Josh Lucas in “The Mend”

I like Josh Lucas. You (probably) like Josh Lucas too but maybe lost track of him after the studio system lamely tried to make him into a sex symbol back at the beginning of the 2000’s. I mean, the guy’s good looking but he’s also a very, very good actor which is clear from his CV. What I’m saying is, he’s more than just a pretty face. I’m also glad he seems to have stuck within the mind of David Gordon Green, one of our finest filmmakers, who is “presenting” the film The Mend which was written and directed by John Magary.

Fresh off its premiere at SXSW 2015 the film is coming out in late August at select theaters and on-demand. This trailer looks pretty great and is also letting us all know that e-cigs and vape pens are the next big thing in movies. More info below…


For anyone who’s ever loathed and loved a sibling in equal measure, The Mend is the wonderfully strange and acidic debut comedy from writer / director John Magary.   Shot through with the wicked humor and anarchy of Bruce Robinson’s Withnail & I and Mike Leigh’s Naked, The Mend follows a mismatched yin-yang pair of NYC brothers, loose cannon Mat (Josh Lucas in a career-best performance) and put-upon Alan ( Stephen Plunkett) as they stagger dimly towards some understanding of love, women, masculinity and what it truly means to be a brother. Featuring a gorgeous, minimalist score by Michi Wiancko & Judd Greenstein and beautiful, fluid cinematography by Chris Teague (Obvious Child), the film unfolds as three stylistically distinct but interwoven acts, each with its own mesmerizing rhythm.  With superb supporting performances by Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha) and Lucy Owen as the brothers’ sharp-tongued girlfriends.

Director: John Magary

Cast: Josh Lucas,Stephen Plunkett, Lucy Owen, Mickey Sumner, Austin Pendleton, Cory Nichols,Sekou Laidlow, Louisa Krause, Leo Fitzpatrick, Sarah Steele

TRT: 109 min.

Country: U.S.

Language: English

Author: Don Lewis

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