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'Stronger' Trailer: B for the Trailer; C+ for Jake Gyllenhaal's Boston Accent

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | June 22, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | June 22, 2017 |

I am a sucker for Boston accents. I don’t remember a lot of Boston accent films growing up pre-Goodwill Hunting (I’m sure they existed, but I don’t remember them), so when I moved from Arkansas to Boston, they all sounded new and exciting to me, although ironically the accents don’t exist as much in Boston as they do in Revere, Southie, Malden, Medford, etc. I thought, “These are my people!” and by that I mean, White Trash (no offense)!

So, I am almost always a sucker for films featuring Boston accents. Whatever else I might think of Matt Damon and the Afflecks, I usually love their Boston-set movies (except for Manchester by the Sea, because I’m a parent and fuck that movie). The Wahlberg/Peter Berg films? Yep, those, too. Although, Chris Evans has my all-time favorite Boston accent. That accent combined with that voice? Jesus. Blake Lively, conversely, has my least favorite.

Jake Gyllenhaal’s accent in the trailer for Stronger? I’m not feeling it. The movie — from David Gordon Green — is another Boston Marathon movie, and it looks like pretty good awards bait (Tatiana Maslany’s presence certainly helps), but Jake G’s accent? I mean, my thing is, if you’re going to do a Boston accent, go hard or go home. Don’t half ass it. Don’t give me a half an R. Either you pronounce your Rs fully or not at all!

Anyway, here’s the trailer. It’s based on a true story, and TK told me how it ends up between these two, but I’m not gonna say because I’m not an asshole.

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