A Family on Zoom Comedy 'Family Squares' Trailer with June Squibb
by Alex Billington
February 8, 2022
"I have so many things I want to tell you…" Screen Media Films has unveiled an official trailer for a comedy called Family Squares, which is a fun name riffing on the classic "Hollywood Squares" TV game show. It's also a reference to this being a Zoom collective film, featuring segments shot remotely by each of the actors. It's a story inspired by director Stephanie Laing's own mother's passing in 2019, eventually made during the pandemic. The film is about a family matriarch, Grandma Mabel, who passes away suddenly but in her last days tries to bring her dysfunctional family together. Digitally. The ensemble cast includes June Squibb, with Ann Dowd, Judy Greer, Billy Magnussen, Casey Wilson, Henry Winkler, Sam Richardson, Margo Martindale, Timothy Simons, Zoe Chao, Scott MacArthur, Elsie Fisher, Jessica Miesel, and Maclaren Laing. Narration by Rob Reiner. Of course it's rated R only for the language. It doesn't look so bad, in all honesty, but I'm not sure how many moviegoers want to sit through another Zoom film.
Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Stephanie Laing's Family Squares, direct from YouTube:
The Worths are a family portrait of dysfunction. When Grandma Mabel dies suddenly, they must set aside their differences and come together again. Mayhem quickly ensues as long buried family secrets bubble to the surface with a shocking revelation. But, as they begin to find their way back to each other, they soon come to realize that while you can't choose your family, you can choose to be friends with them. Family Squares, which also went under the title Shoot the Rooster, is directed by producer / filmmaker Stephanie Laing, directing her second feature after making Irreplaceable You previously, as well as lots of TV work including directing episodes of "Dollface", "Love Life", "Made for Love", and "Physical". The screenplay is written by Stephanie Laing and Brad Morris. Produced by Stephanie Laing, Peter Odiorne, and Alex Saks. This hasn't premiered at any festivals or elsewhere, as far as we know. Screen Media releases Laing's Family Squares film in select US theaters + on VOD starting February 25th, 2022 this winter. Look any good?
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