I'd love to say that it was a long road to get this film here, but it wasn't really - not when you compare it to most films. It was just a few days more than a year ago that I even decided that I wanted to make a film about this subject - and now here we are, a very successful world premiere under our belts, and we continue moving forward.
We had our World Premiere last Saturday at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival to a sold-out audience. They actually had to turn people away, which is sad, but kind of awesome as well. It's nice to be a part of something that people are really excited to see! The audience had a great reaction and the room was full of laughter. We had a great Q&A after the screening, and just a general good time over-all.
In lieu of doing my own review I'm going to attach some comments that have been posted on Santa Barbara's site. Here's the link to it and feel free to go and rank the film yourself:
Like LaLonde's previous film, this is a funny, yet mature and touching film that will undoubtedly nip and tug at some sort of core emotion in many people.
What a fantastic movie! Funny, edgy, raw and yet touching. My husband and I laughed until we cried. Jeremy Lalonde has taken an ensemble cast of extremely talented actors and actresses and made a gem of a movie!
Okay - enough self congratulations. If you're in the southern states - we've still got two screenings this upcoming weekend in Santa Barbara - get your ass out!
So often in ensemble films, certain plot lines get pushed aside in favor of others, so it was great to see a movie where every family is given pretty much equal importance and screen time. Witty dialogue, likeable characters, and a realistic premise make for a feel good film.