11 items from 2017
Do not be fooled — Youth in Oregon is a drama through and through. While some of its marketing may suggest a more comedic tone, Joel David Moore’s directorial choices, combined with the film’s poignant — if often scattered — thematic musings are centered on heavy drama. Unfortunately, the first two-thirds of Youth feel like a war between Moore’s aesthetic sensibilities and the thematic tonal balancing act attempted by the script penned by first-time writer Andrew Eisen. I would argue that the ideal presentation of a “dramedy” is combining genuine humor with emotional weight in the same beat. If a storyteller can blend them organically — accentuating the impact of both by contrast — they have succeeded. By this definition, Youth in Oregon is not a successful dramedy. Instead, its first two-thirds feel like a drama and an occasional comedy, separately, each existing on their own plane and rarely passing each other by with a wave. »
- Mike Mazzanti
In Christina Applegate's latest film, Youth in Oregon, she plays the adult daughter of a man who plans a road trip to Oregon to make use of the state's Death with Dignity Act, a decision that causes his family's past and future to unravel as everyone's own secrets begin to spill out. In real life, though, the 45-year-old actress' day-to-day sounds increasingly normal.
"Not much to report over here. Making kid breakfast, working out, now going to go pick her up and take her to ballet," Applegate rattled off on a recent Monday during a phone call with Et. "You know, the uzh. My uzh." In addition to her new movie (in select theaters and available On Demand on Feb. 3), the wide-ranging conversation also covered Bad Moms, the recent Women's March and the fact that it has been 30 years since she first donned one of Kelly Bundy's mini-dresses on Married... with Children.
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Five-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams was shamefully snubbed for what many consider to be her best performance yet as translator Louise Banks in this film about an alien invasion that pushes humanity to its brink. “It was one of my favorite scripts that I've ever read. It got me right away and it became one of those that I had to do," Adams explained ahead of Arrival’s theatrical release. Of course, the film’s standout performances are not limited to Adams, who shares the screen with Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker, both of whom added gravitas to this sci-fi drama.
Arrival debuts on digital HD Tuesday, Jan. 31.[p »
"This is so much more pleasant than traveling with a stranger..." Samuel Goldwyn Films has released an official trailer for the film Youth in Oregon, an indie drama about a son-in-law who takes on the task of driving his nearly-80-year-old father-in-law across the country to Oregon to be euthanized at his request. Frank Langella stars as the old timer curmudgeon who just wants to wrap up his life, and Billy Crudup co-stars as his son-in-law who drives him across the country and attempts to change his mind. The full cast includes Christina Applegate, Josh Lucas, Mary Kay Place, Nicola Peltz & Rebecca Blumhagen. I'm always impressed by Frank Langella, he's an excellent actor, and it's nice to see him in interesting roles like this. If fellow critic David Ehrlich says it's a highlight of Langella's career, maybe this is worth seeing. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Joel David Moore's Youth in Oregon, »
- Alex Billington
The pitch “Frank Langella road trips with son-in-law Billy Crudup to get legally euthanized in Oregon” doesn’t exactly conjure up images of hilarity, but director Joel David Moore seems to have found a way to inject humor into the foundation of his latest feature, Youth in Oregon. Off a script from first-time writer Andrew Eisen, Youth in Oregon looks to straddle that line of comedy and drama that birthed the phrase dramedy.
Coupled with a slew of festival banners, the first trailer demonstrates that tonal balancing act attempted by Moore, one which will either pay off with an emotional but ultimately rousing experience, or a thematically inconsistent experience. See the trailer below, along with a synopsis and poster, for the film that also stars Christina Applegate, Josh Lucas, and Mary Kay Place.
When 79-year-old curmudgeon Raymond (Frank Langella) makes arrangements to be euthanized in Oregon, his family refuses to accept his decision. »
- Mike Mazzanti
With just three weeks to go until its Us release, a poster and trailer have arrived online for the upcoming comedy drama Youth in Oregon. Directed by Joel David Moore, the film stars Frank Langella, Billy Crudup, Christina Applegate, Mary Kay Place, and Josh Lucas; take a look below…
When 82-year-old curmudgeon Raymond Ingersol tells his family that he has made arrangements to be euthanized in Oregon, his daughter Kate is determined to stop him. But when another family emergency arises, Kate’s husband Brian finds himself with the unlucky task of driving his father-in-law from New York to Oregon And convincing the crotchety old man that he doesn’t want to die. The problem: Brian hates Raymond. And with Raymond’s wino wife Estelle tagging along for the journey, it’s just in-laws and the open road for the next 3000 miles.
Youth in Oregon is set for release on February 3rd in the States. »
- Amie Cranswick
Frank Langella’s latest film, “Youth in Oregon,” premiered last year at the Tribeca Film Festival. Now, the family dramedy is headed to theaters after it was acquired by Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films.
The touching story, directed by Joel David Moore, follows the actor as Raymond Engersol, an 80-year-old who makes arrangements to be euthanized in Oregon, a decision his family refuses to accept. When another emergency arises, Raymond’s daughter Kate (Christina Applegate) turns to her husband Brian (Billy Crudup), asking him to drive her father across the country to the Beaver State. Along the way, his loved ones try to help him rediscover a reason for living.
While the movie received mixed reviews, IndieWire’s David Ehrlich mentioned in his critique that »
- Liz Calvario
The groceries at Shopwell’s live their lives by a code that helps them stay peaceful and happy until it’s time for them to leave the comfort of the supermarket and head for “the great beyond”. However, after a botched trip to the great beyond leaves one sausage named Frank and his companion Bun stranded, their lives become a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store…
I was really, really, looking forward to Sausage Party, I truly was. I enjoy a good gross out comedy as much as the next person – maybe more so, given how many I’ve seen – but Rogen’s latest, »
- Phil Wheat
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The dysfunctional-family road trip plays out in a decidedly minor key in Youth in Oregon, a drama that struggles to breathe life into its death-themed narrative. As the ailing and deeply unhappy octogenarian who sets his sites on assisted suicide, Frank Langella finds nuance in material that ranges from on-the-nose to clumsy, and Christina Applegate’s performance as his daughter hits true notes beneath the cacophonous surface. But mainly the fractured clan at the center of the feature is not great cross-country company.
Langella plays Raymond Engersol, who announces to his family on his 80th birthday that he wants to die, »
- Sheri Linden
The Flint water crisis is getting the Lifetime movie treatment… with an Oscar winner leading the cast.
Cher has signed on to star in Flint, the network’s fact-based original movie, our sister site Deadline is reporting. The chart-topping singer and Moonstruck actress will play a Flint resident whose family is affected by the Michigan town’s water-contamination scandal. Cher is also an executive producer on the film, along with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Smash, Hairspray Live!) and Katie Couric.
This would mark Cher’s first »
Here at Et, we love an anniversary -- whether it’s the 20th anniversary of Scream or Clueless, 10 years in the life of The Hills or the magical time making No Doubt’s Magic Kingdom 20 years later. And as we settle in 2017, it’s time to look ahead at all those upcoming moments that will have you saying, “I remember when…”
Here’s a brief look at our favorite TV and film milestones of 2017:
While fans are crying over Mandy Moore’s Golden Globe-nominated performance on NBC’s hit new series This Is Us, it was just 15 years ago that they cried over her performance in the weepy adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ book about a girl with cancer who falls in love with a rebellious classmate.
11 items from 2017
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