Like almost all films that depict the end of the world, It’s a Disaster opens on a mundane morning – though this one seems to be more painfully awkward than most.
A newly dating couple are at a brunch when a friend’s painful divorce is announced, only to become trapped there when a series of dirty bombs explodes across the city. And yet this is a comedy.
It’s a Disaster is written and directed by Todd Berger (The Scenesters) and stars David Cross (Arrested Development), Julia Stiles (Silver Linings Playbook), and America Ferrera (Ugly Betty). Frequent Berger collaborators Blaise Miller, Jeff Grace, and Michael Brennan (all of The Scenesters) also make up the principal cast.
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The preview above shows that the movie will definitely be on the lower-budget end of the apocalyptic genre. Confined almost entirely to a single house, the film will focus more on the descent of its characters than any beautifully burning scenery.
It’s a Disaster joins a year already packed with movies that will mine otherwise terrifying cataclysms for comedy gold – the foul-mouthed ensemble of This Is the End arrives on June 14th and Edgar Wright’s long-awaited The World’s End will blow things up on October 25th (though apparently the latter film is not actually about the end of the world). Fortunately, it looks as if It’s a Disaster is shooting for something more character-focused than either of those films.
It’s a Disaster will be available via video-on-demand and digital services on March 5th, then will have a limited theatrical run on April 14th, 2013.