Film and TV

Trailer Park: The Gangster Squad Featuring Baby Goose, Nick Nolte Slurring and Hip-Hop for Some Reason

Yesterday the first official trailer for this fall's star-studded, Instagram-colored gangster flick The Gangster Squad was released, featuring Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn with a Dick Tracy-style facial appliance, Nick Nolte Nick Nolte-ing the scenery and Josh Brolin frowning for the big bucks.

Emma Stone shows up in glamorous '50s pin-up drag to ably entice Baby Goose Gosling as a gun moll. The thought of Penn putting his mitts on his screen gal Stone makes me sick, like "Octomom" sick. Will she be believable as anything but a cute and funny redhead? Will I still follow 17 Tumblr blogs devoted to her? We'll just have to wait and see.

Oh, and at the end of the trailer some hip-hop gets thrown in because dumb, stupid wiener kids won't come to the theater unless there's hip-hop involved, or so think the studios. This is 2012, you guys. This same thing turned me off seeing The Rum Diary in theaters because we needed some reggaeton or whatever to sell the trailer to people who didn't know the source material.

"You can't sell a gangster picture without some hip-hop, now fetch me another one of these." (Points at highball glass, chomps on cigar and greases hair back.)

The cast most definitely looks cool, with prominent spots from Giovanni Ribisi, Robert Patrick and others. Coming from director Ruben Fleischer, known for Zombieland and 30 Minutes Or Less, it can't be terrible.

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Craig Hlavaty
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