Why Are People So Down On This

I love all these deadpan or raised-eyebrow attitude jokes based on generational differences between GenY and GenXers. The New Dudes who came along in the mid ’90s (Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn) and now, in the context of this story, the Old Guys…hilarious. But I’ve been smelling resistance to this film all along. Why? It looks like it might half-work.

  • http://www.stlcardinalbaseball.com/ Ray DeRousse

    You must be insane, Jeff. The trailers just aren’t funny. Also, I think people can smell opportunism in this, and in the internet age that is the kiss of death.

    • Correcting Jeff

      Indeed. Not funny.

  • http://twitter.com/hunterlurie Hunter Lurie

    I’m so aggravated by the fact that these two characters know about The Hunger Games–and in the first trailer, the Terminator series–yet, they easily fall for the X-Men gag. Also, they work for Google, couldn’t they have searched “Professor Xavier” and easily realized they’ve been set up? Ugh.

    • Actually

      Yeah, I don’t buy for one fucking second that guys their age would be that culturally disconnected. Guys that age know who the X-Men are, hell, they probably read the comics as kids in the Sixties.

      Also, the Google “children” stereotype is lame. Plenty of older guys in the tech sector.

      It’s a shame, because there probably is a funny movie buried in the concept. Seeing as we’re stuck in an economy that’s sidelined millions of people completely unable to get hired anywhere, the idea should resonate.

      • DuluozGray

        “Seeing as we’re stuck in an economy that’s sidelined millions of
        people completely unable to get hired anywhere, the idea should
        resonate.”

        Oh, shut the fuck up.

        • Actually

          Ummm, why so upset? Did I say something untrue?

          • DuluozGray

            Dude, it’s a shitty Vince Vaughn movie, don’t use words like “idea” or “resonate.”

            • Raising_Kaned

              Yeah — how dare you actually try to apply cultural touchstones to real-world concepts (and vice versa)!

              It’s almost like you were attempting something along the lines of…criticism *shudder*. That’s not what this blog is about!

              • DuluozGray

                Oh look, another asshole heard from.

                • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Mclachlan/747758431 Jeff Mclachlan

                  Sometimes your rudeness and aggression entertains me. The other 98% of the time I just wonder what your deal is.

      • Tad Whatever

        Vaughn was born in 1970, Wilson in ’68… so I’m gonna guess they were not reading X-Men comics “in the Sixties”.

      • zantetsupowaa

        “Plenty of older guys in the tech sector.”

        You mean as janitors?

  • http://twitter.com/LittleRedWritin Eva Vives

    I like both Wilson & Vaungh but after seeing this trailer I have NO idea what this movie is about. And the trailer isn’t that funny.

    • Raising_Kaned

      Women read this blog? Wh-wh-whaaaat?

  • http://www.hollywood-elsewhere.com/ Jeffrey Wells

    It’s about humiliation and panic and loss of power and being at a disadvantage because of ageism.

    • http://www.stlcardinalbaseball.com/ Ray DeRousse

      Sounds HILARIOUS.

      • Deaf Ears

        In fairness to Jeff, if Kubrick could make a comedy about the world ending in a nuclear holocaust, it’s theoretically possible to make a comedy to make a comedy about that stuff – CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM is fueled by humiliation – although without even looking I know a latter-day Kubrick wasn’t in charge of this.

    • zantetsupowaa

      Two people who voted down Jeff are hipsters who got overpaid for web page design gigs in the early 2000s.

    • zantetsupowaa

      Ironically, though, I’ve had to deal with this bullshit since my 20s. But this wasn’t really a problem which got a lot of attention until recently, because they didn’t start outsourcing the good paying programming jobs until the last few years. Though obviously you’d have to be naive to think that they weren’t just trying to cover for the manufacturing jobs lost to Third World countries since the 90s, and that the techies wouldn’t be next. But then judging by the current unemployment rate, there must be a lot of naive people in this country.

  • zantetsupowaa

    Seems like a sleeper hit. Hopefully, it’ll do better than Larry Crowne.

  • Jon Bershad

    What’s the source of resistance? Besides the fact that it’s an entire movie about how awesome an actual giant corporation that really exists is?

    Nothing in the trailer is very funny. Vince Vaughn hasn’t been in a movie that anyone actually liked since 2005. His shtick has grown stale. Etc.

    But mostly I’d wager that it’s because it looks like a 90 minute Google commercial.

    • http://www.filmjerk.com/ Edward Havens

      A Shawn Levy movie clocking in at ninety minutes? That’s so 2003.

  • http://www.filmjerk.com/ Edward Havens

    Wilson is (barely) tolerable only in Wes Anderson movies, and Vaughn is like Adam Dunn. Maybe good once upon a time, but way past his prime and coasting on name recognition.

  • hickoryduck

    why? Because it looks stupid. The Vaugh/Owen team is tired. The idea of these two assholes even getting an prelim interview for an internship at Google is ridiculous.

  • Deaf Ears

    So I guess we’ll be seeing ads for this here shortly?

  • damn

    Further proof that Jeff is autistic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Mclachlan/747758431 Jeff Mclachlan

    It may be because it looks like a movie from 2005. I know Vaughn and Wilson have been in movies since then, but I don’t think I’ve seen any of them. Vaughn in particular seems to have totally fallen off the cultural radar after one too many bad Christmas movies.

  • MovieSquad

    Jeff, this looks like one of the worst theatrically released comedies since… well… forever. I’m shocked this tripe didn’t end up direct to video.

  • http://citizenmilton.tumblr.com/ citizenmilton

    Sitting through this trailer was one of the most spirit-draining moments of dread I’ve ever experienced in a movie theater.

    Formula dictates that the Vaughn/Wilson duo will flip the scenario by film’s end, and, “teach them kids a thing or two” and become valued by the Googleplex. But, these characters are depicted as such utter buffoons, I wouldn’t buy these characters teaching something to the cast of Harold and Kumar or American Pie, let alone the technological nexus of the information age.

    But even worse – this film takes the concept of product placement to an Orwellian extreme: Total Product Immersion. The characters not only live fully within the advertised product, even the promotional materials match the logo – and the color palette is inspired by Google’s primary-color kindergarten aesthetic.

    And, even though this has become commonplace for middlebrow comedies out there, the bright-light “FRIENDS” sit-com happy-life cinematography is an affront to behold on a big screen.

    Wilson and Vaughn are talented actors whose choices have consistently disappointed over the years. Underperformers at best, they’ve somehow managed to maintain the goodwill their onscreen personas originally gave us. But I sense this being a threshold – for Vaughn in particular – he’s just gone too far, done too many of these lowest-common-denominator products. That’s who he is now: The hyper-smiling, overlit, self-caricature wandering through self-imposed blandness.