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Read More: Paramount Lands Clea DuVall's Sundance Directorial Debut 'The Intervention' "I get a lot of 'you-look-familiars,'" Clea DuVall explains when asked if the long-time actress is often recognized on the street. Maybe that will change after her charming Sundance premiere, "The Intervention," starts rolling out on VOD, thanks to a freshly signed deal with Paramount Home Media. The film is DuVall's debut as a filmmaker, and she serves as writer, director, executive producer and star on the funny feature, which joins some of DuVall's real-life best pals (including Melanie Lynskey and Natasha Lyonne) with some newfound friends (like Vincent Piazza and Cobie Smulders) and indie stalwarts (Jason Ritter, Alia Shawkat, Ben Schwartz) for what's been compared to "The Big Chill" for a new generation. Led by Lynskey's Annie, "The Intervention" revolves around a group of long-time friends who attempt to stage a "relationship »
- Kate Erbland
While The Big Chill certainly wasn’t the first of its kind, Lawrence Kasdan’s 1983 hit has become a cultural benchmark for the glut of features depicting a weekend outing between twenty/thirty-somethings in which insecurities are divulged amongst the entertaining banter. With their one-location setting and small-scale drama helping budget costs, Sundance seems to premiere a fair share of them. The latest is The Intervention, coming from actor-turned-director Clea DuVall, an enjoyable, if ultimately muddled character-focused diversion.
Jessie (DuVall) and her partner Sarah (Natasha Lyonne) have invited their friends to their family’s lavish summer home in Savannah in the hopes to confront Ruby (Cobie Smulders) and her work-obsessed, asshole of a husband Peter (Vincent Piazza) about getting a divorce so they can both have some peace. There to aid the intervention is also Annie (Melanie Lynskey), dealing with her own alcoholism and impending marriage to Matt (Jason Ritter »
- Jordan Raup
Paramount Home Media is in negotiations to acquire worldwide rights for “The Intervention,” a relationship comedy that premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival, Variety has confirmed.
It marks the feature film directorial debut of actress Clea DuVall, who wrote the script and appears in the picture. The studio will partner with a theatrical distributor and will also release the film day-and-date on video-on-demand platforms.
“The Intervention” centers on a group of friends who gather in a lakeside cabin to try to convince a married couple to get a divorce. In an interview with Variety, DuVall cited the film “The Big Chill” as an inspiration for “The Intervention.”
“I remember seeing that movie for the first time as a kid, even though I had no idea what anybody was talking about, I felt like I was being brought into this world,” she said.
In his review, Variety critic Dennis Harvey wrote, »
- Brent Lang
“The Intervention” finds three couples gathered for a country weekend, where they’ve plotted to perform emergency surgery on a fourth duo’s trouble marriage. Naturally, this well-intentioned but very probably misguided effort goes awry, with everyone’s personal fault lines exposed to variably seriocomic effect. Actress Clea DuVall’s debut feature as writer-director is an ensemble piece that breaks no new ground in themes or execution, but is pleasingly accomplished on all levels. It may not be quite edgy or distinctive enough to make much of a splash in niche theatrical release, but should prove a viable home-format item.
The group of thirtysomething friends who gather at an expansive family summer residence outside Savannah, owened by Jessie (DuVall), haven’t met there for some years; life got in the way of what had been an annual tradition. But now Annie (Melanie Lynskey) has orchestrated a reunion, one with a »
- Dennis Harvey
Clea DuVall has impressed audiences with performances in “Argo,” “Girl, Interrupted” and HBO’s “Carnivàle.” Now she moves behind the camera with “The Intervention,” a story of four couples gathering at a lakeside cabin, that premieres at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Think of it as “The Big Chill” with a little more acid. Under the guise of vacationing, the couples try to convince two of their friends to stop bickering and get a divorce. DuVall wrote the script for the film and co-stars along with Cobie Smulders (“How I Met Your Mother”), Melanie Lynskey (“Heavenly Creatures”), Natasha Lyonne (“But I’m a Cheerleader”) and Jason Ritter (“Parenthood”).
DuVall spoke with Variety about how therapy, a certain ’80s classic and a new lease on life inspired her feature film directing debut.
What prompted you to tell this story?
It was really this moment of self awareness that I had. »
- Brent Lang
Paramount Home Media is in negotiations to acquire worldwide rights to Clea DuVall's drama The Intervention. The film will have a theatrical release via a third party to be determined with Paramount Home Media's day-and-date VOD release. The deal was pegged at just north of $2 million. Dubbed an homage to The Big Chill, The Intervention kicks off after a weekend getaway for four couples takes a sharp turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip was orchestrated to host an intervention on their marriage. DuVall directed, wrote and co-starred in the film. Melanie Lynskey, Cobie Smulders, Alia Shawkat, Natasha
- Tatiana Siegel
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