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Band Aid (2017)

R | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 9 June 2017 (USA)
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A couple who can't stop fighting embark on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage: turning their fights into songs and starting a band.

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... Anna
... Ben
... Shirley
... Carol
... Grace
... Bobby
... Candice
... Lauren
... Maria
... Ned
Kailash Banerjee Sukhadia ... Theo
... Isis
Nolan Malcolm Fink ... Jimmy
Nilu Gacek ... Nilu
Dylan Magenheim ... Dylan
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A couple who can't stop fighting embark on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage: turning their fights into songs and starting a band.

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Misery loves accompaniment

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, drug use and some nudity | See all certifications »

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9 June 2017 (USA)  »

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Anna et Ben  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$29,013, 2 June 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$237,535, 14 July 2017
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Colin Hanks and Zoe Lister-Jones play a married couple on the CBS show "Life in Pieces". See more »

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Shirley: [on phone] All my friends have grandkids, Benny. Everyone at bookclub's passing out photos like it's 9-11.
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Features Super Mario Bros. (1985) See more »

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Better look back
Written by : Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig
Performed by : Lucius
Courtesy of Mom and Pop Music
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did she count us in?
1 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. "Where words fail, music speaks." Danish author Hans Christian Andersen wrote those words more than 150 years ago, and he surely never imagined a 21st century California couple would prove true the adage. Zoe Lister-Jones (a regular on TV's "Whitney") has been acting regularly since 2004, and this is her first "all in" film project where she is writer/director/producer/lead actress. Her talent as a writer is evident in a topic assumed close to her heart: thirty-something angst.

Ms. Lister-Jones stars as Anna, a disenchanted Uber driver who is married to super slobby slacker Ben played by Adam Pally (Slow Learners, 2015). These two seem perfectly matched – or would be, if not for the constant bickering over anything and everything. Before you assume this is a remake of the ultra-depressing Revolutionary Road (2008), please note that the two leads are incredibly funny people and masters of witty one-liners. They make marital squabbles quite entertaining, once they decide to form a band with the sole purpose of singing their arguments.

Admittedly, it's a shaky premise, but these two manage to pull it off with help from neighbor/drummer/sex addict "Weird Dave" (Fred Armisen). Along the way, they take shots at their friends' exuberance over babies, the Holocaust, a kid named ISIS, pizza, dirty dishes, a mousetrap, sex, drugs, and art. They even bring levity to a marriage counseling scene featuring Retta ("Parks and Recreation").

Just as impressive as the humor is how the film balances the drama associated with lingering depression tied to the trauma of a miscarriage. This and the couple's inability to communicate their emotions are what drive their marital challenges. For a short time, the 'argument music' seems to improve their relationship, but it's obvious that the real issue must be dealt with. Enter Ben's mom (Susie Essman), whose only scene serves the purpose of explaining women to Ben and all the dumb guys in the audience.

There are actually quite a few familiar faces (many with ties to "Life in Pieces") that appear in only one or two scenes: Chris D'Elia, Ravi Patel, the aforementioned Retta, Majandra Delfino, Jesse Williams, Colin Hanks, Brooklyn Decker, Erinn Hayes, Jamie Chung, Hannah Simone, and Angelique Cabral. These quick hit scenes serve as a dose of reality, as "moments" are what make up life … even if many interactions are "crazy" (D'Elia) or creepy (Williams).

The film was well received at Sundance, and it immediately marks Zoe Lister-Jones as a filmmaker to watch. Her comedic presence is a rarity, and is complimented nicely by her musical talent, and her willingness to hit serious topics head-on. Here, she offers a woman's perspective on having kids, being questioned about having kids, and traditional women's roles within society and marriage. Her inspired observations (a spontaneous jam session at the kid's birthday party) are a welcome addition to today's cinema, while also offering a west coast contrast to east coast indie film.


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