Ashby is a high school movie of sorts, where the sensitive new kid in town (Nat Wolff) struggles to fit in to the jock-dominated teen culture, pines for the smart pretty girl (Emma Roberts), and is still getting used to his parents’ divorce. Oh, and his crusty new neighbor (Mickey Rourke) is a retired CIA assassin.
Ed and his mom (Sarah Silverman) are just trying to adjust to their new realities, and Ed finds himself in slightly over his head when he randomly asks to interview Ashby, his tough-looking neighbor, for a school assignment. Turns out Ashby’s not the retired napkin salesman he introduced himself as. In this exclusive scene from the movie, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, Ashby drops in on Ed to make sure his secret is safe.
If you’re wondering why Ed is driving Ashby around, it was part of the bargain when Ashby agreed to be interviewed. The hit-man’s health has taken a turn for the worse, and he can’t drive himself any more. And though Ashby might seem menacing, the relationship between the kid and the sage is the heart of the film. Writer/director John McNamara was inspired by the mismatched-generation, odd-couple sensibility of Harold & Maude — hence the subtle nod to that film’s director, Hal Ashby — and Ashby’s conversation-ending suggestion to have some pancakes hints that he’s not about to “silence” his young pupil.
Ashby opens In theaters, on demand, and on Digital HD on Sept. 25.