Trailer Park - 6/24 Edition

By Michelle Vaccaro,
TV stars, comedians and a singer try to take over the box office this weekend.

June 24’s movie releases contain both family friendly and adult themed films. Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Owen Wilson, and Amy Sedaris are some of the headliners of this week’s new releases. Also trying their luck at the box office this week are TV stars Conan O’Brien and Neil Patrick Harris.

Lightning McQueen and Mater are back for an all new adventure in Cars 2. This time, Lightning is competing for the title of world’s fastest car at the World Grand Prix. Mater travels to Europe to help him, but ends up getting involved in a covert spy operation. The G-rated animation is voiced by Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy. It plays for one hour and fifty-three minutes. The family friendly film is available in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D.

Former flames Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake play love interests in the comedy Bad Teacher. Just as the title suggests, Diaz’s character, Elizabeth, plays a rude and vulgar junior high school teacher. After being dumped by her rich fiancé, she sets out to woo the good-looking substitute teacher played by Timberlake. She’s not the only one pursuing him. A peppy colleague has her eyes on him as well. The one hour and thirty-two minute comedy also stars Jason Segel as the sarcastic gym teacher constantly hitting on Elizabeth. It’s rated R for sex, nudity, language, and drugs.

Conan O’Brien took his comedy from the small screen, to the stage, and now brings it to the big screen with the limited released film Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop. The documentary gives viewers a look at his life following his split with NBC. It follows the comedian as he hits the road on his “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television” tour. The unrated film runs for one hour and twenty-nine minutes.

Family is the focus of the film A Better Life. In the PG-13 drama, a father does all he can to give his son the opportunities he dreamed of having. After crossing the border to the United States, a father struggles to have a close relationship with his son and steer him away from gangs and out of the hands of immigration agents. The one hour and thirty-eight minute film is available in limited theaters.

Four slacker friends try to impede on their enemy’s fortune in Double Dhamaal. They blackmail him into a deal that will give them a lot of money. The characters of this unrated film end up in a web of tricks as they try to gain control of the funds. The Bollywood comedy plays for two hours and eighteen minutes.

In The Names of Love, a woman uses sex to convert men into her hippy ways. Her life is changed when she meets a middle aged Jewish scientist who won’t fall for her feminine wiles. The unrated, limited released French film is subtitled in English. The one hour and forty-two minute romantic comedy is rated R for sex, nudity, and language.

Marine life is seen in a whole new way in Turtle: The Incredible Journey. The award-winning documentary is available in 3D and playing in limited theaters. The film details 25 years of a loggerhead turtle‘s life, following the amphibian from hatching to migration and its later return to its birthplace. The one hour and twenty minute film is rated G.

Neil Patrick Harris and Bonnie Somerville play parents trying to get their 5-year-old into a NYC private school in The Best and the Brightest. The competitive school system has them seeking the help of a consultant played by Amy Sedaris. In order to get them an interview at a school, she lies to the headmistress and tells her that Jeff (Harris) is a famous poet. In reality, he is a boring computer programmer. The laughs play out for one hour and thirty-three minutes. The comedy is rated R for language, sex and nudity and is only available in N.Y. and L.A. theaters.

In Leap Year (Ano bisiesto), a 25-year-old woman’s past comes back to haunt her after she gets involved in an intense relationship. The passionate love affair unfolds in one hour and forty-two minutes. The unrated film is currently playing in N.Y. and will be released in L.A. on July 1.

A Love Affair of Sorts is a film that was shot entirely on a flip camera. It tells the story of a painter and a Hungarian nanny who meet and then date after he captures her trying to steal a book from a bookstore. The film shows how relationships are affected by technology. The unrated, one hour and thirty-one minute film is also playing in N.Y. and will open in L.A. in July.

New Yorkers also have the opportunity to see General Orders No. 9. The one hour and twelve minute documentary shows the relationship between nature and man in southern United States through images, poetry, and music. The unrated film took eleven years to make.

Big named stars are also making their way into theaters next week. Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks’s Larry Crowne debuts on July 1 alongside Selena Gomez‘s Monte Carlo. Shia LaBeouf and Transformer fans can get in on the action a little early as the franchise’s third installment enters theaters on Tuesday, June 28.



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