‘Other People’ Trailer: Molly Shannon Plans Her Death in Funny-Sad Sundance Dramedy

     July 11, 2016


The first trailer for the dramedy Other People has been released online. The film made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, where the response was mostly positive with Collider’s own Matt Goldberg calling it “a tremendous first feature” from writer/director Chris Kelly, a Saturday Night Live alum who mined his personal life for this very funny and very sad film. The story revolves around a struggling comedy writer played by Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons who moves home to Sacramento to care for his mother, who has just been diagnosed with cancer and whose condition slowly worsens over the course of the film.

The movie’s opening scene is a deeply upsetting and emotional moment, as it literally begins with Shannon’s character’s death in her own home surrounded by her family. So we know upfront that she dies, which makes the subsequent events that much more heartbreaking as we watch her character and family come to terms with the fact that she’ll be gone soon. It’s a solid debut from Kelly with a truly terrific performance from Molly Shannon (Oscar buzz is not unwarranted) and a swell lead turn from Plemons, so I’d recommend checking it out.

Take a look at the Other People trailer below. The film also stars Bradley Whitford, Maude Apatow, Madisen Beaty, John Early, Zach Woods, and June Squibb.

Here’s the official synopsis for Other People:

A struggling comedy writer, fresh from breaking up with his boyfriend, moves to Sacramento to help his sick mother. Living with his conservative father and younger sisters, David feels like a stranger in his childhood home. As his mother worsens, he tries to convince everyone (including himself) he’s “doing okay.”


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