The Studio Comedy is Making a 4.0 Comeback, Y'all / Dustin Rowles
Trade News | March 6, 2009 | Comments ()
I apologize to those who can’t get video at work, because it’s a trailer-heavy morning, but the I just can’t resist the trailer for Hangover. From the short teaser, it honest-to-God looks like what could be the comedy of the year. You remember Old School, right? And remember how refreshing that movie was in a marketplace absolutely filled to the stinking brim with stale, studio comedies? Of course, Old School ultimately begat the Apatow era, and now most comedies either are, or feel like, recycled versions of Old School and 40-Year-Old Virgin, increasingly diluted for the masses.
The Hangover looks like it may completely jumpstart comedies again, in part because it brings some familiar, yet still fresh, faces into the arena. God bless them, but there’s no Seth Rogen or Paul Rudd or Jason Segal in The Hangover, and hopefully, the comedy is not undercut by that now familiar Apatowian poignancy. It’s Bradley Cooper at his strung out best, Ed Helms in what’s sure to be a role that will launch him into Carrell territory, and the underappreciated Zach Galifianakis.
You only get a small, one-minute taste of it here, but it looks like the movie that Very Bad Things so desperately wanted to be. It’s good stuff.