Neil LaBute has been a presence in the indie-film circuit for almost two decades, first making a splash with his acerbic black comedy In The Company Of Men in 1997. He followed that film with another couple of offbeat comedic pieces, Your Friends and Neighbors in 1998, and Nurse Betty in 2000. These are not the films for which LaBute is generally known, however. Regardless of how many clever, under-the-radar pictures he may have directed in the earlier phases of his career, LaBute will forever belong to cinematic posterity as the man responsible for this scene. LaBute’s misfires have been more high-profile than his successes, with his 2006 remake of The Wicker Man giving Nicolas Cage a (regrettably) career-defining role and 2008’s Lakeview Terrace providing muddled commentary on race relations in Los Angeles before drowning in thriller-genre cliché.
When black comedy Dirty Weekend makes its world premiere on Sunday at the Tribeca Film Festival, LaBute will return to his original mode of filmmaking. The stage veteran tapped fellow Broadway regular Matthew Broderick and former collaborator on Some Velvet Morning Alice Eve to star in the low-key comedy about a pair of work chums who traipse around Albuquerque trying to piece together the details of a drunken night spent there a year earlier. So, it’s like The Hangover, but with slightly less frontal nudity from Ken Jeong? Doesn’t sound too bad! There’s no public release date on the horizon for this picture, so it might be a while until it meets with our bleary peasant eyes. Even so, enjoy the trailer below:
The trail of the tape
Title: Dirty Weekend
Director: Neil LaBute
Screenwriter: Neil LaBute
Cast: Matthew Broderick, Alice Eve, Phile Burke, Gia Crovatin
Release date: World premiere at Tribeca on April 19, 2015 (public release TBD)
The entire trailer in one line of dialogue: “Most people like to know who they spend time with.”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
Watching Matthew Broderick’s signature milquetoast straight man dragged through a sex shop and gay club is entertaining enough (the quip from the bartender got a guffaw out of me), though Alice Eve seems a little generic. At any rate, it’s good to see LaBute getting back to his roots. For fun bonus points: Broderick’s character is named Les Moore.