Trailer Park: “The Other Guys,” “Step Up 3D,” “Twelve,” “Middle Men”
Somehow the summer has already started slipping through our fingers but until it’s all gone, it’s really important to give yourself a break! And there are really few better ways to get that than to curl up in a movie theater … I mean, assuming that island vacation is not within your budget. This week, get outside your head with “The Other Guys,” “Step Up 3D,” “Twelve” and “Middle Men.”
The Movie: “The Other Guys”
The Trailer: Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) is a persnickety police paper pusher who’s partnered up with Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) who got stuck with Gamble after accidentally shooting a Yankee. Their office hotshots, P.K. Highsmith (Samuel L. Jackson) and Christopher Danson (Dwayne Johnson), make them feel like just the “other guys,” stuck at their desks. Turns out there’s more to Gamble than meets the eye, as his hot wife (Eva Mendes) can attest to.
The Hitch: There’s something really brilliant about putting Ferrell and Wahlberg together and unlike a lot of director Adam McKay’s films (“Anchorman,” “Talladega Nights”), the characters don’t seem so over the top as to become caricatures. This is the first Ferrell movie I’ve wanted to see in ages and it doesn’t hurt that Walhberg is totally beautiful.
The Movie: “Step Up 3D”
The Trailer: Dancing. In 3D. There’s a love story. I feel like describing the plot would be silly at this point. Boy meets girl, boy invites girl to join his New York street dancing troupe, ends in a climatic dance contest with rival dance teams.
The Hitch: The only thing that really matters about this new 3-D craze is that it makes otherwise mind-numbing movies about dancing look really pretty. There’s a lot of dancing in puddles apparently, which actually looks really cool, but I hate to admit that. Director Jon M. Chu said of the effects, ”We use every 3-D trick out there. Everything that [James] Cameron says not to do, we do it!” [Entertainment Weekly]
The Movie: “Twelve”
The Trailer: Privileged Upper East Siders are home from boarding school for the summer and they’re up to no good. White Mike (Chase Crawford) is a drug dealer who needs to get a drug called “twelve” from another drug dealer (50 Cent) who may or may not have killed his cousin. There’s one girl (Emma Roberts) in town who knew him when he was still a good kid, but he’s already gone down the rabbit hole.
The Hitch: The movie looks like a more twisted and drug-fueled “Gossip Girl,” which didn’t really seem possible until now. It’s based on a 2002 novel written by Nick McDonell when he was just 17 years old, and it’s based on growing up in Manhattan. This is probably why a lot of people worry about bringing up kids in the big city, because with all the drugs you can buy with a ton of money, nothing good will happen.
The Movie: “Middle Men”
The Trailer: Jack Harris (Luke Wilson) is a family man who meets Wayne Beering (Giovanni Ribisi) and Buck Dolby (Gabriel Macht) who are troubled geniuses who’ve figured out how to charge people for porn on the internet, opening up a whole new world of profit. Jack helps them with their business plan and the money flows in and the morals quickly dissolve into skeeziness, especially when the mobsters decide they want their cut and Jack finds himself somewhere between a 23-year-old porn star and the FBI.
The Hitch: The story is based on the life of one of the producers who went from nerd to web entrepreneur and, instead of experiencing a complete downfall, managed to turn all that into a career in Hollywood. Some guys have all the luck. It looks like a helluva ride though and thank goodness Luke Wilson stopped looking like the Pilsbury dough boy and Giovanni Ribisi has once again graced the silver screen with his awesome presence!