So far in our series on 2009 movies, we’ve discussed those I’ll be first in line to see, and those that I can’t even be bribed to see. Now, let’s discuss those that could go either way, depending on that precise mathematical equation of (Peer Pressure + Industry Buzz) / Emotional Reaction to Trailer.
First, what I'll call "Movies I’ll Pretend to Not Be Interested In, But Which Will Be Very Easy to Convince Me To See":
The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past – When I saw the preview for this, I don’t think this is what it was called. It’s is a horrible title, and – like the rest of the world – I am over Matthew McConaghey and his varied attempts at playing himself. But my love for Jennifer Garner is pure and a Breckin Meyer comeback has been a long time coming.
The Proposal – I’m equally intrigued by the I’m-Wacky-and-Loveable Sandra Bullock vehicle, ‘All About Steve,’ coming out, but for some reason (**cough cough ‘Definitely Maybe’ cough**) I prefer Ryan Reynolds over Bradley Cooper. Plus, let’s be honest, this is directed by the woman who did ‘Step Up,’ a movie franchise I watched some of every day of this past weekend. I’m there.
Fighting – I really wanted to see that kickboxing movie ‘Never Back Down,’ but never quite made it. Good thing I waited, because this upcoming one has really upped the ante, by replacing high school with the streets of New York, the annoying Dino from ‘Life as We Know It’ with Channing Tatum (speaking of ‘Step Up’), and Djimon Hounsou with Terrence Howard, who gives one heck of an NPR interview. Unfortunately, there’s no Volchek, but there is Luiz Gusman.
Fame – Kherington from last season’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ is the only semi-recognizable one among the students in this upcoming remake, but some (me) might argue that it’s exactly that type of cast that made ‘Center Stage’ so wonderfully craptastic and addictive. No trailer yet, since this isn't coming out until the Fall.