Quick! Which sounds more promising: A big summer vehicle for a consistently bankable box-office star whose last three comedies have grossed $119 million, $137 million, and $158 million respectively, or an early February release starring that tabloid-staple Desperate Housewife who (fair or not) never seems to get nominated for anything?
Wait! Don’t answer yet. First, let’s make this a super scientific study: Grab a pen and a scrap of paper, and watch both trailers (embedded after the jump). Jot down how many times you laugh (slight, bemused exhalations count; horrified gasps do not) while watching each trailer, rendering your subjective opinions irrelevant in the process. Once you’re done, post your tallies in the comments section below.
I’ll kick things off with my personal laugh count: Over Her Dead Body, 6; You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, 0. Be warned: The former features clumsy-heroine-makes-messes clichés; the latter portrays Adam Sandler as an irresistible stud who excites middle-aged women by (among other things) licking their hair. Now click through and press play; I shouldn’t have to endure these things by myself.