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‘Gran Torino’ Trailer: Clint Eastwood Goes With Plan B

“Dear Betty, I really hope you’re not having casual sex with some stranger right now …”

Tagline: “Ever notice how you come across somebody every once in a while you shouldn’t have messed with?”

Translation: If Clint Eastwood does not win an Oscar for something next February, he will shoot someone in the face.

The Verdict: Following the not-terrific critical reaction to Changeling, here comes Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood’s recently completed second-chance awards contender, about a squinty, grizzled oldster who learns to overcome his prejudices by bonding with his Hmong neighbors while simultaneously threatening local teenagers with firearms. This is purportedly Eastwood’s last-ever film role, so we can’t imagine the Clint-loving Academy would deny him an acting nomination (no matter how much like Batman he sounds in this trailer), but doesn’t the movie itself — including its Crash-y premise, too obvious message, and unstellar cast — maybe look like it might be kinda bad?

‘Gran Torino’ Trailer: Clint Eastwood Goes With Plan B