Netflix had made a name for itself in the world of original programming with a slew of great entertainment in the shape of the television series – whole seasons of shows, available to binge at any time. Many of these shows have garnered huge followings and critical success. Where they have seen a less successful turn is with their original films. They’ve had a handful that of important ones, but they also have all that Adam Sandler stuff dragging the average down. So now the streaming service is looking to change that trend as they branch out into more ambitious film projects. In 2017 they will oversee the release of the highly anticipated Mute, from Duncan Jones of Moon and Warcraft fame. They will release the American live-action adaptation of Japan’s Death Note, directed by Adam Wingard (You’re Next), and they will give us a new noir-comedy starring Bob Odenkirk.
Odenkirk, known as Saul Goodman to many, has been in the comedy game for a very long time. Over the last three decades, he’s written for SNL, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Ben Stiller Show, Mr. Show with Bob and David, and a plethora of others. He also appeared on classics like Arrested Development, Roseanne, and The Larry Sanders Show. It wasn’t until his role as the sleazy lawyer on AMC’s Breaking Bad though, that the public really started to pay closer attention. Since then he’s gotten his own series – the brilliant spinoff Better Call Saul, following a nice turn on Fargo. Oh, and he’s written a movie called Girlfriend’s Day.
Here’s the synopsis;
Ever wonder who penned the perfect words to the Mother’s Day card you sent last year? Or the hilarious birthday card you gave your best friend? A master of words, that’s who.
In the Netflix original film, Girlfriend’s Day, director Michael Paul Stephenson (“The American Scream“) invites you to experience a clever and quirky story about love, loss and the worst place to get a paper cut. Meet Ray Wentworth (Bob Odenkirk), once a king of the wordsmith world, and now a down-on-his-luck romance card writer. In an effort to recapture the feelings that once made him the greatest, he gets entangled in a web of murder and deceit as writers vie to create the perfect card for a newly crowned holiday: Girlfriend’s Day.
So a dark comedy/noir about a greeting card writer and a murder mystery, starring Saul Goodman? You’ve got us sold. But Odenkirk isn’t alone here, Netflix has actually assembled a really solid cast around him. The film features Natasha Lyonne (Detroit Rock City), Amber Tamblyn (Django Unchained), June Diane Raphael (NTSF:SD:SUV), Ed Begley Jr. (Veronica Mars), Andy Richter (Andy Barker P.I.), Nate Mooney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Derek Waters (Drunk History), Toby Huss (Halt and Catch Fire), Steven Michael Quezada (Breaking Bad), and Stacy Keach (Mike Hammer).
Here’s a look at the trailer.
Can Odenkirk’s Ray get over his obviously broken heart? Can the power of a greeting card save the day? WILL LOVE CONQUER ALL?!?! Looks like we’ll have to wait til Valentine’s Day to find out…
Girlfriend’s Day will pop up on your Netflix screen come Feb. 14.
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