The Tribeca Film Festival is always good for star spotting, both at their special events and in their cinema slate. With the fest wrapping up this weekend, it seemed a good time to share my impressions of the fests highs and lows through the most bonkers moments of its many celebs.
Jason Sudeikis teaches the world how to fingerbang with the help of an apple juice bottle.
As follow-up to her blistering black comedy Bachelorette, writer-director Leslye Headland tries her hand at romantic comedy on Sleeping with Other People. Sudeikis co-stars with Alison Brie as a promiscuous New York singles who form actual feelings for each other while resisting their shared desire to bang. The premise is a bit lame, but Headland’s cast—which also boasts Adam Scott, Natasha Lyonne, Amanda Peet, and the scene-stealing duo of Andrea Savage and Jason Mantzoukas—keeps things lively and hilarious.
Arnold Schwarzenegger acts!
Real Talk: Most of Ahnold’s career has been about his star power and massive muscles, not his dramatic chops. However, with The Last Stand and now Maggie, Schwarzenegger steps into a new stage of his career, where the defeat of his harried heroes seems likely if not inevitable. In this instance, family man Wade (Schwarzenegger) must face the fast-approaching death of his daughter (Abigail Breslin) by zombie bite, in a world with no cure and no closure. Maggie gives an unanticipated take on the zombie genre that shows a more vulnerable side to the Terminator.
Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman get naked.
The Overnight is swinging sex comedy out of Sundance that starts with a kiddie playdate, which leads into post-bedtime antics that are decidedly just for adults. Scott and Orange is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling play a pair of parents eager to befriend Schwartzman and his onscreen wife Judith Godrèche. But when dinner leads to flirtations leads to skinny dipping, things go from suburban to scandalous. And we’re cool with that.
Written and directed by The Departed’s scribe William Monahan, this LA noir centers on as a movie star (Garret Hedlund) so filled with ennui that he treks deep into the desert to drink and mope alone.But there he begins a ponderous game of cat and mouse with a Shakespeare-spouting psycho (Isaac). The drama is pompous and uneven, but Isaac does a brilliant job with Monahan’s mastabatory monologues, lacing their pretension with the kind of animalistic sex appeal TFF founder Robert De Niro once oozed in Cape Fear.
Adam Driver sneaks a baby bits of ham in a church.
That sounds like nonsensical babble, I know. But it’s actually one of many jarring moments in Italian helmer Saverio Costanzo’s psychological thriller Hungry Hearts. Here the Girls star plays the proud papa of a bouncing baby boy. But his happy homelife turns hellish when he begins to fear his wife (Alba Rohrwacher) has lost her grip on reality. Being bleak and bizarre, the film’s appeal is limited, but Driver’s intense performance reminds us why it’s so exhilarating to see him become America’s It Boy.
Adam Pally goes from King Dork to King Dirtbag.
Slow Learners is a rocky rom-com about two goody-goody late bloomers (Pally and Sarah Burns). In a desperate bid to turn their lonely lives around, they decide to become douchebags, getting into bar fights, barreling through boxes of wine, draping themselves in tacky trends, pulling social cues from reality TV, and indulging in much much anonymous sex. Then these newly minted garbage people fall for each other…Please bring Happy Endings back. Without it, I’m forced to subject myself to mediocre fare like this just to get my Pally fix.
Michael Fassbender and Ben Mendelsohn get loopy on absinthe.
Slow West is a true gem to be found at Tribeca. A Scottish aristocrat, a hardened outlaw (Fassbender) and a snarling bounty hunter (Mendelsohn) cross paths and get wild in the west in this fresh, funny and fantastic Western. Actually, the absinthe scene isn’t the even the most bonkers bit of Slow West, but to tell of the others would be spoil some killer gags.
Lake Bell steals a blind date.
In the British romantic comedy Man Up, Bell plays a cynical London single who surprises herself by leaping at a chance at love when a handsome stranger (Simon Pegg) mistakes her for his blind date. And this is just the first of many solid and silly set pieces in this steamy and entertaining rom-com, bolstered by Pegg and Bell’s combined charms.
Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.