“Do you think I’m weird?”
“Oh yeah, no, you’re fucking weird.”
“Is weird cool?”
“In your case, no.”
As the kids say, I feel so seen, if as a teenager back in 1986.
This film is Heathers meets Napoleon Dynamite AND a cult film in the making apparently, and while that set my expectations high the trailer really is a hoot: dry, witty and frenetic. In fact I liked it so much I’ll let them off the “love letter to” bit in the synopsis, which for me is up there with calling a movie a fever dream.
Starring Kyle Gallner and Emily Skeggs as two misfit star-crossed somethings, Dinner In America is produced by Ben Stiller, not Adam Sandler, who I still get him mixed up with, and is directed by Adam Rehmeier.
The film won the Special Jury Prize winner at Dublin International Film Festival and was a Grand Jury Prize Nominee at Sundance Film Festival.
Here’s the synopsis:
Welcome to the Dollhouse collides with Napoleon Dynamite — with an added dose of the endlessly quotable dialogue of Heathers — in Dinner in America — a DIY love letter [NO!] to being authentically yourself, finding your voice, and being punk AF. In a dreary Midwestern suburb, aggro punk rocker Simon (Kyle Gallner) finds himself on the run again after a bout of arson and a close call with the police. A chance encounter with the spirited and socially awkward Patty (Emily Skeggs) provides him a place to lay low. As the two embark on a series of misadventures, they begin to realise they have a lot more in common than they first expected…
Set to the beat of brilliant original songs Dinner in America is an empowering and wild ride through the places and people of suburbia — in all their peculiar and chaotic forms.
Dinner In America is streaming on Arrow now and is available on digital platforms to rent and buy in the UK from 1 June 2021.
Watch the trailer now and scroll down for images.