Director Mark Pellington (“Henry Poole Is Here”) is nearly done assembling his cast for “I Melt With You,” with Rob Lowe joining Thomas Jane and the perpetually cocksure, mercury-poisoned Jeremy Piven in the thriller — and all for reportedly under $1 million, by the way. Deadline Hollywood describes the plot as focusing “pain of the modern male psyche.”
Lowe plays a troubled doctor deep in a midlife crisis, indulging in a blossoming drug addiction, presumably with pals Jane and Piven. My head swims with hilarious visions of Piven and Lowe, wasted and quivering, in each others arms while everyone’s favorite ’80’s Modern English hit plays on. But from the look of it so far in this teaser (from /Film) that’s not the way the film’s headed.
The title still begs the question about the influence of the New Wave pop anthem. It may just be that Pellington is the right age for such a choice. What about obvious soundtrack choices in films that have songs as their titles? Sometimes it’s called for, even demanded, other times it’s cheeseball. There are too many to list. Incidentally, the 1983 Nicolas Cage film “Valley Girl,” did not feature the irritating 1982 Frank Zappa song of the same name, but did feature “I Melt With You.”