The Good Life

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Behold! The latest trailers for some of the most noteworthy films in the pipe.

By R. Kurt Osenlund, The Good Life film critic

Filmmakers Jay and Mark Duplass, the guys behind the indie darling "The Puffy Chair," return with a comedy about a middle-aged, Below-Average Joe (John C. Reilly) who catches the eye of a pretty woman (Marisa Tomei), but soon locks horns with her grown son (Jonah Hill).

Turn-ons: The cast. Of Reilly, Tomei, Hill and Catherine Keener (playing Reilly's character's ex-wife), Hill is the only one who isn't a deserved Oscar nominee (or, in Tomei's case, winner). It's a nice foursome to toss into an adult comedy; however, little about this film looks "adult" beyond its premise.
Turn-offs: Simply because a movie has independent roots (the Duplass boys are Sundance faves, and Cyrus was selected for this year's fest) doesn't mean it's anything special. Watching this trailer, I see little difference between "Cyrus" and the latest dumb Hollywood comedy.

Matt Damon and Emily Blunt star as lovers who were never meant to be in this adaptation of the Philip K. Dick short story. Damon stars as a politician who learns his every move is being controlled, and getting cozy with Blunt's character isn't part of the master plan.

Turn-ons: Philip K. Dick adaptations are notoriously hit or miss. Sometimes, you get "Blade Runner." Other times, you get "Paycheck." This looks to be one of the better of the bunch, with a classy noir look and two appealing lead stars.
Turn-offs: A forbidden romance between two strangers doesn't sound very high-stakes to me, and I doubt there'll be much time to develop the love with all the cloak-and-dagger explaining to do.

Rachel McAdams stars as a desperate career girl who takes a low-paying gig as the producer of a morning show. Trouble and comedy ensue when she hooks up with a co-worker (Patrick Wilson) and brings in an industry vet (Harrison Ford) to co-host with a woman he detests (Diane Keaton).

Turn-ons: Now, this is what I'm talking about. Like 2007's "The TV Set," "Morning Glory" looks to be a wickedly funny broadcasting satire. The pairing of Keaton and Ford is very comedically promising, and lest we forget one of McAdams's breakout roles was in the highly hilarious "Mean Girls."
Turn-offs: The end of the trailer suggests things might turn safe and cuddly, a problem that plagued another recent satire, "The Joneses." Here's hoping the film will skewer the biz, not stoop to become one of its dime-a-dozen products.


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