Ass Backwards Goes On An Irreverent Road Trip With This New Trailer And Poster

By Nick Venable 2013-08-31 15:32:00discussion comments
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A lot of the movies that come out of Sundance with a palatable buzz tend to be introspective emotional dramas that hover just outside the boundaries of comedy. But this year gave us Chris Nelsonís farcical road trip beauty pageant buddy comedy Ass Backwards, from writers and co-stars Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael. Unlike our esteemed Katey Rich, who shares her opinions of the film here, I havenít seen it yet, but thanks to iTunes Movie Trailers, I now have the above trailer to clue me in on exactly where this movie will be taking audiences. And apparently weíre going to strip clubs and book stores!

Itís almost impossible not to make comparisons to Romy and Micheleís High School Reunion and Little Miss Sunshine. Two women want to reclaim and defend the popularity of their youth (or lack thereof), and take a road trip in a van across the country to go to a beauty pageant. Iím not knocking it or anything, because it doesnít actually resemble either of those films. Iím biased, though, because I love Raphael in anything sheís in. (How Did This Get Made?, which she co-hosts with hubby Paul Scheer and Jason Mantzoukas is my favorite podcast.) And while Iím less familiar with Wilson, I enjoy what Iíve seen and the jovial chemistry between the actresses is always apparent.

Chloe (Wilson) and Kate (Raphael) are two women whose stations in life arenít necessarily enviable to others. They run into an old acquaintance (Alicia Silverstone), who brings up the failed pageantry tales of their youth. Then they get invited to an anniversary pageant in their hometown, and they take a long road trip to prove themselves. I hope the slightness of the story is balanced by a ton of funny bits, like the trailer makes it out to be. I happen to cringe every time a comedy mines the ďcharacters loudly sing a decades-old pop hitĒ well, but they give it the appropriate spin by singing along to the glitches in Ahaís ďTake On Me.Ē That probably sucks for anyone who despises that song.

A lot of this trailerís time is spent outlining the plot, and we donít get to see the rest of the stocked up cast. Paul Scheer pops up as what looks like a strip club owner, but we donít get to see Bob Odenkirk, Jon Cryer, Jon Lajoie or Vincent DíOnofrio. We get their names in pretty colors though!

Even this trailer is better than the female duoís screenwriting effort with 2009ís Bride Wars. join me in finding out how good it is when it hits VOD on September 30. Or if you want to catch it in theaters, youíll have to wait until November 8. Check out the filmís new creepy picture perfect poster below, and if you want to hear about the film from the stars themselves, check out this interview.

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