Philip is a writer, a braggart, and a self-involved boyfriend. “I hope this will be good for us,” he says to his girlfriend before setting off for a retreat.”But especially for me.” Classic Philip.
Jason Schwartzman of Bored to Death and Rushmore fame plays the title character in Listen Up Philip, a film that follows this mostly unlikable character as he works on a book and struggles through his relationship with his girlfriend, played by Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss. “Jason [Schwartzman] has this knack for playing characters who are maybe not necessarily that likable,” Moss told EW in January. “You’re interested in what his character’s doing even if he’s being an asshole.”
And an asshole, he is: In a new trailer, Philip talks to a woman how he’s supposed to “expect big things” out of his book, and when she says it sounds like he’s bragging, he doesn’t miss a beat. “That’s because I am bragging.”
Listen Up Philip arrives in theaters Oct. 17.