Sunday, May 31, 2009

TRAILERS: "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard," "The Answer Man," "'77," "Mr. Nobody"

• If you liked the time-jumping romance of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, then you might like Jared Leto's Mr. Nobody.

• I love John Francis Daley (Sweets on "Bones"), so I'd give his latest film, the indie dramedy '77 a shot. It's about a guy who loves movies so much that he tries to recreate them, and one day, the day he sees the trailer for the first Star Wars film, he pretty much reaches the climax of geekdom. As his friend says, "To everyone else movies are just something to do when you're tired of real life. To you, real life is something you do when you're tired of movies." That sounds like my life, which is probably why this cross between Fanboys and Adventureland sounds like something I'd see.

• Ok, so imagine if you were one of those people who made their living by writing self-help books. Now imagine that you were filthy rich and unbelievably famous because of it. Would you go outside? Would you slap your face on the book sleeve? Jeff Daniels' character didn't, which was actually a wise decision. The fans of his book are so crazed that he's literally like the Oprah of self-help books. However, unlike Oprah, he's none too pleased to get all the attention. He's bitter, overly sarcastic, and practically a shut-in. No one's been to his home in five years. So one day, when he throws his back out, he meets a chiropractor (the grossly underused Lauren Graham of "Gilmore Girls") and suddenly has an epiphany. While he already knew that a majority of his advice was bullshit, what he realized in that moment is that he really wanted to be just as answer-less as everyone else. He wanted to be normal enough to convince Graham's character to let down her guard and accept him into her and her son's life. Olivia Thirlby (The Wackness and Juno) plays Graham's secretary, and Lou Taylor Pucci (Thumbsucker) plays a guy who discovers Daniels' address and exchanges books for exististential advice. Take a look at The Answer Man (a.k.a. Arlen Faber).

• When I first read the premise of The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, I thought it was stupid. Jeremy Piven ("Entourage") plays a sleazy car salesman who has an impeccable track record. Who wants to watch a guy sell cars? Um, so I watched the trailer and I almost peed myself. With a cast that includes Ving Rhames, Kathryn Han ("Crossing Jordan"), Noureen Deulf, Ken Jeong (Knocked Up), David Koechner, Ed Helms, Tony Hale, and Will Ferrell it's no wonder it had me in stitches. The part where he gets the team riled up against the Japanese had me dying. See for yourself. The plight of the down-and-out car salesman has never been so funny.
Release Date: Aug. 14th

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