Marshall And Lily Show Us Their Goods, And Once Again Jason Segel Proves His Superiority: The Muppets and American Reunion Trailers
But even counting Willow, Segel still seems to have the more radass track record. He was also the MVP on both of Judd Apatow's prematurely cancelled TV series, "Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared," he helped define the Bromance with co-starr Paul Rudd in I Love You, Man, and he wrote and starred in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the unlikely movie career launchpad for Russel Brand (boo) and Mila Kunis (yay). That last one led directly to Segel writing, starring, and producing the most promising looking Muppet movie in decades, while Hannigan is sadly forced to return to the American Pie bakery that first capitalized on her sweet n' sour persona. Based on the newest trailers for both The Muppets and American Reunion, I'd say Mrs. Erickson is still trailing behind her fictional husband. Which is funny, because in HIMYM canon, Lily is the Settler Marshall is the Reacher, but in real life, those roles are obviously reversed; no matter what my fellow Whedonites might protest to the contrary. Watch the trailers for both films below, and judge for yourself.
The Muppets (official, non-parody trailer):
American Reunion (red band, moderately NSFW trailer):
And, no, the tonal difference between the movies/trailers is not lost on me. Debating the various meanings of "maturity" aside, both The Muppets and American Reunion are attempting to appeal to similar nostalgic tendencies in their prospective audiences. Though the final bathroom moment in Reunion is fairly charming, all things considered, only one trailer succeeds in capturing the supposed excitement on display in each, while the other just makes you feel embarrassed for everyone involved. Sort of like the difference between gags written for Marshall on "How I Met Your Mother" and those written for Lily. See? It all comes full circle
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force and tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar. He really hopes American Reunion doesn't suck as hard as Stifler's mom -- Alyson Hannigan deserves better than that.