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Gyllenhaal Gets His Freak on with Portman; Maguire Goes Freak Sh*t

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | July 7, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | July 7, 2009 |

Here’s the trailer for Brothers, from director Jim Sheridan, responsible for one of the very best movies of the decade, the flawless and often overlooked In America, which can do permanent damage to your tear ducts. Brothers stars Tobey Maguire, as an Iraq War soldier who is presumed dead. While he’s MIA, his brother, Jake Gyllenhaal, does a little funny business with his funny parts on Maguire’s wife, played by Natalie Portman. But surprise! Maguire didn’t actually die; he just turned into a psychopath.

It’s a remake of the Danish film Brødre, but the whole love triangle has some serious parallels with Cider House Rules, where Maguire was in a similar position with Paul Rudd’s character, only reversed. And despite the overbearing Fray song in the trailer (aren’t they all?), it looks like a solid goddamn film, one that’s certainly a contender for end-of-the-year awards, which is damn near a given when Jim Sheridan is involved. The man can absolutely kill you with restraint. Plus, the best U2 song of all time. It’s still somewhat strange for me to see this trio in adult roles, though.

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