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When In Rome trailer, you guys:

OH.
WOW.

Nothing says “we have it all under control and know what we are doing” like a movie trailer that has an extended voice over explanation outlining every single detail of the seemingly simple enough, super stupid plot. Nothing says “there is absolutely no way that we are banking on a borderline mentally retarded audience who probably needed a pencil and paper just to keep up with what’s going on this idiotic trailer to go see this movie that will otherwise offend and depress any normal human being with half of a brain who went to see it, don’t be ridiculous” like this trailer. Everything is just really well done and clever and great. And it has Dax Shepard? I WANT TO GO TO THERE. I don’t want to go to there. They didn’t include this in the trailer, but there has to be a lesbian joke in this movie, too, right? The coins that she steals can’t all be from men. “Whoops, but we’re both ladies, how would that even work? Hahah, yuck!” You know what? This movie probably DOESN’T have a lesbian joke in it. It’s too stupid to even make the obvious horribly stupid joke. “Did you put a joke in the movie where one of the magical accursed wish coins was thrown into the fountain by a woman, which seems like a pretty high statistical probability and also like an easy, cheap way to make a joke about gay people that would fit right in with this low rent piece of shit?” “Uh, no we did not. You must be thinking of one of those arty New York Woody Allen films.”

Fandango.

Comments (71)
  1. It even has chipmunk face!

  2. Oh, it has Bobby Moynihan.

    Is there a Videogum Bobby Moynihan Anti-Promise?

    And I’m probably misjudging ages, but doesn’t it seem like Kristen’s ex from the beginning is about fifteen years older than her?

  3. That was three and a half minutes of the (WHOOPS! BANG! [brain matter all over keyboard])

  4. Do movie trailers normally have a bit at the end where they play clips of all of the songs used in the movie? Like, even the main song that we’ve already been listening to throughout the entire trailer? I would like to meet the person for whom the trailer is not compelling enough to see the movie, but the promise of a Jason Mraz track is the tipping point. Ew, that person.

    • When I was 14, I saw the Blair Witch Project 2: Book of Shadows because there was a Marilyn Manson song on the soundtrack. Just saying.

  5. They use the stock “gasp” noise effect at LEAST three times in this trailer. One is bad. Two is unacceptable. Three? Kill me.

  6. I really like Kristen Bell. So I’d actually watch this :) .

    That mural painting looks awefully fake though.

  7. This should make forgetting Sarah Marshall a little easier.

  8. WHAT? Since when are trailers for terrible movies 3 and a half minutes long? Or was it just so terrible that it felt like it was forever? And just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, they throw in a whole bit about the soundtrack as if millions UPON MILLIONS of people are running around thinking “OH God! What am I going to do if they don’t release the When in Rome Soundtrack?!”

    PS. (I know, I’m just QuestionCommenting ™ it up over here, but is Katy Perry so big now she can be featured in other people’s trash? I hope 2012 is real.

  9. At least this will hold me over until the second season of Animal Instincts starts up again.

  10. LEE PACE?
    WHAT IS LEE PACE DOING IN THIS?

  11. Anonymous  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2009 +29

    More like Win a Date with BAD Hamilton.

  12. There is a group called “3OH!3″? I am finally living in the “Josie and the Pussycats” movie.

  13. And also: Fox On The Run by THE ACADEMY IS?
    The Academy ISN’T! AMIRITE? I’m so right.

  14. yomomma  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2009 +1

    @t; 132s+ 1 kn0)w h0w +o pr0n0-unc3 +ha+ s+up1d b@nd’s ! n@m3 n0w!

  15. I think the key part of the trailer is at 3:02: JANUARY. That’s when studios take out the trash. The President of Entertainment knows this movie is bad and is ashamed. Don’t expect to see a big marketing push for this one.

  16. I’ll see any movie with a Jason Mraz song in it.

    • lesley  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2009 +1

      Hey, this is my comment! I said this! Not Alex Blagg! And when you click on his profile info you see all the comments that I, Lesley, have ever made here. Identity theft?

  17. I can never tell the difference between Josh Duhamel and Johnny Knoxville. Am I alone in this?

  18. Nick and Beth’s European Playlist that a few unwanted guys obsess over?

  19. Any Will Arnett Promise that ever existed now lies shattered on the floor amongst angry tears.

  20. I guess I was most surprised that “Fox on the Run” is considered “new” music.

  21. jeff  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2009 0

    that canned “gasp” sound effect that happens more than once in this promo is annoying.

  22. Hmm, I find it funny that nobody has commented on the fact that we’re supposed to believe Dax Shepard could play a model. YIKES!

  23. I’m here in support of Kate Micucci and Lee Pace

  24. “This is ROME”

    geez if i wanted to go to school i probably wouldn’t have cut class to see a matinee.

  25. If you blinked and missed it, Jon Heder also was in that trailer. But you know who also got a role in this film? Dat Phan. That Last Comic Standing win back in 1919 really is paying off for him. What sealed it for me, though, wasn’t just the additional ad for the soundtrack (I keep refreshing my iTunes to buy it, why isn’t it working?!), but the revelation that Mark Steven Johnson directed this. Mark Steven Johnson. The same guy who took John Irving’s “A Prayer for Owen Meany” and turned it into 1998′s “Simon Birch.” The same guy who wrote and directed 2007′s “Ghost Rider.” His career is on fire, y’all!

  26. Does it end with Kristen Bell getting gang raped by all those Roman guys?

    Because that would seem to be the natural conclusion to this story.

  27. Oh my God– Danny DeVito! I love your work!

  28. When this was first posted on Videogum the youtube rating was four stars. A few hours later….one star. We are vultures and monsters. High fives all round??

  29. Sammy  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2009 +18

    “But if he really loves me, how will I know?” Put the fucking coins back, that’s how you’ll know. No one loves you because you keep stealing magic coins.

  30. Monkey  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2009 +4

    What would you get if you wanted to make movies like Ghost Rider, Dare Devil and Elektra but you couldn’t afford to license a super hero IP, special effects or action scenes? A bunch of bad ideas but no audience. Zing!!!

    (Get it, because Mark Steven Johnson made all those movies!)

  31. I hope E knows his Chipmunk got lose and plans on marrying in Rome.

  32. the janitor’s wife from scrubs!

    this looks pretty harmless, monsters. the soundtrack bit is too much but otherwise this is just a romantic comedy that somebody tried a little too hard on. i really want lee pace to keep being awesome!

  33. Oh Kristen Bell, how far you have fallen from your days on Veronica Mars. Couples Retreat, now this?
    And oh shit! 3OH!3 (who taught me not to trust a hoe) and Katy Perry are doing a collaboration?
    “Hello bullet”
    “Hello brain”

  34. Eric  |   Posted on Aug 18th, 2009 +1

    That museum is the Seattle Art Museum..epic fail production coordinators. Couldn’t even float the money to film in a New York Museum.

  35. This movie seems to star every “Hey! I know them!” actor in Hollywood.

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