A lot of days, this job comes down to watching whatever trailers Hollywood spits out at the world, writing 'em up, and moving on to the next one. After you've done this for, I dunno, going on seven years, you tend to get attuned to the preferred methods of the movie marketing machine. Ten seconds into most trailers, you pretty much know how everything's gonna play out.
There are, of course, exceptions. Take, for instance, the trailer below, for an upcoming IFC Midnight joint directed by Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe. The press release caught my eye because it contained a review quote from our very own Marisa Mirabal (read her SXSW review here), who managed to get pull-quoted while dropping an F-bomb, a trick even I haven't been able to manage. Intrigued, I hit play, and for the duration of the trailer I had no idea what it was gonna do next.
See what you think:
OK, so, here's an official synopsis, which I think we could all use right now:
"In a day-glo-colored, bizarro version of suburbia where adults wear braces on their already-straight teeth, everyone drives golf carts, and children magically turn into golden retrievers, soccer moms and best friends Jill (Jocelyn DeBoer) and Lisa (Dawn Luebbe) are locked in a passive aggressive battle-of-the-wills that takes a turn into the sinister when Lisa begins systematically taking over every aspect of Jill’s life—starting with her newborn daughter. Meanwhile, a psycho yoga teacher killer is on the loose, Jill’s husband (Beck Bennett) has developed a curious taste for pool water, and Lisa is pregnant with a soccer ball."
Greener Grass looks like precisely my sort of silly-ass weirdness. That's a good goddamn trailer, and I'm looking forward to checking out DeBoer and Luebbe's film when it hits streaming on October 18th. Your mileage may vary, of course - this one definitely won't be for all tastes! - but for those of us who embrace these kinds of shenanigans, this one looks like something special.
Stay tuned for more on Greener Grass if and when further updates become available.