Saturday, June 28, 2008

TRAILER: Spencer Breslin's "Harold"

The lesser known half of the Breslin siblings, Spencer, is finally picking some meaty material. Granted, he's only 16 and he has plenty of time to be the next Phillip Seymour Hoffman, but if I had a 12-year-old sister who got an Oscar nomination before me, I'd stop doing movies like Zoom and The Shaggy Dog too.

He picked a great indie to relaunch his image. Harold is hilarious. Think of it as Juno meets 40 Year Old Virgin--if Juno's affliction were that she looked like she was 40 because of a receding hairline and her only real friend was the school janitor. It sounds stupid, but there's enough laughs in the trailer below to make you want it in theaters right now. Cuba Gooding Jr. might actually be considered funny again after this. But the real winner here will be Spencer, who pulls off that old man-look like he's already experienced his mid-life crisis and is waiting on his Social Security to kick in. Luckily, his character has ambition. He will not let his early onset male pattern baldness stop him from asking out one of his classmates, even if strangers think she's a victim of pedophilia. Plus, if everything goes wrong, at least he has a super supportive mom played by Ally Sheedy. Because if anyone can tolerate weird behavior it's the girl who ate a Pixie Stix and Cap'n Crunch sandwich in The Breakfast Club.

The laughs, of course, must really be accredited to T. Sean Shannon, an SNL writer, who co-wrote and directed this film with Greg Fields ("In Living Color"). Watch the trailer:

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