The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons stars in the emotional trailer for the upcoming movie Spoiler Alert. Spoiler Alert is based on the memoir of entertainment journalist Michael Ausiello. The book, titled Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Other Four-Letter Words, drives home the sadness behind the film’s title as it tells the story of Ausiello’s relationship with photographer Kit Cowan, beginning with their meeting, life together, and the final years of Cowan’s life as he battled cancer.
Spoiler Alert stars Parsons as Ausiello, Ben Aldridge as Cowan, and Sally Field as Cowan’s mother. The film is directed by Michael Showalter, with it even being tonally reminiscent of The Big Sick, another true story the director tackled. Much like The Big Sick, Spoiler Alert aims to tell an emotionally charged story with doses of humor, allowing for a balance of levity and tears.
Focus Features shared the trailer for Spoiler Alert on YouTube, which highlights the tear-jerking stakes at the heart of the story. The trailer shows audiences the initial meeting of Ausiello and Cowan before going into the awkward and romantic courtship that led to their marriage, only for life to pull the rug out from under the couple when Cowan is diagnosed with cancer. Then, as the tears flow, the trailer helps to drive home the importance of love and loss to audiences.
How Spoiler Alert & Bros Are Redefining Rom-Coms
The Spoiler Alert trailer comes just as Bros is bringing LGBTQ+ representation to the forefront. Bros is one of the first LGBTQ+ rom-coms produced and distributed by a major studio. Most romantic comedies tend to feature a straight couple as the central protagonists, with most LGBTQ+ roles being those of side characters, to the point it can be considered a genre trope. Bros, and now Spoiler Alert, are looking to change that.
Films like Love, Simon, Happiest Season, and Fire Island have also helped lead the way in recent years. Now, Bros has received overwhelmingly positive reviews, with a good amount of marketing behind the film, which could help it become a hit, despite its R-rating, which limits the audience. Still, if Bros performs well, Spoiler Alert and future films like it could gain more traction with mainstream audiences, helping move LGBTQ+ characters into the spotlight. Audiences eager to see Parsons in Spoiler Alert can catch the movie in theaters on December 2.
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