“How could you possibly know that it’s me that you want?”
Outside In comes after a big box office failure from writer/director Lynn Shelton with her film Laggies. That film never found its audience and lost a lot of money, so it makes sense that Shelton returned to her ‘even more indie’ roots, teaming up with Mark and Jay Duplass again to make this film with a lower, indie-sized budget. Outside In features Edie Falco as a high school teacher who worked for years to help free a former student, played by Jay Duplass, from prison after being wrongfully convicted in a murder case. She and Duplass have a complicated and messy emotional affair, all while he tries to figure out post-prison life and she tries to sort out her failing marriage and her relationship with her daughter. It’s a touching, powerful film that resonates well with us, and is a strong turn for Shelton to try her hand at a straight-up drama. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Lynn Shelton series with her 2017 film Outside In.
Here’s a hint at what we talk about.
Who’s our favorite Duplass brother? And why haven’t we seen as much of Jay? Does Shelton direct a straightforward drama better than when she directs comedy? Edie Falco, Jay Duplass, and Kaitlyn Dever are so great to watch, particularly Falco who works so well here. Why didn’t she get more attention? Why didn’t the film get more attention overall? Does this small town in the Pacific Northwest stand out as compared to her other PacNorth locations? The script that Duplass and Shelton co-wrote works effectively because it conveys a lot with little bits of info. And Shelton’s penchant for messy people and forgiveness continues in this film!
We both really loved this film. In Shelton’s career, it’s a standout. Check it out then tune in! The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!
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