In this week’s edition of Trailer Park, I take a look at three summer films with comedic elements.
We start with Don Jon, marking the directorial debut of actor Joseph Gordon Levitt. The actor has been on a roll recently with appearances in Chris Nolan’s Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, and Rian Johnson’s inventive sci-fi thriller Looper. He’s certainly worked with some A-list directors so we’ll see if that translates to his directorial ability.
Don Jon looks promising. Levitt stars as a buff ladies man who also seems to have a bit of a porn addiction. The trailer shows him falling for Scarlett Johannson and also in a relationship with Julianne Moore. We even have Tony Danza playing his dad!
I didn’t know much about Don Jon before watching the trailer and the spot succeeded in its mission of making me more curious to see it. I’m also curious to see the movie within a movie that seems to be featured here with Channing Tatum and Anne Hathaway. And you gotta love that the trailer unexpectedly includes Mark Wahlberg… or rather, Marky Mark as Don Jon sings along to “Good Vibrations” in his car. That is until he comes to a stoplight and gets embarrassed. Been there, done that! Trailer Grade: B+
Next: The World’s End, reuniting the creative team behind 2004’s Shaun of the Dead and 2007’s Hot Fuzz. The story centers on a group of British dudes attempting to recreate a classic night from their youth. Their epic bar crawl seems to go seriously wrong with some supernatural happenings that aren’t specifically spelled out in the trailer. Director Edgar Wright and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have covered this ground before and the trailer does look somewhat derivative of Shaun of the Dead, in particular. Still, these guys know how to do energetic and satisfying comedy and the trailer gives us enough to get pretty excited about. Trailer Grade: B
Last and least is the trailer for We’re the Millers starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. It focuses on Aniston as a stripper and Sudeikis as a pot dealer who pose as a wholesome American family traveling to Mexico to pay back a drug dealer. There simply aren’t many laughs to be had in the trailer. The spot certainly wants to focus on Aniston being scantily clad with her stripper moves, but even that angle seems tired since the actress did the bad girl thing already in 2011’s Horrible Bosses, also with Sudeikis. Everything about this trailer screamed “wait until HBO or Showtime” for me. Trailer Grade: C
I’ll be back next week with fresh thoughts on new trailers!