As most of you know, Sundance began this weekend. We’re not there this year, but there’s an enormous amount of news and trailers coming out of it, which we can pass on without standing in 90-minute lines freezing our asses off for the opportunity to see one great flick out of every four movies (a very expensive privilege, I might add). As such, I’m going to be doing some light posting over the weekend so we don’t overload you on Monday morning with news on movies you may not get a chance to see for months.
The first item up for bid: The trailer for Cyrus, which in a way demonstrates just how thin the line between studio and indie comedy can be. Despite the fact that this comes from the mumblecore kings, The Duplass Brothers (Baghead) — who wrote and directed — it looks like an indie movie, but sounds like an Apatow studio comedy. And in the talent area, it mixes the two, as well — John C. Reilly, who does both indie and studio films; Catherine Keener (indie); Marissa Tomei (mostly indie these days), and Jonah Hill (studio).
In fact, it feels a lot more like a studio comedy, which might indicate that the Duplass Brothers would actually like to earn a few beans for their efforts. Either that, or there’s something very dark and perverse underlying the story, which isn’t revealed in the trailer.
Anyway — studio or indie — it looks compelling, at least. John C. Reilly’s character is a divorced man who somehow ends up dating Marissa Tomei’s character (why is it that she always ends up with unattractive dudes in movies? Reilly? Rourke? Hoffman?). Things seem to be going well into the son (Jonah Hill) enters the picture. He doesn’t like sharing his Mommy. Creepy hijinx ensue.