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Intramural (2014) Movie Review

21 June 2014 5:45 PM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Every subculture, niche market, and fringe topic, no matter how minor and specific, will eventually get its own movie. This is something I firmly believe. Bike messengers have “Premium Rush,” food trucks recently got “Chef,” and then there is dodgeball, ping-pong, paintball, and damn near everything else you can imagine. Personally, I’m waiting for a movie about an over-30 co-ed kickball team, and considering that Andrew Disney’s “Intramural” takes on the no-stakes world of college recreational flag football, we’re not too far off. Despite a ridiculous premise, as well as some shortcomings typically associated with low-budget movies, “Intramural” is a goddamn blast. To compare it to the Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughn joint “Dodgeball” is not any kind of stretch because they’re basically the exact same movie. No joke, there’s even a crotchety coach in a wheelchair. It’s all supposed to poke fun at all the clichés of sports movies, »

- Brent McKnight

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Slackery News Tidbits: June 16, 2014

16 June 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.

Austin filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network will have its corporate headquarters and production in Austin, becoming the first general entertainment network to have a formal production home in Texas, Deadline Hollywood reports.The Orchard, a pioneering independent music, film and video distribution company and top-ranked multichannel network, has acquired worldwide rights to acclaimed sports feature No No: A Dockumentary (Caitlin's review), directed by Jeffrey Radice (Caitlin's interview). The documentary premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, then screened at SXSW. The feature, which will be available through The Orchard's documentary imprint Opus Docs, takes an in-depth look at the life surrounding baseball legend Dock Ellis.The completely University of Texas at Austin-staffed feature Arlo and Julie (Elizabeth's review) was profiled in the university's yearlong series, "The Creative Campus." The comedy, about a neurotic couple (former Austinites Ashley Spillers and Alex Dobrenko »

- Jordan Gass-Poore'

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Siff 2014: The Ingredients of a Good Sports Film, and Why ‘Air Bud 4′ Makes No Sense

8 June 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Like many sports movie fans, I find the conventions of the sports movie both stultifyingly familiar yet oddly comforting. So when I saw the trailer for Andrew Disney’s Intramural recently, I knew I’d have check it out at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival. While /Film readers didn’t really warm to the film’s trailer when it debuted, I […]

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- David Chen

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Hcff Review: Intramural

14 May 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Normally I would not pay much attention to a movie about college guys bonding over sports, especially football. We get more than enough football here in Texas if you are not a fan. But Intramural lured me in -- shot in Austin; directed by Andrew Disney, who showed a nice touch with humor in his previous film Searching for Sonny; written by Bradley Jackson (The Man Who Never Cried). In fact, Jackson pretty much convinced Disney to direct Intramural during Hill Country Film Festival 2012 (after meeting him at Austin Film Festival -- this is why filmmakers should go to film fests), so it felt like a can't-miss as the Hcff closing-night film.

It turns out that Intramural is pretty damn funny, even for middle-age women who don't subscribe to the Texas Cult of Football. The plot is fairly standard -- a bunch of fifth-year college seniors (apparently this is a »

- Jette Kernion

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Tribeca 2014: Intramural Review

30 April 2014 2:30 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Every year at the Tribeca Film Festival, a film will debut that comes seemingly out of nowhere and takes critics and audiences completely by surprise.  Last year, it was the genre-blending Israeli thriller Big Bad Wolves.  This year, it’s director Andrew Disney’s hilarious sports movies send-up Intramural.

The film tells the tale of the Panthers, an intramural college football team led by heroic captain Caleb (Jake Lacy).  When one of their best players becomes paralyzed “from the nutsack down” in a championship game, the team disbands, swearing off intramural football forever.  Some years later, Caleb is a fourth year senior in college, studying to be a lawyer, when he is lured back to the sport.  After putting a new team together to settle a score against Dick Downs (Beck Bennett) and the borderline insane Titans, Caleb finds solace in accepting that there are some things in life worth fighting for. »

- Damen Norton

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Interview: Nikki Reed Talks Intramural (Tribeca Film Festival)

28 April 2014 7:56 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Young adults often struggle with conflicting emotions about whether they will be truly content in the professional and personal paths that society has deemed acceptable for them after they finish their education. That relatable internal questioning is humorously narrated in the new sports comedy, ‘Intramural,’ from rising helmer Andrew Disney and first time feature film writer Bradley Jackson. Nikki Reed leads an all-star supporting cast in the movie, which had its world premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. The actress’ character, as well as the people she interacts with throughout the story, showcase that overcoming these unexpected hurdles can actually make a person stronger when it comes to choosing  [ Read More ]

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- Karen Benardello

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Hill Country Film Festival Highlights Texas

23 April 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

It's time again to start thinking about the Hill Country Film Festival, which runs from April 30-May 4 in Fredericksburg. I just booked my B&B (although is it really a B&B if there's no breakfast? B&Nb, perhaps?) and am looking forward to the coziest film festival I've attended.

Hcff is always fun for me because I don't have to rush from venue to venue, the parties are small and people are very friendly, and the audiences always seem to be excited about the movies. The fest is using two theaters this year, but they're not far apart, although it means some tough decision-making is in order.

Austin-shot feature Intramural (pictured at top) is one of the fest's highlights this year. The closing-night film is directed by Andrew Disney, who was at Hcff 2012 with his comedy Searching for Sonny, and written/produced by Bradley Jackson, whose short The Man Who Never Cried »

- Jette Kernion

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Tribeca Video: The 'Intramural' Crew Tell You How to Succeed In the Movie Business

23 April 2014 10:52 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Over the weekend at the Apple store in SoHo, Indiewire's Nigel M. Smith spoke with the funny guys behind "Intramural," a sports comedy film playing at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. The conversation is part of the "Meet the Filmmaker Series," for this year's Tribeca films.  The fifth time is the charm for Caleb Fuller (Jake Lacy) who is finally about to graduate high school. Before he does, though, he tries to reassemble his old football team. Directed by Andrew Disney, "Intramural" also stars Nikki Reed, Kate McKinnon, Beck Bennett and Nick Kocher.  Smith got the opportunity to sit down with Disney, along with writer Bradley Jackson and actors Lacy, Kocher, and McElhaney. In the follow clips we see McElhaney explain how he received offset injury. "I broke my toe," McElhaney admitted. "I was playing a drinking game offset."  We also see an audience member ask Lacy what it was like »

- Eric Eidelstein

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Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #63: Andrew Disney Fought Through a Brutal Texas Summer to Complete 'Intramural'

21 April 2014 8:20 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Andrew Disney, husband, father, and Texan, is bringing his second feature film "Intramural" to Tribeca. "Intramural" is an ensemble comedy about 5th-year college seniors going for one last shot at glory in intramural flag football. "It’s essentially my love letter to the 80s/90s sports movies of my youth" he told Indiewire. "Everything from 'Hoosiers' to 'Cool Runnings,' 'Rocky' to 'Sandlot,' and 'Teen Wolf' to 'Teen Wolf 2.'" Biggest challenge in completing this project? The Texas Sun… We were able to assemble a fantastic cast (Jake Lacy, Kate McKinnon and Beck Bennett, to name a few) but scheduling forced us to film a sports movie during July and August, the hottest months in Texas. Most of the football games were at night, but for the opening game of the film we had to shoot three days in 106 degree heat. I don’t remember much of those days. »

- Indiewire

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‘Intramural’ Review: A Fake Sports Movie With Real Humor (And Beck Bennett Yelling A Lot)

20 April 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

There’s nothing quite like a sports-centric film to get the blood pumping, the heart racing, and the tears flowing – and that’s just what happens when most people watch an Air Bud outing – but it’s hard to deny that most of the emotional responses that sports movies stir up in their audience come from a carefully laid out set of tropes and some standard plot movements. Consider the sports film playbook, stacked with underdogs and wild plans and offbeat coaching and a last-minute save to win the big game. You know it, and you know it well – fortunately, so do Intramural director Andrew Disney and screenwriter Bradley Jackson. The film opens on a rowdy and ragtag group of freshmen, led by best pals Caleb (Jake Lacy) and Grant (Nick Kocher), who are just minutes away from winning the big! intramural! football! championship! game! Of course, no one else is actually watching the game, save »

- Kate Erbland

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Meet 'Intramural,' Your New Favorite Underdog Sports Comedy

20 April 2014 9:34 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

There are some deep, hearty, tear-soaked laughs to be found in Intramural, a new comedy from director Andrew Disney, who bottled up his love of movies like Wet Hot American Summer and Hot Rod and then dumped it all over this silly sports spoof about a group of losers who long to win the most meaningless football games.  Every square inch of the underdog sports movie is tossed into a joke blender and then distributed to a young, up-and-coming ensemble full of sketch-comedy veterans who feast on deconstructing a genre that's full of cheesy, emotional stories meant to tug at your bro heartstrings. Most of it works, too, mining laughs from decades worth of sports-movie clichés, and while they could've gone even further with the concept (and the comedy), the...

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- Erik Davis

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Five Questions With Intramural Director Andrew Disney

17 April 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Take a look at Andrew Disney’s website — with his commercials, music video work et al. neatly assembled in their own sections — and you’ll see a very well-organized director adept at representing himself. An Nyu alum, Disney (yes, he’s related, though not closely) made his feature debut with 2011’s Searching for Sonny, shot in his hometown of Fort Worth. Now an Austin resident, Disney returns with Intramural, a comedy of arrested development about a group of friends who get their fifth grade football team back together. Pitched as being in the vein of Wet Hot American Summer and Hot […] »

- Vadim Rizov

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Tribeca Exclusive: 'SNL' Players Featured in Stills for Raucous Sports Drama Parody 'Intramural'

17 April 2014 12:07 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sports dramas are a dime a dozen: a montage here, an inspirational speech there, and a finale at the Big Game. The genre gets an raucous send-up in "Intramural," and Indiewire has exclusive new stills before its premiere at Tribeca on Saturday night. "Intramural" stars Jake Lacy as Caleb, a fifth year senior who brings together his ragtag group of friends for one more shot at Intramural football before he graduates, gets married, and heads off into the real world. The film also takes on sports movie tropes such as the  exposition-spouting announcers, the underdogs vs. their fiercer competitors, and the tough new head coach. The film co-stars "Saturday Night Live" players Kate McKinnon, Beck Bennett and Jay Pharoah, among others, and was directed by Andrew Disney ("Searching for Sonny") from a script by Bradley Jackson. Watch the trailer and check out the stills below. »

- Max O'Connell

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Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #13: The Texan Sun Makes for an Exhausting Shoot on Andrew Disney's 'Intramural'

10 April 2014 7:12 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Texas heat can certainly take its toll, but perhaps never more so than on director Andrew Disney's shoot of his sports comedy "Intramural." Fortunately, the production went on to make what Disney hopes will pay homage to the classic sports movies many of us grew up with -- while also upending their notorious cliches. Tell us about yourself. I’m Andrew Disney. I’m a Texan. I’m a filmmaker. I’m a husband and father. "Intramural" is my second feature film. It’s a fun, ensemble comedy about 5th college seniors going for one last shot at glory in intramural flag football. It’s essentially my love letter to the 80s/90s sports movies of my youth. Everything from "Hoosiers" to "Cool Runnings," "Rocky" to "Sandlot," and "Teen Wolf" to "Teen Wolf 2." What was your biggest challenge in completing this project? The Texas Sun… We were able »

- Ziyad Saadi

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‘Intramural’, with Kate McKinnon and DC Pierson, releases its first trailer

10 April 2014 6:59 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Over the course of cinematic history, sports movies have developed into their own genre, with films such as Hoosiers and Bull Durham standing out from the field. However, there have been few parodies of the genre, with most of the comedy in such films coming from the situation that the characters find themselves in. This is the area that a new comedy, titled Intramural, aims for. Directed by Andrew Disney, working from a screenplay by Bradley Jackson, the film stars Kate McKinnon, Jay Pharoah, Beck Bennett, D.C. Pierson, Nick Kocher, Brian McElhaney, and Nikki Reed, and the first trailer has now been released. The trailer can be seen below.

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- Deepayan Sengupta

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Tribeca 2014: Watch The Trailer For The Greatest (And Only) Intramural Sports Story.

9 April 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Ah, intramural sports. Where even the doughiest of students can participate in not-quite-world-calls athletics and live the dream of being Lebron, Crosby or Manning. Andrew Disney's sports comedy Intramural will have its world premiere at Tribeca and we have a trailer to share with you. There comes a time in every fifth-year senior's life where they must either accept the impending 'real world' of jobs, marriage, and payment plans or shirk that responsibility in favor of playing the most glorious intramural football game your school probably doesn't really care to see. This full throttle and hilarious send-up of inspirational sports movies harnesses every cliché and overused trope to tell the greatest (and only) intramural sports story of all time.The film has an all-star cast including Nikki...

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'Intramural' trailer: 'SNL' cast and more get sporty in new underdog comedy -- Video

8 April 2014 10:48 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

With the recent end of March Madness, we know sports can be a very serious thing. Luckily, not for everyone.

Intramural is the epic sports film for those who don’t really know or care much about athletics. Jake Lacy (The Office) stars as Caleb, a fifth-year senior and former college intramural champion who gave up the game after his best friend paralyzed his “little friend” on the game-winning play. Back for redemption, Caleb reunites his team in the hilarious send-up of inspirational sports movies (think training montages, lots of training montages) to face off against their rivals, reigning champs the Titans. »

- Jake Perlman

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‘SNL’ Stars Go Balls Out in Trailer for Sports Comedy ‘Intramural’ (Video)

8 April 2014 8:45 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sometimes, you just need to laugh. Luckily, on this Tuesday morning, the “Intramural” trailer is here to help you out. The sophomore effort of director Andrew Disney (scripted by Bradley Jackson), the film looks to be the sort of goofy sports bromance that so rarely gets made these days. Jake Lacy, who features alongside Jenny Slate in the upcoming “Obvious Child,” here takes a starring turn as a guy on the verge of true adulthood, looking for one last chance to be a big, dumb college kid. Also read: ‘Twilight’ Star Nikki Reed Leads Cast of Football Comedy ‘Intramural’ The answer? »

- Jordan Zakarin

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Slackery News Tidbits: March 24, 2014

24 March 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.

The historic Dobie Theatre, located in the Dobie Center mall off the University of Texas campus, is scheduled to reopen after renovations as a first-run movie house by the end of this year, Austin Business Journal reports. The four-screen theater closed in 2010 and was the original home for Austin Film Society screenings.A production company behind last year's Austin-shot, action-comedy Machete Kills filed a request with Travis County District Judge Scott Jenkins for an injunction against the current rules regarding applications for the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program, according to The Austin Chronicle. Machete Productions argues that the movie met all reasonable criteria for the fund, and that it should be eligible for a reimbursement from the state for the $10 million in qualified spending. The company's attorney says its application was denied because of "inappropriate content." A hearing date has not yet been set. »

- Jordan Gass-Poore'

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Slackery News Tidbits: March 17, 2014

17 March 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.

SXSW Film announced its 2014 jury award winners. Former Austinite Margaret Brown's documentary The Great Invisible (Elizabeth's review), about the Bp oil spill and its effect on Gulf states, won the documentary feature competition. Local filmmaker Kat Candler Texas-shot Hellion (Debbie's review) received special mention in the Gamechanger Award category, and Richard Linklater's film Boyhood (Debbie's review) won the Louis Black "Lone Star" Award. Anne S. Lewis's short Some Vacation took home the Texas Shorts award, and the Texas short Krisha won special jury recognition in the short film competition.In more SXSW Film award news, the festival's audience award winners were announced over the weekend. Before I Disappear (Don's review), based on the Academy Award-winning short Curfew, won in the Narrative Feature Competition; audiences voted the San Marcos River documentary Yakona (Jordan's dispatch) as the best in the Visions category »

- Jordan Gass-Poore'

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