(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: Plus One
Where You Can Stream It: Hulu
The Pitch: Two friends in their early thirties decide to run the gauntlet of wedding season by being each other’s dates for every wedding, only for them to realize their friendship may be blossoming into something more.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Since we’re still trudging through the middle of an ongoing pandemic, hopefully you have not been to an actual wedding in several months. But if you’re craving the experience, Plus One, like this year’s Palm Springs, gives you the feeling of attending a seemingly endless number of receptions without having to leave your couch – and throwing in a little romance of its own for good measure. Read More »
After a huge boom in the 1990s, the steady stream of Hollywood romantic comedies has trickled down to a slow drip. That scarcity makes each new entry into the genre feel more significant than it may have before, and such is the case with Plus One, a delightful-looking rom-com starring Maya Erskine (Pen15) and Jack Quaid (The Hunger Games) about two friends who agree to be each other’s plus ones during wedding season. Check out the trailer below.
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Thirty years ago, When Harry Met Sally posed the question: Can men and women really be friends? While it never quite provided an answer, it did prove one satisfying thing — friendship may be forever, but watching friends fall in love is timeless.
Plus One, which follows two jaded college buddies Ben and Alice (Jack Quaid and Maya Erskine) who make a pact to be each other’s plus ones during a summer of endless weddings, pays appropriate homage to its lauded predecessor, but takes that delightful push-pull dynamic that When Harry Met Sally perfected to another level. Pen15 writers Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer unite with Erskine, the star and co-creator of the acclaimed Hulu series, to make their feature debut with this sharp, raunchy, and altogether winning film that is poised to be the rom-com of the summer.
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The Black List 2014 has been released. The annual list is compiled with a poll of over 250 development executives and high-level assistants, and contains a ranking of the hot screenplays making the rounds in Hollywoodland, which were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2014 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. Basically, The Black List is a list of the hottest projects in Hollywood that you haven’t heard of yet.
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Austin’s biggest media festival, SXSW, is coming up in about five weeks, and the film portion of the fest has unveiled a list of films that will play in the midnight and shorts categories. Running March 8-16, the film portion of SXSW has been growing into one of the country’s premiere film festivals.
The biggest inclusions on the midnight side are Rob Zombie‘s The Lords of Salem (new trailer), Adam Wingard‘s You’re Next (interview), and the very entertaining S-VHS (Sundance review). That horror sequel, incidentally, has evidently been renamed V/H/S/2, just to make the connection to last year’s horror anthology V/H/S much more clear.
There’s also the premiere of Xan Cassavetes‘ Kiss of the Damned, and Haunter, the new film from Vincenzo Natali (Splice). The image above is from Cheap Thrills, and shows how “Craig (Pat Healy) and Vince (Ethan Embry) begin their descent into hell with Colin (David Koechner).”
Info on the full midnight lineup is after the break. Hit the SXSW website for the complete shorts list. Read More »