The Top 10 Trailers of 2009

I usually loathe Top lists.

As the adage says, if you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. I have been starting to get highway hypnosis with the sameness of a lot of these Best Of lists for films in 2009, so I was emboldened when asked to come up with a Top 10 Trailers list for 2009 as I haven’t seen a lot of people devoting time to stacking which of them they thought performed their duty exceptionally well.

When I cobbled this list together I essentially, and unscientifically, used some of the same criteria that I use every week for my This Week In Trailers column. I wanted to include a wide swath of various genres (foreign, kids, drama, comedy, action) to show representative samples of what can be done within those arenas; thus, a few solid trailers just couldn’t make the cut.

Because these trailers are usually entry points for the films listed below, some of the challenge of this exercise is trying to “unexperience” watching the eventual film and judge these things based on why they moved me to begin with. It was tough separating what I know now versus what I knew then but, as you will see as my #3 choice, they don’t always have to result in great films. Trailers are always trying to separate you with your money or trying to make the best case why they deserve to be experienced so I hope you enjoy the ones I selected below and leave a comment or two for any trailers you think deserve a special mention.
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Hangover Sequel Taking Place in Thailand?

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The Hangover is one of the success stories of 2009, an example of a fortuitous convergence of circumstance and luck that produced a money-making hit. With a budget of $35 million, the movie went on to gross over $270 million domestically. It’s also seeped into the popular consciousness in a big way. I was just at Target yesterday when I heard a middle-aged woman ask the clerk for the “unrated” version of The Hangover DVD.

“This is the unrated version,” he responded.

“Are you sure? Because if you’re not, it will ruin Christmas.”

The sequel is already in the works and we heard a few weeks ago that Hangover 2 would probably involve moving the three main characters into another location entirely. Now, CHUD has gotten wind of where the new film might take place: Thailand.
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