as a sensitive musician, we see Nick explaining to his bandmates why he can’t make their gig (he’s been dumped) before heading back inside to leave his ex a pitiful voicemail, while surrounded by pictures and mementos from their time together. Kat Dennings is then introduced as a strait-laced, rule abider who’s forced to look after her best friend Ari Graynor, who tends to drink too much and get into trouble. When Alexis Dziena, Nick’s ex, snidely asks Dennings if she has shown up to a club alone, again, Dennings rebuffs her attack by saying she’s there with Cera, who she hasn’t even met yet. Once they do meet, Dennings convinces Cera to pose as her boyfriend for five minutes by kissing him just as Dziena approaches. After talking his bandmates into taking an inebriated Graynor home, Cera and Dennings head off into the city together, presumably to listen to more music. While Cera tries unsuccessfully to convince random strangers that his tiny car is not a taxi, his bandmates lose track of Graynor, who end up in an alley with a cigarette-smoking Jesus. The rest of the trailer show Cera and Dennings partying in New York and trying to put their old, broken relationships behind them. My favorite part of the trailer comes when one of Cera’s bandmates defends him by headbutting Jay Baruchel (Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder) in the face. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist opens October 3, 2008. Check out the Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist trailer at Zuguide.com.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno: Gratuitous Comedy

Posted in Comedy by Adam on September 12, 2008
Click to watch the Zack and Miri Make a Porno trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the Zack and Miri Make a Porno trailer at Zuguide.com

As if seeing his bare ass in Knocked Up wasn’t enough, Seth Rogen, America’s obligatory overweight funny man, has decided to follow up his stint in this summer’s stoner comedy Pineapple Express with a starring role in the Kevin Smith directed Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Although the MPAA’s recent decision to rate the film R instead of giving it an NC-17 death sentence means that we’ll be saved from enduring Rogen’s Dirk Diggler impression, it’s likely that we’ll become a little more familiar with Rogen’s nether regions than we ever wanted to. For those of you who were hoping for the NC-17 version for the opposite reason, I’m sure the director’s cut will answer all your prayers.

The Zack and Miri Make a Porno trailers leads off with Rogen and Justin Long getting to know one another at Rogen’s 10 year high school reunion. After we learn that Long is an actor who appears exclusively in movies with all male casts, the scene shifts to Elizabeth Banks digging into Rogen, her strictly platonic roommate, for not being able to pay his share of the rent. Their money troubles get even worse as Banks is forced to rinse her hair with toilet water when the water’s shut off, and before long they lose their electricity, too. Just when they seem to have run out of options, Rogen comes up with the golden idea of making a porno. After some understandable resistance from Banks, the pair finally agrees to go ahead with the project and begins brainstorming ideas while sitting in their dark apartment, which is heated by trash can fires. We’re then introduce to additional members of the cast, as Jason Mewes (Clerks) and Craig Robinson (The Office, Pineapple Express) discuss the porno’s George Lucas-inspired title, Star Whores, and Robinson conducts an uncomfortable audition with an actress who is less than shy.

The remainder of the Zack and Miri trailer shows the gang preparing to film their unholy tribute to Star Wars, while Rogen and Banks, dressed as Han Solo and Princess Leia, respectively, begin to realize that their get rich quick scheme might affect the the course of their friendship. My favorite scene in the trailer is an appearance by former porn star Traci Lords, where she demonstrates her talent for blowing a perfect bubble without using her mouth. Zack and Miri Make a Porno opens October 31, 2008. Check out the Zack and Miri Make a Porno trailer at Zuguide.com.

Old School: It’s That Time of Year Again

Posted in Comedy by Adam on August 29, 2008
Click to watch the Old School trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the Old School trailer at Zuguide.com

If you were born sometime before the release of Kindergarten Cop but after the opening night of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, chances are that you will be heading off to college in the next week or two. On the flipside, if you were born back in the days when Animal House and American Graffiti were showing on screens across the country, it’s more than likely that you’re beginning to forget what it’s like to arrange your class schedule so you can party all night and sleep all day. As it turns out, the boys from Old School fall into the latter category, and they might just serve as an example for those of you who think that your glory days have passed you by.

After walking in on his wife (Juliette Lewis) with another man and another woman, Luke Wilson picks up the pieces of his life by starting a renegade fraternity with his pals Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn. Together, they set out to get all of the benefits of college without being bothered with attending a single class. After recruiting a group of less than popular pledges, the house defies the odds to become the epicenter of the university’s late-night party scene

The Old School trailer starts with Wilson making a drunken toast at a friend’s wedding where he details his wife’s exceptional infidelity. It then transitions to Vaughn planting the seed of starting a fraternity as Ferrell swings a hockey stick in the kitchen of Wilson’s new bachelor pad. After the success of their first all-night bash, the boys are shown cruising for pledges in their A-Team van and officiating a K-Y Jelly wrestling match between two coeds and what might be the world’s oldest living man. From their high points, the trailer then turns to the brothers’ difficulties. Wilson wakes up in bed with an underage Elisha Cuthbert, Ferrell succumbs to the alcohol-obsessed beast that rules over his soul, and Jeremy Piven, the dean, sets out to put an end to their debauchery once and for all. During the remainder of the trailer, we get to see the frat’s hazing ritual, which involves a cinder block tied to the pledges’ junk, while Wilson tries to convince Ellen Pompeo that his crew’s exploits have been blown out of proportion. My favorite part of the trailer comes at the end when Ferrell shoots himself in the neck with a tranquilizer gun seconds after it’s handed to him by a severely mulleted Seann William Scott.  Old School opened February 21, 2003. Check out the Old School trailer at Zuguide.com.