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Now three seasons into the HBO series “Silicon Valley,” T.J. Miller and Thomas Middleditch have developed terrific chemistry as tech-world outsiders — the former a gaseous stoner, the latter a quivering bundle of anxiety. That same dynamic is more or less on display in “Search Party,” a woeful road comedy that was produced before “Silicon Valley” but is only now sputtering out into the world. Stepping behind the camera after partnering with director Todd Phillips as a writer on hits like “Road Trip,” “Old School,” and “The Hangover: Part II,” Scot Armstrong bros out again with a lewd-and-loud blockbuster comedy in the Phillips tradition. A binge-drinking session away from being a fourth “Hangover” movie, the film is a non-starter in theaters, but a who’s-who of alt-comedy talent may give it a boost on VOD, with attendant morning-after regrets.
Patching together elements of his previous scripts like refrigerator-magnet poetry, Armstrong »
- Scott Tobias
Search Party is one of those shelved Black List productions you so desperately want to succeed, if only for its cast of on-the-bubble, breakout-seeking lead actors. T.J. Miller, Thomas Middleditch and Adam Pally are all star-worthy comedians (Silicone Valley/The Final Girls/Night Owls/Happy Endings), but Scot Armstrong’s directorial debut struggles to muster its own frat-comedy voice (Armstrong wrote a majority of Todd Phillips’ films). There are funny moments, and enjoyably deranged comedic beats, but they’re sandwiched between characters who only find humor in offensive insults and an obsession with Middleditch’s dangling member. It’s no direct-to-dvd Road Trip sequel, but stoner comedy of the highest order this is not – pun intended.
Armstrong’s wild ride begins when Jason (T.J. Miller) and Evan (Adam Pally) ruin their best friend’s wedding, sending the depressed groom, Nardo (Thomas Middleditch), into an emotional draught. With his heart still broken, »
- Matt Donato
Warren P. Sonoda (“Swearnet: The Movie”) directed from a script by Stephen Fromkin and Sacha Pavlovic. Bob Wertheimer produces with Fred Fuchs, Neil Bregman and Jonathon Bronfman serving as executive producers.
The project is inspired by the college lifestyle website TotalFratMove.com, which includes stories such as “What to Do When You’re Underage and the Bar Gets Raided” and “Guy Asks Girls in Vegas for Tips on How to Lose His Virginity.”
- Dave McNary
In just a few short weeks, HBO's critically-acclaimed comedy series Silicon Valley will return for Season 3, but fans will also get to see two of the show's leading men on the big screen this summer. Focus Features has debuted a new red band trailer for the outrageous comedy Search Party, arriving in theaters, Digital HD and VOD on May 13. Silicon Valley stars Thomas Middleditch and T.J. Miller reunite for this comedy, starring alongside Adam Pally, which shows that you should think twice before visiting Mexico.
Wedding bells threaten to break up three best friends' long-running bromance, but they aren't going down without a fight in Search Party, the directing debut of screenwriter Scot Armstrong (The Hangover Part II, Old School). Convinced that his buddy Nardo (Thomas Middleditch) is making the mistake of a lifetime by marrying Tracy (Shannon Woodward), Jason (T.J. Miller) puts a dramatic end to their wedding. When »
I hadn’t seen or heard anything about Tom Green for a long time before he appeared on the newest season of The Celebrity Apprentice. He had appeared in a few movies, like Road Trip and Stealing Harvard, dated Drew Barrymore, and then just kind of fell off the face of the Earth. I like Tom Green in movies, but – as my buddy Nick says – he’s also put on a leash of sorts. When he had his own show on MTV, though, Green was allowed to do pretty much whatever he wanted. I was a big fan of the
A Collection of the Funniest Clips From The Tom Green Show »
I’m a sucker for films that hold the “Inspired by True Events” stamp on them. Sure, most of them are Very far from what the source crime happened to be, but still, it’s the quickest way to instantly get under my skin for a terrifying time. It’s with that approach that filmmaker Adam Mason’s Hangman sets genre fans up for a big scare, telling the story of a couple being stalked by an intruder and the events that follow. Led by Amy Smart (The Butterfly Effect, Crank, Road Trip), Jeremy Sisto (Wrong Turn, TV’s “Wicked City”) and Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead, The War Zone, Secret Smile), Hangman is set to hit DVD/Bluray on February 9th, via Alchemy.
Returning from vacation, the Miller family find their home has been broken into. After cleaning up the mess they continue with their lives, shaking off the feeling of being violated. »
- Jerry Smith
6 items from 2016
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