As someone who visits a multiplex or indie theater one to three times a week, depending on the release schedule, I see a lot of trailers. A lot. Given the relatively small number of releases in the summer (only one or two wide releases per week, until August), I see a lot of the same trailers over and over and over again. These are the five trailers that play the most frequently.
5. Crazy, Stupid, Love: I don’t mind at all sitting through this trailer once or twice a week. With Super 8 out of the way and failing to live up to (my) expectations, this is the movie I’m now most looking forward to this summer.
4. The Change Up: I’m not really bothered by the prevalence of this trailer, either. I know every beat of it, and can probably recite half the lines from memory. But I still crack up at Bateman’s line delivery, particularly in the last scene: “No no no no no. Don’t back that thing up into me. I can’t believe you come at me gun’s hot.” It comes from the writers behind The Hangover, and the fact that they didn’t write the screenplay for the sequel actually gives me some hope for The Change Up (The size of Double R’s forehead, on the other hand …)
3. Green Lantern: This is the trailer I use to take restroom breaks. I had once looked forward to this movie until the trailer. Now, I’m dreading it (but keeping an open mind). It also says a lot about this trailer that I wish there were more Blake Lively in it. I’ve seen folks on the Twitters suggest that Green Lantern would be this generation’s Star Wars. I’m still not sure if they were joking or not.
2. Transformers: Dark of the Moon: I’ve probably seen this trailer 20 times now, and I still get duped into thinking it’s a better movie than it will probably be by the first 30-second sequence. I always think it’s going to be the trailer for the found footage space flick, Apollo 18. Given Bay’s talent with explosives, I almost wish he’d get a strong script to work with some day. I just want to see what that might look like.
1. Larry Crowne: Every time. Every goddamn movie, blockbuster or indie, seems to have this trailer attached to it. I could do a reenactment of it from memory. I could play every part. And while I’ll admit the trailer was semi-charming the first few times, I can’t stand it anymore. Fortunately, a new trailer was released this weekend, a new trailer that gives away the entire movie (below). If you plan on seeing the film, I’d avoid it. If you don’t plan on seeing the film, just watch this trailer and you can tell all your friends you saw an advanced screening. They’ll never know the difference.