By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist April 6, 2011 at 5:25AM
Quirk alert! This movie has it all! Math, burgeoning love, numbers and patterns everywhere like "A Beautiful Mind" and even a precocious little kid. We don't know if we can take any more.
A trailer has landed for the Jessica Alba-led romantic comedy "An Invisible Sign." Directed by Marilyn Agrelo (”Mad Hot Ballroom”), written by Pamela Falk and Michael Ellis (who paired on “The Wedding Planner”) and based on Aimee Bender‘s book “An Invisible Sign of My Own,” the story follows a math teacher, obsessed with numbers, who battles her own compulsive behaviours, guides her students and deals with the deteriorating mental health of her father, a former mathematician. Chris Messina plays the poor man's Paul Schneider as the love interest while J.K. Simmons has the role of Mr. Jones, Alba's former high school math teacher.
"An Invisible Sign" is currently available On Demand and will get a limited theatrical bow on May 6th. Trailer and synopsis below.
Young Mona idolizes her father, a brilliant mathematician. When he suddenly demonstrates signs of mental illness, Mona begins to obsess about numbers, using them to interpret an unpredictable and threatening world. Now an adult (Jessica Alba), Mona's old superstitions and compulsive behaviors continue to flourish, but a new job as an elementary school math teacher (a position she both relishes and dreads), may force her out of her protective shell. With imagination and humor, as well as a special sensitivity to the realities of mental illness, AN INVISIBLE SIGN carries a magic all its own.