Is there anything Neil Patrick Harris can’t do? The guy stars on a hugely successful television show, How I Met Your Mother - maybe you’ve heard of it? He’s hosted both the Emmys and the Tonys, starred in his self-directed one-man show, directed a production of Rent at the Hollywood Bowl, lent his voice to the upcoming Smurfs movie, belted out silly villainous tunes in Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, and played that hilarious NPH doppelganger in all of the Harold and Kumar movies. He’s an actor, comedian, thespian, all around awesome guy and now Harris is going to add feature film director to that list.
His directorial debut is an indie romantic comedy called Aaron and Sarah written by two Pushing Daisies vets, Chad Gomez Creasey and Dara Resnik Creasey. It-girl Emma Roberts and Josh Hutcherson will play the two leads – a popular girl and the geek whose friendship deepens over their four years in high school.
Roberts is one lucky girl, she’s really making her way through the Hollywood rounds – she got to pal around with half of the Hollywood A-list for Valentine’s Day, she stars alongside Zach Galifianakis in It’s Kind of A Funny Story, and now she’s working with NPH on his directorial debut. It pays to be Julia Roberts’ niece, I guess. (And it probably doesn’t hurt that she’s so freaking adorable.) You may recognize Hutcherson from the recent comedy, The Kids Are Alright, and a slew of kids’ movies. Together they’re just about the cutest – seriously.
As for Harris, he’s by no means an experienced director, but he’s got to start somewhere. His production of Rent in Los Angeles drummed up some hum-ho reviews (almost all laced with “but we still love you!”), with most of the issues being attributed to his lack of experience. Even so, you’ve got to give him some credit; he may not have hit a home run with Rent, but he’s ready to get back out there and keep trying. Plus, he’s already taken over the director’s chair for a few episodes of How I Met Your Mother, so maybe he’s learned enough to get this romantic comedy off the ground.
We’ll just have to wait and see what he can really do with the film, but at least he’s got a good set-up: good writers, cute concept, and a super-charming cast. At the very least the movie will end up being adorable, but maybe Harris will hit his stride and bring something a little extra to the plate.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Our fair maiden Sydney (Amanda Bynes) doesn’t have coal-black hair or sing with a sweet voice or have woodland creatures following her around. Instead the tomboy grew up on construction sites with her widower dad (John Schneider) a plumber who guided Syd as best he could. But now the time has come for the gorgeous freshman to head to Southern Atlantic University to pledge her late mom’s once-dignified sorority where she meets this story’s version of the Wicked Queen: the vain and evil Rachel (Sara Paxton) president of the sorority. Let’s just say Sydney does not fit in and Rachel sends the soon-to-be fairest of them all to the curb. Luckily there’s a condemned frat house right next door with seven very socially challenged guys--each with a familiar "Dwarf"-like quality. They take Sydney in and soon with the help of one love-struck frat boy named Tyler Prince (Matthew Long) she and the seven doofuses campaign to take over the student government—and push out the Greek system that has ruled for too long. Tween sensation Amanda Bynes knows exactly where her bread is buttered. With star vehicles such as What a Girl Wants She's the Man and now Sydney White the comic actress keeps playing slightly different versions of the same character: a pretty if goofy and klutzy young woman whose vivaciousness usually changes everything for the better. And whether her fluff movies grate or not you can’t fault Bynes who clearly knows what works for her. Paxton (Aquamarine) is perfectly predictable as the mean girl as is Long as the Prince. But the seven guys playing the nerds do a nice job of reinventing their dwarfishness be it sneeziness sleepiness bashfulness dopeyness—you know the rest. The only dork who didn’t quite mesh with his inner-“Dwarf” was the one called Spanky (Samm Levine) who is more horny than “Happy.” I guess in the fairytale there really isn’t a Lusty dwarf even though you’d think at some point at least one of them must have had a few untoward thoughts about Snow White. They were little but still men. We’ve seen countless Cinderella redos but for a modern retelling of the classic fairy Snow White Sydney White isn’t half-bad--there it’s been said. It's got all the trappings of a college comedy but some of it works. Don’t however give credit to director Joe Nussbaum whose only other movies include the dud Sleepover and the direct-to-DVD American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile. He pretty much directs by the numbers. No it’s first-time screenwriter Chad Creasey who is the clever one. For example the poisoned apple is translated into a virus sent to Sydney’s Mac laptop. And when the dorky seven march in a line past Rachel and her crew holding picket signs one of the guys says “Hi ho!” For a film as pedestrian as Sydney White laughing out loud even once means something. It’s certainly not going to wow anyone besides girls ages 8-14 but Sydney White will make the perfect third in the Amanda Bynes comedy DVD set.