The Lincoln Lawyer is this week's most ridiculous trailer

There are some actors so closely and irrevocably associated with certain roles that you can never watch them in any other movie without thinking about that role. For Matthew McConaughey, no matter how many times he plays an incorrigible scamp in a lukewarm romantic comedy or -- in this case -- a sleazeball lawyer, what he will never overcome is that fantastically creepy scene in Dazed and Confused where he observes of high school girls that "I keep getting older, they stay the same age." Maybe it's that accent, but somehow at every second during the trailer for The Lincoln Lawyer, we just keep expecting him to say that. Or if he doesn't, we know he's thinking it.

Of course, it doesn't help really that the trailer starts off with the opening to Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold" -- actually, that doesn't help anything at all. And while, just moments later, the trailer switches into "high-gear-thriller-mode" with very intense strings and the kind of fast-cut editing that will give you a seizure if you look at it for too long, it can obfuscate neither its lack of dialog (we're assuming there's a reason for that) nor that first scene of Matthew McConaughey as the vaguely molester-ish good ol' boy he'll always be to us. William H. Macy and Marissa Tomei, you can both go home -- Matthew will be staying after class, if you know what we're talking about.

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