Paramount Pictures has released a new Men, Women & Children trailer for director Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air) excellent new drama. The film follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age. I caught the film at TIFF and found it to be a dark, complex, and emotional snapshot of humanity that also marks another bold step in Reitman’s diverse career. You can’t say the Juno filmmaker isn’t making ambitious choices, and while some critics found the technology angle in Men, Women & Children to be contrived, I’d argue that the film really isn’t about the dangers of the internet at all—it’s about us. Adam Sandler is fantastic in the most subdued performance of his career, Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) and Kaitlyn Dever (Short Term 12) absolutely shine as the emotional center of the film, and Breaking Bad star Dean Norris is debatably the highlight of a wonderfully talented ensemble. I highly recommend seeing the film when it comes to a theater near you.
Hit the jump to watch the new Men, Women & Children trailer and click here to read Matt’s review. The film also stars Judy Greer, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons, Timothée Chalamet, Olivia Crocicchia and Emma Thompson. Men, Women & Children opens in limited release on October 1st and expands wide on October 17th.
Trailer via MTV.
Here’s the official synopsis for Men, Women & Children:
MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose – some tragic, some hopeful – as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers.