The first Barely Lethal trailer has landed online. Hailee Steinfeld stars as a teenage assassin who’s a master of lethal techniques, but doesn’t want to live as a killer. She decides to fake her death and pose as a foreign exchange student, but she can’t escape her training or old foes.
This trailer attempts to straddle the line between violent comedy and a light-hearted high school romp, and I’m hoping that director Kyle Newman (Fanboys) can pull of the balance. There are moments where it feels like it has the best moments of Vampire Academy (an underrated film that doesn’t quite achieve its level of promise) and then lazy jokes like Steinfeld’s character being she’s told she’s got a video that’s gone viral “like HPV.” Still, I’m going to hold out hope for the film, especially since Steinfeld has yet to match the amazing performance she delivered in True Grit.
Check out the trailer below. The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Alba, Jamie King, and Sophie Turner. Barely Lethal currently doesn’t have a release date, and it’s currently appealing its R-rating.
Via The Playlist.