It’s weird. You wait for ages for a trailer to come along with hunky naked men, and then a bunch of them come along at once. Three of the videos below feature muscular topless men, and one of them features the Rock in a tight t-shirt, so that almost counts too. The other trailer very definitely doesn’t have anything like that in it, but it’s equally unsafe for the workplace. I’m sure you’ll see why…

Magic Mike XXL (kinda NSFW)

I really liked the first Magic Mike . It was advertised as this big, sexy, spectacular strip show, but it turned out to be a weird little character piece about a man trying to escape his self-destructive life. It was cool because I’d never seen Channing Tatum do that kind of naturalistic acting, and it was also cool because – wow – I’ve never seen anyone dance quite like Channing Tatum either.

It was not, however, the kind of film that needs a sequel. But because it turned out to be really popular (because, seriously, did you see him dance?) it’s getting one anyway. I was a little worried about it, considering how the first film ends, but I’m actually liking this trailer a lot. The “one last gig” type story makes sense for the character, and the road-trip element feels like it could be a lot of fun. What intrigues me most, though, is how there seems to be some stripper action outside of the actual performances here – with Mike and friends randomly breaking into dance while making furniture or fetching bottles of water. I really want to see how that fits into the film.

My one complaint is that this trailer seems to be selling us the sequel to the stripper movie Magic Mike was advertised as, rather than the smaller character film it turned out to be. On the other hand, my wife watched this trailer something like twelve times in a row and is now in the process of building a huge girls’ night out around the film. Clearly it’s working!

The Human Centipede 3 (probably NSFW)

Wait, what?

I actually wasn’t planning on including this one (this spot was going to go to the Wachowskis’ new TV series Sense8 ) because everyone knows the Human Centipede films are horrible, disgusting, needlessly extreme torture porn rubbish. And, because everyone knows that, I’ve never seen any of them and never had any interest in seeing them. Then I actually watched this trailer and now I’m just really confused.

Were these films always comedies? Are they supposed to be comedies? Because this is definitely a comedy trailer for a comedy film. In fact, it’s a ridiculous trailer for a knowingly stupid comedy that’s completely laughing at itself. One of the main jokes here is about people taking the first two films too seriously (100% scientifically accurate!) so perhaps it’s a meta-commentary about nobody getting the joke? Maybe?

Whatever’s going on here, I’m mainly just lost. Things would probably make more sense if I’d seen the first two films – at least, I hope they would. I am actually interested in watching them now, if only to see if they’re as weird and silly as this one looks.

Vacation (definitely NSFW)

Speaking of film series I’ve never seen, I’ve also never watched any of National Lampoon’s Vacation movies. But it’s ok because, as Ed Helms assures us in the week’s most meta moment, this new entry in the series will definitely stand on its own.

And it kinda does. The jokes work fine on their own, without needing to reference the past – it’s just a shame that most of those jokes revolve around children saying naughty words and people swimming in sewage. It’s cheap, unsophisticated humour but, hey, I can’t really fault it for that – if that’s what the film is going for then it’s doing it well. It’s just not for me – at least, most of it isn’t.

It’s not really until Chris Hemsworth shows up, flaunting his worthy hammer, that I actually started laughing. It’s still pretty damn lowbrow, but it’s at least an inventive sort of lowbrow. Besides, who doesn’t enjoy seeing Hemsworth topless?

It also helps that the final joke – possibly the only explicit callback to the original series – is an absolute killer. It’s not so great that it actually makes me want to see the film, but it’s enough to keep me interested.

Absolutely Anything

Landing a bit more successfully is this trailer for Simon Pegg’s new film. There’s a bit of a Douglas Adams influence here, both in the alien “destruction order” placed on Earth, and in the mix of mundane life with craziness, as Pegg gets imbued with godlike powers.

I like the way that the use of his powers escalates throughout the trailer – going from lazy timesavers to massive worldwide changes. I also like the way that the humour escalates along with it. The early stuff is funny in places, but somewhere around the zombie apocalypse it really starts working and every joke starts landing nicely. While it’s too early at this stage to figure out what the actual story is (apart from hints at a romance angle) it looks like it might go properly off the rails towards the end, and that could definitely work in its favour.

I must admit it’s a little strange to hear the late Robin Williams’ voice again – especially coming from a randy dog – but it’s also very welcome. This was his final role, and I really hope Dennis gets to be a proper character rather than just a one-off gag.

Overall, I’m honestly kind of surprised how much I like this trailer. It looks extremely silly but, if it sticks the landing, this has the potential to be a kind of British (and atheist) Bruce Almighty . And I absolutely mean that as a complement.

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San Andreas

I’ve missed disaster movies. Big stupid movies where everything blows up or falls down or both, and we’re more invested in the empty special-effects than the people running away from them. Like Man of Steel , but without the awkward moral implications. We’ve not had one of these in a while ( 2012 was probably the last true example) so it’s nice to see them making a comeback.

In truth, San Andreas looks to be a pretty typical, generic entry in the genre. We’ve seen most of this stuff before – from skyscrapers falling to big ships crashing through buildings, from characters hanging from helicopters to families trapped in slowly flooding rooms, this is all pretty standard. There is one major difference this time, though, and that’s the Rock. I will happily watch Dwayne Johnson in anything, regardless of quality ( cough, GI Joe 2, cough ), so the prospect of seeing him take on nature itself is pretty exciting.

But mainly I just think this looks really funny. Johnson’s earnest family-man routine is funny. The stunted dialogue is funny. Paul Giamatti is always funny. And then the slow, sad version of California Dreaming kicks in on the soundtrack, and the whole thing transcends to a whole new level of beautiful, wonderful absurdity. I couldn’t stop laughing.

I seriously can’t wait for this one.