Decoding Annie Parker

A serious subject deserves serious treatment, and you'd think that "Decoding Annie Parker"—based on the true story of Mary Claire King, a geneticist who discovered a gene linked to breast cancer—would perhaps play things with a bit of gravitas. Instead, the music alone in this trailer seems like it belongs in an ad for frozen yogurt.

Starring Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton, Aaron Paul (in a series of ever-changing haircuts), Corey Stoll, Alice Eve, Ben McKenzie, Rashida Jones, Maggie Grace... The cast is pretty solid, so good on co-writer and director Steven Bernstein for that. But the trailer showcases a movie that where cancer is just another opportunity for some quick one liners, with inspirational people doing inspirational things, and a soundtrack that lets you know that in the end, everything will be okay. In short, it looks pretty safe, but maybe the film itself will have a bit more edge to it.

"Decoding Annie Parker" opens on May 2nd.