In 2007, Alex Holdridge earned a place on my list of directors to watch (which I keep stapled to the fridge because we ran out of magnets) by directing a film called In Search of a Midnight Kiss. It was a fantastic indie romance, less navel-gazing than others, raunchier than others, and I genuinely cared about what the characters were going through.
In a world lacking in both good romantic comedies and good dramas aimed at a younger crowd, it was a pleasant surprise that showed up at the door with five condoms.
Hopefully that sensibility translates to his forthcoming project. According to Production Weekly, the director is negotiating with Fox Searchlight to helm The F-Word with Andy Samberg possibly starring.
The plot is as navel-gazing as you can get – people in their 20s fighting back their natural feelings because the girl’s already got a man. However, if there’s anyone I would trust to elevate material like that, it’s Holdridge.
That raises the question though, of what version of Andy Samberg we’re going to see. He’s a bit manic when it comes to comedy, and I’m wondering if the script will call for him to calm it down. I can only imagine with the complexity that a subject like that might carry with it, that it’ll demand a bit of drama from the actor. He showed shades of that with his role in I Love You, Man, so hopefully he can deliver even more.
What do you think?