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Now This Is How You Make A Friggin' Ensemble Comedy

By TK Burton | Trailers | February 1, 2011 |

By TK Burton | Trailers | February 1, 2011 |

Garry Marshall, take some fucking lessons.

Here’s the trailer for Elektra Luxx, one of the odder titles of late. It’s directed by Sebastian Gutierrez, who does not have a great filmography (it includes Rise: Blood Hunter), but give it a moment of your time. For three reasons:

1) The premise is fairly clever:

Recently retired from the adult film industry, superstar Elektra Luxx (Carla Gugino) is pregnant with the child of late rock star Nick Chapel. She is trying to make ends meet by teaching a community college sex education class aimed at housewives when a figure from her past, flight attendant Cora (Marley Shelton), approaches her with a proposition. In exchange for the (stolen) lyrics to Nick Chapel’s last record, all of which is about Elektra, Cora needs Elektra to seduce her fiancee. Elektra reluctantly agrees to do this favor, setting in motion a series of hilarious events which will see her come face to face with detectives, sex bloggers, emotionally unstable neighbors and the Virgin Mary herself as she wrestles with the prospect of motherhood and tries to become a person of substance.

2) The cast is fucking aces: Carla Gugino (Gutierrez’s wife in real life), Marley Shelton, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Malin Ackerman, Adrianne Palicki, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Vincent Kartheiser, and Seth fuckin’ Bullock himself, Timothy Olyphant. Now that is an ensemble cast, filled with copious talent and eye candy for all types.

3) The trailer is just plain fun:

Elektra Luxx
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It even does the nerd-in-his-basement thing well, but then again, it’s Joseph Gordon Levitt. The man can do anything well. Also, was that Josh Brolin in the photograph of the deceased rockstar?

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