Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: 30 Minutes or Less

Welcome to a 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.

30 Minutes or Less – Opening August 12, 2011

I had the pleasure of catching this hilarious trailer when it was sandwiched between previews for “The Hangover Part II” and “X-Men: First Class” before “Fast Five.” This movie needs no predecessors for its comedy, and I think it looks terrific. Jesse Eisenberg is fresh off the fame he garnered for “The Social Network” and back to being a good sport as a slightly socially awkward but somewhat more confident pizza delivery man who is kidnapped and forced to rob a bank. Starring alongside him is the magnificent Aziz Ansari, who never necessarily acts but still manages to have the funniest delivery of lines that I think I’ve ever seen. Ansari is currently serving up laughs as Tom on “Parks & Recreation,” and I saw him at a stand-up show at NYU and he was quite good. Pairing the two of them, however unlikely it is, seems like a superb plan. The opening scene of the trailer is strong, and I just love how hysterical Ansari’s Chet gets when he skewers Eisenberg’s Nick for coming straight to a school full of children after having a bomb strapped to his chest. This just looks like pure hilarity, and it’s refreshing to see that the red band trailer isn’t all that much different, demonstrating that the jokes and writing may actually be funny on their own without having to rest on their expletive laurels. Add in Danny McBride of “Eastbound & Down” as the number one bad guy, and this movie looks like a blast – the perfect end-of-summer comedy that has to be infinitely better than last year’s similarly-timed “The Other Guys.” The director's only previous feature film was "Zombieland," which was great. Thoughts?

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