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True Bromance: Lionsgate Premiere Does Some Male Bounding with “Joshy”

The Wrap reports that Lionsgate and Hulu have paired on picking up the Joshy, the Sundance preemed (U.S Dramatic Comp section) Jeff Baena sophomore, bro-mantic ensemble film. Lionsgate Premiere will distribute the film theatrically (likely) sometime this year.

Gist: After his engagement ends badly, Josh decides to take advantage of his bachelor-party plans in Ojai, California, with the few friends still willing to join him. Focused on drugs and their own hangups, his self-absorbed friends refuse to confront the elephant in the room and ask Josh how he’s feeling. As welcome and unwelcome guests stop by, Josh will attempt to find some closure over this weekend with the guys.

Worth Noting: This sees perfs from Thomas Middleditch, Adam Pally, Alex Ross Perry, Nick Kroll, Brett Gelman, Jenny Slate, Paul Reiser, Lisa Edelstein, Aubrey Plaza, Lauren Weedman and a truly short appearance from Alison Brie.

Do We Care?: A clear cut improvement over Life After Beth, you might relate to Baena’s latest if you dug the overlap in characters and dialogue situations that were found in Joe Swanberg’s Digging for Fire.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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