Hey ladies and gents it’s that time again, Trailer Tuesday. This week we’re going to explore a very common occurrence in the movie biz, comedic actors showing off their serious acting chops. The best example of this is Jim Carey’s brilliant performance in the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Ironically Jim Carey also holds the trophy for one of the worst examples of this in the overwrought thriller Number 23. Plenty of comedic actors have done this throughout the years including Will Ferrell in Stranger Than Fiction, Adam Sandler in Punch Drunk Love and Steve Carrell in Little Miss Sunshine and now after years of mediocre comedies Ben Stiller is giving it a stab. Check out Greenberg below.
Now Stiller doesn’t seem to be going as dramatic as some of the comedic actors of the past. I’m thinking more Steve Carrell in Little Miss Sunshine and less Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting. It is nice to see him stretch his talent a bit instead of doing another Night at the Museum movie. Greenberg does appear to be a clever little movie about a unmotivated middle aged man wit little-to-no aspirations. The acting seems sharp, the writing looks quick-witted and the director has a solid record in the indie film category.
Now the big question is will this be able to get Stiller out of an endless cycle of rehashes and sequels? Probably not seeing how he’s currently filming a third Meet the Parents movie. I do however believe it will give Stiller a little indie cred and a smart, corky comedy to help balance out his resume of forgettable comedies.
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