SXSW FILM 2013
By Don Simpson | March 17, 2013
Most of us regret the way that some of our past relationships ended. Heck, I can’t say that I haven’t considered contacting some of my ex-girlfriends to apologize for the horrible way that our break-ups transpired. Seemingly without consideration of the possible consequences, that is precisely what the unnamed male protagonist (Adam Brody) of Daisy von Scherler Mayer’s Some Girl(s) does.
The successful novelist meets up with five of his ex-lovers to discuss what went wrong, maybe even apologize for his past actions. He travels across the U.S. to meet Sam (Jennifer Morrison), Tyler (Mía Maestro), Lindsay (Emily Watson), Reggie (Zoe Kazan) and Bobbi (Kristen Bell) in their respective hometowns. The women may question his motives, but they are all curious enough to participate in his dramatic exercise.
Penned by the incomparable Neil LaBute, the dialogue is meticulously-crafted, as if torn from the pages of classic literature; the characters’ brains seem to work on hyper-drive, allowing them to concoct the most perfect response to each other in the matter of milliseconds. Each woman’s scene is written like a one-act play, taking place in its own individual location. The hotel rooms are each crafted in a specific style and mood to showcase the uniqueness of the five women; every prop, movement and word is saturated with meaning and significance.
In this SXSW 2013 video interview (shot and edited by Dave Campbell, moderated by Don Simpson), we talk with actor Adam Brody and director Daisy von Scherler Mayer about their attraction to the Some Girl(s) script and the screenwriting of Neil Labute.