Conspicuous Trailers of the Week: The Romantics, Heartbreaker, Cairo Time

I realize I haven’t had a trailer post in the entire month of August so I’m playing catch up! Well, I like having some sort of a theme and these three trailers are all about romanza … yet each tells a very different love story and of course, not all trailers are created equal.

THE ROMANTICS

Over the course of one raucous night at a seaside wedding seven close friends, all members of a tight, eclectic college clique, reconvene to watch two of their own tie the knot. Laura (Katie Holmes) is maid of honor to Lila (Anna Paquin), her golden girl best friend. The two have long rivaled over the groom, Tom (Josh Duhamel). Friendships and alliances are tested and the love triangle comes to a head the night before the wedding, when the drunken friends frolic in the nearby surf and return to shore… without the groom. Based on the heralded novel by producer, novelist, director Galt Niederhoffer, THE ROMANTICS is a Zeitgeist love story and generational comedy that breathes new life into the genre and recaptures the camaraderie of youth.

The cast leave much to be desired for me (well ok, so Elijah Wood isn’t too bad), but despite that tall, hunky-ness going for him, Josh Duhamel doesn’t have much to offer as an actor. But that’s just my opinion, no offense if you think he’s fantastic in er, Win a Date with Thad Hamilton or even Transformers 🙂 Katie Holmes is better than say, Jennifer Aniston, ’cause at least she tries to do something different from time to time (i.e. Thank You for Smoking), but for some reason I just haven’t warmed up to her, yet. The premise does seem interesting though, but the faux-indie vibe of this trailer seems rather forced. I still might check it out on dvd though.

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HEARTBREAKER

Charming, funny and effortlessly cool, Alex (Duris) is a professional heartbreaker who for a fee can turn any husband, fiance or boyfriend into an ex. Alex has one ironclad rule: He only breaks up couples where the woman is unhappy. His latest job will put that rule to the test. The target is Juliette, a beautiful heiress who is set to marry the man of her dreams. With ten days until the wedding, Alex has been hired by her father to carry out his most daring seduction yet that risks him being caught by his ruthless personal creditors, angry exes, and the beautiful and independent Juliette herself. But worst of all, will he discover to his own cost that when it comes to love, the perfect plan doesn’t exist?

If this had been a Hollywood rom-com, I might not even bother with it. But the fact that it’s in French and set in the city of love is just magnifique! The premise is a formulaic one and obviously predictable, but yet, the delivery is so charming that this is a chick-flick I could get behind. I haven’t seen anything French actor Romain Duris is in yet, but I’ve always wanted to see The Beat That My Heart Skipped and it’s on my Netflix queue now. I think the fact that he’s not the quintessential pretty boy makes it all the more effective, sub him with some perfect-looking Hollywood stud-muffin (I’m looking at you McConaughey!) and it’ll just be awful! Vanessa Paradis (a.k.a Mrs. Johnny Depp) has quite a gift for comedy as well, she’s obviously beautiful but has an earthy glamor about her. Love the Dirty Dancing reference and that George Michael song, again, the delivery doesn’t make ’em look contrived at all. I might suggest this one for our monthly gals movie night when the dvd comes out.

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CAIRO TIME

Oscar®-nominee Patricia Clarkson stars as a beautiful American abroad in Egypt, who finds herself enamored by more than the sunswept vistas of Cairo. Juliette (Clarkson), a fashion magazine editor in her 40s, travels to Cairo to meet her husband for a three week vacation. When he is unavoidably delayed, he sends his trusted friend Tareq (Alexander Siddig) to keep her company. As he guides her through the sights, sounds and unique customs of the exotic city, unexpected feelings emerge leading to an awakening of emotion that takes Juliette by surprise.

The first time I saw this poster a few weeks ago, I was smitten! Everything about it just spells lovely, exotic, enchanting… well, the good news is, so is the trailer. Patricia Clarkson is one of those indie darlings who should have more leading roles. She looks radiant in this movie, and her chemistry with the dapper Egyptian man (played by Sudanese-English actor Alexander Siddig) feels real and sweet, and thankfully schmaltzy-free. The movie won Best Canadian Feature Film at Toronto International Film Festival last year. Directed by writer/director/producer Ruba Nadda, it’s said to be her love letter to the city and a sweeping romantic travelogue with the West-meets-East theme of unrequited love. I’m prepared to be swept away indeed!

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Well folks, any of these trailer piqued your interest at all?