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The action-comedy’s trailer, replete with expletives and gun play, reveals that Eisenberg’s stoner character is actually a highly trained secret agent who doesn’t realize he’s a secret agent until he becomes the target of a government operation to wipe him out.
He’s set into motion by a CIA operative calling him “Cherry Progressive” at a convenience store, followed by his killing two operatives with a spoon. “I have a lot of anxiety about this,” he tells his girlfriend, portrayed by Stewart.
The studio acquired the project last year before shooting started in New Orleans with “Project X” director Nima Nourizadeh helming from a script by Max Landis. Topher Grace and Connie Britton also star.
“Ultra” re-teams Stewart and Eisenberg six years after they »
- Dave McNary
The last time Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg played love interests - in 2009's Adventureland - there was magic, nostalgia, and warm fuzzies. Now, in their indie comedy reunion, American Ultra, the magic is back in the form of chemistry, but instead of a sweet love story, this is a bonkers secret-agent comedy about two stoners. Stewart and Eisenberg are the two almost-engaged stoners, whose tranquil life of chilling out is interrupted when it's discovered that Eisenberg's character, Mike, is actually a deadly undercover agent. It's much funnier and more ridiculous when you actually watch the trailer, and it has the bonus of costars Connie Britton, John Leguizamo, and Topher Grace, all of whom have memorable bits in this brief look. American Ultra was written by Chronicle's Max Landis and comes out Aug. 21, so check out the Nsfw trailers now. Here's the first trailer: »
Dude, are you tripping ... or has a secret code suddenly unlocked the sleeper agent inside you?!
That's what happens to Jesse Eisenberg in the new trailer for "American Ultra." He's basically a stoner Jason Bourne, a slacker who works as at a convenience store until a code phrase activates Then, he kills two operatives with a spoon - a spoon! - and he and his girlfriend (Kristen Stewart) find themselves on the run from shadowy government types. If weed can make you paranoid, it's nothing to realizing you can kill someone by ricocheting a gun shot from a a cast iron pan.
The trailer looks like a lot of fun, and "Adventureland" co-stars Eisenberg and Stewart exhibit the same loose, easy chemistry they did in that movie. Plus, there are appearances by John Leguizamo, Topher Grace, Tony Hale, and Connie Britton. Count us in for a few tokes.
"American Ultra" opens Aug. »
- Kelly Woo
Ahead of its release next month, a new trailer has arrived online for American Ultra, the stoner action comedy which reteams Adventureland stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart; check it out here…
See Also: Watch the first clip from American Ultra
American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive.
- Gary Collinson
Before we see Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor hit the screen, the actor is re-teaming with his "Adventureland" co-star Kristen Stewart on the stoner comedy "American Ultra" opening August 21st. Today, a new trailer has arrived.
In the film the actor plays a slacker who discovers he's actually a Jason Bourne-esque sleeper agent, and the government wants their project shut down - he won't go down with a fight though. Connie Britton, Topher Grace, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman and Walton Goggins also star.
- Garth Franklin
After debuting two new posters at Comic-Con last week, Lionsgate has unveiled a clip from their upcoming action-comedy American Ultra. The scene features Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), hard at work at her bail bonds office, who gets a call from her boyfriend Mike (Jesse Eisenberg). He's freaking out at his convenience store job after killing two people with a spoon. While begging Phoebe to come over, Mike explains how he killed these assailants, and it's pretty gruesome. Then, even more trouble arrives. It's the police!
American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Jesse Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of »
The last time Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart starred in a movie together was 2009's Adventureland, which I love, and while I know American Ultra has absolutely no relation to that film, I like the idea of seeing Eisenberg and Stewart together again on the big screen. Much to my delight, a new clip from the film has just been released, featuring Mike (Eisenberg) confessing to a double-homicide over the phone while Phoebe (Stewart) comes to check out the scene, trying to comprehend exactly what just happened. From the synopsis, American Ultra centers on a stoner and his girlfriend as their sleepy small-town existence is disrupted when his past comes back to haunt him in the form of a government operation set to wipe him out. Walton Goggins, Connie Britton, Bill Pullman, Topher Grace and Tony Hale round out the cast. I sense a bit of a Pineapple Express-meets- »
- Jordan Benesh
Now that genocide-gate looks to be over, Jesse Eisenberg can probably breathe a bit easier heading into a the promo machine of "American Ultra," where he'll probably be choosing his words a bit more carefully. The stoner action comedy arrives next month and this first clip gives us a pretty good vibe of what we're in for. Reteaming with his "Adventureland" pal Kristen Stewart, the movie centers on a weed enthusiast who finds out he's a sleeper agent and is now the target of some serious authorities who want to take him down. So, Jason Bourne meets "Cheech & Chong" perhaps? Either way, if you already get paranoid while high, imagine what happens if you happen to accidentally kill a couple of dudes. "American Ultra" arrives on August 21st. [JoBlo] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Stewart is best known for playing protagonist 'Bella Swan' in "The Twilight Saga" romance fantasy film series.
She is also noted for her work in independent films including "Panic Room" (2002), "Speak" (2004), "Zathura" (2005), "Into The Wild" (2007), "Adventureland" (2009), "The Runaways" (2010), "Snow White and the Huntsman" (2012), "On the Road" (2012), "Camp X-Ray" (2014), "Clouds of Sils Maria" (2014), "Still Alice" (2015) and "Equals (2015).
Stewart, also noted as 'the face' of the "Chanel" and "Balenciaga" fashion brands was the highest paid actress in 2012...
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- Michael Stevens
Read More: 5 Tips for Grassroots Film Distribution from Producers of 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' "Adventureland" (Greg Mottola, 2009) Greg Mottola's "Adventureland" is a superb followup to his hilarious and much-beloved "Superbad." The film follows James (Jesse Eisenberg), a recent college grad in the late 1980s who works at a theme park the summer before he's supposed to go to grad school. While there, he meets a series of interesting characters, including "Em," a troubled girl and eventual love interest played by Kristen Stewart. In the "Adventureland" fireworks scene, the two take a break from exploring their awkward, inevitable relationship and get a nice view of the Fourth of July treat. "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (Benh Zeitlin, 2012)In Benh Zeitlin's Oscar-nominated drama, six-year-old Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) sees the beauty in the world -- even as she confronts her father's ailing health and an »
A pretty hefty bulletin today and we'll begin with the latest PG-13 rating for a Marvel film as Ant-Man gets the "find for families but edgy enough for the teens" rating to make sure the target demographic of everyone is satisfied. As a matter of fact, of the more notable films on today's board only Ant-Man and the upcoming Secret In Their Eyes remake (which saw its first trailer released earlier today) are the only two PG-13 ratings in the bulletin. Before we get to the R-rated titles, however, we do have one PG rated film, that being Sony's Goosebumps, an adaptation of the R.L. Stine novels starring Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ken Marino and Ella Wahlestedt. As for the R-rated titles, well, we start with a pretty hard R in American Ultra, a re-teaming of Adventureland stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg in a story of a stoner and his girlfriend's sleepy, »
- Brad Brevet
The summer movie season only has a few movies left promising the spectacle one expects at the multiplex, which means that there is plenty of room for sleeper surprises to sneak in there. And one that could promise to be a little treat is "American Ultra." Reteaming "Adventureland" duo Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, the film follows a stoner who discovers he's actually a sleeper cell agent, who is forced to go on the run with his equally baked girlfriend when he becomes the focus of a government operation. But for Stewart, making sure the character and comedy balanced was important. "...reading the script there have been jokes that I love that really just like make me laugh genuinely, and then you get to set and you're like, 'We can't do that.' It's traipsing all over what we've built," she told HitFix. "And then some things you get there and it's like, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When director Nima Nourizadeh’s (Project X) action-comedy American Ultra was filming in New Orleans in May last year, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters. Written by Chronicle scribe Max Landis, the story finds a stoner/sleeper agent (Jesse Eisenberg) and his girlfriend’s (Kristen Stewart) life are disrupted when a government operation descends upon their small town with the aim of wiping the stoner out. This is the first time Eisenberg and Stewart have worked together since Greg Mottola’s underrated coming-of-age drama, Adventureland. American Ultra also stars Walton Goggins, Connie Britton, Bill Pullman, Topher Grace and Tony Hale. While on set I got to watch some filming and talk to most of the cast and filmmakers. In the coming weeks I’ll have a lot more on the cool-looking film, but for now I wanted to share the on set interview with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg are a couple in love -- and possibly death. I'm on the set of "American Ultra," the Max Landis-scripted, Nima Nourizadeh-directed comedic action film that stars Stewart and Eisenberg as Phoebe and Mike, a slacker couple being pursued by heavily-armed contract killers. The reason? Mike is in fact a highly-trained government agent (with amnesia!) who's been marked as a "liability" and targeted for assassination. We get to see some of the action go down on the film's New Orleans set, a warehouse that's been partially converted into a small-town grocery store. When we arrive they're in the midst of shooting a fight scene that sees Mike engaging in brutal, bloody battle with a number of enemies through aisles labeled "Fresh Produce," "Electronics," "Chips" and "Cleaning Products." In one corner of the warehouse, a giant green screen has been set up that in post »
- Chris Eggertsen
It was back in 2009 that Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart first joined forces on the big screen, playing male and female leads in Greg Mottola.s period, coming-of-age tale Adventureland. After a number of years apart, now the two actors are coming back together, but instead of playing two young people falling in love against the backdrop of a low-rent amusement park, this time around they.re dodging bullets and kicking all kinds of ass in director Nima Nourizadeh.s American Ultra. Based on an original screenplay by Max Landis (Chronicle), American Ultra tells the story of Mike Howell (Eisenberg) . a stoner convenience store clerk who finds his happiness in the love he shares with his girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart). What Mike doesn.t know, however, is that he was actually at one point part of a secret government program that turned him into a sleeper agent. When he is "activated »
Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart join forces again in a new kind of ‘Adventureland’ – this time with Eisenberg as an ultimate secret agent stoner who unknowingly becomes the ultimate target for the American Government.
Written by Max Landis (Chronicle) and directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X), American Ultra tells the story of 24-hour convenience store clerk Mike (Eisenberg) who, on the eve of proposing to his stoner girlfriend Phoebe (Stewart), is waylaid by a woman called Victoria (Connie Britton) who activates Mike’s killer instincts.
Realising Mike is a liability, the American Government set out to eliminate the stoned cold killer. When Phoebe is kidnapped, Mike turns into a one man killing machine to save her.
American Ultra opens in UK cinemas on August 28.
- Sacha Hall
Before Jesse Eisenberg is seen head shaved and ready to take down superheroes within the DC universe in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he dons the long locks with Kristen Stewart as they embrace their inner stoner assassins with Nima Nourizadeh's (Project X) late summer action-comedy American Ultra. To see the Adventureland couple reunite on screen before they buddy up again in Woody Allen's next project, the first trailers, one red band, the other green, have come online. American Ultra has an admittedly fun concept, although the most interesting aspect of this project, at least to me, is that it comes from Max Landis's pen. I didn't even know this was the case until I looked up the film's details, though. Also starring John Leguizamo, Connie Britton and Topher Grace, it centers on a young stoner (Eisenberg) set to be engaged to his fellow stoner girlfriend »
- Will Ashton
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- Christopher Campbell
"Adventureland" co-stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg must be high -- really high -- on pretending they're in love, since they're back at it in "American Ultra." A new red band trailer was just release and it's pretty trippy, with Eisenberg playing a "stoned cold killer" (groan!) with Stewart as his girlfriend. It actually looks much better than it probably should, and since it co-stars Connie Britton, Topher Grace, Walton Goggins, Bill Pullman, Tony Hale, and a bunch of other random people we'd never expect to see in a stoner comedy, we're down for a viewing.
If you're wondering what makes this a red band trailer, there are a few f-bombs, mention of a titty bar, and of course drug talk. Check it out:
Got the munchies yet? "American Ultra" opens August 21.
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- Gina Carbone
Mike (Eisenberg) and Phoebe’s (Stewart) small-town stoner existence is shaken to the core when Mike’s past comes back to haunt him. As a sleeper agent, he is activated by a mysterious government alliance (led by Connie Britton and Topher Grace) with the intent to wipe him out. Written by Chronicle-writer Max Landis, the movie co-stars John Leguizamo, Walton Goggins, Bill Pullman, and Tony Hale. Expect lots of laughs, explosions, and stoner comedy in the movie which rolls into theatres on August 21st.
As you could have guessed, this stoner flick contains mature subject matter and adult language, so watch the red band trailer at your own discretion (Nsfw). Scroll down to see two character posters for Eisenberg and Stewart below: »
- Rachel West
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