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Care for a hit of nowness? Screen Media Films has secured the North American rights to Ryan Eggold directorial debut film Literally, Right Before Aaron, which had its world premiere at last month’s Tribeca Film fest. Starring Justin Long, Cobie Smulders, Ryan Hansen, John Cho, Kristen Schaal, Peter Gallagher, Dana Delany, Lea Thompson, and Luis Guzmán, the film will be in theaters later this year. There's a full trailer to go with all this info, check below.


The comedy follows Adam (Long) who, not ready to let his engaged ex-girlfriend Allison (Smulders) go, decides to attend the wedding in hopes of convincing himself and everyone else that he is truly happy for her. After a series of embarrassing, hilarious, and humbling situations, Adam discovers the comedy in romance, the tragedy of letting go and the hard truth about growing up. (via Deadline)

Eggold wrote the script, based on a short he filmed six years ago. The Blacklist star also produced along with Cassandra Kulukundis, Alexandra Rizk Keane, Nancy Leopardi, and Ross Kohn.

The deal was negotiated by Screen Media’s Seth Needle with Jay Cohen at Gersh on behalf of the filmmakers.

Check out the trailer below.

"It’s hard to imagine Literally, Right Before Aaron existing without The Graduate as a template. Ryan Eggold’s lame-brained paint-by-numbers romantic comedy relies a little too heavy on functioning as homage to the Mike Nichols classic. The story is one we’ve seen a thousand times before: a white heterosexual guy who barely gets by and is still finding himself in his late 20s (or so) struggles to get over the pretty girl that’s moved on. (500) Days of Summer at least told the same emotionally-charged story with its own gusto. Here a non-linear attempt is made with an obnoxious variable aspect ratio device: “present day” scenes take place in letterboxed scope, while moments in the past are full frame. Perhaps it’ll look cool on VOD." (

"This film gets almost all of the hard emotional moments right, while fumbling nearly every lighter one. Dramedies that can’t figure out the drama while acing the comedy are a dime a dozen. This one flips the script and oddly suffers for it. Filmmaker Ryan Eggold has more than one sequence that hits so profoundly on what heartbreak is like, but it’s mixed in with regrettable awkward comedy scene after regrettable awkward comedy scene. Throughout the movie, it’s one step forward and two steps back, limiting any effectiveness for the work." (

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