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The D Train (2015)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 8 May 2015 (USA)
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The head of a high school reunion committee tries to get the most popular guy in school to attend their class' upcoming 20-year reunion.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Black ... Dan Landsman
James Marsden ... Oliver Lawless
Kathryn Hahn ... Stacey Landsman
Jeffrey Tambor ... Bill Shurmur
Russell Posner ... Zach Landsman
Henry Zebrowski ... Craig
Kyle Bornheimer ... Randy
Mike White ... Jerry
Corrina Lyons Corrina Lyons ... Lucy
Donna Duplantier ... Taj
Charlotte Gale Charlotte Gale ... Renina
Denise Williamson ... Alyssa
Han Soto ... Dale Harkin
Danielle Greenup ... Heather
Dermot Mulroney ... Dermot Mulroney
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Storyline

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 IFC Films

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Every reunion needs a hero

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong sexual material, nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lawless See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$447,661, 10 May 2015

Gross USA:

$660,994
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Dolby Digital

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In 2013, Bill Hader was reportedly in talks to play the lead character during the film's early pre-production stage (when it was originally called Lawless). See more »


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Lowdown (Re-Record)
Written by David Paich (as David F. Paich), Boz Scaggs (as William R. Scaggs)
Performed by Boz Scaggs
Published by Spirit Two Music Inc. o/b/o Hudmar Publishing Co Inc. and Scaggs Boz Music
Courtesy of Scaggs Boz Music (by arrangement w/Spirit Music Group)
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sad, pathetic character
11 March 2018 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Dan Landsman (Jack Black) is a self-important sad man. He's married to Stacey (Kathryn Hahn) with teen son Zach. His boss is computer-adverse Bill Shurmur (Jeffrey Tambor). He has lived a limited life. He's the unliked lead organizer of his 20th year high school reunion. One night, he catches a TV commercial with popular former classmate Oliver Lawless (James Marsden). He insists that Oliver was a friend. He goes out to LA to invite Oliver to the reunion which culminates in a drunken sexual awakening.

This is a dark comedy which left me cold. Dan is annoying, pathetic, and unfunny. His dilemma and his obsession is just as annoying, just as pathetic, and just as unfunny. This could have gone darker to go crazy with this premise but it doesn't. At the end of the day, I never cared about these characters and the movie doesn't make me care about them. It ends rather flatly. Sometimes, Jack Black takes on this other side of the coin. I wait for him to truly hit it out of the park with this persona.


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