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Trailer Talk: 'Magic Mike,' & 'Ted,' Display Originality And Promise

June 25th, 2012 2:23pm EDT

Magic Mike If you missed last week’s dramedy “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” you definitely need to see it. Lorene Scafaria does a smashing job in her directorial debut, crafting a movie that’s both funny and poignant. For more of my thoughts, take a look at my review.

Continuing last week’s format, Trailer Talk will now only discuss the wide release films coming to theaters. From now on, I’ll only make note of indies and documentaries when I think they’re worth watching in the theater.

MY PICKS FOR THE WEEK: “Magic Mike” and “Ted.”

MAGIC MIKE

An experienced male stripper named Mike (Channing Tatum) tutors a newcomer (Alex Pettyfer) in how to party, seduce women, and earn easy money.

Director: Steven Soderbergh (“Haywire,” “Contagion”)

Writer: Reid Carolin (“Earth Made of Glass”)

Notable Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Munn, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer

ORIGINALITY RATING: High. We’ve seen plenty of movies and television shows about female strippers, but “Magic Mike” is really the first big foray into the lifestyle of male exotic dancers. What makes this film even more fascinating is that it’s loosely inspired by actor Channing Tatum’s real experiences as a stripper. Based on the trailer, the flick seems focused on Mike’s attempt to break out of stripping into a new career and into a genuine relationship, things that obviously won’t come easily. The trailer doesn’t contain any overly amusing exchanges between the characters, but it at least proves that this movie doesn’t take itself too seriously. With a talented director like Steven Soderbergh at the helm, I’m confident “Magic Mike” will look great even if it doesn’t turn out to have a compelling story.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Viewers who are excited about this male cast showing skin. If enjoy Channing Tatum as an actor and you want to find out what his experiences were like as an exotic dancer, then you should watch “Magic Mike.”

TED

John (Mark Wahlberg) is thrilled when his childhood wish brings his teddy bear to life, but he didn’t anticipate what would happen once they grew up. Now John must choose to stay with his girlfriend (Mila Kunis) or to remain friends with his crude and selfish teddy bear, Ted (Seth MacFarlane)

Director/Writer: “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane in his live action directorial debut

Co-Writers: “Family Guy” writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild

Notable Actors: Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Stewart, Patrick Warburton

ORIGINALITY RATING: High. This isn’t the first time a child’s wish has brought a beloved inanimate object to life; however the consequences have never been this hilarious. The concept of a teddy bear growing up like a regular person to become really sleazy and crude is dynamite. MacFarlane dons a Peter Griffin-lite voice for Ted as he does all sorts of funny stuff in this trailer such as hanging out with hookers and taking bong hits. Walhberg also proves that he’s good at playing the straight man character in this collection of clips. I only hope that the trailer doesn’t reveal the only amusing parts of the film, and that there are plenty more laughs to be had. If “Ted” is as comical as “Family Guy” is, I’ll be a happy camper.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: “Family Guy” lovers who are thrilled to see the same crass sense of humor translated to live action. If you think this film’s premise is hilarious and you’re curious to see how Seth MacFarlane does in his first big directing gig, then you should seek out “Ted.”

MADEA’S WITNESS PROTECTION

A New York investment banker (Eugene Levy) who has been framed as the head of his company’s mob-backed Ponzi scheme is sent with his family to hide out at Madea’s (Tyler Perry) southern home.

Director/Writer: Tyler Perry (“Good Deeds,” “House of Payne”)

Notable Supporting Actors: Denise Richards, Doris Roberts, Tom Arnold, John Amos

ORIGINALITY RATING: Low. Just like every other movie with Madea in it, the big character seems to be there to teach people trite lessons about manners and family. A lot of the humor seems to be geared toward the tired premise of a white family experiencing culture shock from living with a black family. For some reason Madea is particularly hard to understand in this trailer, which makes it difficult to appreciate her jokes. This movie seems very formulaic and similar to other Perry flicks, but if you don’t mind that then you should have no problem with “Madea’s Witness Protection.”

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Audiences who never grow tired of Tyler Perry’s comedies. If you prefer Perry’s films that involve his larger-than-life alter ego Madea, then you should catch “Madea’s Witness Protection.”

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