R.I.P.D. Trailer Looks Equally Fun And Derivative

Time to find out how much you love Jeff Bridges.

The R.I.P.D. trailer was released last night, and almost immediately cries of highly offended movie fans accusing it of ripping off Men In Black deafened the Internet.

But I like Men In Black. If you're going to rip something off, might as well ripoff a science fiction comedy that was actually funny and at least marginally interesting from a science fiction perspective. (I know nothing of your Men In Black sequels.)

This clearly isn't going to be the greatest movie ever made, but I feel it could aspire to small appreciation status, where it doesn't set the world on fire, yet people always have it on deck to bring up as a good movie so and so was in that you might have forgotten, a pantheon occupied by such films as Mystery Men, Judgement Night, and I dunno, Daybreakers, maybe?

R.I.P.D. doesn't look quite as clever as it probably sees itself, however. The multitude of "Jeff Bridges looks like a hot lady" gags have already tired me out, for instance. On the other hand, I could still go for a couple more rounds of "Ryan Reynolds looks like James Hong."

Speaking of Ryan Reynolds, he appears to be playing a slightly toned down version of Ryan Reynolds, which could be harmless enough. Jeff Bridges seems to be putting little effort into distinguishing this character from his Rooster Cogburn, a decision I'm kind of surprised by.

R.I.P.D. also has Keven Bacon in it. I didn't see him in the trailer, so don't lose hope yet. He could totally steal the show. I'm also partial to Mary-Louise Parker as Rip Torn.

So it's really a toss-up at this point whether or not this film will be fun or embarrassing. I'm choosing to err on the side of kindness because this is a dark enough world as is, and I like the idea of cops who spend a whole film taking lethal abuse like Looney Tunes characters. We'll find out when R.I.P.D. finally comes out July 19.

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