Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael Don Their Pageant Finery in ‘Ass Backwards’ Trailer and Poster

Ass Backwards

Kate (June Diane Raphael) and Chloe (Casey Wilson) are best friends who support each other unconditionally. And why shouldn’t they? They’re gorgeous, talented, and crazily successful (well, Kate’s an egg donor and Chloe’s a go-go dancer) living it up in New York City. And in Chris Nelson‘s Ass Backwards, to really drive home the fact that they’re not the girls they were when they left their small town, they’re going to enter – and win – the beauty pageant they lost as little girls. Haha, suckers.

Check out the first trailer for yourself here:

It’s easy to draw comparisons to another misguided roadtrip movie after seeing this: Dumb and Dumber. Or even a little bit of Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion – although these ladies aren’t feeling any need to pretend that they’re successful, because they totally are. Those two films really aren’t bad company to keep when you’re creating a film about friendship between two goofy but loveable pals trying to make their dreams come true. Plus, it just looks like a hell of a good time.

The film also debute its first poster today, which shows the duo in their elegant pageant dresses, mugging for an unseen judge and unseen audience. “Choose your own reality,” indeed. The question of where the women procured lady-sized child pageant dresses was explained by Raphael to EW: quinceanera shops. Wilson and Raphael spruced up their finds with some DIY bedazzling and ribbon work to really recreate that look that you just can’t find (and shouldn’t) in adult clothing. Let’s talk about the hair, though. Can’t you almost feel the crunch and smell the hairspray from your desk?

Ah, to be (sort of) young and (really) delusional. For a mostly positive review of Ass Backwards, read our own Allison Loring’s write-up from Sundance here.

Ass Backwards is in theaters November 8th.

In childhood, Samantha had a Mary Katherine Gallagher-esque flair for the dramatic, as well as the same penchant for Lifetime original movies. And while she can still quote the entire monologue from A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story, her tastes in film have luckily changed. During an interview, director Tommy Wiseau once called her a “good reporter, but not that intimidating if we’re being honest.” She once lived in Chinatown and told her neighbor Jake to “forget it” so many times that he threatened to stop talking to her.

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