This Week

by Alan Rapp on July 10, 2006

in Film News & Trailers

So what’s out there this week.  Well today we’ll take a look at the films scheduled to be released this Friday which include a new film with Owen Wilson and Kate Hudson, a comedy about a baby-sized criminal, William H. Macy in a film adapted from a David Mamet play, and an eighteen year-old who takes up prostitution only to find out her step-father is her first client.  All that and more; read on.

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Here’s what’s scheduled to hit theaters this week.  Want to know more, just click on the title for film info including a full cast list.  Want a closer look, just click on the poster to watch the trailer.

You, Me and Dupree

The blissful life of newlyweds Carl (Matt Dillon) and Molly (Kate Hudson) is disrupted when their unemployed and homeless best man (Owen Wilson) moves in with them.  If the trailers are true (and we know they never lie!) hilarity will soon ensue.  A pretty thin premise to be sure from first time screenwriter Mike LeSieur.  There is hope however as the film found itself in the laps of co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo (Arrested Development).  Something of interest – the supporting cast includes Michael Douglas, Seth Rogan, and Amanda Detmer.  Check back on Friday for our review.

Little Man

From the men who brought you White Chicks…still reading?  Why?  I know it made a huge profit, but really did anyone enjoy that movie? Anyway…  Pretty lame looking story involves a thief (Marlon Wayans), who happens to be the size of a baby, hiding out pretending to be baby for an incredibly simple minded and obviously blind couple (Shawn Wayans, Kerry Washington).  Keenan Ivory Wayans directs.  Seriously, anyone remember the last good movie from the Wayans’ clan without (or to be truthful, even with) Damon?  Boy, oh boy, In Living Color was a loooong time ago.

Edmond (limited)

William H. Macy in a film based on his friend David Mamet’s play!  I am so there!  A trip to the fortune teller (Frances Bay) is the catalyst that sends Edmond (William H. Macy) on a quest to find truth and fulfillment to add meaning to his drab existence by exploring the dark underbelly of New York City.  The supporting cast includes Mamet regulars Rebecca Pidgeon and Joe Mantegna, along with Dule Hill, Debi Mazar, Denise Richards, Mena Suvari, Dylan Walsh, and Vincent Guastaferro.  I don’t think even the casting of Julia Styles in a major role could ruin this one for me (I hope!).

Mini’s First Time (limited)

Nikki Reed (American Gun, Thirteen) stars as the young and rambunctious 18 year-old Mini who on whim decides to try prostitution.  Her new adventure takes a surprise twist when her first client turns out to be her stepfather (Alec Baldwin).  Luke Wilson and Carrie-Anne Moss also star.  A surprisingly good cast given the themes of the movie, especially for a first time director in Nick Guthe.  Are audiences ready for another dose of this subject matter after having trouble swallowing Hard Candy earlier this year?  Time will tell.

The OH in Ohio (New York and Los Angeles)

Doesn’t Parker Posey ever sleep?  In this one her husband (Paul Rudd) moves out frustrated his wife can’t orgasm (your snickers here) and begins a relationship with a student (Mischa Barton).  Free and a little lost Priscilla begins a journey that leads her to find what she has been seeking in the most unlikely of all places – the arms of Danny Devito!  Okay, that sounds like it has a chance to be memorable, and maybe even good.  This one’s getting a limited release which will slowly widen over the next few weeks into more markets, but you’ll probably have to hunt for it in smaller theaters and art houses.  Heather Graham, Keith David, and Liza Minnelli also star.

The Groomsmen (New York and Los Angeles)

One week before his wedding the groom (Edward Burns – who also wrote and directed the film) and his four best friends (Donal Logue, Jay Mohr, Matthew Lillard, John Leguizamo) reunite for fun, reminiscing and celebration.  Their time together however also bring up issues like fatherhood, responsibility, and a sense of their long adolescence is coming to a close.  Brittany Murphy stars as his pregnant fiance.  Early word on the film has been mixed along with comparisons to The Brothers McMullen.  Heather Burns, John Mahoney, Jessica Capshaw and Julie McNiven also star.  It opens this week in New York & L.A.

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