Take that, Birdman! The Broadway-set screwball comedy reteaming Marley & Me stars Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson is the first from the They All Laughed director in 14 years. Nascent distributor Clarius Entertainment set the opening for August 21; it will bow against Lionsgate/Summit actioner Criminal, Warner’s romantic drama Me Before You and Focus’ horror sequel Sinister 2. Funny made its debut at last summer’s Venice Film Festival.
Bogdanovich co-wrote the screenplay with Louise Stratten. The also cast includes Imogen Poots, Jennifer Esposito, Kathryn Hahn, Will Forte and Rhys Ifans.
Story centers on stage director Arnold Albertson (Wilson), who arrives in New York City ahead of his family and treats himself to a one-night stand with spunky, charismatic Brooklynite Izzy (Poots). Assuming they’ll go their separate ways and never meet again, they’re both shocked when she walks in to audition for a role in his new show alongside his actress wife Delta (Hahn). She nails her audition so well that he has no choice but to cast her. The leading man (Ifans) is Delta’s former flame, not-so-secretly still in love with her. He also is privy to Arnold’s indiscretion with Izzy.
Aniston plays Izzy’s sarcastic, narcissistic therapist Jane, possibly the worst therapist on the planet and consumed with her own failing relationship with Arnold’s playwright Josh (Forte), a nice guy who’s developing a crush on starlet Izzy.