It’s A Disaster is a new comedy movie starring Julia Stiles, Rachel Boston, Kevin M. Brennan, David Cross and America Ferrera. It’s A Disaster is written and directed by Todd Berger and is about four couples who meet for a Sunday brunch that has been part of their normal lives. Only this particular day is set to turn into a complete disaster when they are trapped in a house when a catastrophic turn of events hit their city. Unsure of their fates, these normal people are left wondering about their future and become hilariously unhinged due to these events. It’s A Disaster is scheduled to have a limited screening on April 12th 2013. Check out the latest news for this new film below:
“It’s A Disaster: A Cataclysmic Event Turned Comedic
A toxic device detonated in downtown Los Angeles ruins an otherwise routine couples’ brunch in the slow-to-start, fun-to-finish “It’s a Disaster,” a smart, character-driven chamber play in which the cataclysmic offscreen event escalates the tensions between four already testy pairs. Premiering at the Los Angeles Film Festival alongside the similarly themed “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” writer-director Todd Berger’s second feature boasts a strong enough script and cast to attract modest indie distribution, marking a solid resume-builder for all involved.
Pete (Blaise Miller) and Emma (Erinn Hayes) have been hosting Sunday brunch with their closest friends forever, but this weekend, they’re planning to drop a bomb on the group: After years of marriage, the seemingly perfect couple is splitting up. The news would no doubt dominate the gang’s weekly reunion if someone else — maybe terrorists, maybe aliens — hadn’t dropped a real bomb a few miles away.
A nerve-gas cloud is slowly spreading toward them, and audiences have reason to be grateful, since it radically shifts the focus away from the superficial small-talk of the overlong first act. If such an incident can have a silver lining, it’s how radically the offscreen attack improves the drama of an otherwise insufferable get-together. Once the guests figure out the explanation for all the sirens and power outages, Emma’s vegan quiche suddenly doesn’t seem so important.
Since most of the brunch-goers have known each other for years, Berger introduces a well-meaning newcomer to serve as audience surrogate: David Cross, still in daffy “Arrested Development” mode, plays Glenn, who arrives with Tracy (Julia Stiles), the one gal in the group who can’t seem to hold a boyfriend. By contrast, Buck (Kevin Brennan) and Lexi (Rachel Boston) are frisky, while Shane (Jeff Grace) and Hedy (America Ferrera) have been engaged longer than many marriages last.
As for Tracy, sooner or later, all her boyfriends turn out to be crazy, which must explain why she’s chosen someone as safe as Glenn. Cross is ready-built for the kind of awkward comedy that ensues whenever he tries to connect with such a close-knit clique, as when the poor outsider is propositioned by a couple looking for one last three-way.
Considering how shrill and obnoxious everyone seems when Glenn and Tracy come onto the scene, it’s uncanny how Berger manages to win over the audience. Still, by the film’s hilariously hopeless ending, many will be feeling a mild form of Stockholm Syndrome, having been captivated in these desperate final hours by such a colorful group of clearly delineated characters.”
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