2010 was a good year for Jesse Eisenberg and Melissa Leo. While Eisenberg was wowing audiences with his performance in The Social Network, Leo was simultaneously turning heads for her role as an overbearing, white trash mother in The Fighter. And Tracy Morgan, well, Tracy Morgan is insane. So watching this trio team up in Phil Dorling and Ron Nyswaner’s new comedy, Why Stop Now, should be something of a treat; especially since the powers that be seem to have cast each actor in roles that place them firmly in their comfort zones.
Eisenberg is always at his best when he’s in over his head and high strung, and his role here as a mild-mannered music student who’s forced into the drug trade due to issues regarding his high-maintenance and drug-addicted mother seems to give him ample opportunity to stutter his words and look around nervously. Similarly, it was Leo’s portrayal of a crazy mother that got her on everyone’s radar, and if you thought her performance was delightfully over the top in The Fighter, you will be happy to hear that Why Stop Now looks to give her an excuse to ramp things up even further—to increasingly ludicrous degrees. And Morgan, well, Morgan is crazy, so putting him in the position of playing an intimidating drug dealer named Sprinkles is sure to provide at least a handful of laughs.
That is, if the script put together by Dorling and Nyswaner is up to snuff. They’re relatively untested talents at this point, and how they fare directing mainstream names like this talented trio is likely to decide where their careers go from here. What do you think? Is this new trailer for the film enough to convince you to give it a chance? Why Stop Now is set for an August 17 release.