SOAP Trailer (or, How I Spent My Summer Vacation)

January 5, 2012

You’re probably already somewhat confused, so let me begin by clarifying one point: the snow you see in the SOAP trailer is fake — it doesn’t (often) snow in Hibbing, MN in the summer.

The trailer itself is not fake. It exists. You can watch it. See, I just posted it on this blog.

There is, however, no SOAP movie. That should be obvious after watching the trailer. If there were a SOAP movie, and if I were the director, and if I didn’t have any control over the trailer, and then I watched the trailer, I’d be kinda T.O.’d at the trailer.

I mean, the trailer gives away every single plot “twist” as well as the entire ending. A trailer for a real movie would never, ever do that. (It seemed as though “never, ever do that” should have linked to a trailer that does, in fact, do just that, but I was too lazy to look one up, so I just underlined the phrase instead to sort of make it look like a link — then I included this note to undermine my own efforts.)

Anyway, if there were a SOAP movie, the trailer would never, ever show that, at the end, Sam builds a fake friend out of construction material, only to realize that his true friends had been in front of him the entire time. Also, if you haven’t seen the trailer yet, SPOILER ALERT.

And, once again for the sake of clarity, I should point out one inaccuracy in the title of this post. The alternate title is “How I Spent My Summer Vacation,” which implies, incorrectly, that the SOAP trailer was created by me. It wasn’t. My contribution to the project was to gather some supplies and then drive back and forth across town after forgetting to bring the supplies.

A. Reini (a.k.a “the Hermit,” a.k.a. “BB2,” a.k.a. “Manny Ramir-Andrew Bank One Ball-Andrew,” a.k.a. “Doogie — no, not that ‘Doogie'”) shot and edited the video — seriously, I think he spent something like 10,000 hours just tweaking the color of “Cop #2’s” moustache. (Also, if you see Dan Scally, don’t mention that he was “Cop #2.”)

So A. Reini gets the credit (blame?) for this. You can thank him by going to his funny and clever blog. As of now, 50 percent of his posts are about James Bond — which, as most blog-experts will tell you, is the perfect ratio.

— Reinman

SOAP is daily Bible reading program. This video was created to promote the program at First Assembly of God in Hibbing, MN.



  1. I believe the trailer you were looking for is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X67H5J9ZMds&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    • Hahahahaha!

    • The new biggest regret of my life is that I forgot to use the “Walking Tall” music when the SOAP cops start walking. (I’ve forgotten the name of the actual song — it’s just become the “Walking Tall” song. Whenever I hear it, I immediately picture stylized, over-the-top brawls with impractical two-by-fours.)

      By the way, the old biggest regret of my life was watching “Walking Tall.” (But, really, how could’ve anything lived up to that trailer?)

      By the way part 2: I just downloaded the new NFL Blitz from the Xbox Live Arcade. It’s certainly no NFL Street 2, but it’s also no Blitz: The League. Let me know if you ever download it — I think there might even be a “create a team” mode (though I haven’t yet determined whether it includes a certain pointy mascot).

      • The song is “Horn Dog” by Overseer. I played the Blitz demo last night. Really enjoyed it. Will probably purchase it sometime soon. The Pointy Devils will rise again!

  2. SOAP enthusiast — check out lectio divina!


    • Interesting — thanks for the info!

      And is it bad that mostly just skimmed through the first link, but read a good portion of the Wikipedia article?

      I think I’m finding the familiarity of Wikipedia’s form somewhat comforting — when I go to an article, I know how it’s going to be laid out and how to navigate through it.

      After a long and difficult struggle against all things wiki, I finally wave the white flag, which, as Wikipedia will tell you, is the universal sign for “I’d like another hamburger, if anyone has any left over.”

  3. Loved the SOAP trailer!

  4. Things I like about the SOAP trailer:

    * the expression on Cop #2’s face throughout the entire trailer
    * the phrase, “Suck a lemon SOAP Cops!”
    * The way Cop #2 seems to be chewing an entire pack of Bubblicious in every scene.
    * Even though the video was shot in Hibbing, MN, the snow had to be faked.
    * the NAB!
    * bucket man
    * the cliche scene where the bible protects Cop #2 from bucket man’s death blow

  5. I poked that fake link with my finger about five times before my little brain finally broke through and said, “Hey, Dummy. Aren’t links on this page blue?”

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