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July 26, 2010 / TerranceTheTrailerTrasher

Charlie St. Cloud

Terrance the Trailer Trasher – @@

I knew nothing about sailing until I started reading Abby Sunderland’s blog last month. It has made me hungry for a teenage-girl-sailing-solo-around-the-world movie. But this movie is trying to be way too many things, of which that is only one of several subplots. It’s a love story. A melodramatic drunk driving death. A heartwarming bonding with a dead brother’s ghost. And look at Zac Effron’s biceps! I think there are several potentially good movies here crammed into one predictable, feel-good MOW for the whole family. And the trailer appears to give away the entire ending. Still, I might go see it if Abby endorses it.

Michael the Moviegoer – @

I think Abby’s adventure would make for a far more interesting movie than this. Other than the fact that there’s a sailboat scene, I don’t really get the connection. It’s like suggesting that Abby should do a High School Musical now just because Zac Efron appears on a sailboat in a movie. It’s totally irrelevant. What this trailer does suggest is a film that is so completely obsessed with good looks that every visual image is digitally razor sharp enough to give texture to pixels. The ghostly dead brother plot gave me the creeps. But the trailer’s most ridiculous moment is of a dreamy-eyed teen girl saying that Efron looks like James Dean. Was this script written by a 60-year old? How many teen girls today have ever watched a James Dean movie? If she had name-dropped River Phoenix, even that would have been pushing it. But James Dean?

Terrance’s Rebuttal:

As the little brother’s ghost explains in plain English at 01:25, “That girl is gonna sail around the world. You like her.” Then nearly ten seconds of the trailer are devoted to her tracing her circumnavigation route on a map. And the entire third act appears to revolve around her being lost at sea during her solo attempt. But, yeah, I guess other than practically the whole movie, it bears little resemblance to Abby’s story.

“Charlie St. Cloud” sails into theatres July 30, 2010.

Next up: Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are “The Other Guys”

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