Best Picture 2014: Men, Women and Children


 
Synopsis: Based on Chad Kultgen’s novel, the film “follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose – some tragic, some hopeful – as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers” (via IMDb)

Producers: Helen Estabrook and Jason Reitman

  • Reitman is a one-time nominee (as a producer) for producing Up in the Air (2009)

Director: Jason Reitman
Writers: Jason Reitman and Erin Cressida Wilson
Cast: Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Timothée Chalamet, Olivia Crocicchia, Kaitlyn Dever, Ansel Elgort, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dennis Haysbert, Katherine C. Hughes, Dean Norris, Elena Kampouris, J.K. Simmons, Emma Thompson (two-time winner), et al.

Release Date(s): Oct. 3 (limited); Oct. 17 (wide)

Festivals:

  • Toronto International Film Festival (2014) – World Premiere

Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A

Why? Writer-director Jason Reitman helmed Oscar hits Juno (2007) and Up in the Air (2009); he might make a return to the season with this dark comedy – if nothing else, Adam Sandler’s participation will give the film extra exposure. Ditto Ansel Elgort, who will likely be effective in bringing in a younger demographic.

Why not? The material might have a bumpy transition from the page to the screen. And if you’ve read Kultgen’s novel, you know that Men, Women and Children is heavy material – far heavier than I imagine most Oscar voters would sit through, let alone recognize.

Ranking: Unranked as of Aug. DATE, 2014

More on the competition:
Best Picture 2014

See also (pages coming soon):
Best Director 2014: Jason Reitman for Men, Women and Children (more)
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Kaitlyn Dever for Men, Women and Children (more)
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Rosemarie DeWitt for Men, Women and Children (more)
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Jennifer Garner for Men, Women and Children (more)
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Judy Greer for Men, Women and Children (more)
Best Supporting Actor 2014: Ansel Elgort for Men, Women and Children (more)
Best Supporting Actor 2014: Dean Norris for Men, Women and Children (more)
Best Supporting Actor 2014: Adam Sandler for Men, Women and Children (more)
Best Adapted Screenplay 2014: Jason Reitman and Erin Cressida Wilson for Men, Women and Children (more)

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