Wait Till Next Year
Not impressed with this summer's blockbusters? Check out what's on tap for summer 2008.
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The Love Guru
After a long break from live-action filmmaking, Mike Myers returns with a new larger-than-life character: Pitka, a South Asian self-help guru who dispenses romantic advice and, no doubt, at least three different endlessly repeated catchphrases.
Awesomeness probability: Let's call this a wait-and-see situation. Myers has been quietly testing Pitka in comedy clubs to great response. But after two Powers sequels and three Shrek films, the opportunity to see Myers doing a funny accent for two hours doesn't hold the appeal it once did.
Will fans line up in costume? Last chance to bust out the Dr. Evil costume without inviting public scorn.
A group of actors have to call on their boot-camp training in order to survive a threat of some kind.
Awesomeness probability: moderate to high. Ben Stiller, who's long overdue to release something truly funny, stars and directs alongside Owen Wilson, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Nick Nolte, and the always delightfully serpentine Justin Theroux (who co-wrote the screenplay). This could be the moment when Stiller, Black, and Wilson shore up their reputations as their generation's most reliable funnymen or lose them forever.
Will fans line up in costume? Who doesn't have a pair of army fatigues laying around?
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly star as men who become stepbrothers late in life and do not like it one bit. Adam McKay of Anchorman and Talladega Nights directs, and Judd Apatow produces. Seriously.
Awesomeness probability: high. With that team, does the plot even matter?
Will fans line up in costume? Probably not. By this point in the summer, even those most dedicated to parading around in costumes should be getting tired.
Seth Rogen co-stars with James Franco as two slackers on the run from criminals. With Freaks and Geeks veterans Rogen and Franco in the cast, do you need to be told who the producer is?
Awesomeness probability: high. The Apatow crew is on a roll, and the oddball recruitment of arthouse favorite David Gordon Green (George Washington) to direct makes it look even more promising.
Will fans line up in costume? No. They'll be sharpening their swords for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, coming to a theater near you in May 2009.
Keith Phipps is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor specializing in film and other aspects of pop culture.
Photograph of Harrison Ford by Steven Spielberg courtesy Lucasfilm.