'License to Wed' and other unfunny trailers
The reviews are starting to trickle in for License to Wed, in theaters July 3, and they’re not pretty. The Hollywood Reporter‘s Kirk Honeycutt starts his with this bold statement: “Comedies don’t get much lamer than License to Wed. Working from a flawed premise with characters lacking credibility and plot turns more moronic than funny, the movie flatlines in about five minutes.” Variety‘s Brian Lowry concurs: “Unleashing Robin Williams in the least flattering possible manner, License to Wed squanders the modest chemistry between its appealing central couple — Mandy Moore and The Office‘s John Krasinski — uniting its elements in an astonishingly flat romantic comedy, filled with perplexing choices. Tossed into the summer season, pic is at best a relatively harmless way to enjoy air conditioning for those who admire Williams’ ability to riff, even at his most irritating; otherwise, Warner Bros. should see its theatrical stay quickly annulled.”
I’m not bashing the movie — which my mother, one of the aforementioned Williams fans, has already informed me that we’re seeing when I visit this weekend — for those reasons. I’m bashing it for this one: I could’ve written those reviews from the trailer (below). Couldn’t they have at least made the trailer funny? I suppose we should be thanking them for honesty in advertising, but really, trailers for comedies should be funny. I laughed once, and only because I find anyone getting hit in the head with anything funny.Did you laugh at this trailer? What other previews for comedies have you found decidedly unfunny?