Is This Uncomfortable, Funny, Or Both?
In 2010, Max Winkler won praise for his directorial debut Ceremony, a bittersweet romantic comedy that starred Michael Angarano and Uma Thurman. After helming eps for a slew of silly sitcoms (Fresh Off The Boat, New Girl, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Winkler’s returned to the big screen with his follow-up, a dark comedy called Flower. And it seems…I don’t know. Funny? Uncomfortable? Maybe great?
Check out the trailer, courtesy of The Orchard.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
Rebellious, quick-witted Erica Vandross (Zoey Deutch) is a 17-year-old firecracker living with her single mom Laurie (Kathryn Hahn) and mom’s new boyfriend Bob (Tim Heidecker) in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley. When Bob’s mentally unbalanced son Luke (Joey Morgan) arrives from rehab to live with the family, Erica finds her domestic and personal life overwhelmed. With Luke and her sidekicks Kala (Dylan Gelula) and Claudine (Maya Eshet) in tow, Erica acts out by exposing a dark secret of high-school teacher Will (Adam Scott), with perilous results; their teenage kicks become a catalyst for growing up in unexpected and unpredictable ways. Mixing dark comedy and teenage angst writer-director Max Winkler (Ceremony) and co-writer Matt Spicer (Ingrid Goes West) re-imagine an unproduced script by Alex McAulay, creating a star vehicle for blossoming talent Zoey Deutch (Before I Fall, Why Him?) and elevating the teen movie to new heights.
Flower hits theaters March 16th.
So. What’re we thinking? Sound off in comments.