YEAR 2014

SECTION U.S. Dramatic Competition


RUN TIME 101 min

Dan Landsman is the overly enthusiastic head of his high school reunion committee and also the group's laughingstock. To impress his so-called friends, he vows to convince their most famous former classmate—Oliver Lawless, the star of a national Banana Boat TV commercial—to attend the reunion to increase attendance. Dan travels to Los Angeles and spins a web of lies, igniting an intoxicating excitement for the first time in his humdrum life. In exchange for Oliver's precarious friendship, Dan sacrifices his relationships with his wife, son, and boss, and loses himself in his obsession for approval and recognition.

In their bold directorial debut, Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul tell the story of a man desperate to fit in at nearly any cost. Jack Black's Dan Landsman is both lovable and pathetic in his quest to prove his self-worth to others. As played by James Marsden,Oliver's charm and good looks are alluring, yet his vanity and apathy are dangerously manipulative. These surprisingly relatable characters remind us that our desire for social acceptance goes way beyond adolescence and can plague us well into adulthood. —R.K.

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Artist Bio

The writing/producing/directing team of Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel makes its directorial debut with the comedy The D Train, which the two also wrote. The D Train stars Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, and Jeffrey Tambor, and was produced by Mike White and David Bernad. Paul and Mogel are currently developing their Black Listed script Himelfarb for Warner Bros. Previous projects from the duo include co-writing Yes Man, starring Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel, for Warner Bros., and co-creating and executive-producing the animated television series Allen Gregory, starring Jonah Hill, for 20th Century Fox.