Trailer Hitch

By Eric Hughes

October 8, 2008

Isn't this the exact same picture from High School Musical 3 last week?

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Welcome to Trailer Hitch, BOP's look at the latest movie trailers to hit the Internet. This week: Tom Cavanagh gains a boyfriend (and son), Nicole Kidman goes down under and Kevin James rides a Segway.

Choose Connor – Opens October 10th

Pegged by one reviewer as "for politics what Wall Street did for capitalism," Choose Carter appears to be a well-crafted film that analyzes some of politics' disheartening truths. In it, one "fortunate" 15-year-old, Owen (Alex D. Linz), scores the chance of a lifetime when U.S. Senate candidate Lawrence Connor (Steven Webber) asks him to be his youth spokesman, thrusting Owen into a corrupt (and not to be forgotten, fierce) political world of advertising, interviews and speaking engagements that most people never get the chance to see.

I say well crafted for a number of reasons, namely the trailer's (slight) grainy image quality, believable acting on the part of its players and a beautiful piano soundtrack (which may, in fact, get even more play in the actual movie). Choose Carter marks the feature-length debut of its frighteningly young writer-director Luke Eberl, who just turned a mere 22 last March.

Grade: B+
Also expected to be released on this date: Body of Lies, City of Ember, Quarantine, The Express, Ashes of Time Redux, Billy: The Early Years of Billy Graham, Breakfast with Scot, Call+Response, Fall of Hyperion, Lola Montes, Saving Marriage, Happy-Go-Lucky




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Breakfast with Scot – Opens October 10th

Breakfast with Scot looks like nothing more than one of those cutesy movies that features a pretty couple (though this time played by two men - Tom Cavanagh and Ben Shenkman) becoming temporary guardians of their adorable, orphaned son Scot (Noah Bernett). Because the boy is unexpectedly thrown into their lives, Eric and Sam's respective lives are shifted upside down. But lo! It's perhaps all for the better in the end, as Eric's (Cavanagh) unwillingness to become a parent (and accepting of his personal sexual orientation) quietly dims as Scot teaches him about loving his inside self.

We haven't quite seen this type of story told in this fashion before, yet its jarring predictability (as evidenced from the trailer) leads me to believe that doesn't really matter.

Grade: D+
Also expected to be released on this date: Body of Lies, City of Ember, Quarantine, The Express, Ashes of Time Redux, Billy: The Early Years of Billy Graham, Choose Connor, Call+Response, Fall of Hyperion, Lola Montes, Saving Marriage, Happy-Go-Lucky


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