Jason Reitman has quickly established himself as a filmmaker to watch. Based on the trailer for Men, Women and Children he seems to have bounced back with a fury from the commercial and critical failure of Labor Day (I still haven’t seen it). The trailer says a lot without actually saying anything.
Based on the novel of the same name by Chad Kultgen, Men, Women and Children focuses on the lives of parents and their kids and the accelerated culture that they all share. It’s a story about dark secrets that everyone hides from the world around them as best they can, until they can’t conceal it any longer.
Kultgen has become the voice of a generation and over the four novels he’s published has become an important voice for male readers. he’s writing books for the often forgotten male market. I first became aware of Kultgen prior to the release of his debut novel, The Average American Male. I was running a bookstore and lamenting to the sales rep that there weren’t any books being written for males my age (27 at the time). In response she handed me an advance reader copy of AAM and told me to give it a try. I was hooked by the end of page one. Kultgen had a downright refreshing take on the world around him, it was as if he had written a book specifically for me. Over the years his books have become a go-to for me to pass along to friends during the holidays.
I was genuinely surprised to see how quickly Men, Women and Children came together. I was also very surprised, based off of the darkness of the source material. I was instantly put at ease to learn the film adaptation was in the Jason Reitman’s more than capable hands. I was a little on the fence with some of the casting choices but had faith that each person they added certainly had a high enough ceiling to pull off the material, especially under Reitman’s direction. It’s good to see Adam Sandler tackling some tough material and a tough character, in particular.
Take a look at the trailer, it certainly conveys the dark tone of Kultgen’s book which I feared could be lost in a Hollywood adaptation. This one very well could be a dark horse during this years award season.
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