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The Summer Movie Posse: Tough grades for the season's films

May 8, 2012 |  1:14 pm

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With the Summer Movie Posse, it’s the numbers that count. All you really want to know is which film’s trailers got the highest grades — and, of course, which ones totally tanked. I can only offer this word of caution: Asking a group of teenagers to give a grade to a movie trailer is definitely not an exact science.

Sometimes the posse’s assessments are right on the mark. Other times — not so much. In 2010, for example, the posse’s favorite films were “Inception” and “Iron Man 2,” which went on to be big hits. The posse loathed the trailers for “Knight and Day” and “Prince of Persia: Sands of Time,” which indeed went straight to box-office doom.

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On the other hand, they hated “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” which shot right off into the box-office stratosphere. So the posse certainly isn’t infallible. On the other hand, I wouldn’t bet against them. I find it hard to imagine that “The Campaign,” this year’s favorite, will be a giant hit, since the track record for political comedies is pretty erratic, to say the least. But I wouldn’t be at all surprised if some of their least-favorite films based on trailers, especially “Men in Black 3” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” end up as relative box-office disappointments.  

At any rate, here are this year’s posse scores. Each trailer was graded on a 1-to-10 scale by the posse's 11 members. The highest possible score was 110. Here are the results:

1) "The Campaign"............................................................. 101
2) "The Dictator"................................................................96
3) "The Dark Knight Rises".....................................................88
4) "Dark Shadows"..............................................................86
5) "Ted"..........................................................................85
6) "The Avengers"..............................................................84
7) "Total Recall"................................................................78
8) "That's My Boy"..............................................................72
9) "Snow White and the Huntsman"..........................................70
10) "The Amazing Spider Man"................................................69
11) "Prometheus"...............................................................65
12) "Men in Black 3"............................................................63
13) "G.I. Joe Retaliation"......................................................55
14) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"......................................39

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Photo: From left: Phoebe Kiekhofer, Jeremy Arnold, Aria Lentini, Carrie Grossman, Ariel Astrup, Mica Nafshun-Bone and Jannah Ustaris watch a new movie trailer during a meeting of the annual Summer Movie Posse in Santa Monica. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times.

 


 
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