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TRAILER PARK: New clips for “How Do You Know,” “Dagenham”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A lot of new regarding potentially engaging fall pictures hitting the Hollywood News radar this morning. This post offers up two trailers which are worth a look.

The trailer for James L. Brooks’ “How Do You Know” played before my “Eat, Pray, Love” screening this week, so it’s no surprise to learn it has made its way online. (Yahoo Movies as a pristine copy of the clip, so click here to view for yourself.)

In the film, Reese Witherspoon plays a headstrong D.C. gal torn between the jerk she’s currently dating (Owen Wilson) and the sweet lunk who’s interested in her affections (Paul Rudd).

The trailer captures perfectly what each actor brings to a project: Witherspoon’s beauty and command, Wilson’s casual humor and edge, Rudd’s smarmy appeal. What it doesn’t solidify, however, is whether this is closer to “Terms of Endearment” and “As Good As it Gets” or “Spanglish.” The editing is a little drawn out, the doorman gets the biggest laugh, and Witherspoon wears the same off-the-shoulder blue sweater in every scene. I can’t figure that out. Anyway, “How Do You Know” opens Dec. 17.

And then there’s “Made in Dagenham,” a British drama from Nigel Cole, who directed Helen Mirren and Julie Walters through “Calendar Girls.” Based on true events, “Dagenham” tells of a labor strike during the late 1960s, where female workers at the Ford Dagenham car plant protested against sexual discrimination.

Could be “Norma Rae,” or could be “The Full Monty.” The trailer is loaded with dependable Brits, from Miranda Richardson and Rosamund Pike to Sally Hawkins and Bob Hoskins. “Dagenham” will be at Toronto ahead of a planned Nov. 19 release date in the States.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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