23 July 2020 04:39
Without spoiling any particulars of Dave Franco's stylish, wickedly funny and legit scary "The Rental," suffice to say there's a fantastic sequence involving a certain villain's rituals, and it's one of the reasons why this is one of my favorite horror movies of the year. In this case, it's two couples: a startup entrepreneur named Charlie (Dan Stevens) and his smart, level-headed wife Michelle (Alison Brie), and Charlie's hot-tempered younger brother Josh (Jeremy Allen White), an ex-con who is trying to turn his life around and can't believe he's entered into a serious relationship with Mina (Sheila Vand), who is Dan's business partner and closest friend, and is clearly out of Josh's league. Even though the Brit Dan Stevens (doing a fine job of masking his "Downton Abbey" accent) and the Brooklyn-born Jeremy Allen White (best known for playing "Lip" on the Chicago-set "Shameless") look nothing like brothers, they do an excellent job of establishing the complicated sibling dynamic, with Josh getting the trip off on the wrong foot by bringing along his French bulldog, Reggie, even though the rules clearly state no pets allowed. When the group arrives at the gorgeously appointed, cliffside house, they're met by the rough-hewn, pickup-driving, blunt-speaking Taylor (Toby Huss in a great supporting performance), who manages the property for his brother and almost immediately makes the foursome uncomfortable with his barely concealed racism toward Mina (who is of Middle Eastern descent) and his combative conversational tone. Alison Brie in The Rental Photo: IFC Films (Yes, that Dave Franco.) Though there are a few telltale signs of something menacing afoot—an ominously locked door, a couple voyeuristic POV shots of the Jason Voorhees variety—much of the first half of the film plays like a straight drama, establishing the conflicts simmering between two couples on a weekend getaway.
Movie Review Movie Review The Rental C+ C+ The Rental Director Dave Franco Runtime 88 minutes Rating R Language English Cast Dan Stevens, Sheila Vand, Alison Brie, Jeremy Allen White, Toby Huss Availability Select drive-in theaters, VOD, and digital platforms July 24 It's the perfect spot for a couple days of partying, agree partners Charlie (Dan Stevens) and Mina (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night's Sheila Vand), who ogle the listing, talking each other into paying the high price to book. Charlie, meanwhile, is married to Michelle (Alison Brie, Franco's own spouse), who doesn't feel threatened by her husband's close relationship to his coworker, though maybe she should be. Dan Stevens, Sheila Vand, and Jeremy Allen White in The Rental Photo: IFC Films Franco grazes these fears, but his movie still feels like an exquisite corpse of genre miscalculation, one that develops no meaningful relationship between the story it seems to be telling and the harsh but rather arbitrary way it's resolved. My story—though beautiful and inspiring—doesn't hold a candle in the men's room to the genesis of Alison Brie and Dave Franco's now nine year love affair. The 37-year-old Brie appeared on The Jimmy Fallon Show to reveal how drugs, alcohol, vomit-covered streets, and a suspiciously-supportive friend helped her find true love.
The "Glow" star said her friend showed Franco her text under the dinner table. Brie said when she got up to go to the bathroom, her friend revealed she showed Franco her message but made the actress swear not to tell Franco she knew. "So you know, it was 48 hours of drugs and sex, a lot of making out," Brie added with a laugh. According to the "How to Be Single" actress, Franco was filming a movie in New Orleans and after a few weeks, the project then took him to New York and Paris. "So we met up again in New York...and that was the sort of like the wining and dining romantic portion of our meeting each other," Brie gushed.
Alison told Jimmy: "It was a perfect set-up because we both got to leave the restaurant [and] head out to the evening of drinking and debauchery having a sexy secret that we knew the other person was on board," she said. After that, Alison and Dave met up in New York City where they dined together and had a more formal date. What movies has Dave Franco been in? The thriller stars Alison Brie, Dan Stevens, Sheila Vand, and Jeremy Allen White. 8 Dave is the younger brother of actor James Franco Credit: Getty - Contributor 8 Alison visited Dave in Paris while dating as he was filming a movie Credit: AFP or licensors