I’ve watched this trailer a few times today. It’s the first look at Men, Women and Children, based on the novel by Chad Kultgen. As far as trailers go, it’s pretty captivating. I’m rather into it for the following reasons:
1. The dark side of technology has been looming over us quite a bit nowadays. For instance, I’ve checked my phone 3 times since beginning to write this post. Once to respond to a text, another to see if I got a response back from that text, and another to make it a nice even three so the statement landed more. All of this is terrible. This seems like the movie that calls all of that stuff out.
2. The book is really good. Like all of Kultgen’s books (he also wrote the Average American Male and The Lie) it’s a no-holds-barred look at some of our deepest and darkest insecurities, fears, and less glorious aspects of human nature. For the subject matter it’s dealing with (teens using the internet, and adults attaining fulfillment through socially taboo means), this ugly-but-true tone is perfect.
3. In addition to golden boy Ansel Elgort, Adam Sandler is playing a serious role (!!). It’s also got Jennifer Garner, Dean Norris, Emma Thompson, and Dennis Haysbert AKA President David Palmer. Director Jason Reitman, who directed Juno and Up In The Air, seems like the perfect guy to dig into a story like this.
That’s it I guess. Probably way too much for a post about a trailer. Movie comes out limited release October 3rd, and wide-release October 17th.