The last time Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston appeared onscreen together, it was in the 2008 family dramedy Marley & Me. However, while that release is perhaps best known for its downbeat ending, the pair’s next collaboration looks to be focusing solely on eliciting laughs from its audience.
Wilson and Aniston – along with an ensemble cast that includes Imogen Poots, Kathryn Hahn, Will Forte, Rhys Ifans and Cybill Shepherd – star in director Peter Bogdanovich’s new comedy She’s Funny That Way. The film follows a married Broadway director (Wilson) caught up in an affair with a prostitute/aspiring actress (Poots), who is currently in therapy. When she ends up trying out for his latest play, it sets off a web of lies that involves everyone in the production, as well as the therapist (Aniston). (Think of the film as a wackier version of Birdman).
Now, we have our first look at the film’s trailer (see above), which attempts to hint at some of the complicated circumstances that the characters will find themselves in. She’s Funny That Way marks Bogdanovich’s first directorial effort since the Kirsten Dunst period drama The Cat’s Meow in 2001; his previous films include Oscar-winners The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon.
Produced by Oscar-nominated writer/directors Noah Baumbach and Wes Anderson, She’s Funny That Way had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival last fall and continues to run throughout the festival circuit prior to its theatrical release this spring. Both Baumbach and Anderson have devoted fanbases of their own, and perhaps their name recognition – as well as the movie’s accomplished cast – can draw younger viewers into She’s Funny That Way.
She’s Funny That Way doesn’t exactly have “blockbuster” written on it, given the screwball comedy style it appears to feature in the trailer has become more of a niche approach to filmmaking. That said, the movie features an impressive group of comedic talents that – given the right material – should be able to create a worthwhile film. Throw in a director as accomplished as Bogdanovich, and the result just might be something special.
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She’s Funny That Way hits theaters on April 10, 2015.