‘R.I.P.D.’ International Trailer: Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges Are Dead Buddy Cops

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:17 pm,

Those who agree with Will Smith when he says three Men in Black movies are enough (for him, anyway), might want to try and get their fix of buddy action-comedy entertainment from a different comic book movie franchise. The upcoming R.I.P.D. is based on a Dark Horse graphic novel written by Peter M. Lenkov and pairs Ryan Reynolds opposite Jeff Bridges, as mismatched – and deceased – police officers, who protect the living people on Earth from the dangerous and bizarre evil spirits that’ve refused to move into the afterlife.

R.I.P.D. producer Neil Moritz has cited films ranging from Men in Black to the 1980s classics Lethal Weapon, Ghostbusters and Beetlejuice, as the inspiration for the tone and style of the comic book film. However, a previously-released U.S. trailer suggested that R.I.P.D. falls closer to the irreverent and playful supernatural comedy found in Ghostbusters (albeit, the horror elements are even more watered-down), as opposed to the comparatively satirical and cynical flavor of the Men in Black franchise.

The new international trailer is a minute shorter than its U.S. counterpart, but manages to leave pretty much the same impression despite a few blink-and-miss-them snippets of new footage. R.I.P.D. looks to offer more non-raunchy physical comedy than most laughfests released nowadays, by taking advantage of Reynolds and Bridges’ enhanced “durability” following their death; though, nothing so gruesome that it won’t fly under a PG-13 Rating (or stray too far into dark comedy territory). Bridges seems to be having a blast creating his cartoonish Texas persona, but that leaves Reynolds stuck playing the somewhat thankless straight-man role.

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Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds in ‘R.I.P.D.’

R.I.P.D. director Robert Schwentke started out trying his hand at different genres, with films like the Hitchcockian Jodie Foster thriller Flightplan and the romantic sci-fi novel adaptation The Time Traveler’s Wife. He appears to have settled into his groove making imaginative variations on the action-comedy genre, between R.I.P.D. – with its supernatural buddy cop premise – and his popular 2010 comic book movie RED, which features people like Bruce Willis, John Malkovitch and Helen Mirren playing retired black-ops who head back into the field (the latter is a favorite of Screen Rant founder Vic Holtreman).

Screenwriting duties on R.I.P.D. were handled by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, whose previous script work leaves something to be desired (see: Æon Flux, Clash of the Titans). The conventional story beats and characters found in R.I.P.D. don’t appear to have been all that enhanced by the afterlife twist, yet trailers suggest the final movie plays fast and loose enough to produce good results. Similarly, the cast seems game for keeping things fun; that includes Weeds actress (and RED costar) Mary-Louise Parker, as a no-fuss bureaucrat who’s responsible for making sure the life/death process runs smoothly.

What do you think of R.I.P.D., based on the trailers so far? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.


R.I.P.D. opens in U.S. theaters on July 19th, 2013.

Source: Universal Pictures

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  1. Looks to be about good enough though
    not near as good as it could have been.

    Good enough seems to be as good as
    comedies can get these days, that
    is if they work at all as intended.

  2. It kinda gives me a Men in Black feel.

  3. this was shown before F&F 6. When it was done, someone said WTH and then everyone in the theatre started laughing. Doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. As for me, I’m sick of Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges.

    • All credibility is lost with the fact it was in a showing of F&F 6.

  4. I’m looking forward to this. It should be a good watching Bridges ham it up, & Reynolds take a straighter roll for a change. It looks well put together with a good cast.

  5. I will not see another Ryan Reynolds movie until he is DEADPOOL. MAKE THE DAM MOVIE FOX!!

  6. Looks interesting! I think Mr.Reynolds needed to do something good in the action genre especially after his last foray into this area. Im genuinely interested. The way they are perceived by the living as totally different people is funny and Im sure it will remain hilarious throughout most of the movie (or atleast hope). Story wise, while I am not sure, isnt this alot like that classic anime/manga called You You Hakousho or sumthin? Not sure tho.Either way, FUN! I wish Jeff Bridges moved around this much in Tron Legacy.

  7. It’s really, really…..really….too bad. Apparently, there are only about two dozen actors in Hollywood now. You see the same, tired names over and over, whether they have acting chops…or are phoning in their lines.
    Oh well. I have to say it again.