Lately Hollywood has really been fascinated with our continually evolving--and increasingly aloof--communications style in the digital age. Sometimes it pays off, like with the wonderfully bleak Her, while other times it ends up lost in translation, as is the case with Emoticon ;). Director Jason Reitman aims to tackle the subject next with his new project MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN. The film, which stars Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ansel Elgort, and Judy Greer among others, looks to approach our digital dependence and its influences on social issues--for better or worse. More:
MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose - some tragic, some hopeful - as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers.
The first teaser trailer is appropriately without dialogue, featuring a just over two-minute montage of scenes from the film that capture its themes using text messages, chat room screens and online escort services. I definitely want to check it out as a fan of Reitman's work (minus last year's Labor Day), but I am mostly hyped to see him reunite with Garner, who I still claim delivered her best big screen performance to dated in Juno. And I just really need her to remind me why I still root for her. Also, when's the last good movie Sandler has been in? Anyone? *Crickets*
At any rate, check out the trailer and let me know your thoughts.