Thanks to Mad Men, writer/director Matthew Weiner has become associated with 1960s — but he wanted to explore something different for his big-screen directing debut, Are You Here.
Starring Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Poehler, the film tells the story of two childhood best friends who travel home when Ben’s (Galifianakis) estranged father dies, only to discover that he’s actually inherited a ton of money. Once there, the friendship is tested thanks to complicated relationships with Ben’s sister Terry (Amy Poehler), among other problems.
“I love the movie Five Easy Pieces, which is really a movie about a man coming to terms with the same issues as in Are You Here,” Weiner, who wrote and directed the film, told EW. “Structurally, I wanted to commit to telling a story that you wouldn’t know the ending to. That you would recognize it as reality but you would really have a plot that is as twisted as real life is.”
He added: “This is decidedly less glamorous than Mad Men. It’s definitely contemporary. It’s about what is ugly now and what is beautiful.” Watch the trailer below:
Are You Here debuts in theaters and on VOD Aug. 22.