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February 9, 2011 / TerranceTheTrailerTrasher

Paul Weitz Admits Goats and String Quartets Suck

Today we’ll look at two indies in production with great casts but weak stories, plus the next two projects from AMERICAN PIE director Paul Weitz.

GOATSGraham Phillips stars as a 14-year-old boy who transfers to an East Coast prep school where his father, played by MODERN FAMILY’s Ty Burrell, made his mark as a student. The indie comedy featuring an all-star indie cast including David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga, Keri Russell, Minnie Driver and Will Arnett started filming this month.

@ – First of all, THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS already proved the word “Goats” in a movie title is a bad idea. This movie sounds like many of the reasons I stopped getting excited about independent films. The story description doesn’t tell me anything about why I would want to see this movie. It’s a shame to think of a cast like this being wasted, but I just don’t have any hope for this material.

A LATE QUARTET – A world-renowned string quartet struggles to stay together for their 25th anniversary when one of them is forced to retire due to Parkinson’s disease. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Jeremy Northam and Christopher Walken play in this indie drama.

@@ – They struggle and it’s an indie drama. Isn’t that redundant? As if a bunch of old violinists struggling to keep their band together isn’t tedious enough, we get Parkinson’s on top of that. Take a look at the box office receipts for Anne Hathaway’s Parkinson’s rom-com and the question becomes, should I watch this on Lifetime or Hallmark? Top loading the cast with indie cliches Hoffman and Keener seals the fate of this trifle.

ADMISSIONTina Fey is in talks to star as a Princeton admissions officer involved in a relationship with a 17-year-old prospective student who isn’t up to the university’s standards. From AMERICAN PIE and LITTLE FOCKERS director Paul Weitz, based on a 2009 novel.

@@@ – Sounds like there’s some comic potential here but it’s all going to depend on the tone. Weitz has been all over the place with tone.

ANOTHER BULLSHIT NIGHT IN SUCK CITY – Paul Weitz is directing and adapting Nick Flynn‘s 2004 memoir about a guy working at a homeless shelter when his long-lost father comes in seeking a bed. Paul Dano and Robert De Niro star. The title is expected to be changed to the more marquee-safe ANOTHER NIGHT.

@@@@ – You hear that log line and you think, can you imagine what that would be like running into your estranged father in those circumstances. And with De Niro and Paul Dano, this could be the kind of movie we’ll be talking about at Oscar time. I’m glad Weitz is doing this one first.


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  1. thejamminjabber / Feb 10 2011 10:25 am

    Haven’t read Suck City, but just read Flynn’s newest (the ticking is the bomb) which was pretty good. Not sold on Weitz as director, tho. he’s gonna make it all feel good and happy ending-y.

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