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Since when did Judd Apatow start ghost directing?
Nice to see that “The Dark Tower” is going to be in good hands…
That Trailer SUCKS!
Wow. Just wow. How many hernias were inflicted lifting this garbage?
It seems Ron is trying to be taken as “comedically cool” within the industry….dude mediocre material like this ain’t gonna accomplish anything but eye rolls.
Think Ron is a very talented guy, but this is year-one film school schlock.
Judd Apatow? Nope, has to be Ron Howard directing, it’s got the mandatory bit part in it for his ugly little brother Clint. Lord knows the guy doesn’t get work otherwise.
But from the looks of it, Andy needs to take Opie out to the woodshed for this one.
Looks super mediocre. Seriously, the JumboTron? That’s one clue that the writer has got nothing. Or perhaps non-writers conspired to make it more banal than originally scripted, in which case apologies to Allan Loeb.
Allan Loeb is untalented and really swarmy. His scripts make for good reads and NOT good movies. But CAA has thrust this guy down the throats of every D girl and boy in town and they fell for it because they were too lazy to read they just listened to hype.
He has good agents and I hope he is saving his millions in inflated paydays because after this and that piece of garbage Wall Street Money Never Sleeps he will be shuffled off with his all male posse to lick his wounds.
So this is what passes as dialog now days.
Looks pretty funny. Why do I feel like I’ve just seen the best parts though? Hmmm.
Wow! What a homophobic trailer. Blech.
All the tacit homophobic language at the top of this trailer is insulting and dangerous…Ron Howard should be ashamed….Well, for many reasons, but certainly for this. Couldn’t use any other minority group. AND Queen Latifah is sitting in the scene. COME ON.
Remember when The Gay Community was avante-garde and hip?
Now they’ve turned into up-tight, fat ankled Midwestern Ladies who want to get marrrrrried.
Teen-aged culture has appropriated the word “gay” to mean silly, embarrassing and overly-precious. Vaughn’s character explains that to you quite clearly in the opening of the trailer.
Then again, maybe teen-aged culture understands the modern Gay Community fairly well.
@That’s So Gay-
Actually, the “Gay Community” just want the same rights as straight people.
The right to marry, the right to be avant garde, the right to be dull, the right to kiss their loved one on a park bench without getting punched, the right to serve their country in the military, the right be a human being.
“LET’S REMEMBER BEING GAY IS A CHOICE”
You’re right. Gay people are naturally heterosexual but they choose a lifestyle that goes against their own natural desires to subject themselves daily to numerous forms of religious / political persecution, estrangement from family, inability to marry, discrimination in housing and employment, threats of physical violence or even death and then lie about their choice by insisting they were born that way.
That’s it. We are taking the word “gay” away from the homosexuals. They’re all so grim now; the newest fad is to be angry all the time, outraged, petulant, put upon, deprived, disrespected, the ultimate victim class. So, from here on in, they are the “grims.” “My god, that guy with the boa is SOOOOOOO grim.” “The Grim Community believes that…” “The Grim Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation today announced that…” “Many of the grims in West Hollywood came out to show solidarity…”
Yeah, that works fine, and is a hell of a lot more accurate!
Opie needs to stick with drama…
BUT it was nice to see Jennifer Connelly and Winona Ryder in the same flick… is it the 1980′s again??
What’s so hot about this trailer? Looks dopey, and I find the “gay” reference really offensive – and I’m not even gay. Lowbrow non-humor, if you ask me. I smell a bomb.
I find it interesting that a couple of commenters here find using the term “gay” to mean lame or stupid an offensive practice.
The homosexual community appropriated the word gay, which once meant festive or happy, for their own purposes. Fair enough, I suppose. Language is malleable and homosexual sounds a little unwieldy and clinical. Fag sounds derisive and harsh. So they took an existing word and gave it a new, more positive meaning.
But now that the term “gay” has been hijacked to mean something else again–it’s hard for me to take the complaints seriously.
It’s like shouting, “Stop that thief! He stole my loot!”
Hobbled – your argument makes no sense.
Of course, gays (me being one) and those with common sense are going to take offense to the word “gay” being used to mean “lame or stupid”. The childish playground connotation stems directly from the word meaning homosexual – which as you know is a minority group fighting to protect their rights, and in some parts of the world, their lives. So to disregard any complaints people have to it being offensive is unnecessary. Why bother making an argument that only makes you sound intolerant? (I won’t assume that you’re a white man who hasn’t ever had to deal with intolerance of any kind.)
Let’s move beyond the use of words that may at all set back any work some of us have done to move beyond stereotypes and childish ignorance. Especially in the film business where we have the ability to reach millions of people.
And this movie does look bad.
It’s one thing to appropriate a word for a particular meaning, but it’s another to use it to imply (or directly) derogatory terms or use it to hurt. “Homosexual” has been proven to be seen as clinical and bad. Polls show when the term is used instead of “gay or lesbian” support for gays and lesbians decreases dramatically. And F** is used all the time during bashings and I don’t think there’s much of a debate about whether or not this word is positive.
Your grasp of this issue is ignorant at best.
this trailer looks terrible… Jesus — is good ol Ronny that out of touch? who thinks Kevin James is just unfunny…? And Vaughn has played the same hand since Old School… zzzzzzzzzz
“Hot,” as in “steaming pile.”
WHY is Queen Latifah in this movie? Ron Howard doesn’t do black people. She’s playing the magical negro friend role.
Ron Howard directed this? It looks dreadful. Another comedy centering on middle-aged men. Why do they always cast beautiful talented actresses in these movies and give them nothing to do, certainly not in the trailer. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m guessing it was little more than a paycheck for Winona Ryder and Jennifer Connelly.
I’m not a big James fan but Vaughn is usually solid and it’s GREAT to see Howard getting back to comedy.
This thing has a plot that a lot of people can relate to (providing it’s even close to that presented in the trailer) so I’m hoping for the best.
This looks terrible. A waste of Ron Howard’s talent.
This looks really, really, really bad. And frankly, not as much of a dilemma as you would think a movie called “The Dilemma” would have. People figuring out how to pay their medical bills — that’s a dilemma. Or how to get a job in this economy. This is a movie without any sort of meaningful stakes — no true “dilemma of magnitude”, which is what is wrong with A LOT of Hollywood movies right now. Even in “comedy” or “action” or “popcorn entertainment”, strong stakes are needed to give audiences in “flyover country” who are struggling to make ends meet the catharsis they’re looking for…
Oh good lord. Can you tie a ribbon on all that CRAP you just emitted and perhaps send it to someone deserving of having to endure it? So only people in “flyover country” are “struggling to make ends meet” and need a “catharsis,” huh? Well, New York state has one of the highest rates of unemployment in the nation and our governor just vetoed a housing bill that will now result in more AIDS sufferers being homeless. Is that enough of a “dilemma” for your crackpot taste? This film is a COMEDY, Einstein, and the dilemma is therefore COMEDIC in nature.
If you don’t like the trailer, fine. But since you obviously haven’t a creative bone in your body, YOU certainly aren’t one to criticize the film’s premise.
Ummm…I used the term “fly over” country as a reference to its use elsewhere on this site recently — not saying suffering is mutually exclusive to the middle of the nation at all. I was referencing Nikki’s comment that studio films have to play to the nation as a whole these days in order to break even. I live in LA and there’s quite a bit of suffering here. A lot, in fact. As far as the “dilemma of magnitude”, you still need high-stakes, even in comedy. Ask a screenwriter….
I’m not a particularly hard sell when it comes to comedy trailers. There’s usually one line or sight gag in most of them that makes me laugh.
But good god, there was nothing to even smile at here. As for the story, I think it took them half the trailer to even get to the premise.
“CBS Monday Night Sitcom: The Movie”
Wow, “that’s so gay” humor reminiscent of the 1980s, the obligatory Jumbo Tron scene…and apparently these are the comedic HIGH POINTS of the film.
I think I’d rather watch “Slinky: The Movie.”
Wow this movie looks really bad. No surprise it’s being released during January…the dumping ground for terrible movies.
FYI: It was test screened last Wed in Port Chester, NY and again this week in Paramus, NJ. Don’t know how the audience reacted last week to it.
The audiences at both screenings thought the movie was “really gay”…
My God…Ron Howard…what are you doing…? Do you really need the money?
Connelly and Ryder look like a couple of deers caught in the headlight…this just makes it official for me that I am so done with Vince “Beer Pong” Vaughan. Ugggh!
Sorry but I will never understand how Kevin James gets cast in movies, yes I guess middle America loves him (yawn) but he has zero acting abilities which I thought was somewhat of a requirement when you acted in movies. I also don’t get why Hollywood keeps casting gorgeous women opposite him, let’s be real, Salma Hayek and Winona Ryder can do SO much better. Of course if it was the opposite, if they cast Melissa McCarthy as Mark Wahlberg wife then that’d be the whole plot of the movie.
Ron Howard is one of the most conservative directors working today and the homophobia displayed in the trailer is pretty evident and sad. Shame on him. And is Kevin James making a career out of making homophobic films? Good for him.
“Ron Howard is one of the most conservative directors working today…”
Are you high or just stupid? Ron Howard came out BIG for Obama in 2008, and has been active in liberal politics for decades. Look at the link below; you want to point out a conservative on this donation list? Schmuck.
It was one joke at the beginning of the trailer that needs to go. Instead use a word that they both know and think is doubled over funny but no one else in the board room responds to, and show their connection and friendship without making the audience pause. The trailer is funny, the five main actors are strong, and it’s going to make a lot of money. It has heart.
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