Highs and Lows
Will Ferrell will be in a new movie that debuts on Valentine's Day, though the film's plot won't be as rosy as you think.
The movie is called Downhill, and it also stars Julie Louis-Dreyfus, who's of course known from "Seinfeld" and "Veep." From the trailer, it appears to be a romantic comedy / serious movie, but is also being billed as "a different kind of disaster movie."
It Was All Downhill From There
In the trailer, Ferrell (Pete) and Louis-Dreyfus (Billie) are parents with their kids on a skiing trip in the Swedish Alps.Apparently Pete wanted to take some time away because his dad died -- eight months ago, which suggests he's probably having a rough time adjusting.
Then, there seems to be a planned avalanche that the family is caught in. Pete grabs his phone while the rest of the family huddles together. That's a big no-no.
The experience causes Pete and Billie to re-evaluate their lives together.
In the trailer, Ferrell tries to defend his actions.
“I didn’t leave you to be buried. I ran to get help,” Pete says.
“That’s not what happened," Billie says. She has a point.
According to Distractify, Downhill is a remake of Force Majeure, a 2014 Swedish film that was directed by Ruben Ostlund.
Ostlund and Louis-Dreyfus produced the movie, while Nat Faxon and Jim Rash direct. Faxon and Rash have worked together before, on films like The Way, Way Back and The Descendants.
Since the movie is pegged for Valentine's Day, it seems pretty obvious the movie won't be as dark as it appears.
Most Will Ferrell Movies Are Worth It
Ferrell pairs extraordinarily well with love interests, like when he and Christina Applegate's Veronica Corningstone hooked up in Anchorman, or when his Buddy character wooed Zooey Deschanel in Elf.
Let's not forget Ferrell and Amy Adams in Talladega Nights: The Legend Of Ricky Bobby. They were fire!
He can do it all, basically. So even if Ferrell stars in a drama, there's going to be jokes and sex appeal somewhere in there.
'Downhill' To Premiere At Sundance
It's hard to know exactly what's going to happen just from the trailer, but the overall vibe seems semi-serious, if that helps you plan your Valentine's Day.
The Wrap called Force Majeure a black comedy, if that further explains what you might be getting into with Downhill.
Downhill will make its premiere at the 2020 Sundance Festival in Park City, Utah, toward the end of January.