Best and Worst Movie Trailers

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Ah, the movie trailer: Our first glimpse into the next two hours of our lives. That is, if the trailer has intrigued us enough to pay the $7 to see the film. Trailers can say a lot about a film . . . and so can I.



The Decoy Bride – A film star travels across the ocean to try and get married in private, but he can’t seem to hide from the press. So in order to solve his problem, he does what anyone would do: sets up a decoy. Two innocent bystanders agree to “get married” to try and distract the press. However, when they accidentally use their real names in the ceremony (classic mistake), they end up actually getting married. How funny. And then maybe they fall in love, maybe they don’t. All I know is that the trailer is boring. And I can already tell you that they rely too much on people falling for their humor. It’s a no for me.

Good Deeds – With a cast featuring Thandie Newton, Brian White (yum) and Phylicia Rashad, I would love to recommend this film. But based on Tyler Perry’s past record and the predictability of this trailer, I just can’t. Perry plays a man who has the perfect life when he runs into a woman in need. He helps her out. He does a good deed. Get it? Mr. Perry, feel free to prove me wrong, but I’m going to pass on this one.


Friends With Kids– This is one film with an all-star cast that I’m actually excited to see. Unlike, say, New Year’s Eve, this film looks both hilarious and touching and not at all like a million different dull plots thrown together in one film. Plus, it is a reunion of four of the actors in Bridesmaids. And if that isn’t reason enough, add a story about two friends having a baby together and staying only friends, and I’m hooked. Starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm, Chris O’Dowd, Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Megan Fox and Edward Burns, I’m going to go out on a limb and recommend this trailer. Who’s with me?

The Hunger Games– I have to say it: Katniss and Peeta forever. Sorry if that means nothing to you. But it should. So read the books. Although, with actors like Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Stanley Tucci, this trailer will also hook those who have never heard of the book (if those people exist). So to fans and to those of you currently living under a rock, I say: Mark March 23 off your calendar and spend the next two minutes anticipating the fight to the death . . . between children. It’s not as bad as it sounds. Actually it is. But it’s still great.

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