Of all the movies kicking off the summer this year, there aren’t many aiming at your funny bone, and none look better than She’s Funny That Way. Of course, a stellar cast and a whimsical situation is no guarantee, but this one could be the surprise hit of the first half of the year.

Most notably, from the trailer, Owen Wilson ought to be able to run with this role, and we’re apparently getting a multi-faceted character from Imogen Poots, who is going to have to sell us on a lot of different angles as the plot progresses.

It should be a lot of fun. Check out the trailer, and let me know what you think. Is this going to be one that can attract audiences as we gear up for the summer blockbusters?

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Gearing up for the production of his latest play, Broadway director Arnold Albertson (Owen Wilson) arrives in New York City ahead of his family and treats himself to a one-night stand with spunky, charismatic Brooklynite Izzy (Imogen Poots). Assuming they’ll go their separate ways and never meet again, they’re both shocked when she walks in to audition for a role in the play alongside his actress wife Delta (Kathryn Hahn) and nails her audition so well that he has no choice but to cast her. If that didn’t make rehearsals awkward enough, the play’s leading man (Rhys Ifans) is Delta’s former flame who is not-so-secretly still in love with her – and is also in the unique position of having witnessed Arnold’s indiscretion with Izzy.

Izzy looks for guidance from her therapist Jane (Jennifer Aniston), a sarcastic narcissist who may well be the worst therapist on the planet, but she’s no help as she’s consumed with her own failing relationship with Arnold’s playwright Josh (Will Forte), a nice guy who’s developing a crush on starlet Izzy. The expression “the show must go on” gets put to the ultimate test as this tangled web of characters and the objects of their affection unravels in this outrageous comedy from director Peter Bogdanovich.

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In Theaters May 1, 2015


She’s Funny That Way Trailer

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Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.