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New trailers for Kristen Bell's The Lifeguard and January Jones' Sweetwater

Jul. 8, 2013by:

A pair of new trailers have arrived for two films with female leads that couldn't be more different. One is a Sundance indie drama with Kristen Bell and the other is a DJANGO UNCHAINED inspired pulp western featuring MAD MEN's January Jones. Which will be the better movie? You be the judge.

First up is THE LIFEGUARD with Kristen Bell. The movie tells the story of a 29-year-old woman who has yet to find herself so she takes a job as a lifeguard in her hometown. A romance with a teenager and a lot of other angsty life crises follow. I doubt there would be much interest in the film if it wasn't for star Kristen Bell as the movie looks and feels like a rip-off of GARDEN STATE.

Leigh (Kristen Bell) is almost 30, and living a seemingly perfect life in New York. But when her career and love life both come crashing down, she flees to her suburban hometown and regresses right back into teenage life and behavior. She moves into her old room with her parents, hangs around with friends who never left town, and reclaims her high school job as a condo-complex lifeguard. But as Leigh enjoys shirking adult life and responsibilities and enters into an illicit affair, she begins a chain reaction that affects those closest to her.

Bell is likeable but this movie just looks like a downer. It was not well received at Sundance, but that doesn't mean much. Maybe it can muster up enough buzz thanks to the VERONICA MARS Kickstarter campaign.

THE LIFEGUARD starring Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr, and Amy Madigan opens July 30th on VOD and theatrically on August 30th.

Next we have the international trailer for SWEETWATER (aka SWEET VENGEANCE) starring January Jones. Topless photos of Jones in the film hit the internet recently which increased my interest a little, but after seeing this trailer, I am not so sure I want to see it anymore.

While the movie does have an awesome looking Ed Harris and Jason Isaacs doing their best cowboy and villain overacting, Jones looks to be as wooden as she is on MAD MEN in the role of a prostitute turned widow turned vengeance seeking gunslinger. The trailer presents itself as a pulpy spaghetti western yet Jones barely cracks a smile or changes the tone of her voice throughout. It may not be a surprise that this film has yet to find US distribution.

Set against the backdrop of 1886 New Mexico Territory, a young widow (Jones) risks all to avenge her husband's murder at the hands of a brutal sheep rancher. Harris plays the town sheriff who helps Jones avenge her husband's death.

This indie westerns do have a tendency to be better than their cheaply made trailers, so this one could be decent. But, until it gets a domestic release, we will have to rely on reviews from those who get to see it overseas.

Source: YouTubeIndieWire

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8:47PM on 07/08/2013
The Lifeguard doesn't look too bad.

Sweetwater looks terrible. Jones is lucky she's on Mad Men. She is a terrible actress.
The Lifeguard doesn't look too bad.

Sweetwater looks terrible. Jones is lucky she's on Mad Men. She is a terrible actress.
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10:03AM on 07/09/2013
Jones is Absolutely beautiful but, unfortunately, she's not a good actress. I like her in Mad Men but I can't see her lasting as an actress much longer.
Jones is Absolutely beautiful but, unfortunately, she's not a good actress. I like her in Mad Men but I can't see her lasting as an actress much longer.
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7:40PM on 07/08/2013

Despite the talent involved these both look like passes for me.

The Kristen Bell rom-com could have something unique up it's sleeve, but it's doing a real fine job at hiding it under the typical "I'm a Man/Woman-Child in need of Growing up" themes. Kudos for giving Martin Starr some work... I miss that guy.

And the Indie Western looks like DTV dogs balls. I'm sorry I had to say it, but I LOVE westerns and even that trailer looked boring and generic as hell. Good on it for snagging Ed Harris and January Jones (who looks more wooden here than in Mad Men...
The Kristen Bell rom-com could have something unique up it's sleeve, but it's doing a real fine job at hiding it under the typical "I'm a Man/Woman-Child in need of Growing up" themes. Kudos for giving Martin Starr some work... I miss that guy.

And the Indie Western looks like DTV dogs balls. I'm sorry I had to say it, but I LOVE westerns and even that trailer looked boring and generic as hell. Good on it for snagging Ed Harris and January Jones (who looks more wooden here than in Mad Men... how is that possible!?), so maybe it will surprise me.

Fingers crossed they're both amazing and I look like a horses ass for even trying to shit on them.
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8:15PM on 07/08/2013
Why doesn't Martin Starr get better roles? One of the few Freaks alums that hasn't found a hit.
Why doesn't Martin Starr get better roles? One of the few Freaks alums that hasn't found a hit.
5:07AM on 07/09/2013
I reckon Jason Isaacs might have injured his hand when punching the solid wood of January Jones's face in that trailer.
I reckon Jason Isaacs might have injured his hand when punching the solid wood of January Jones's face in that trailer.
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9:59AM on 07/09/2013

Wow January Jones....

keeps getting worse and worse. I didnt think her acting could get any worse than what it was in X-Men but it looks like i was wrong and she looks like absolute shit too, that isnt a good look for her
keeps getting worse and worse. I didnt think her acting could get any worse than what it was in X-Men but it looks like i was wrong and she looks like absolute shit too, that isnt a good look for her
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