Friday movie trailer roundup

We Need to Talk About Kevin Bande-annonce by toutlecine

It’s pretty much the weekend, one of three remaining August weekends before we hit Labor Day and move into Fall, I might add, so it’s time to start wrapping up our summer movie to-see lists and look ahead at what’s coming next. Out of the latest batch of recently released trailers I noticed a trend towards parenting movies, and while these three films all involve adults raising children, they couldn’t be less alike.

Let’s start with WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, which comes out in late September and stars my lady crush Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly as parents who gradually become aware that their child is displaying some major psychopathic tendencies. It’s directed and co-written by Lynne Ramsay, who’s best known for her under-appreciated 2002 film MOVERN CALLAR. Moral ambiguity is hard at work in her latest effort as well. Swinton, who plays Eva, is as ambivalent about being a mother as her husband is overjoyed at being a father. The question of nature vs. nurture is raised when their son, at fifteen, commits “a heinous act,” and Eva is left to contend with her responsibility as a parent and her son’s “innate evilness.” Oh, and it was released in France, hence the French subtitles in the trailer.

Then there’s THE SITTER, which also deals with parenting, or rather an extreme lack thereof. Jonah Hill stars in a reprisal of Elizabeth Shoe’s role in ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING, the 1987 classic of Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle in action. No, it’s not actually an official reprisal, and director David Gordon Green (PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, YOUR HIGHNESS) probably won’t cop to all the heavy borrowing from ADVENTURES, but it’s clear from the trailer alone that there’s a minivan, a trip to a nightclub and a chase involving drug dealers, aka the bad guys. Sound familiar?

And not that I condone the watching of this movie, but I’m including THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN in this list for the sake of completion with the whole parent-child theme I’ve got going on. Cindy (Jennifer Garner) and Jim (Joel Edgerton) are having a tough time making a kid in the first place, so they decide to drink a bottle of wine and write down notes about how totally awesome their kids would be if only his sperm and her eggs worked right. They bury the notes on a night involving some magical rain, and the next day out pops a kid. When he enters the house all covered in dirt you almost want to think it’s going to be as cool as the scene in Miranda July’s THE FUTURE, when the girl digs herself out of the ground, but this is Disney, and Disney has a way of putting it’s big, cheesy mitts all over everything, so it’s not.