Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Trailer for War Dogs could use a fleabath

Stoner comedy poised to give pot smokers a bad name

Bush and Cheney, never more zany.
Bush and Cheney, never more zany.

The unpleasantness began even before Neighbors 2 hit the screen.

The trailer for War Dogs screamed, “From the Director of The Hangover Series!” My face grew cold, and I started bawling. When Jonah Hill’s traditionally bleary-eyed, unshaven coconut hit the screen, my diarrhea broke out in diarrhea. The “your mom” joke that capped the piece had me combing my flak jacket for a cyanide capsule.

The seven most terrifying words in the English language.

In other hands, the true life story of a pair of twentysomething burnouts who secure a $300 million government contract to supply weapons for U.S. allies in Afghanistan — it’s based on the Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson — might have amounted to something had writer-director Todd Phillips chosen to do more than what appears to be perpetuating the Jeff Spicoli stereotype.

Video:

War Dogs Official Trailer

Hill has parlayed his two Academy Award-nominations (Moneyball, The Wolf of Wall Street) into a trio of cartoon voices (The Lego Movie, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and the upcoming Sausage Party), an inferior sequel to the preeminently unwatchable 21 Jump Street, a small role in a Cohen Bros. trifle (Hail Caesar!), and a more serious, if not successful dramatic turn in True Story. Not since Halle Berry traded her Oscar in for a Bond-kini and litterbox has a credentialed actor made so many lackluster career choices.

Now Hill’s back doing what he does best — shooting deer-in-the-headlights double-takes and stoner grins — and this time he’s taking another talented actor, Miles Teller, down with him. (It could have been worse. Jesse Eisenberg and Shia Labeouf were the first choices.) I’m sure the film was made to the financial pleasure of both actors, but in light of their combined talents, is this really the best they can do?

Do you smell a dog?

It’s not that I’m against stoner comedies. A couple of the Cheech & Chong pictures are surprisingly well put-together. And as a primer for teaching burnouts the evils of the Bush Crime Family, Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay was a hell of a lot more insightful than it had a right to be.

And at the risk of sounding like an old fart in the mud, if a film is going to receive an R rating for pot smoking and cocaine sniffing, why is it okay to depict both in an “approved for all audiences” green band trailer?

Originally set to open on March 11, the film has since been pushed back to August 19. I can hardly wait.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Tacos Lily: good enough for Anthony Bourdain!

I raise my Tecate to the Master.
Next Article

Pandemic dating smalltalk

Stop talking about current events to the extent they concern public health in any way shape or form whatsoever
Bush and Cheney, never more zany.
Bush and Cheney, never more zany.

The unpleasantness began even before Neighbors 2 hit the screen.

The trailer for War Dogs screamed, “From the Director of The Hangover Series!” My face grew cold, and I started bawling. When Jonah Hill’s traditionally bleary-eyed, unshaven coconut hit the screen, my diarrhea broke out in diarrhea. The “your mom” joke that capped the piece had me combing my flak jacket for a cyanide capsule.

The seven most terrifying words in the English language.

In other hands, the true life story of a pair of twentysomething burnouts who secure a $300 million government contract to supply weapons for U.S. allies in Afghanistan — it’s based on the Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson — might have amounted to something had writer-director Todd Phillips chosen to do more than what appears to be perpetuating the Jeff Spicoli stereotype.

Video:

War Dogs Official Trailer

Hill has parlayed his two Academy Award-nominations (Moneyball, The Wolf of Wall Street) into a trio of cartoon voices (The Lego Movie, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and the upcoming Sausage Party), an inferior sequel to the preeminently unwatchable 21 Jump Street, a small role in a Cohen Bros. trifle (Hail Caesar!), and a more serious, if not successful dramatic turn in True Story. Not since Halle Berry traded her Oscar in for a Bond-kini and litterbox has a credentialed actor made so many lackluster career choices.

Now Hill’s back doing what he does best — shooting deer-in-the-headlights double-takes and stoner grins — and this time he’s taking another talented actor, Miles Teller, down with him. (It could have been worse. Jesse Eisenberg and Shia Labeouf were the first choices.) I’m sure the film was made to the financial pleasure of both actors, but in light of their combined talents, is this really the best they can do?

Do you smell a dog?

It’s not that I’m against stoner comedies. A couple of the Cheech & Chong pictures are surprisingly well put-together. And as a primer for teaching burnouts the evils of the Bush Crime Family, Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay was a hell of a lot more insightful than it had a right to be.

And at the risk of sounding like an old fart in the mud, if a film is going to receive an R rating for pot smoking and cocaine sniffing, why is it okay to depict both in an “approved for all audiences” green band trailer?

Originally set to open on March 11, the film has since been pushed back to August 19. I can hardly wait.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

More on Orange County vs. Del Mar fair money

What Ed Bedford thinks of Governor Newsom
Next Article

As COVID-19 lockdown lifted, mayoral fundraising delivered better results

Bry outdoes Gloria
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close