If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, and you don’t have time to do all five things that Annie Barrett says you should do, then get yourself caught up on the week’s newest movie trailers instead.
First up is Dan in Real Life (Oct. 12), the new dramedy from Peter Hedges (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Pieces of April). Steve Carell (pictured) plays a single father-of-three-girls who falls for the girlfriend (Juliette Binoche) of his brother (Dane Cook), and the whole thing appears to take place in a family-stuffed, catalog-ready autumn New England dreamscape. (Hopefully, there’s at least one scene with everybody out on the front lawn playing touch football in cozy sweaters.) Only one thing’s wrong with this trailer: the voiceover guy whose narration hits all the usual movie-trailer notes ("But the only thing you can truly plan on… is to be surprised!") sounds like a second-stringer. His voice lacks the faux-gravitas of those anonymous voiceovers we’re used to in trailers like this, don’t you think? In fact, he kind of sounds like the announcer-man from that great Shining mock trailer from a while back — agreed? (BTW, Dane Cook hooking up with Juliette Binoche?!?!? WTF?!?!?)
After the jump: Lars and the Real Girl and Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind.
Lars and the Real Girl (also due Oct. 12), looks to be a comedy with heart that gives Ryan Gosling a My-Name-is-Earl mustache and casts him as a singleton who falls in love with an inflatable doll. Looks kind of sweet, and not too goofy — encouraging signs, since it’s all too easy to imagine how a love story between a man and a blow-up woman could go very wrong. Still, you figure there’s gotta be something here if a young actor of Gosling’s caliber has signed up for it. What if this thing outromances The Notebook?
Finally, The Science of Sleep was way underrated. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a masterwork. Michel Gondry’s a brilliant director and a real innovator. His new movie is called Be Kind Rewind (Dec. 21) and stars Jack Black and Mos Def as video store clerks who, after their entire inventory gets demagnetized, recreate their favorite movies by shooting their own reenactments. Even before this most excellent trailer came along, this sounded like a must-see.