Whether it's losing a job, a family, a game, a career or a significant other, there's something loveable, heartwarming and thrilling about watching a character dig themselves out of a well-written hole. We love the loser. Root for the loser. Feel for the loser. Folks, we are the loser. One of the reasons why we relate to these types of characters so well is because we all have one thing in common: Insecurity. Though some of us hide it better than others, we've all had a moment in our lives where we've been shoved in a corner, as the odd man (or woman) out, forced to search deep down inside, in places that yearn to blast the Braveheart soundtrack when home alone, in order to find that certain something. That something that will help propel us up. Up and out into the open. Like that character from that film that you just have to watch every time it comes on. That's right; everyone loves a loser on this week's Trailer Park:
- Vince Vaughn loses hottie Jennifer Aniston in The Break Up and is subsequently forced out of their cherished couples circle. Now he must find a way to redeem himself -- or else he can just wait until shooting stops to shack back up.
- In an attempt to revive his acting career, Tom Arnold is given the chance to write and star in an over-the-top blockbuster action film. Only problem is his co-star is a mentally retarded kid who can't act. Yes, the plot is supposed to mirror real life. No, Tom Arnold does not play the mentally retarded kid. See for yourself with The Kid & I
- I'm not sure what's worse: That Jon Heder is still getting roles or that all of them seem to be different versions of Napoleon Dynamite. Adam Sandler gets behind this one but makes sure to stay off screen (though a cameo is all but certain) as David Spade and Rob Schneider team up with Heder to take on a bunch of little league baseball players in order to somehow reverse their loser status. Will they remain as The Benchwarmers or - wait - is that Craig Kilborn acting? Kill me now.
- Oohh, Harrison Ford is back kicking ass! This time, when he loses his family to a bunch of kidnappers, he must find away to rob the bank he was hired to protect. No Firewall will stop me from buying a ticket to this one.
- Before she became one of my favorite leading ladies in Hollywood, Naomi Watts produced and starred in Ellie Parker; a story about a zany actress who can't, for the life of her, land a gig. I'm sure I'm not the only guy who's got the hots for Watts (sorry, had to say it), and this film, although super low budget, looks pretty fun. After the trailer, check out Kim's review here.