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‘Tag’ trailer hits ‘Ellen’ website and YouTube

The trailer is out. And it is good.

The trailer for “Tag,” a new feature film about a group of guys who have been playing a decades-long game of tag since their school days, made its debut this morning on “Ellen.” While the show doesn’t air until 3 p.m. today on KHQ, a minute-long version of the trailer and a related comedy bit featuring the film’s stars already have been posted to the “Ellen” website, www.ellentube.com.

Based on a true story about 10 Gonzaga Prep students who started a rolling game of tag while in school, “Tag” stars Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson and Hannibal Buress as five guys who keep their friendships alive during their yearly contest.

The trailer reveals one key plot point – that the best player, Jerry (Renner), who has never been tagged, wants to retire. “This is the year,” Helm’s character tells his friends, “that we get Jerry.”

Along the way, we see taggings at a funeral, an attempted tagging at a wedding that is laugh-out-loud funny, and a tagging during a child’s birth.

A longer, 2-minute trailer went live on YouTube this morning.

“Some couples go on cruises, some couples go camping,” says the character played by Isla Fisher in the full-length trailer, “and this is just what we love.”

(So that’s not exactly what she said, but let’s just say the rest of the sentence isn’t really appropriate for a family newspaper.)

The film, from New Line Cinemas, will be released June 15.

On “Ellen,” the films’ stars played a game of tag with the show’s host, Ellen Degeneres, and talk a little about the movie. The big takeaway? That action star Renner, who won an Oscar nomination for his portrayal as a bomb disposal specialist in Iraq in “The Hurt Locker” and has helped save the world a couple times as Hawkeye in “The Avengers” movies, broke both his arms filming the comedy.


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