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The fun quotient is low in these summer movie trailers

Sometimes there are trailers that seem designed to keep movie lovers out of theaters.
In reverse order, these 10 previews should get the job done. Click the movie title to launch the trailer.

10. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
(Aug. 15) George Lucas charges fans to see the pilot for a Cartoon Network series debuting this fall. Makes me think of Space Ghost on steroids.

9. Mamma Mia! (July 18) The trailer appears to take the musical's fluke success very seriously. Please don't say cool dudes Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard and Colin Firth will sing ABBA.

8. The House Bunny (Aug. 22)
A deposed Playboy bunny (Anna Faris) moves into a sorority house, performing a Legally Blonde makeover on smart wallflowers. There is not enough jiggle in the world to make this trailer fun.

7. Sex and the City: The Movie
(May 30) — Sorry, fashionistas, but watching saber-toothed cougars prancing through Manhattan doesn't thrill me.

6. Hamlet 2 (Aug. 22) — A possible candidate to defy its trailer's lameness. A failed actor (Steve Coogan) turned drama teacher leads students through a blasphemous makeover of Shakespeare's play. Maybe the trailer should show more of that staging.

5. Get Smart (June 20) Despite the brand name and Steve Carell, this remake of the 1960s TV show looks like something Chevy Chase would do back when he could be hired.

4. Step Brothers (July 25) Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly (Talladega Nights)
can't be desperate enough to reunite for an idiotic premise and unlimited mugging. Maybe they are.

3. The Love Guru (June 20) — Mike Myers reportedly spent years creating this consciousness-training character. Apparently all he came up with were smug puns, playground snaps and groin gags.

2. Space Chimps (July 18) A trailer strains to impress when it boasts that a movie comes "from one of the primates who brought you Shrek." That's producer John H. Williams — one of eight credited here — who also brought you Valiant and Happily N'Ever After.

And the worst summer movie preview trailer is . . .

1. Meet Dave (July 11) — Eddie Murphy plays an alien cyborg controlled by a miniature version of himself inside his head. Tiny people come out of his ears and nose. Does the name Pluto Nash ring a bell?

Steve Persall can be reached at or (727) 893-8365. Read his blog at

The fun quotient is low in these summer movie trailers 05/21/08 [Last modified: Thursday, May 22, 2008 1:33pm]
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