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December 23 2005

Another Trailer for Alyson Hannigan's Date Movie at Yahoo Movies. You can check out the hilarious trailer in both quicktime and windows media player. This is what I would expect from two of the writers of Scary Movie.

*throws up a little*

Wow, that looks stupendously bad.
Huh. Really not my thing, I guess.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I just loved the Scary Movies. They're so gloriously stupid. I can't wait to see Alyson get a little action with that sword though.

Hey Joss, now there's an idea. Willow with a Samurai sword. I smell spinoff.
So I'm guessing if there were more than 2 of the writer's, it would be better? *shudder* Aly deserves SO much better than this.
You know, the sad fact is that this movie will probably end up grossing more than $100 million just like the Scary Movies. The masses must be incredibly fixated on these kind of movies. Me, I'm only interested for one reason. Willow, with a Samurai sword. That will get my ten dollars for an admition ticket every time.
Well then. They've seen a lot of recent movies. How nice for them.
I'm sorry, the part where her boobs flipped around cracked me the hell up.

Other than that, the movie is SO not my thing.

Guys screaming like girls - yeah, I laugh everytime.
It looks so awful, but I can't help but keep watching.
Eh, if it gets Aly's face out there, and known for comedy(which I think she's great at) and makes a lot of money, good for her. She looks like she had fun. Looks like your standard spoof movie, but of course those can vary in quality. I'll give it a look-see. I mostly enjoyed the Scary Movies, because they don't aspire to be anything than what they are, and they're a bit of goofy fun.
Wow. Um. I was kind of sort of contemplating seeing this just for Aly, but now I wouldn't see it if it sported the second coming of Christ.

And they didn't even have the clip of Aly in Bruce Lee's/Uma's track suit...
I'm really surprised that everyone seems to be turned off by this ad, because personally I'm really starting to look forward to this movie! Of course it will be a lot of very low brow humor, but it still looks like a big step up over the 'American Pie' series, and I'm very excited that Aly is getting positioned to become the Lucille Ball of her generation (because I'm expecting this movie to make a lot of money).
I just couldn't stand the first minute being a giant anti-fat joke. Do like the idea of Alyson in the yellow jumpsuit, but that might just be a 5-second gag. Not gonna see it, nope.
Knowing this type of crap will probably hit it big time makes me understand why Serenity didn't have a chance.
Hmm. Alright, then.
Ronald_SF, I think it is unlikely that you saw 'Shallow Hal', a movie featuring Gwyneith Paltrow in a fat suit exactly like that. I didn't see it either, but I did hear her defend her choice, and I have to say that I'm glad to see that someone is ridiculing it. I know 'Date Movie' will be low brow, but so many 'comedies' made in the USA are so much worse ('comedies' which are not a spoof or parody).
ditto for beans comment.
But I'll think that i'll find a way to endure it for Alyson. Gotta support her to. But if I was given the choice to choose, I'd definetely prefer that Serenity be huge success,
I gotta admit, seeing Aly in a fat suit was hilarious. She does physical comedy so well... And it totally redeemed itself from the King Kong teaser. Not that I'm any more anxious to see it than I was a couple of minutes ago, but atleast it doesn't make me queasy anymore... :)
I cant stop laughing. What else could you espect from Scary movie?
I'll see it but just to support Alyson because the film is...ewwwwhh worth to me
Well, I guess I'm lowbrow. I laughed, almost against my will at first, at Scary Movies 1 & 2, and I'd probably laugh at this.
I laughed. I can't wait to see this. I loved the first scary movie, the 2nd one was ok and the 3rd I only like parts of it. It looks like Alyson has alot of screen time so I'm even more anxious to see it.
This actually looks like it could be very good for AH's career while being something that I would have to be paid a whole lot of money to sit through. Course that could be said about a lot of very popular comedies these days. I hope it does well for her.


[ edited by risingwaves on 2008-06-02 01:53 ]
I couldn't help feel that it was out to offend everyone. It worked for me. I was offended.
I think it's kind of pointless to complain that this was either not funny or stupid. For one thing, what's funny differs per person. Me, if I see one more Will Ferrel or Adam Sandler movie trailer I'll probably shoot myself but given their success, there's plenty of people to disagree with me. Everybody laughs at something else.

Secondly this type of spoof movie is SUPPOSED to be stupid. Complaining about that is like complaining there's too many explosions in a Schwarzenegger movie or too many kicks in a Van Damme flic. It's what they are supposed to be like.

As for the offensiveness, I understand it up to a point. The Adam Sandler type 'macho' comedies where all good guys are beer drinking, football lovin', belching morons, all gorgeous women fall for them and where all gay guys are freaky, over-the-top girlie-men only there to be laughed at, surely do offend me.

Even worse are Shallow Hal or The Nutty Professor where they pretend to have a PC moral about it not mattering what you look like, but which is undercut completely by the fact that the entire 'humor' of the script is based on the making the audience laugh at fat people for 2 hours. Cuz you know, fat people are funny. Oh but it really doesn't matter what you look like. Right....

On the other hand, let me also add that I too think this element here looks more like a spoof of Shallow Hal and would therefore be mocking that movie more than fat people but it's hard to tell.

Also, while having admitted already I can be offended at that stuff too, I am also very tired of the extreme PC-ness of the last few years and that I'm really starting to wish ALL people would start to loosen up, not take themselvse so damn seriously all the time, and be able to laugh at themselves a little more. I think all of society would be better off. (At least Dave Chapelle and Carlos Mencina and others like Aaron McGruder have tried to turn that tide a little)

Also, Aly just sells this to me. Sorry, but she was just funny and infectious with her enthusiasm here. Can't help it.
I liked most of the first Scary Movie, not so much the second, and specific parts of the third. This looks like it could be pretty funny if I'm in the right mood for it.

And I'm with others on thinking that Aly's really gonna make a lot of it work. She looks like she's having lotsa fun. Hell I didn't think Just Friends was gonna be as funny as it was, but it ended up being better than I anticipated and what sold me on it was Ryan Reynolds being a way more appealing lead than Adam Sandler or Will Farrel have been in any of their films the last several years (with maybe the exception of Sandler's more serious efforts like Punch-Drunk Love, though I thought that film overall was maybe a little overrated).

[ edited by Kris on 2005-12-23 21:33 ]
I am delighted Aly has a starring - indeed, the starring - role in what will undoubtedly be a fairly successful movie. She's great and she deserves it.

Still, I have no compunctions in saying that I just don't find this funny. I'm not sure it's pointless to mention it, given that we routinely give our opinions about whether movies/shows/books are "good" or "well-written" or whatever, which is all somewhat subjective, surely? I did not laugh once at the preview clip; in fact, I didn't even smile. Mostly I was gritting my teeth. I can do stupid (first American Pie, Eurotrip), but this didn't do anything for me. Maybe I need to get to the movie theaters more so that I'm clued in on the gags . . .

Ed, I hear you on the PC thing. All I can say is that I don't really discern a great wave of PC-ism sweeping down upon us. I take each movie as it comes in terms of whether it's offensive or not - there are so many factors involved in making that decision. Personally, I thought There's Something About Mary was offensive, but many/most others didn't. (And I refuse to see The Passion of the Christ because I'm certain it would bug the h-ll out of me). On the other hand, I could probably come up with a bunch of stuff that doesn't bother my delicate liberal outlook at all, while many others profess to be shocked and insulted. That's another personal matter for me - I try not to take my offensiveness cues from other sources. :)
Still, I have no compunctions in saying that I just don't find this funny. I'm not sure it's pointless to mention it, given that we routinely give our opinions about whether movies/shows/books are "good" or "well-written" or whatever, which is all somewhat subjective, surely?

True, and I didn't mean to say those opinions couldn't or shouldn't be given, but that saying something is well-written or not is one complaint (since everyone always tries to write something well, of course) but that saying that a deliberatedly stupid movie is stupid is another. It aims to be stupid. So while it can be a reason not to like it, can it really technically be a complaint about its quality?

I did not laugh once at the preview clip; in fact, I didn't even smile. Mostly I was gritting my teeth. I can do stupid (first American Pie, Eurotrip), but this didn't do anything for me.

Well that's also what I meant. 'Funny' is one of those things that's not even necessarily related to quality. Generally I'm not a fan of dumb, gross, 'low-brow' humor but at the same time it's possible even the most sophisticated joke can leave me cold, and I've managed to laugh at some really stupid things. I Think 'funny' is something so elusive and extraordinarily subjective that claims of 'good' or 'bad' don't even really apply.

And of course no one, least of all me, says you 'should' have laughed at that clip. I can certainly see why you wouldn't. Aly's performance was really the only thing that made me chuckle. The movie certainly doesn't look to be a masterpiece of comedy, but then has any of this genre been that?

I have to say I'm surprised you're so turned off by this clip given your like for Eurotrip, since it looks to me like the same type of movie. Certainly plenty of things to be offended at if you are so inclined: plenty of dumb jokes about sex, bodily fluids and of course endless gags about stereotypes. Same demographic, same genre. Is laughing at someone because they're gay or french really that much funnier or 'better' than because they are fat?

But that further proves my point. Plenty of people will hate or like both these movies equally for the same reasons. I chuckled a bit at this trailer but I certainly can't 'defend' it on its merits. I can't imagine a workable defense of Eurotrip either on that level. Something either makes you laugh or it doesn't and that can even be against your will.

I hear you on the PC thing. All I can say is that I don't really discern a great wave of PC-ism sweeping down upon us. I take each movie as it comes in terms of whether it's offensive or not - there are so many factors involved in making that decision.

Absolutely, but I didn't mean so much that all movies have become PC (They certainly haven't) as much as public reaction and other pop culture areas (especially TV) have become a tad 'Oprah' in the last decade. I remember becoming conscious of it when I heard that an animal rights organisation protested 'Batman Returns' because it showed penguins in a negative light. Seriously. I've seen many examples since and I think things have gone a bit too far sometimes.

Personally, I thought There's Something About Mary was offensive, but many/most others didn't.

I didn't think it was offensive myself. I did think it was painfully unfunny. But as you say we're in the minority there.

And I refuse to see The Passion of the Christ because I'm certain it would bug the h-ll out of me

I hear you. I was already bugged till my brain leaked out of my ear just by the endless trailers and Mel Gibson's non-stop rantings. I have other reasons to actually find his views offensive but this is probably not the place for that.

On the other hand, I could probably come up with a bunch of stuff that doesn't bother my delicate liberal outlook at all, while many others profess to be shocked and insulted.

Same here. And same can be applied to your being offended at Something About, your liking of ET and of course your hating of this trailer. Again, the same point I've made above, I don't think 'funny' can really be attacked or defended. It's not related to the quality of the contents.

That's another personal matter for me - I try not to take my offensiveness cues from other sources. :)

Not entirely sure if that is a friendly dig at me or to people in general but if it's at me, I don't really see how that applies to anything I've said.
Oh, that last comment wasn't intended as a dig at all, ED. Just a general statement of belief. Or something. And, as always, I thank you for the depth of the reply. :)
Well, people--it's Hollywood. Everyone can't be Johnny Depp (although--interesting idea!) and be all artistic and mysterious, live in France and only do the movies that seem Interesting with a capital I. You make money, you get your face and your name out there, and eventually, you can be picky. If you're lucky. So go, Aly! And while I'm at it, go, SMG, Nick, and everyone else post-BtVS, AtS, and Firefly/Serenity. Nathan's Slither isn't my kind of movie, either, but if it keeps his name in lights, I'm for it. Next time, he'll be saving the world from something I'll want to see.
Slither looks like it's going to be the gross out movie of the year from the trailer I saw. And I ought to mention this too. When I first saw the Slither trailer it was attached to Doom, and when they started showing the previews for movies they were all horozontily backwards and there was no sound at all. So we couln't read anything because the picture was backwards and we couldn't hear anything because the sound wasn't working. While they were fixing the problem the preview for Slither came on. At this point everyone was just laughing at how stupid the whole situation was and just kept watching the messed up previews. When they got to the points in the trailer where a guy spits out green slime and they show a big fat women, I swear I could hear everyone in the audience go Eeewwwwww...And that was all without sound. It was one of the funniest things I've ever seen in a theater. I guess I should try looking at trailers without sound more often. I can't wait to see the movie when it comes out.
Seriously, this "movie" isn't worth talking about. Good for Aly if she makes money on it, otherwise I couldn't care less and the less said the best.
Ah, yes, Slither. I'm very much bummed out that I won't be going to see Nathan's new movie (because the guy just rocks on the big screen), but Slither's a bridge too far. Too gross for me. That's one movie I'm just never gonna watch. ;-)

As for Aly's new movie: I saw the first Scary Movie and actually thought it was funny. The sequels didn't do much for me. I'll probably catch this one on DVD and give it a miss at the theatre. But I certainly hope that this'll serve as another stepping stone for Aly. I'd personally love to see her in more roles.
Am I one of a very few that thought it was hysterical and can't wait to see it?

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