Over the weekend, the late Paul Newman’s final production project, Lucky Them, made an investor out of Boston Red Sox owner John Henry. The indie flick, now being exec. produced by Newman’s widow Joanne Woodward, was written by Huck Botko (The Virginity Hit) and Emily Wachtel. According to Variety, Botko will helm the pic which tells the story of a “rock-music journalist assigned to track down her ex-boyfriend.” Currently, Marisa Tomei, Thomas Haden Church, and Alec Baldwin are attached to the project in unspecified roles. Shooting on Lucky Them is expected to begin later this year.
The Virginity Hit wants to be a hilarious comedy. It also wants to be a poignant coming-of-age story. And if you want to call it a commentary on voyeurism in the digital age, it’ll wear that hat too. The problem with trying to be all of these things simultaneously is it never truly nails any of them; it sort of hovers in the middle of the pack, unsure of what to be next. Filled with realistic, relatable characters, the filmmakers should be commended for putting a new spin on a tried and true genre, but the end result of this Blair Witch Project/Superbad hybrid is more depressing than funny. And in a comedy, that’s a bit of a problem. Hit the jump to read more.