Welcome to “Trailer Park,” our regular Friday feature where we collect the week’s new trailers all in one place and do a little “judging a book by its cover,” ranking them from worst to best and taking our best guess at what they may be hiding. We’ve got a whopping eleven trailers for you this week, offering everything from animation to big-budget studio comedy to Sundance hopefuls; check ‘em out after the jump.
The Three Stooges
We can’t quite put our fingers on why this trailer for the Farrelly Brothers’ long-time passion project is so spectacularly unfunny. But we have theories! It could be that the once-hot directorial team has just lost their touch (a conclusion not unreasonable to anyone who’s seen The Heartbreak Kid or Hall Pass). It could be that we’re just disappointed that the Farrellys’ original cast (Sean Penn, Jim Carrey, and Benicio Del Toro) has been replaced by the decidedly JV trio of Will and Grace’s Sean Hayes, MADtv’s Will Sasso, and Chris Diamantopoulus (who?). But these three are replicating the Stooges’ slapstick faithfully, which leads us to our final conclusion: you just can’t recreate them. If you find the Stooges funny (and we realize that’s a big if), it’s within the context of their time, and the particular style of their classic shorts. You can’t just dress three guys up and put them through the paces. That means the entire notion of this movie fails — and that’s before Snooki shows up. So, way to go, trailer!