UPDATE: Drunk Bus now formally has a distribution accomplice (FilmRise), a launch date (Might twenty first), and this superior trailer:
Attributable to COVID-19, South By Southwest, together with many different festivals internationally, was not capable of maintain its in-person pageant this yr, and whereas a few of its shorts and options opted for non permanent digital houses, many of those gems are nonetheless yet-to-be-released to wider distribution.
DRUNK BUS, the debut function comedy from frequent Funny Or Die collaborators and contributors Ghost & Cow (Brandon LaGanke and John Carlucci), is a type of gems. Written by Chris Molinaro, It stars Charlie Tahan (Ozark) and New York comedy keystone Dave Hill, with an incredible cameo from a former Saturday Evening Stay solid member (I gained’t destroy the shock, sorry). It’s a hilarious and heartfelt have a look at the paralyzing post-college years of Michael (Tahan), who’s caught driving the Kent Institute of Expertise late night time campus shuttle for drunk school children. His ex-girlfriend moved to New York, and he… didn’t.
After this surprisingly somewhat-dangerous gig lands him a black eye, he befriends his new safety element, Pineapple (Pineapple Tangaroa as himself). The unlikely friendship of two polar opposites (imagine it or not, this shy scrawny white virgin hasn’t led the identical life as this large samoan with tattoos throughout his face) serves because the spine of this half buddy comedy, half highway film, half coming-of-age story. It’s filled with nice bits, and the proper hit of that nostalgic sense of post-college journey from when the entire world is in entrance of you, and each night time is someway concurrently completely different and the identical.
Along with the nice comedic set items that include an ever-changing inhabitants of drunk school children on a bus, this film nails the kinds of characters we someway all met in school, and by no means met earlier than nor since then. Did we think about them? Pineapple appears to fearlessly march to the beat of his personal drum, as if the weirdest child within the room can also be the grownup within the room. Devo Ted is the weed vendor obsessive about Devo who makes you keep for bagel bites and has a room filled with dynamite in his residence (the weed vendor on my school campus had a sword assortment and a DIY mini moat that ran all through his residence). Fred (first launched in voice solely – a voice you’ll actually acknowledge) is Michaels cringey boss who Michael will undoubtedly develop into if he doesn’t get his shit collectively.
After which there’s the supporting solid of ridiculous school children and locals that actually give this story its wealthy depth and authenticity – you get the sense that after they first began penning this, there was a really completely different (lame) model of this film that they may have made – they picked the best path on the fork within the highway and floored it. Improbable performances from the supporting solid of Pineapple Tangaroa, Kara Hayward, Zach Cherry, Tonatiuh Elizarraraz, Sarah Mezzanotte, and a cameo from Frank Iero (sure, that Frank Iero, of My Chemical Romance) spherical out the world to stay the touchdown of this sharp imaginative and prescient from LaGanke and Carlucci.
This film is a enjoyable get together we’ll all hopefully be invited to quickly. Within the meantime, try this clip!
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