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Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 11/ 5/2010

In trailers for 'Hall Pass,' 'Just Go With It,' dudes will be dudes

By Jen Chaney

Guys are such jerks. I am basing this assessment -- as so many Americans do -- on what I see in movie trailers.

Specifically, I base this assessment on a pair of new film clips currently making the rounds online and forcing me to draw the conclusion that guys are nothing but sex-obsessed, unethical goofballs. This despite all real-life evidence to the contrary provided by my very ethical and non-goofball husband, male friends and colleagues. Sorry, reality. Once again, you lose to Hollywood.

Exhibit A: The trailer for "Hall Pass," which stars Jason Sudeikis and Owen Wilson as a pair of husbands who are liberated from the confines of marriage for a week to do whatever (and, ahem, whoever) they want. As Deadline rightly points out, the plot of this movie also gives that same permission slip to their wives. But we don't see any of that in the trailer because it wouldn't be nearly as entertaining to watch Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate trying to pick up dudes at an Applebee's. Also, this movie sounds very similar in basic concept to Dax Shepard's "The Freebie." But few will probably realize that since hardly anyone saw Dax Shepard's "The Freebie."

Exhibit B: The preview for "Just Go With It," starring Adam Sandler as a guy who picks up women by wearing a wedding ring. Which sounds similar in basic concept to "About a Boy," in which Hugh Grant picked up women by pretending to have a child. Anyway, Sandler meets a women he genuinely likes, who finds the ring, which naturally leads to Jennifer Aniston pretending to be Sandler's ex. Because, duh. How else do you resolve that situation?

Honestly, the only guy who isn't a total jerk based on new-movie-trailer-logic is Ashton Kutcher. Who, technically, actually used to be a jerk until Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman) inspires him to stop being one in "No Strings Attached."

All of these movies are set for release, by the way, in January or February. So leave some space on your early 2011 calendars for a long discussion about gender roles in film.

By Jen Chaney  | November 5, 2010; 11:05 AM ET
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