No, I'm not talking about Paul McCartney and Wings' "Venus and Mars" (though that is a pretty awesome tune). I suppose you would be hard pressed to find a movie with no romantic angle at all, but these five trailers focus specifically on male/female relationships.
Nights in Rodanthe
No, this doesn't have anything to do with that radioactive pterodactyl occasionally seen hanging out with Godzilla (that's Rodan to the uninitiated). Actually this one (which Erik first posted about here) stars Richard Gere as a doctor on his way to reconcile with his son. His trip takes an unexpected turn when he begins a love affair with an innkeeper whose loveless marriage is on the skids. Christopher Meloni plays the estranged husband, which doesn't seem all that different from his role on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. It looks like a competent production, but it just reeks of Bridges of Madison County. There may be something worthwhile here, but it's not my cup of tea.
He's Just Not That Into You
If nothing else, the cast of this adaptation of the novel by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo will make you sit up and take notice. Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, and Justin Long star with Barrymore also producing. The film follows several interconnecting stories, with the trailer showing us several romantic missteps that could easily come from any romantic comedy, but the cast is so top-notch that I find myself wanting to see more. This one hits theaters on October 24. Here's Elisabeth's take on the trailer.
This remake of the 1939 film of the same name also sports a cast that demands attention. Annette Bening, Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Debra Messing and Cloris Leachman, Candice Bergan and Carrie Fisher star in a story about how a close-knit circle of friends deal with the news that one of their number's husband is having an affair. Some might call this a chick flick (I mean, it's right in the title), and I say let 'em. The label has never stopped me from enjoying a worthwhile movie, and this looks like it may be just that. Here's Monika's take on the trailer.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Lots of interesting images here, but difficult to piece together without a synopsis. Brad Pitt plays the title character who somehow manages to be born at the age of 80 and over the course of his lifetime ages backwards. Cate Blanchett plays the woman he falls in love with, though it's obviously a doomed relationship as they are aging in opposite directions. This is currently playing with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and this Spanish-language (though there's very little dialog) Youtube version is the best quality, but there's also an English-language one available here. All I can say is, I'm hooked. This one hits U.S. theaters on December 19 and here's Erik's take.
Marley and Me
OK, this one doesn't fit the category really, or at all for that matter, but the title implies it might. Besides, this is a trailer that will fill you with a sense of awe, or perhaps more accurately a sense of "aaaaaahhhh look at the puppy running down the beach to the Chariots of Fire theme." This trailer seems specifically geared toward regular visitors to cuteoverload.com, but I come away with no clue what the movie might be about. Furthermore, the puppy (who is named Marley, of course) is being chased by Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. Some people tell me I should just let my anger over just how awful The Breakup was go, but I still have a lot of pain there and it's going to take a lot more than tempting me with an adorable little pup (and make no mistake, she's a cutey) to get me into a Jennifer Aniston movie anytime soon, particularly one whose trailer refuses to tell me what it's even about.
New this week on AOL Moviefone:
- Australia - Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman star in this historical drama set in Pre-World War II Australia.
- Kicking It - Documentary about the 2003 Homeless World Cup in which teams of street players from across the world were organized into national teams.
- The Love Guru - Mike Myers plays an American raised by gurus who returns to the States to find a career in the self-help industry. Here's the trailer:
- The Wackness- A psychiatrist played by Ben Kingsley finds that his drug dealing patient, who has been paying for his therapy with marijuana, is dating the doctor's daughter.
- Wall-E - Third trailer for Pixar's latest, the tale of a trash compactor with a heart of gold.
- Garden Party - A handful of strangers cross paths and leave with their lives changed on the seamier side of Sunset Strip. Here's the trailer:
- Eagle Eye - Shia LaBeouf plays a young man on the run from the FBI after being framed as a terrorist.
- Righteous Kill - Second trailer for the police drama starring Al Pacino and Robert Deniro.
- Tinker Bell - Peter Pan's sidekick gets her own feature in this direct to DVD release.
- The Express - Docudrama about football great Ernie Davis,
- Hotel for Dogs - Based on a children's book by Lois Duncan, two orphan's conspire to house dozens of stray dogs in an abandoned hotel.