It’s fall, which means it’s time for trailers for award bait films, holiday-season tent poles, and the utter dreck that gets buried out back during January. This post is about a road-comedy movie starring Owen Wilson and Ed Helms—guess which category it falls into? The movie is called Bastards and Wilson and Helms star as brothers searching for their biological father. There are a bunch of people that I like in this movie, including Glenn Close, JK Simmons, and Katt Williams, and Helms is genuinely underrated as an actor (see also: Cedar Rapids), but my goodness does this movie look bad.
The title card says Coming Soon but the internet says this movie opens in January, which makes sense. With past successes like The LEGO Movie and Deadpool, and upcoming gambles like The Dark Tower and Black Panther, February is evolving into a companion to November—a mix of major and modest fare, capable of supporting one really big movie per month. There’s always the caveat that comedy trailers can be misrepresenting, but like with the Keeping Up with the Joneses trailer, I’m not seeing anything here that screams “memorable joke”. In fact, I’m not really seeing anything that screams “joke”, period. January remains a dogsh*t month for movies, and Bastards looks like it will be right at home.