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
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 »
In all honesty, when I saw that Jack Black and James Marsden had made a movie together I thought: "oh this might be cool", because I like both of them.
But when I read the plot summary: "The head of the high school reunion committee has to persuade the most popular guy in school to join them in the reunion" my expectations fell way down to the floor.
The idea of a high shcool reunion is really not something I would even bother going to due to many different things so it lost me in the relation to the material factor and it just didn't sound like a very good premise for a movie.
And in a sense it isn't, and it didn't pull me in right away but eventually once James Marsden got into the picture it did and became a lot different from what I expected of the movie, it actually became rather moving in the end.
It's a movie that deals with identity, popularity, sexuality and parenthood and it does so in quite an unusual rather non PC way so if you are a prude you might not appreciate some of the events taking place, I however did and thought it was a breath of fresh air.
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