Jim Beggarly and directed by Jay Gammill, shown at right (this is the first full-lengther for both men), Free Samples proves unusually specific in every way -- from its location to its situation to its many characters. You know where you are in this film, whom you're with, and why you (and they) are there in the first place. With all this set up so firmly, the movie then frees us and its actors to concentrate on behavior above all else. And the behavior here is such fun! Ms Weixler plays a young woman who has recently dropped out of law school at Stanford and moved to L.A., where she's tending bar part-time, as well as taking a (mutual) leave of absence from her boyfriend/fiance.
Halley Feiffer, above right) shows her to be, at heart, a good friend, and how she deals with some of the other folk in her current life indicates this, as well.
Jason Ritter, below, plays her musician pal who exhibits an early need for Flomax, as well as an unusual desire to serve ice cream out of the truck, below, while missing some important attire.
Jesse Eisenberg, above, playing last night's "date" who turns out to be today's something else. Eisenberg, charismatic as ever but in his own special way, gets the chance to sneak up on the leading man role for a change, and he's quite good (well, when isn't he?).
Tippi Heddren -- still beautiful and still looking more like an older version of her younger self than do many aging actresses -- who gets the most sustained character of all of Jillian's
customers, and gives back a sustained performance to match.
Starz, the following Friday, May 31. Which theaters? In the L.A. area, it is getting a single showing premiere, one day only, at Laemmle's Noho 7 this coming Tuesday May 21, simultaneous with the VOD debut. It will then open for a week's run at the Noho on May 31. In New York City, it will open at the Cinema Village on Friday, June 7.