The trailer for Michael Walker’s (Chasing Sleep) latest comedy, Price Check, starts off looking like it’s going to be an ironic-in-tone workplace comedy along the lines of things like Office Space or The Office, but then, halfway through, there’s a shocker of a line that puts a whole new spin on the story and probably shouldn’t be given away. So we’re not going to talk much about what this movie is about here in this trailer write-up.
What we should talk about though are the performances on display, and, more specifically, how fun Eric Mabius (Ugly Betty) and Parker Posey (Waiting for Guffman) look like they’re going to be in this. Price Check debuted this year at Sundance, where our own Kate Erbland saw it and called it “laughably uneven,” but also made clear that it “features a solid comedic performance from star Posey.” If this trailer accomplishes anything, it successfully sells that performance. Posey’s going big here with the obnoxious enthusiasm and the uncomfortable directness, basically assaulting everyone around her with her personality, and it looks like Mabius is going to be a great foil for her, being the straight man who is, at the same time, conflicted and frightened by their interactions.
Perhaps Price Check‘s script isn’t going to be up to snuff, but it’s at least going to be nice to watch Posey get the chance to go big with the character work again, like she’s able to do in all of those Christopher Guest mockumentaries. She’s solidified her status as the queen of the indie actresses long ago, but she still doesn’t get enough credit for how good she is as a comedian. Perhaps putting her front and center in a comedy like this will be just the thing to change that.
Now if we could just get a release date… [Yahoo! Movies]