Veterans and stars of Saturday Night Live have been starring in films together for decades, but every so often there is a movie that features one in practically every scene. It looks like the new comedy Staten Island Summer is the newest ranking member of this special subgenre, as you can see in the trailer below:
Yahoo! has launched our first look at Staten Island Summer - and while in most cases that would usually suggest that we're still a few months away from seeing it, that's not the case with this movie. It will be coming to a screen near you at the end of the month, as Netflix will be hosting it on their streaming service.
Directed by Saturday Night Live producer/director Rhys Thomas, and produced by Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, the film is a coming-of-age story centered on two best friends, Danny (Graham Phillips) and Frank (Zack Perlman). They've recently graduated from high school and are spending the summer as lifeguards, but soon find the end of summer approaching. To launch out of their youth with a bang instead of a whimper, they make plans to throw the biggest party imaginable - which, of course, comes with all the natural problems and consequences.
While the trailer is funny enough, it's worth mentioning that it doesn't exactly look like the most original film out there. In recent years alone we've seen a lot of coming of age movies hit a number of these same beats - and one has to wonder if that will wind up doing Staten Island Summer a disservice. The relationship between Danny and Frank looks very similar to Jonah Hill's Seth and Michael Cera's Evan in Superbad, and the idea of throwing a huge, out of control party at a pool sounds like a mix between Project X and The Way, Way Back on a certain level. That being said, this is a reaction based on a trailer, so it's entirely possible that the movie is keeping the bulk of its originality out of the marketing.
So did you manage to spot all the former/current SNL stars featured here? Staten Island Summer includes Kate McKinnon, Fred Armisen, Will Forte, Bobby Moynihan, Cecily Strong, Colin Jost, Mike O’Brien, but those are just the stars revealed in the trailer - so there could perhaps be some surprises. The rest of the supporting cast is filled out with an impressive list of names, including Kate Walsh, Ashley Greene, Jim Gaffigan, Gina Gershon, Method Man, John Deluka, and Mary Birdsong.
Netflix will be launching Staten Island Summer on July 31st for all subscribers to enjoy. Do you think that you'll be tuning in, or does this trailer not inspire enough confidence?