The Film Arcade has released the first trailer for writer/director Jim Strouse’s upcoming comedy-drama People Places Things. The film stars Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) as a graphic novelist and professor living in New York City who struggles to put his life together after walking in on his longtime girlfriend and mother of his children having an affair. The comedy actually looks quite charming, and I was enthused to see The Daily Show standout Jessica Williams pop up in a supporting role as a student who sets Clement’s character up with her mother (Regina Hall). Clement appears to be giving a layered performance that’s raw yet still incredibly funny, and I look forward to checking out the full film.
Watch the trailer below and click here for Steve’s interview with Clement and Strouse about the movie from Sundance. The film opens in theaters on August 14th and also stars Stephanie Allynne, Michael Chernus, Aundrea Gadsby, and Gia Gadsby.
Here’s the official synopsis for People Places Things:
Will Henry (Jemaine Clement) is a graphic novelist and a professor in NYC. At his adorable twin girls’ fifth birthday party, Will’s life is turned upside down when he walks in on the mother of his children, and longtime girlfriend, Charlie, (Stephanie Allynne) with their friend Gary (Michael Chernus). One year later, Will is still alone and trying to put his life back together. He finds unexpected challenges when his talented student Kat (Jessica Williams) tries to set Will up with her accomplished mother Diane (Regina Hall). In this thoughtful comedy, Will is forced to navigate the unknown landscape of single fatherhood and dating in New York City, while remaining an inspiration for his students and coming to terms with himself both as a father as an artist.