'Mad Men' nearing the end, Weiner debuts a movie
Matthew Weiner, writer/director of "You Are Here," poses for a portrait on day 3 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 in Toronto. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
TORONTO (AP) — Matthew Weiner is accustomed to anxiously guarding the secrecy of "Mad Men." Talking candidly about his feature film directing debut, "You Are Here," goes against his practiced paranoia.
"It's weird," he says, laughing. "I guess in this case, you really kind of want to tell people what it's about."
Then, after a pause, he's himself again. "But I do think, like all entertainment, on some level: the less you know, the better."
At the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, Weiner premiered "You Are Here," a contemporary comedy about a Maryland weatherman (Owen Wilson) whose best friend from childhood (Zach Galifianakis) is bequeathed a lucrative country estate by his deceased father. It forces both friends to grow up and face some things in their life.
Director Matthew Weiner poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the new movie "You Are Here" during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Michelle Siu)
"Male friendship is so complicated and you sort of wonder: What is the purpose of it?" Weiner said in a recent interview. "That's kind of what I was writing about, these two characters who are bound together by not growing up, and what happens if somebody starts to move on?"
The film, a mix of comedy and drama, doesn't bear any of the stylish severity of "Mad Men," his AMC cable TV drama about a Madison Avenue advertising agency in the '60s. But its characters do have some of ad exec Don Draper's melancholy. However, "You Are Here" is a much more earnest story, one that Weiner first wrote (with Wilson in mind) in between his first two seasons as a writer on the mob drama "The Sopranos."