“Everyone has secrets” is a theme in movies about as old as the movies themselves. But “Men, Women & Children,” the latest movie from acclaimed writer-director Jason Reitman, is possibly the first to posit that all those secrets are kept on your smart phone.
The wordless trailer is very much in keeping with Reitman’s “Juno” and “Up in the Air,” as he portrays a world that lacks connection while always being connected.
Ansel Elgort of “The Fault In Our Stars” plays a young high-schooler with a mostly text-based relationship with the girl he likes, while his parents, Adam Sandler (feel old, early Millennials) and Jennifer Garner use their phones and computers to start illicit online relationships that will surely not come back to haunt them, ever.
The trailer looks to continue the dramatic bent of Reitman’s more recent films, like last year’s “Labor Day,” as it uses an atmospheric cover of Donna Summers’ “I Feel Love” to score mostly silent images (except for ubiquitous typing and occasional notifications). It’s clear that Elgort and company certainly feel love, but don’t know how to express it.
“Men, Women & Children” premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival, and will be released later this year.