All his life, Dan Landsman (Jack Black) has never been the cool guy. That's about to change - if he can convince Oliver Lawless (Marsden), the most popular guy from his high school who's now the face of a national Banana Boat ad campaign, to show up with him to their class reunion. A man on a mission, Dan travels from Pittsburgh to LA and spins a web of lies to recruit Lawless. But he gets more than he bargains for as the unpredictable Lawless proceeds to take over his home, career, and entire life. Showcasing Jack Black and James Marsden's most outrageous performances to date, THE D TRAIN serves up the question: how far would you go to be popular? Co-starring Kathryn Hahn and Jeffrey Tambor.Written by
The sports radio hosts making cameos - John-Paul Flaim (JP), Eric Bickel (EB), Jason Bishop (Lurch) and John Auville (Cakes) are real-life sports radio hosts known as The Sports Junkies (or simply the Junkies or the Junks), though they are based in their native Washington, DC instead of Pittsburgh. Flaim previously had a cameo appearance in The Wire (2002) when the show is visited. See more »
Written by Sebastian Kornelius Gautier Teigen, Ben Burgess, Andrew Cohen (as Andrew Mayer Cohen), Andrew Baardsen
Performed by Coucheron feat. Eastside & Mayer Hawthorne
Published by Bump Into Genius Music/Mr. Buck Lucky (BMI), Big Pampino Publishing Inc. (ASCAP), Artist Publishing Group/WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), Andrew Baardsen Music
Courtesy of Big Beat Records/Artist Partner Group Inc./Atlantic Recording Corp. by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Mayer Hawthorne appears courtesy of Republic Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more »
Less than the sum of it's parts...
...Which is odd, to say the least.
If you love film, you'll find something to take from this. If it's just simple entertainment you seek, best look elsewhere.
It's a puzzler - read some of the polarising reviews - in a way, it reminded me of Jim Carrey in 'The Cable Guy'; you don't get what you expect, and that can be a shock to some, and a boon to others.
Interestingly, and unexpectedly, I now think more of Jack Black - mayhap he just hasn't had the right vehicle to stretch his talents fully in, yet.
It's never going to make the pantheon, but it does have some things of merit; not least of which is the ability to make you cringe whilst not looking away. The how-can-it-possibly-be-resolved expectation is uncomfortably high.
I liked it; the discomfort, as it dawns on you, is tremendous and it walks its' line well - not subtle, but hey - I imagine the studio execs having a nightmare trying to decide how to market this. Whether it dawns on you, or slaps you in the face, will depend...
Once you've watched it, just think on that for a minute - because that vapid 'Tries to get reunion together' rubbish just doesn't cover it, does it?
Loved the soundtrack - especially the INXS lyricism - and some of the lines were priceless. (Lawnchairs)
I liked it. I feel the ending was rushed a little, but then, how else to cover bases?
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