Adapted from the Chad Kultgen novel of the same name, Men, Women & Children provides "a look at the sexual frustrations that young teenagers and adults face in today's world." The film's melancholy trailer is replete with depictions of our technology-saturated lives and recalls last year's criminally under-seen film Disconnect. It is entirely set to the Plantains cover of Donna Summer's "I Feel Love," which keeps the whole trailer inside of an emotional vacuum.
As we float through school hallways and gain access to bedrooms, we glimpse what the daily lives are like for each of the eponymous subsets. How much of it are we surprised by? There's plenty to relate to and plenty that we've seen in movies before. It all rings very true and I'd feel it's safe to say this isn't going to be a comedy despite being from the director of Thank You For Smoking and Juno. That said, it is billed as both a "comedy" and a "drama" on IMDb. This trailer gives absolutely zero evidence of the former.
I'm hoping for a straight-faced movie if nothing else than for the sake of Adam Sandler who has been pumping out one disaster after another at his own production company. He looks to be playing the part of a cheating husband and so there should be significant reason for him to show legitimate acting chops. Judy Greer, Jennifer Garner, Emma Thompson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Dean Norris and J.K. Simmons fill in the rest of the roster. We've seen dramatic and comedic performances from all of them as well.
The last aspect showcased in this trailer that I will make mention of is the use of technology and how that is depicted onscreen. Texts, Snap Chats, photographs, instant messengers, online forms and so forth all appear on the screen for our benefit. Tony Zhou recently did an excellent video essay about this very topic, but I will be referring to that in its own post soon. I'm a fan of the way these communications are depicted in the trailer and wonder if they will be as present as they are here throughout the full film.
With a couple modern classics under his belt, we're ready to see what writer/director Jason Reitman has to say about our lifestyles this time around. Hopefully this one will fare better than Reitman's last ill-received effort, Labor Day.
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After you've seen this trailer you should check out the mashup that JoBlo cut by taking the Plantains song and setting it to a trailer for Grown-Ups 2. It puts Adam Sandler's excuse for a comedy in an all-new light by giving the movie a heavily somber feel, which is exactly how many of us felt when we first saw it. Bravo.
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