The first trailer for Margot at the Wedding, Noah Baumbach's follow-up to The Squid and the Whale, has landed at Moviefone. While Jack Black rubs me the wrong way sometimes, I am a fan of both of the female leads -- Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Jason Leigh -- and from the looks of the trailer, they've got at least a couple of big scenes together in this one. The movie tells the story of Pauline (Jason Leigh) a 40-ish woman who impulsively decides to get married to a guy played by Black. The wedding brings Pauline's disapproving sister, Margot (Kidman) and the two of them go at it. Meanwhile, Jack Black's character sort of sits back and takes the brunt of the abuse. There may be a romance triangle that develops, although it's hard to tell from the trailer. John Turturro also has a role in the film, but he's barely even mentioned in the trailer, so it must be a glorified cameo, at best.
The best part of the trailer comes near the end, with Kidman's character inexplicably climbing a tree to prove that she's still young at heart or something, and getting totally stuck. There are definitely enough good moments here to make me anxious to give it a whirl. One observation, though: although Kidman is clearly going with the dressed-down, dowdy look she's used for other films like Birthday Girl, it's still a bit of a stretch to buy her as sharing DNA with Jennifer Jason Leigh, don't you agree? Anyway, Margot is being put out in limited release on October 19 by Paramount Vantage, which will also be putting out one of the films I'm most looking forward to in 2007 -- P.T. Anderson's There Will Be Blood. Fall is shaping up, people.