ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE: So I'm conjuring up some kind of best-of-the-decade feature for Trailer Trash and I want to make sure I don't make any egregious omissions. I know my readers are pretty savvy folks -- can you guys hit up the comments with titles of movie trailers from the past decade that you recall being especially effective/imaginative/memorable/notable? I can't guarantee they'll all be included, but I don't want to miss anything obvious. Thanks!
I'd heard a bit about a new Mike Judge comedy with Jason Bateman, but still, when someone sent me a link to a trailer for something called "Extract" I had no idea what they were talking about. Of course, not ten seconds into the trailer and we've already seen Jason Bateman, JK Simmons, and Beth Grant, so I was pretty much immediately sold. That's what you call "frontloading."
It's interesting to see them try to sell this as Mike Judge's grand return to the "workplace comedy." I'm not sure that does much to sell the movie. To the regular schmo, the name "Mike Judge" doesn't mean much. Just say "the guy who made Office Space." I personally don't think that movie has aged so well, but people who do should respond. To anyone in the know, though, Mike Judge's "return" to anything just reminds you what a direct-to-DVD clusterfuck Idiocracy was. And really, they should be selling this on Bateman, Kristen Wiig, and Mila Kunis.
The cast really is strong, though, right? I'm still wrestling with whether I like Ben Affleck or not -- it's been twelve years, you'd think I'd have decided -- but at this point, I think I want to like him, even if it seems like putting him and Bateman into a weed-based scenario seems like a desperate grab for the Pineapple Express audience. Shouldn't Mike Judge be offering an alternative to the Apatow style. Not that I'm anti-Apatow (we're at the point on the Backlash Graph where I'm acting the rebel by liking him in the face of mounting hatred), but you're not going to enhance your rep by copying the top dog.
So I guess I'm cautiously optimistic. My most confident prediction is that JK Simmons steals the show in spectacular fashion. This just looks like that movie, doesn't it? With Richard Jenkins getting that Oscar nomination earlier this year, Simmons needs to keep pace in the Balding, Older, Character Actor With Serious Chops marathon.
P.S. Remember to comment with those trailer recommendations!