Lost in Previews: Comedies?

Here are the trailers for upcoming comedies–but are they actually funny?  Did they make you laugh?

Grown Ups is a movie about the maturity of a group of friends who were besties in 1978 and grew apart.  They come together for the funeral of their basketball coach and decide to take a little vacation and reconnect. Their wives and children join them.   It seems like the perfect comedy with all the talent involved–Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, Kevin James, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, and Maya Rudolph.  I have to say that I did not know that Salma Hayek had a unibrow growing up until I saw that second trailer.  I would be mortified.  Did I laugh during these trailers? Yes.  Do I want to see this in the theatres?  Not really.  Grown Ups is in theatres June 25, 2010.

You Again is about Marni (Kristen Bell), who finds out her brother’s fiancé, Joanna (Odette Yustman of The Unborn), is the girl who made her high school years a living hell.  She then decides to try to derail the engagement by trying to show her brother what his fiance is really like.  Turns out Marni’s mom Gail (Jaime Lee Curtis) had the same high school relationship with Joanna’s Aunt Ramona (Sigourney Weaver).  Betty White, Kristin Chenoweth, Cloris Leachman, Victor Garber, and Patrick Duffy also star.  I can relate to this situation seeing as I was a complete dork in high school.  Did this trailer make me laugh? Yes.  Do I want to see this in theatres? Yes, please.  You Again is in theatres September 24, 2010.

Solitary Man is a comedic drama basically about this older guy, Ben Kalman (Michael Douglas), who is basically having a crisis of sorts.  He is divorced, has a girlfriend, and likes to sleep with young women.  The movie also stars Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, Mary-Louise Parker, Jenna Fischer, and Jesse Eisenberg.  It’s not a total comedy but the trailer did make me laugh.  Solitary Man is currently in theatres.

Life As We Know It is a touching comedy about two people who are the chosen ones to parent a baby after her parents pass away.  These two people do not like each other at all, but have to come together to raise a child.  I am not a big fan of Katherine Heigl or Josh Duhamel.  I really don’t know how Katherine Heigl is the new Jennifer Aniston, but that seems to be happening.  I guess Grey’s Anatomy was really good for her.  In any case, I like this trailer and I will want to see it.  It definitely got some laughs from me.  Other than Josh and Katherine, the movie stars Christina Hendricks, Josh Lucas, Jean Smart, and Faizon Love.  Life As We Know It comes to theatres October 8, 2010.

Dinner for Schmucks is about a guy who wants to move up in his company, but to do so he has to bring someone to a dinner that is a schmuck (aka crazy, weird, idiotic person).  Paul Rudd plays Tim Wagner who decides to bring Barry played by Steve Carrell to this dinner.  When you see who is starring in this movie, you expect a funny movie, but honestly, I did not laugh once when I watched this trailer.  How about you?  This movie also stars Jermaine Clement, Zach Galifianakis, Ron Livingston, and Kristen Schaal.  I don’t have any plans to see this movie.  Dinner for Schmucks comes to theatres July 30, 2010.

The Other Guys has a great trailer.  You initially think this is a cop movie with Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson, but it quickly shifts to a cop comedy with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.  Mark Wahlberg is not known for his comedies unless you count The Happening, but he definitely is pulling it off in this trailer.   Did you watch the MTV Movie Awards?  The cast presented Best Villain with Will and Mark suspended overhead.  It was hilarious.  Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Anne Heche, and Paris Hilton also star in this movie.  Yes, I do want to see The Other Guys when it hits theatres August 6, 2010.

Easy A is a modern retelling of The Scarlet Letter.  Olive (Emma Stone) helps a few dorks fake lose their virginity with her.  This gives her the reputation for being a slut even though she has not slept with anyone.  She decides to embrace the reputation and wear a red letter “A” on her clothes at school.  The trailer is good and I am definitely intrigued by the plot.  The movie also stars Amanda Bynes, Cam Gigandet, Penn Badgley, Stanley Tucci, Malcolm McDowell, Lisa Kudrow, Patricia Clarkson, Thomas Haden Church, and Chyna.  Easy A comes to theatres September 17, 2010.

Knight and Day is an action comedy movie with a confusing plot.  The synopsis on IMDB does not really jive with what is shown in the trailers.  It looks like Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz’s characters did not know each other before, but maybe they did.  I don’t know.  In any case, it looks like an entertaining movie.  Once again, not a big fan of Cameron Diaz’s overacting abilities, but I am willing to give this a shot.  Maggie Grace, Paul Dano, Peter Sarsgaard, Marc Blucas, and Viola Davis also star.  FYI Knight and Day release date just got moved up a couple of days to June 23, 2010.  One week later, Eclipse is going to knock this movie out of the #1 spot.

Going the Distance is a comedy about maintaining a long-distance relationship starring Drew Barrymore, Justin Long (those two are dating in real life), Ron Livingston, Christina Applegate, Jason Sudeikis, Kelli Garner, Kristen Schaal, and Jim Gaffigan.  In the beginning of the trailer, the movie seems to be shot in kind of a documentary-style, grainy film, but quickly moves to a more usual shooting style.  Justin Long seems to be quite the rising star.  He seems to be in lots of movies not just the Mac ads.  The trailer is funny and this is a definite girls-night-out movie.  Going the Distance is in theatres August 27, 2010.

Get Low is a comedic drama about a hermit who throws his own wake/funeral party while he is still alive.  Robert Duvall plays the hermit and Bill Murray plays the funeral director.  The movie also stars Sissy Spacek, Bill Cobbs, Lucas Black, and Gerald McRaney.  Lost in Reviews was able to interview Bill Murray at the SXSW premiere of Get Low.  The interview is here.  Get Low is in theatres July 30, 2010.

Last but not least is a trailer that debuted today.  The Extra Man is a quirky comedy starring Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, Katie Holmes, and John C. Reilly.  An older gigolo of sorts (an extra man) to old wealthy ladies acquires a roommate in a young man who aspires to be a playwright.  This is definitely a quirky comedy.  The trailer brings the laughs.  I like the dog rub-down at the end.  What this trailer does not give you is what character is John C. Reilly playing?  You get a couple of shots of him looking like a haggard man, but that’s it.  The Extra Man comes to theatres in a limited release July 30, 2010.

by Sarah Ksiazek

About Sarah Ksiazek

Sarah is a Zookeeper extraordinaire who writes, edits, and is the resident trailer addict for Lost in Reviews. Do not underestimate her snobbery when it comes to trailers. She also owns/runs The Host Movie News which is a fan site for The Host movie adaptation.

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