Fans of sophomoric humor and boys club comedies, such as director Todd Phillips’ The Hangover trilogy and his preceding adult-oriented buddy comedy Old School, are likely well familiar with the kind of studio comedy that has become something of a trending genre unto itself for movie studios to churn out once a year of late. But the kind of grotesque fraternal humor from which Phillips has made a name for himself perhaps first garnered widespread acclaim among mainstream moviegoing audiences in his 2000 feature length comedy debut Road Trip, which he co-wrote with longtime collaborator Scot Armstrong.
Some casual moviegoers may have begun to think that with the conclusion of The Hangover trilogy in 2013 that all of the fairly low-brow humor and narrative content to be mined from a wedding gone totally awry would have been entirely depleted. However, by the looks of the first feature length trailer for Armstrong’s directorial debut Search Party, the former The Hangover Part II writer still has a few unspent bachelor party style set pieces to explore in full.
In the Search Party red band trailer featured above, the likes of T.J. Miller (Deadpool), Thomas Middleditch (Miller’s Silicon Valley costar), and Adam Pally (New Girl) embark on a madcap, drug fueled adventure, after an aborted marriage results in former groom-to-be (Middleditch) stranded in the nude in Mexico. Following such an outlandish and unrealistic scenario, the comedy that is promised to ensue in the film’s trailer includes events as outlandish as car chases, shootouts, explosions, organ thieves, and one particularly enthusiastic, cocaine licking drug lord.
Following Miller’s recent supporting role in Deadpool as a chief source of supremely entertaining comic relief, and coupled with his pre-established rapport with co-star Middleditch in the aforemetioned HBO sit-com Silicon Valley, it would appear as though the TV techies are in for an adventure of an entirely different sort come this May. And with fellow TV comic actor Pally added to the mix, Search Party could be a distracting bit of amusement for fans of the kind of humor made prevalent by The Hangover.
After spending a few years in turn-around after an initial international release back in 2014, Armstrong’s Search Party is finally set for domestic distribution, though how popular it will prove to be when compared to its immediate predecessor and chief source of inspiration remains to be seen. The Hangover sequels may have prompted an increased amount of critical dissension for the type of comedy employed here, but that hasn’t stopped Armstrong from a delivering a new film that appears to make the Hangover movies feel almost tame by comparison.
Search Party opens in U.S. theaters on May 13th, 2016.
Source: Yahoo! Movies