Magnolia pictures released on Tuesday the first trailer for their dramedy “Happy Christmas” from writer and director Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies). The film stars Anna Kendrick (who Swanberg worked with in Drinking Buddies), a perpetual twenty-something who’s in desperate need of growing up. After a rocky break-up with her boyfriend, Jenny (Kendrick) moves to Chicago with her brother Jeff (played by Swanberg) and wife Kelly (Melanie Lynskey) and their newborn baby.
Immediately, Jenny’s carefree, partying ways clash with her brother and sister-in-law’s quiet, domestic lifestyle. With the help of her friend Carson (Lena Dunham), Jenny tries piecing her life together to find more of a sense of purpose. The film also stars Mark Webber as Jeff and Kelly’s babysitter, who turns into Jenny’s newest fling. Check out the trailer below!
Says Nylon Magazine about the Happy Christmas trailer:
Anna Kendrick and Lena Dunham are already two of our favorite people. Picture Kendrick drinking Jim Beam in bed and making out with strange boys, with Dunham as her pixie-haired bestie. Throw in a baby and a Christmas tree, and you’ve got plenty of comedy and–duh!–a couple heartwarming moments.
There’s also the tongue-in-cheek title; Happy Christmas may lead to assumptions on what this movie’s about, but this flick is anything but a sappy Christmas story. “In nine out of ten cases, you’d be spot-on with any preconceptions,” Screen Rant says, “but Happy Christmas is where guesswork will fail you.” Although the trailer reveals some obvious plot points, there’s much to be discovered in this film, as Screen Rant continues: “What’s left unsaid [in the trailer] are the reasons behind her alcoholism, or what exact impact she winds up having on Kelly (and, consequently, what that means for Jeff).”
The film sold to Magnolia Pictures after a successful debut at this January’s Sundance Film Festival. Before its debut, the film had a strong buzz due to Swanberg’s success with the indie hit Drinking Buddies. Produced by Swanberg, Alicia Van Couvering and Peter Gilbert, Happy Christmas is slated to hit theaters on July 25 — but first, it’ll be available on iTunes starting June 26.
Trailer for “Happy Christmas” is out! I’m drunk and making poor life decisions! Yay!! http://t.co/jpU1oyvp1f
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) May 20, 2014
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