The entire setup for the Tower Heist trailer is solid and pretty damned timely. A staff at an incredibly schmancy apartment building are fleeced out of their pensions by the building’s wealthiest schmuck so they decide to rob him. But they’ll need help.

Enter the moment the trailer stops dead in its tracks. You know you’re poison when a perfectly harmless action comedy (even one where Ben Stiller and Matthew Broderick try to keep straight faces while Alan Alda tries to be unlikable), becomes a laughingstock just by inserting your image into the trailer.

Guess who, movie fans. It’s your favorite comedian turned least favorite comedian and he ruins everything here:

Murphy may be as easy a target as Brett Ratner, but honestly, the movie itself looks perfectly decent and aggressively average from the trailer. It’s not the steaming abomination that Ratner’s reputation claims he consistently puts out (and there are far, far, far worse directors out there). This looks mildly funny and not at all like being stabbed with a pencil every few minutes.

But then there’s Murphy. He’s just so damned grating at this point.

What do you think?


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