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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.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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