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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.

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.

Tropic Thunder: Zoolander Goes to Nam

Posted in Action, Comedy by Adam on August 14, 2008
Click to watch the Tropic Thunder trailer at Zuguide.com

Click to watch the Tropic Thunder trailer at Zuguide.com

After trying his hand at kid-friendly comedy in Night at the Museum and working with the Farrelly brothers for the first time since There’s Something About Mary in The Heartbreak Kid, Ben Stiller decided to return to the role of writer/director/actor in his new movie Tropic Thunder. At this point, some people might be feeling that Stiller has become a little overexposed, but Tropic Thunder marks only the second screenplay he has made into a feature film (the first was Zoolander) and only his fourth time directing (the others were Reality Bites, The Cable Guy and Zoolander again). I was actually surprised when I looked up those facts on IMDB, considering for awhile there it seemed like Stiller had a new movie coming out every few months and was having great difficulty dealing with his over-the-top cameo addiction. The fact that Tropic Thunder is only the second movie he’s written makes it likely that this will be the first time I’ve gone to the theater to see Stiller in a film since The Royal Tenenbaums.

The Tropic Thunder trailer starts of like an Apocalypse Now/Platoon ripoff with helicopters flying over explosions and palm trees and soldiers crying out in agony for their fallen comrades. But, when Stiller asks if they can stop filming, even though his hands have been blown off, it becomes clear that Tropic Thunder is a movie about making another movie. We’re then introduced to the lead actors: Ben Stiller is Derek Zoolander as an action star, Robert Downey Jr. is an Australian method actor who undergoes a controversial operation to play a black man in the film and Jack Black is a foul-mouthed comedian with a drinking/drug problem. Next, following a suggestion from an extra-grizzled Nick Nolte, director Steve Coogan decides to abandon Stiller and company in the jungle to make their performances more authentic and to teach them a lesson for being such crybabies. Of course, everything goes wrong and the actors end up in a real war with a rural Vietnamese militia. The best part of the trailer is watching Robert Downey Jr. try to be funny without seriously offending millions of people. Tropic Thunder opens August 13, 2008. Check out the Tropic Thunder trailer at Zuguide.com.