What do films like Serpico, Forrest Gump and Batman have in common? Like the trailers we're looking at this week, they place the main character's name right in the title, letting you know immediately who the film is about. What's in a name? Let me show you...
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Martin Lawrence stars as a successful talk show host who brings his fiance to meet the family from whom he has spent years trying to distance himself. There won't be any surprises here for members of Lawrence's fan base. The trailer consists of the type of broad slapstick humor he is known for, with one of the big jokes being that he's forced to wear a ridiculous looking pair of pants. Suffice it to say, it doesn't work for me. I asked myself what the heck Michael Clarke Duncan was doing in this mess, then I realized James Earl Jones was in it too, and suddenly the world just didn't make sense anymore.
OK, "Mama's Boy" isn't exactly the character's name, but this new comedy that stars John Heder looks like it could be fun, and it seems like a return to Napolean Dynamite country. Heder plays a twenty-nine year old geek who is perfectly happy to still be living with his mother, who is played by Diane Keaton, but mom has a new boyfriend and the titular Mama's Boy is cramping her style. Anna Faris also stars as the object of Heder's characters affections. The scene in which Keaton gushes to the point of embarrassment because her son has finally brought a woman home was particularly memorable. Looking forward to this one.