The 2012 Sundance Film Festival opens on Thursday, but some people might feel like they've already seen some of the films scheduled to premiere. That's because three of the most highly touted debuts at this year's festival bear a striking resemblance to movies of the recent past.
Brand New Sundance Film: Bachelorette
Looks Like: Bridesmaids
Perhaps you've already heard about Bachelorette, and its unavoidable comparison to the 2011 box office and critical hit Bridesmaids. While Judd Apatow's movie centers on a devoted friend overwhelmed by her maid of honor duties, Bachelorette explores a group of bridesmaids who don't care much for the bride to begin with. But that distinction aside, Bachelorette sure does appear to be capitalizing on the success of a female-dominated ensemble comedy. An all-star cast which includes Kirsten Dunst, Ilsa Fisher, Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls), James Marsden and Adam Scott (Party Down) can't hurt its chances for Sundance success .
Bachelorette will have its world premiere at Sundance on Monday.
Brand New Sundance Film: For a Good Time Call
Looks Like: Zack and Miri Make a Porno
For a Good Time Call shares not only a premise but a leading man with Zack and Miri Make a Porno. In the 2008 Kevin Smith comedy, Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) are so-called platonic friends desperate enough for cash that they agree to have sex (on camera) for money. In the milder-sounding For a Good Time Call, two female friends (Ari Graynor and Rogen's wife Lauren Miller) start up a phone sex business to raise some much-needed capital. Rogen has top billing, and Justin Long co-stars.
For a Good Time Call premieres at Sundance on Sunday.
Brand New Sundance Film: Celeste and Jesse Forever
Looks Like: Breaking Upwards
Rashida Jones co-wrote (with 50/50 scribe Will McCormack) and co-stars opposite Andy Samberg in the story of a young, divorcing couple determined to remain friends while they move on to new lovers. In 2008, real-life couple Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones co-wrote the sleeper indie hit Breaking Upwards, which chronicled the highly unconventional breakup of cohabitating (but unmarried) New Yorkers. Breaking Upwards was made on a microbudget, allowing it to turn a profit with a limited, VOD-heavy release.
Celeste and Jesse Forever, directed by Lee Toland Krieger, premieres at Sundance on Friday.