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Ryan Phillippe, Anna Paquin & Luke Wilson Team For Dramedy, 'Straight A's'

by Edward Davis
August 16, 2011 10:36 AM
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James Cox ('Wonderland') Directing



Talk about your random casting. "True Blood" star Anna Paquin, Ryan Phillippe and Luke Wilson have joined the cast of the Nu Image/Millennium Films dramedy "Straight A's." Directing the picture is James Cox, who hasn't helmed a feature-length motion-picture since 2003's "Wonderland" starring Val Kilmer as the infamous porn star John Holmes.

Written by Dave Cole, the picture chronicles the life of a man (Phillippe) who's struggled with addiction and rehab clinics for over ten years. Making matters worse, the man is haunted by the ghost of his dead mother, pressing him to return to the family he forsook years ago. Equipped with pills and weed, he returns to Shreveport, Louisiana and finds his brother's wife who is still in love with him.

So it's a love triangle, Phillipe playing the fuck-up, Wilson playing his brother and Paquin playing the wife. Riley Thomas Stewart ("The Beaver") will play Phillippe's son. Now the question is why these actors are actually starring in this film.

Wilson we get. He can buy some groceries now with this picture. But Paquin is a relatively big TV star now thanks to "True Blood" and Phillippe, well, yeah, his career is really uneven and he's never been able to nab a leading man role that's really thrusted him onto the A-list even though he's flirted with those options (see: when he was up for "Captain America").

Millennium is known for B-movies like "Conan the Barbarian," "The Mechanic," "Drive Angry 3D," "The Expendables" and the likes so it's curious why they're veering into dramedy territory, other than actor Scoot McNairy ("Monsters") who is one of the producers strangely enough. When they have ventured into indie territory -- "Brooklyn's Finest," "The Son of No One" -- the results have not been exactly stellar. Hell, this film is obviously set in Louisiana due to tax incentives. This is of course, the company that placed a "Bad Lieutenant" reboot in The Big Easy simply for tax credits. OK, we're being unduly harsh here, but if this film gets a proper theatrical release, we'll be surprised. [Variety]

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5 Comments

  • bruckey | November 26, 2011 11:33 AMReply

    imdb says it cost's a mere $ 2 million
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2024506/

  • Fred | August 18, 2011 3:37 AMReply

    @scribe
    The author admits to being "unduly harsh" in the wrap-up so we'll just let that speak for itself instead of the dreaded "s" word if you like. I must remember to type harsh instead of snark in future rebuttals; obviously less incendiary.

  • Scribe | August 17, 2011 8:45 AMReply

    Avi Lerner set his movies in Louisiana for the tax credit period. There is no snark in this article just explaining that this b movie mogul will change anything to save a little cash.

    Lerner want's more credibility and respect, that's why they're venturing to this type of material

  • Fred | August 17, 2011 4:58 AMReply

    With the increased snark aimed at Louisiana, remember that the Playlist-adored Steven Soderbergh hails from right here in Baton Rouge and there is a little more to offer down here than alligators and tax credits. Maybe not hipster-cool enough for some tastes, but we try.

  • SittingPat | August 16, 2011 12:41 PMReply

    Cynicism abounds on movie sites. Makes me wonder, does anyone talk less about box office with a jaded point of view, and more about their love of films and filmmakers?

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