John Malkovich and Catherine Keener Ask WHAT’S THIS S%^@ CALLED LOVE?

     January 31, 2011

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Director Jesse Peretz  met the high expectations that awaited his My Idiot Brother at Sundance, and is already hard at work on his next film, What’s This S%^@ Called Love?.  The cast of S%^@ may even rival the impressive My Idiot Brother ensemble, as John Malkovich and Catherine Keener are in talks to star.  Fans of the truly bizarre may recall that Keener and Malkovich last appeared together on screen in 1999’s Being John Malkovich.

Peretz’s script is set in the era and town in which he was raised: 1980s Cambridge, Massachusetts.  According to 24 Frames, the plot centers on a teenage boy who is on the verge of coming out: “His ultra-progressive family actually wants to celebrate the boy’s newfound sexuality, while all the boy wants is to be left alone.”  Sounds a bit precious, but Keener specializes in selling me on this kind of emotional comedy.

Tim Perell (Last Chance Harvey) will produce What’s This S%^@ Called Love?, which I can only hope is a tentative title.  The Weinstein Company picked up My Idiot Brother for a November 25 release.

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