IMDB nor the press materials lists any casting director), so many performers have the opportunity to stand out. Time prevents me from listing them all, but I must praise Rob Corddry (above with Ms Bell), whose work here as the boyfriend of Bell's sister is as good as anything he's done (which is saying something!), as well as Michaela Watkins, who is lovely and vulnerable as that sister.
Fred Melamed (above, left, with a funny, sexy Ken Marino), plays Bell's uber-narcissist, in-the-same-profesion dad; while Demetri Martin (below), whose wonderful energy and genuine sweetness makes the rom-com portion of the film work beautifully (this is Martin's best work since Taking Woodstock), provides the most important of Bell's romantic interests.
Geena Davis, too, in a surprise role toward the finale that should makes us all realize how much we've missed her over these past few years.
TrustMovies doesn't rate films via stars, but if he did, this one would have amassed 'em all. It's the most fun I've had at the movies so far this year, and it also proves a great learning experience. Ms Bell is now my hero (or heroine, whichever she'd prefer). She's not only shown us that she can make a terrific film, she's proved to us -- and to the industry -- that there is indeed a place for the sound of a woman's voice in trailers and voice-over, while giving us one hell of a good time in the process. This is the feel-good romantic-comedy of the summer.
Roadside Attractions, opens this Fri., August 9, in New York City (exclusively at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema) and in L.A. (at the Arclight Hollywood and The Landmark). It'll certain-ly open soon elsewhere around the country -- everywhere, I hope.