New on the trailer front:
I remember emerging from the Sundance press screening of Jonathan Levine’s “The Wackness” feeling like I had just come off a three-day bender. It’s messy and silly and either awesome or terrible, and it has, as long promised, a scene in which Ben Kingsley and Mary-Kate Olsen make out see the trailer here. It’s set to open July 3.
And another from Sundance “American Teen” is the documentary chronicle of a year in the life of four Indiana high school seniors from Nanette Burstein, who last directed “The Kid Stays in the Picture.” The reoccurring descriptor in reviews has been “slick” Burstein’s been open about her influences when shaping the film, which, if they aren’t clear from the description, might be from the poster. I haven’t seen “American Teen” yet, but did talk with the subjects at Sundance they continually referred to the “characters” they played, and then corrected themselves, which seems more indicative of how familiar we as a nation have become with the format of the press junket interview than telling about the film itself. The trailer is here; it’s also lined up for a summer release July 25.
[Photo: “American Teen, Paramount Vantage, 2008]