I find myself captivated by the poster for Todd Phillips' The Hangover every time I see it.
I think it has something to do with the way they all look like they've been punched in the face, and the way being backlit by Vegas lights makes them seem hyperreal.
First you've got Zack Galifianakis, who goes over the edge of eccentric accessibility into downright bearded mayhem. The moral turpitude trickles its way southward from his beard down to his too-cool-for-school baby, hanging out in the Baby Bjorn.
Then you've got Ed Helms, a tooth rather obviously missing, his concern furrowed into his brow.
Then what really makes me laugh is the oddly angelic picture of Bradley Cooper. Yeah, if you look closer, he's scuffed up, too. But doesn't he also seem to have a look of mild euphoria on his face, and possibly a little halo hovering over his head?
However you slice it, I want to see this movie.
I think the whole "punched in the face" thing is the reason why I really wanted to see, and ultimately overcame my biases against, The House Bunny. Check out this poster, one of my favorites from last year:
That shocked look on her face, those rumpled bunny ears ... it's as though someone just bopped her in the face with a novelty over-sized boxing glove, or maybe a nerf baseball bat. You can practically see the stars and tweeting birds circling around her head.
That one was a nice little pleasant surprise, so let's hope the same for The Hangover.