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February 18, 2011 / TerranceTheTrailerTrasher

Good Actors Still Drawn to Crappy Flicks

Four very so-so sounding films in the works that have attracted the likes of Birch, Brosnan, Burns, Fox, Hamm, Kinnear, Lahti, Parker, Urie, Watson and Wiig.

FRIENDS WITH KIDS – A group of friends whose lives are changed as the couples in the group start to have babies. Jennifer Westfeldt (KISSING JESSICA STEIN) writes, produces, directs and stars in this indie film alongside Jon Hamm, Megan Fox, Kristen Wiig, Edward Burns and Maya Rudolph. Began shooting in New York last month.

@@ – STEIN wasn’t good enough to give this girl another chance to write, produce, direct and star in another vehicle. She clearly has control issues and all her work will suffer for it. The topic is worth addressing. Friendships are essentially over once babies enter the picture, unless you have babies, too. It’s kind of like how David Letterman has gotten boring since all he wants to talk about now with his guests is babies. However, based on Westfeldt’s first film and her too on-the-nose title, she doesn’t have the talent to say anything interesting about it. But kudos to her for pulling in those names.

PETUNIA – Dark indie comedy about weaving together stories of three brothers in an offbeat New York family who come to terms with their own misgivings about life and love. Oh, yeah, and one of the brothers has a sex addiction. Shooting started in January with Thora Birch, Christine Lahti, Michael Urie, Brittany Snow and newcomer Tobias Segal.

@@ – LOL. I like how this already wants to be some meaningful angsty artsy fartsy film about quirky people “coming to terms with their own misgivings about life and love,” but they realized they needed to throw in something that’s going to attract an audience so they decided to give one of the characters a sex addiction so the trailer will be misleadingly hilarious. What a joke.

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER – Coming of age story adapted from a 1999 young adult novel, published by MTV, told through a series of letters written to an unnamed friend. The narrator is a shy and unpopular teen played by Logan Lerman. Also starring Emma Watson in one of her first post-Harry Potter roles. John Malkovich is producing.

@@ – Snooze. Shy and unpopular? How interesting of a movie will that be? I’d rather watch the un-shy characters on MTV’s “Skins.” This one’s gonna need Watson to get very naked to attract some interest.

I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES ITSarah Jessica Parker is a working mom juggling a busy professional and personal life. Talk Soup guy Greg Kinnear plays her husband. Original SNL cast member Jane Curtin will be taken out of mothballs to play Kinnear’s mother. Based on a 2002 novel that was adapted by THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA screenwriter for a spring 2012 release. Also starring Pierce Brosnan.

@ – I don’t know either. And I don’t really care. The only information is a good cast list and a description of a protagonist. It’s not even a premise. The PRADA screenwriter tells me the most here, that it will be complete garbage. Pass.

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