Thursday, September 16, 2010
Something for nothing? You know better - and so does Katie Aselton's THE FREEBIE
Katie Aselton (shown below) has been wondering, too, because she tackles this subject in the new film -- her first -- THE FREEBIE, which she directed and wrote and in which she also stars. Her co-star is Dax Shepard, seen here in a role that ought to bring additional luster to his steadily improving career (Zathura to Idiocracy, Baby Mama to Parenthood).
TrustMovies caught a screening of The Freebie, he had recently seen two other films dealing with a similar modern-romance subject (infidelity and its consequences) in not all that different a manner: Breaking Upward, the main claim to fame for which seemed to be that it had been made in New York City on a half-shoestring budget, and Sorry, Thanks, an On-Demand, San Francisco mumblecore-ish movie of some interest. Ms Aselton's film is better than both. (Note: I neglected earlier to credit my compatriot Avi Offer at NYC Movie Guru for pointing out the resemblance to Breaking Upward. So, thanks, Avi.)
The Puffy Chair and the Duplasses' Cyrus, as well as the non-m'core Easier With Practice), but you might call this "mumblecore speaking up a bit." The screenplay is definitely more "written": tightly focused and less rambling and dithering than are some of the m'core variety. In the film we meet Annie and Darren (Aselton and Shepard, shown above) whose seven-year marriage (itch time, folks!) has grown a bit stale, at least sexually. They're still quite attractive and alert, but they'd rather play scrabble and are relieved when one or the other opts out of lovemaking.
The movie, via Phase 4 Films opens this Friday, September 17, in New York City at the Angelika Film Center, in Los Angeles on October 1 at the NuArt Theater and then perhaps onwards to a limited, nationwide release.