Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: Get Him to the Greek

Welcome to a new weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

Get Him to the Greek – Opening June 4, 2010

This week’s top trailer is more of a cautious entry since this one could either soar or flop. It’s a movie that takes a supporting scene-stealing character from a film and gives him his own chance to headline a movie. The same director, Nicholas Stoller, is in charge, but the strange thing is that another scene-stealing actor from the first film, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” gets a whole new role, going from Matthew the Waiter to record company intern Aaron Green. It’s probably more believable not to have Matthew inexplicably turned into a success by interning at a record company, and therefore a fresh start could be good for the actor in this story. I personally loved “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and I’ll admit that Aldous Snow was one of the funniest parts of the movie. Russell Brand is certainly unhinged, and having him take drugs and do other mild-altering things could result in some unfettered zaniness, but for the most part it should be fun. I never saw “The Rocker” with Rainn Wilson, but this strikes me as something akin to what I imagine that to be. What I expect from this kind of movie is an exceptional use of cameo roles, like that of Aziz Ansari as a record company employee, and a very gross-out sense of humor. Hill pushing away the face of a girl who is trying to make out with Aldous is an excellent example from the trailer of what should fill this movie’s runtime. I particularly enjoy Brand’s uttering of “behind the curtain is this sweating little drunk idiot covered in puke.” Hill is a master of understated delivery, of course, and his final statement of “are you kidding around?” in response to Aldous’ suggestion that they go jogging at 5am is great. This could be a monumental failure, sure, but I had a ball with “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” and hopefully the same type of jokes and the presence of two of the same scene-stealers should be a recipe for comedy gold.

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