Returning to your ex after your cat had fallen ill is not a life to revisit since everyone has moved on.
In her feature directorial debut for Mr. Roosevelt, Noel Wells portrays Emily, a talented but hard-to-classify comedic performer who left behind her home and boyfriend to pursue career opportunities in Los Angeles. When a loved one falls ill, Emily rushes back to Austin where she’s forced to stay with her ex-boyfriend (Nick Thune) and his new-and-improved girlfriend (Britt Lower), a totally together woman with a five-year-plan. Through Emily is the same, everything else is different: her house has been smartly redecorated, her rocker boyfriend is training to be a real estate agent, and her old haunts show serious signs of gentrification. Holed up in her own guest room, Emily–who has no idea what she’ll be doing five days from now, let alone five years–is forced to question everyone’s values. Are they sell-outs or have they just figured out what makes them happy? And is she following her dreams or is she just a self-absorbed loser?
The film starred, written and directed by Noel Wells (Master of None, Saturday Night Live). The rest of the cast included Nick Thune (Knocked Up), Britt Lower (Sisters), Daniella Pineda (The Originals), Andre Hyland (Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping).
Mr. Roosevelt earned the Audience Award in Narrative Spotlight and the Louis Black Lone Star Award at SXSW earlier this year. It also garnered more praise on the festival circuit with Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival in which it won the Founders Prize for Best US Fiction Film.
LRM was on the red carpet for Mr. Roosevelt at the AFI Fest 2017 as part of the American Independent program. We managed to talk to the whole cast of the movie that night before the showing of the film.
Mr. Roosevelt will open in Los Angeles On Friday, November 17 and in New York on Wednesday, November 22.
Check out the interviews below: