There have been a lot of films based on the subject of male bonding. Most involving comedic situations or action. The Hangover and it’s sequel springs to mind. The irony is that there always seems to be a decidedly lack of bonding in the so-called male bonding film. Usually, in these films, things inevitably spiral into a competition or even violence. At best these films show silly, unrealistic, non-masculine, comedy. The idea being that excessive testosterone prevents real intimacy. The latest film on the subject is the independent film I Melt With You. This trailer hints at a rather lack of bonding between males, despite the partying and drugs. What’s interesting is that, at least in the trailer, there seems to be a point in the story where the main characters do sit down and talk real with each other. Of course…it also SEEMS to lead to violence. I suppose nobody wants to see dudes just sincerely talking and being real with each other. Eventually that would just get boring… right?
I Melt With You stars Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe, Christian McKay, Thomas Jane, Carla Gugino, Arielle Kebbel, and Sasha Grey. The film is directed by Mark Pellington, the screenplay is written by Glenn Porter. The film will be available on demand on November 4, 2011. It is also scheduled for a limited theatrical run starting December 9, 2011.
Richard (Thomas Jane), Ron (Jeremy Piven), Jonathan (Rob Lowe) and Tim (Christian McKay) are old college buddies who gather for a week each year in Big Sur to celebrate Tim’s birthday and catch up with each other’s lives. On the surface, they look like typical men in their forties, with careers, families and responsibilities. But as with most people, there is more to them than meets the eye.
As the week progresses, they go down the rabbit hole of excess: mountains of drugs are consumed to a blaring rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack, parties with much younger women spin out of control. Exhausted and run ragged, they bare their souls and their reunion takes a much darker turn. When a promise from their past is brought to light, none of their lives will ever be the same. From director Mark Pellington, I MELT WITH YOU is a visually dazzling, wild and woolly trip deep into the male psyche, driven by four amazingly committed and profound performances from Thomas Jane, Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe and Christian McKay.
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