Coming Soon Trailers: The Secret Life of Pets, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

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Coming Soon Trailers.

Time to catch up on your home library as this week has very little to offer that is fresh.

There had to be a break in the action at some point, and the first week of July appears to be just that.  There are only two new wide release films, one limited release, and a dubious VOD addition this week.  I foresee Finding Dory managing to hang strong for a fourth week at the box office.

You know, maybe read a book this weekend.
You know, maybe read a book this weekend.

Wide Release

The Secret Life of Pets

mike petsMax is your average dog, living a sheltered life in a Manhattan flat where he is pampered by his young professional owner.  During his alone time, he makes friends with the other assortment of oddball pets living in his building via the fire escape.  He comes to rely on their help when one day his owner brings home an unkempt and careless mongrel named Duke.  As the two dogs spar over who is the top pooch, they come across a secret society of abandoned pets living under the city.  Led by a erratic bunny, the spurned animals are staging a revolution against pet owners that Max and Duke must overcome together, unless they want to lose their cushy apartment lifestyle.

See It:  Rent it.  This is from the creator of Despicable Me and Minions, and is hoping to become the third tent pole in Illumination studios’ growing catalogue.  It has much of the gonzo flair of those projects, but seems extremely generic, right down to the names of the pets.  The trailer seems like a hectic mess, too.  There’s some solid jokes, many aimed at an older audience, but I don’t see this being Illuminations Zootopia.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Mike and Dave Stangle are bachelor bros who manage to ruin every family event they attend with their party antics.  Their relatives sit them down and give them the ultimatum:  find respectable dates and behave or they’re out of their sister’s wedding party.  They take to the day time talk shows to advertise, and attract the attention of two fun loving ladies who only want to use the pair for the free trip to Hawaii.  Once at the wedding, it turns into a girls vs. boys match to see who can party hardest.

See It:  Nope.  This is a pretty standard party flick of the ilk that Zac Effron has been making by the score lately.  The Stangle brothers are completely generic, as are their shenanigans.  Their dates (Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza) seem by far the more interesting pair, but the film just feels like every other film in this genre.  There’s plenty of this material on Netflix to hold you over till this inevitably makes its way there.

Limited Release

Sultan

The fictional story of Sultan Ali Khan, a local wrestling celebrity who makes the jump to national fame by competing in the Olympics.  Once back at home, he tarnishes his legacy by becoming indolent and hiding behind his fame.  Shamed by his wife, who also had dreams of competing as a wrestler at the Olympics, he takes a shot at MMA in order to regain his fighting spirit, but finds the young man’s sport to be much harder than he anticipated.  A tough as nails coach helps him to find his inner champion again.

Oh Bollywood, never change.
Oh Bollywood, never change.

See It:  Yup.  This is a classical Bollywood film with Hollywood production values.  The story is pretty standard Rocky-type fare, but it looks well acted and well staged, and has all of the zany personality, charm, and musical flare of a Bollywood gem.

Video On Demand

Me and My Mates vs. the Zombie Apocalypse

A group of cockneys with very limited life aspirations find that they’re stuck at work when the zombie apocalypse breaks out in Australia.  They decide to hunker down in their office, but their slacker lifestyles put everyone at risk.  Faced with getting their shit together or getting eaten, they’re in for the boot camp of their life.

See It:  Nope.  I love Jim Jeffries’ stand up, but this genre is officially played out.  It lacks the charm of Shaun of the Dead, and certainly lacks that film’s production values.  Jeffries is sure to provide some laughs with his cynical and ironic delivery, but there’s just not enough new or interesting going on here.

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