Until that Wet Hot American Summer sequel gets going — if indeed it ever does get going — we can comfort ourselves with the mini-reunion that will be They Came Together. The romcom parody, which is set up at Lionsgate’s microbudget division, re-teams WHAS director David Wain and writer Michael Showalter with stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler. Hell, pull in a few more of the guys from The State and we can just turn this project into a secret WHAS sequel. More details after the jump.

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Proving that just because you can doesn’t mean you should, the new green-band trailer for That’s My Boy drops much of the cursing, nudity, and bodily fluids that comprised last week’s red-band trailer, and is, frankly, all the better for it. The jokes are still pretty hit or miss, but the fact that it has jokes at all — rather than just a lengthy string of “fucks” — makes this cut a vast improvement over the last one.

Adam Sandler stars as Donny, the ne’er-do-well father of Todd (Andy Samberg). When Donny realizes he’s deeply in debt, he reunites with his son, now a successful hedge-fund manager, and butts heads with his future daughter-in-law (Leighton Meester). Watch the trailer after the jump.

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The first red-band trailer has dropped for Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg‘s That’s My Boy, formerly titled I Hate You Dad. Sandler plays an aging party boy and horrible father who falls into deep debt. He decides to move in with his more tightly wound son (Samberg), who’s on the verge of getting married, to a character played by Leighton Meester.

The script comes from Happy Endings creator David Caspe, with a rewrite by Ken Marino and David Wain, which is promising; the fact that it was directed by Mr. Popper’s Penguins writers Sean Anders and John Morris and produced by Sandler’s Happy Madison is somewhat less so. Watch the (NSFW) video after the jump.

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Happy Friday! Today’s Sequel Bits involves three comedies of varying degrees of hilarity, plus a spooky-sounding book. After the jump:

  • David Wain can’t guarantee a sequel to Wet Hot American Summer 2, but he’s working on it
  • Ed Helms doesn’t really know when The Hangover Part III will get going
  • Shawn Levy could “very possibly” be directing Night at the Museum 3
  • Stephen King reads the first chapter of Dr. Sleep, a sequel to The Shining

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Wanderlust, from director David Wain (The State, Wet Hot American Summer) and co-writer Ken Marino, outlines and explores a premise that will probably resonate with many people: a young couple, navigating the grind of city life but trapped by their own fears and inadequacies, is forced to leave the city and take refuge with family by dual economic misfortunes.

Well, that part of the premise might resonate. The next bit is perhaps less familiar: the couple’s final destination ends up being Elysium, a commune-like community where their frigid inability to relax is cracked and thawed by an ultra-crunchy lifestyle. (Admittedly, the attentions of a couple of sexually aggressive residents doesn’t hurt.)

For the most part, Wanderlust isn’t a deep character study or a particularly perceptive dissection of human nature. (For something closer to that, see Lukas Moodysson’s Together, which was likely an inspiration for Wain.) This is more like seeing the funhouse mirror caricatures of Wet Hot American Summer grown to adulthood. This film doesn’t quite celebrate the same sense of absurdity, and doing so — living up to one of the film’s own arguments, you could say — might make it more of a keeper. Yet Wanderlust is possessed of a strong  enough free spirit that you might want to join its (almost) free-love drum circle just the same. Read More »

I like David Wain‘s work a lot. The State was just wonderful; Wet Hot American Summer is an oddball classic; and even something more routine, like The Ten and Role Models, can be a decent bit of entertainment. Wain’s new movie, while we wait for the rumors about a WHAS sequel/prequel to come true, is Wanderlust. The movie features Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston as a couple that escapes NYC and ends up in a sort of hippie commune en route to Atlanta.

We’ve seen an all-audiences trailer, but with the movie set to hit theaters in just over a week, Universal has released a red-band trailer. As you might expect, it is speckled with bad language and a lot of not at all subtle sexual humor. Check it out below, and predict where Wanderlust might rank on Wain’s career-best list. Read More »

The great, wacky 2001 comedy Wet Hot American Summer didn’t do any respectable box office business, but the deep goofiness of the film has generated a fervent cult following in the decade since its original release. It doesn’t hurt that the film featured a treasure trove of comic talent, some in the early stages of their careers: Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Zak Orth, A.D. Miles, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Molly Shannon, Ken Marino, Joe Lo Truglio, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks and Bradley Cooper.

The film suggested the possibility of a sequel, and the sequel is a frequent object of inquiry when director David Wain or one of the primary cast members does an interview, even a decade later. In the last couple years, Wain has said that a sequel or prequel isn’t out of the question, despite the fact that Universal doesn’t seem to believe in the project, and several of the original cast members have a much higher quote now than they did a decade ago.

But there may be reason to rejoice, fans of WHAS: Michael Showalter now says that a sequel is “absolutely happening”! Read More »

The answer is “yes,” Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston have been in a movie together before. It’s called The Object of My Affection, which was released in 1998. The reason you kind of remembered it existed is that it’s forgettable.

Wanderlust doesn’t look forgettable at all. This film is directed by David Wain (Role Models, Wet Hot American Summer) and features the actors on a life affirming journey out of New York City eventually ending up at a very laid back commune filled with colorful characters played by Malin Akerman, Justin Theroux, Joe Lo Truglio and Alan Alda.

Does it sound cheesy? The answer, again, is “yes.” But this first trailer really makes the film look like it’ll rise above that. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

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