now playing in theaters, it’s time to post my last on camera interview from the Los Angeles junket and it’s with Brandon Routh and Satya Bhabha.
As the perpetually annoyed Julie Powers (Aubrey Plaza) puts it: “dating a high schooler is part of the mourning period.” Ramona enters his mind through a dream (she can actually do that), but he first sees her in the flesh with Knives.
He stalks her at a party, acts a jackass, but then finds out where she works and has her deliver him a package.
Robinson.” But why not cast Aries Spears or Amy Hill? Teacher Mary Louise Bennigan (O’Brien) lusts after the attractive father of one of her students.
Ryan Caltagirone plays Hot Dad but couldn’t Yancey Arias have played that same part? To be fair, the students are black, brown, yellow and white so there is some diversity on the show. If the student body can be this inclusive, the adults — who do and say a lot more on “Teachers” — should be, too.
Flaming swords, epic duels, theatrical face-offs: all erupting at inopportune moments in the mumbling, workaday lives of lackadaisical twenty-something drifters.
Isn’t this — the outsize romance, the do-or-die elementalism — what so many of us crave in a world of humdrum hook-ups, text sex and internet dating?
Edgar Wright, the director of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, has a proven record for wittily fusing genre action with character-based comedy, and for marrying outlandish premises to quotidian settings. At a Battle of the Bands show, the piratical Matthew Patel (Satya Bhabha, just one of the film’s adroitly sketched Asian characters) crashes through the roof to vanquish our hapless hero.
Here, in his first feature set outside England, he has Michael Cera (Juno, Youth In Revolt) play Scott, shaggy-haired bassist with struggling garage band Sex Bob-omb whose fledgling courtship of schoolgirl Knives Chau (Ellen Wong) gets derailed when he falls for New York transplant Ramona (Mary Eizabeth Winstead). Later, Pilgrim has showdowns involving the bass-playing vegan ex of his former girlfriend (Brandon Routh), skater-turned-action-actor Lucas Lee (Chris Evans), lesbian Roxy Richter (Mae Whitman), the devilishly handsome Katayanagi twins (Keita Saitou and Shota Saito), and — climactically — Gideon Graves (Jason Schwartzman).
“Teachers” began as a Web series and stars the comedy troupe the Katydids — Caitlin Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O’Brien and Kathryn Renee Thomas.
While no one expects the group to recruit a woman of color named Kate or Katherine — although they do exist — it would’ve been refreshing to see one of the ancillary or even guest starring parts go to a person of color.
Michael Cera stars as the titular Pilgrim, who meets Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), the girl of his dreams – Cera’s Pilgrim is a 22-year-old slacker who lives with and sleeps in the same bed of his gay roommate Wallace Wells (Kieran Culkin), and is the bassist in a band with singer/songwriter/guitarist Stephen Stills (Mark Webber), drummer Kim Pine (Alison Pill), and fill-in bassist /roadie “Young” Neil (Johnny Simmons).