Trailer Hitch

By Jim Van Nest

May 11, 2006

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Welcome to Trailer Hitch, BOP's look at the latest movie trailers to hit the Internet. After touching on several of the early summer blockbusters last week, I'm here today to cover more of the summer blockbusters and to give you a peak into what will surely be one of the bigger films of the season.

The Break-Up - Opens June 2nd

Starring in their first film as a couple, Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston headline the romantic comedy The Break-Up. After a couple of years together, it seems that Vaughn and Aniston can no longer stand each other's company. Of course, neither wants to leave the condo they share. By the look of things, they try to make the whole break-up thing work while still living under the same roof...and then hilarity ensues. And I have to say, that last line doesn't seem to be such a cliché in this case, because the trailer kills. With a stellar supporting cast including Jon Favreau, Joey Lauren Adams, Vincent D'Onofrio and Ann Margaret, this comedy seems like it might actually be, dare I say, funny. Vaughn seems to be continuing the groove he found in Dodgeball and Wedding Crashers. Aniston looks like she's trying to take Meg Ryan's "Queen of the Rom-Com" crown. Before moving on...I might mention how odd it seems for Vaughn, who's now dating Aniston to be starring in a film with her not too long after co-starring in the film that helped end her marriage, Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

The Omen - Opens June 6th

Well, considering it'll be another 100 years before we'll have such a perfect opening date like 6/6/6, it was now or likely never for a remake of the 1976 horror classic. It was with much skepticism that I clicked on the trailer link for The Omen, but I have to say, this trailer is just about perfect. The cast looks to be great with Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Pete Postlethwaite and Mia Farrow, but that's not near as important as Damien. Judging by the trailer, it appears as though they found the perfect mix of cute and creepiness in Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick to make The Omen a quality remake. The trailer wisely shows you things you expect to see in an Omen flick...the 666 birthmark, people killing themselves and parents protecting the Anti-Christ. If this clip is any indication, the filmmakers seem to have kept true to the original work, while using some of the newer techniques and effects to make this Omen potentially scarier than the original.

Click - Opens June 23rd

What would you give to have a remote control for your life? To be able to rewind the stupid things you do? Pause the truly wonderful moments in life? Or to just be able to mute the neighbors dog while you're watching a new DVD? In a nutshell, I've just described the latest Adam Sandler comedy, Click. Sandler has a hectic life. Stressful job, lovely wife and a couple of busy children. After realizing he has about 50 remote controls lying around his house, he heads out to pick up a universal remote. A trip to the Beyond section of Bed, Bath and Beyond and a meeting with a whacked-out Christopher Walken later, he comes home with a remote that controls his universe. The trailer shows several examples of him using his remote (slo-mo on the well endowed jogger and mute on the barking dog), before it signals a slight problem in the remote. This trailer does a good job of showing us what the film's about without going too far. What's amazing to me is how well Adam Sandler is making the "Steve Martin transition" from screwball comedian to viable leading man. Click should be almost as funny as it is successful this summer.


Little Man Opens - July 5th

I have a small request...can someone please stop the Wayans brothers? All of them? Please? The latest comedy from Keenen Ivory Wayans stars brothers Shawn and Marlon. Marlon Wayans plays a tiny criminal, Calvin Sims. And when I say tiny, I mean like baby sized. Imagine Baby Face Finster from the old Bugs Bunny cartoon and you got what I'm talking about. Calvin manages to steal the "Queen's Diamond" and to elude police, he dumps it off in the purse of a young woman at a convenience store. Naturally, the only way to get it back is to pretend to be a baby left on the doorstep. Shawn plays the "father" who takes in Baby Calvin and once again, hilarity ensues. Except this time when I say hilarity, I mean the same type of ridiculousness that can be found in the Wayans Bros. last feature, White Chicks. The trailer shows some good gags and the movie might actually be funny. But, if I were a betting man, I'd bet that Little Man provides little in the way of laughs outside of the trailer.

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby – Opens August 4

He's back, kids. One of the biggest idiots on the planet is back and this time he's taking over NASCAR. Will Ferrell plays Ricky Bobby, a NASCAR champion in the new comedy, Talladega Nights. The trailer shows Ricky as a young boy straight up to dancing in the Winner's Circle. Another film that may have shown all the good parts in the trailer, Talladega Nights seems to have every conceivable NASCAR/redneck stereotype, including Ricky's sons, Walker and Texas Ranger. In viewing this trailer, about the most I can say is that if you like Will Ferrell movies, I would expect this one to be right up your alley. If you hate Will Ferrell, you might want to give this one a pass.

Casino Royale - Opens November 17th

Fresh out of the box is the teaser for the 21st installment in the James Bond franchise. And this teaser is everything you'd want for a Bond flick. Fights, action, explosions, sweet rides and a few glimpses of the new Bond, Daniel Craig. Since this is merely a teaser, you get very little more than an MTV style cut from scene to scene. Either way, though, what you do see was enough to make me want to see Casino Royale, even though I really don't care for the Bond franchise.



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