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'Frozen River' Director Follows 'Rule #1' Starring Reese Witherspoon

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November 10, 2011
Source: THR

Courtney Hunt

After writing and directing the powerful drama Frozen River starring Melissa Leo in 2008, Courtney Hunt landed a best screenplay Oscar nomination, but now she's moving to the opposite end of the spectrum for her next flick. THR reports Hunt is set to direct a new comedy called Rule #1 which apparently has Reese Witherspoon currently attached to star and produce through her Type A Films production banner. The film tells the story of a 34 -year old woman trying to cope with OCD, who takes in a young woman with ADD and her newborn baby in an effort to face her anxieties and ultimately get her estranged husband back.

As you might expect, taking on all this responsibility just throws her world into upheaval and creates a level of chaos she may not be able to handle. Normally I'd be hesitant about a comedy like this with Witherspoon since her turns outside of drama leave something to be desired, but the script comes from Terrel Seltzer, the scribe behind One Fine Day, one of the better romantic comedies from the 90's starring George Clooney and Michell Pfeiffer. It'll be interesting to see how Hunt fares behind the camera with material like this after taking on such dramatic material for her first feature, but since she pulled an Oscar nominated performance out of Melissa Leo, I'm betting she can keep Witherspoon's performance and this whole comedy grounded.

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