ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Trailers promise action, romance, drama
Ed. note: The following reviews focus specifically on trailers
for movies set to hit theatres this year. Will they be as good as they promise?
Only time will tell...
By Brent Carpenter
Starsky and Hutch
Directed by: Todd Phillips
Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Snoop Dogg
Nostalgia is in, and who better to play the title roles in this ’70s
throwback flick than the “Starsky” and “Hutch” of
modern Hollywood, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson?
It can’t hurt that everyone’s favorite self-promoter, Snoop Dogg,
plays a pimp-turned-police informant called Huggy Bear, and Vince Vaughan sporting
a handlebar mustache and pink leisure suit is the film’s heavy, Reese
Directed by Todd Phillips (Road Trip; Old School), Starsky and Hutch is aimed
at the same age demographic — late teens and early 20s — that gave
his previous two comedies much of their bread and butter.
The trailer establishes what we’ve already come to expect from the Stiller-Wilson
combo, which is that straight-arrow Starsky (“Where were you — I’ve
been here since 8 a.m.!”) plays the uptight geek, while laid-back Hutch
(“Really? I didn’t even know this place opened that early”)
will make sure he stays that way. Opens Friday, Mar. 5. Sequel date TBA.
Directed by: Kevin Smith
Starring: Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, George Carlin, Jennifer Lopez
The trailer says Jersey Girl is “a story about the challenges that face
us, and discovering the things that matter most.”
In this case, the key challenge faced by Miramax is to get everyone to forget
about last year’s Bennifer catastrophe Gigli — a movie nobody saw
but everyone seemed to hate — and to focus on the thing that matters
most: in Jersey Girl, Lopez dies within the first 15 minutes. No magical lesbian
reversals, no gobble-gobble — nothing.
This may sound like a pretty huge spoiler, but it’s actually something
the marketing department is trying to make abundantly clear. Well aware that
audiences are not interested in another schmaltzy B. Lo romantic comedy, the
trailer reassures us that Jersey Girl will not rehash horrible Gigli memories.
It’ll be interesting to see how Smith fares in his first project outside
the View Askew universe (Dogma, Chasing Amy, etc.). While Jersey Girl may not
be the next Casablanca, it sure as hell won’t be the next Gigli. Opens
Friday, Mar. 19.
The Lady Killers
Directed by: Joel and Ethan Coen
Starring: Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks is Goldthwait Higginson Dorr, a charlatan Southern professor straight
out of a time warp who puts together a “skilled” group of young,
modern thieves to rob a casino.
Unfortunately for the professor, his crew — Macsam, Pancake, Lump and
The General — appears to lack the mental capacity to do the job (hint:
one of them is Marlon Wayans).
They work out of a rented room in the house of an inquisitive, no-nonsense
old woman (“Y’all no playin’ no hippity-hop!”) and
soon find out that pulling off a successful heist is the least of their worries.
Anything Coen is worth checking-out, and the brothers have recently adopted
more star-heavy casts, while remaining true to the strange subject matter that
put them on everyone’s radar in the first place. Opens Friday, Mar. 26.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Directed by: Michel Gondry
Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet
Joel (Carrey) discovers that his girlfriend Clementine (Winslet), frustrated
over their failing relationship, has undergone an experimental procedure in
which all her memories of Joel have been erased.
Hurt, Joel reacts by undergoing the same procedure, during which time he decides
he still loves her and wants to keep his memories intact.
Accordingly, he begins to stash memories of Clementine in certain recesses
of his brain where she doesn’t belong, with the idea being that they
will be overlooked by the experiment. This, however, leads to the alteration
of other memories, the result of which is likely going to be far too involved
to explain within the confines of this tiny space. The trailer promises a head-scratcher.
Opens Friday, Mar. 19.