Monday, May 14, 2012

Lame Trailer Clichés: Sexy Time

Right...now I have your attention.

One thing that annoys me more than anything about the trailers I see at work is the fact that most of them have to feature sexy time. Even if they're not really huge parts of the film (and to be honest, when are they?). I may be the only one who gets annoyed by this (innocent girl right here), but jeez, it happens more times then it needs to.


Colombiana - Don't get your hopes up...what you see in the trailer is pretty much all you get in the movie. In fact, the 'romantic' strain in this movie is so unbelievably stupid that there's no reason why it should have been there in the first place. Still, amongst shots of an extremely skinny Zoe Saldana running everywhere with a gun is the sexy time. Oh, Hollywood.


Gangster Squad - Recurring theme: these 'sexy time' shots usually happen as a flash in the climax of the trailer.  Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are both incredibly sexy, but come on, was that really needed?


The Town - Spoiler: this is all the strip club screen time you're going to get in the movie.


Battleship - Well...that's one way to start a trailer for a movie based on a board game.


The Roommate - The whole trailer is a mess (just like the movie), but I don't get why we're given a little snippet of everyone's favourite character Rebecca 'seducing' a girl, which doesn't happen until late in the movie.   And I'm sure you're all really excited to see the movie.


This Means War - I love how this one begins with some sexy time (and that is probably Reese Witherspoon), before it starts telling the entire story of the film and actually introducing Reese Witherspoon's character. Hmmmm.


Black Swan - The way I see it, they're almost spoiling important points in the movie just to get bums in seats to see that lesbian sex scene. Movie marketing for dummies never fails to amuse me.

So, what do you think: do you think these snippets are entirely pointless?

19 comments:

  1. Haha I laugh at the ridiculousness of it all. Not only are the sex snippets completely unnecessary in trailers (unless the movie's core subject is sex itself), most sex scenes I've seen in recent movies have been hilariously bad, over-the-top and unrealistic. One of the least appealing parts of a trailer. Also, I'm surprised you didn't mention the Project X trailer here. I saw that trailer in the theatre and mistook the film for amateur porn. I'm pretty sure from what I've read that's actually what the movie is.

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    1. I agree with Tyler on this one. The unrealistic nature of it all, I think, is probably the worst offence 'sexy time' makes. Rather than showing sex in the fumbling, awkward and clumsy act that it is, mainstream films to have adopted the porn mentality where EVERYTHING happens exactly as it was intended (which, most of the time, it doesn't).

      One of the many reasons I love Blue Valentine so much is because it does the complete reverse of that (and there I go, speaking about it for the millionth time.)

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    2. I haven't seen the Project X trailer...mainly because I have no interest in that movie. Good lord.

      Yes, most sex scenes are really bad. I don't know why they always have to be in film.

      And Blue Valentine <3

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  2. Haha, this is true. But but, every trailer should have one shirtless Ryan Gosling in it. Please.

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    1. Nikhat for the funniest LAMB!
      As well as Stevee. Seriously, I need the third one to vote for, still have no idea who it'll be.

      Anyways, sorry for the off-topic and I second Nikhat's opinion.

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  3. I actually enjoy those snippets, I don't think Black Swan's awesome trailer would be the same without the kiss scene :) And yey for shirtless Gosling.

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    1. It wouldn't be...I just can't work out whether it is good advertising or bad advertising.

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  4. It doesn't bother me, but if a movie doesn't look interesting to me then a sexy time snippet isn't going to change my mind.

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    1. I think that anything they put in trailers will rarely ever change my mind.

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  5. I don't like that either. It bad teasing. Even for movies that I have no desire to see at all like Battleship.

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    1. Oh Battleship...it is going to sink at the box office, isn't it? (that was a bad joke)

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  6. Is it just me, or is the frequency that Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are hooking up on screen starting to become alarming? I mean, with CRAZY STUPID LOVE and then GANGSTER SQUAD, and that rumored other romantic movie... I mean, do they know something we don't?

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    1. He is eating her face!!!

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    2. Haha, from Castor's point of view...maybe Gosling likes to eat Stone's face?

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  7. I love that you call it sexy time ahah ;) Yea obviously, they are trying to sell a movie with a collection of quick cuts, some of them including "sexy time". I guess it goes with the same kind of thinking as fast cars and hot women for car ads.

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    1. You can thank Borat for that ;)

      True that!

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