Above is the trailer for Jason Bateman’s latest offering The Longest Week, starring Billy Cudrup, Olivia Wilde and Jenny Slate and it looks and feels very mcuh like a Wes Anderson effort.
Written and directed by Peter Glanz the movie tells the story of 40 year-old Conrad Valmont (Jason Bateman), the over-educated, under-employed heir to the Valmont Hotel fortune, who finds himself cut off from his allowance following his parents’ abrupt divorce and tossed out into the unforgiving streets of the Upper West Side. Luckily, he is taken in by his old friend Dylan (Billy Crudup), and returns the favor by immediately falling for Dylan’s girlfriend Beatrice (Olivia Wilde). Hilarity duly ensues.
The Longest Week goes on general release on September 5th.
I’m not usually a big fan of cooky comedies but for some reason the pairing of Jason Bateman, (Arrested Development, The Change Up) and Melissa McCarthy, (Bridesmaids, Gilmore Girls) has hooked me in and judging from the trailer it feels like a far more violent and action packed version of Planes Trains & Automobiles…you know, with Bateman as Steve Martin and McCarthy as a female John Candy? Have I told you about my theory about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey being a modern re-working of The Dirty Dozen?
I digress, directed by Seth Gordon, (Horrible Bosses, The King O f Kong), Identity Thief also John Cho, Amanda Peet, Robert Patrick and Morris Chestnut, the plot of which rattles along like so:
Unlimited funds have allowed Diana to live it up near Miami, buying whatever strikes her fancy. There’s only one glitch: The ID she’s using belongs to “Sandy Bigelow Patterson” and that’s an accounts rep who lives halfway across the U.S. With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson heads south to bribe, coax and wrangle her the 2,000 miles to Denver, he will discover just how tough it is to get your name back.
This looks like it could be the sleeper hit movie of the year. Why? Well who hasn’t at one time hated the very ground their boss has walked upon?
Starring Jason Bateman, (Juno, Arrested Development), Charlie Day, (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) and Jason Sudeikis, (Hall Pass) as three tortured souls who hate their individual bosses, (Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell), with a passion so great it drives them to conspire their deaths and the inevitable hilarity ensues.
If you’re still unsure that Horrible Bosses could be as big a sleeper hit as The Hangover then consider this, Bunk from The Wire has a cameo role as a detective and Jamie Foxx, (Miami Vice, Ray) who plays a character called Motherf@cka Jones…sold!
Damn you Reynolds and Bateman! Damn you to hell!
We were gearing up to put the Doc Martin lace ups into this movie in rapid succession…but we just can’t do it. Yes it looks as formulaic as every other switcheroo genre movie out there but it’s the comedic timing and talent of Reynolds and Bateman that save it.
The Change Up is directed by David Dobkin, (Wedding Crashers) and written by The Hangover duo of Jon Lucas and Scott Moore and tells the story of two friends one a promiscuous single man the other a boring father and loving husband, who somehow transport themselves into each other’s bodies after taking a whizz in a magical fountain.
Think Freaky Friday but with hairy ballsacks.