Since everyone is throwing in their gleeful support for BILLY THE KID, which opens today at the IFC Center, I figured I would do the same thing. To be completely honest, it took a while for me to determine where I stood with the film, but at some point (I need to see it again to figure out which moment triggered the shift) I gave in and it let it take me away completely. For me, what elevates Jennifer Venditti's debut is that it's not just an enthralling verite portrait of a truly distinct individual, it shines as a moving, heightened metaphor for the universally torturous condition that is adolescence. This is especially true in the diner scenes where Billy gathers the courage to talk to his damsel in distress, Heather. These two seeming outsiders, coming together to perform the impossibly nerve-wracking ritual of becoming boyfriend and girlfriend for the first time, is a wonder to behold. And when the inevitable happens, it's impossible not to feel a genuine punch to the gut, more so because you knew it was coming all along. As lucky as Matt and I got with SILVER JEW, Jennifer got even luckier with her discovery of Billy, and her first-time filmmaker eye allows the story to unfold in an unobtrusive, natural way. I can't wait to see it again, and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.
In Hollywood news, just in case you hadn't already heard, I can confirm with my own stunned ears that it is, in fact, true: Huey Lewis is contributing an original song to the PINEAPPLE EXPRESS soundtrack. On the heels of Karina's recent post, this is an even funnier turn of events. Go here to read a quote from Seth Rogen about it, then scroll down and prepare to have your mind blown by the glory that is James Franco. His KNOCKED UP moment is funny, but it's his parody of THE HILLS with Mila Kunis that somehow captures the magic of his PINEAPPLE EXPRESS performance better than the clip of PINEAPPLE itself does. Wait, check that. Watch the moment in the PINEAPPLE clip when he says, "Myyyy second favorite civil engineer...", then watch it again. The man is a straight up genius. Combine that with Danny McBride and you have a comedy that is destined to become a classic. I can't wait to see this movie on opening weekend with an audience! As for the Huey song, I won't say much other than WOW.