The Art Of Getting By, Another Earth, The Tree Of Life & Submarine: Weird Films To See This Summer
With all of the box-office heavyweights, bankable franchises and predictable home runs making their way to theaters this summer, it’s easy to forget all about (or lose interest in) lesser-known films that seem destined to fail (commercially). Releasing these movies during the summer—with so many widely anticipated releases—is about as bad as releasing a Tevin Campbell album on the same day Kanye drops. Despite this, let’s take a look at a few movies which may not make strong box-office appearances, but may end up becoming our Redbox favorites in a few more months.
Submarine is a coming-of-age film about a teenage boy named Oliver (played by Craig Roberts, who resembles Greg from Everybody Hates Chris) who is convinced he’s a genius and the world will suffer handily due to his untimely death. In actuality, he’s insignificant to most people he comes across, except for one—his girlfriend, Jordana. The movie details the misadventures of this young guy’s life, relationship with his girlfriend and parents.
Submarine releases to theaters June 3, the same day as X-Men: First Class.
The Tree of Life
The Tree of Life, out of all of the weird films coming out this summer, has the most powerful cast. Featuring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn—these names can certainly fill seats—this film won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and probably has more awards to come. There’s only one problem: We don’t know what the hell the film is about. We know it deals with two parents at odds about how to raise their young son. The father, mean and cruel, tries to teach his son to show no mercy while his mother, warm and nurturing, tries to teach him to love. The conflicting messages continue to affect the main character well into adulthood. Other than that, we know there are sci-fi and supernatural elements involved, but that’s about it.
The Tree of Life will release to theaters May 27.
Another Earth asks its audience quite an interesting question: If you could start over, could you really fix the problems of the past? The main character, Rhoda, kills an entire family (except for the father) while driving drunk and distracted by a planet she sees in the sky. She goes to apologize to the man, but does not reveal who she is as they develop a special rapport with one another. The planet she saw is discovered to be an alternate Earth and she enters a contest to visit it, hoping she can undo her mistakes and right her wrongs there.
Another Earth is scheduled for a limited release on July 24.
The Art of Getting By
This is also a coming-of-age film about love. Starring Emma Roberts and featuring Alicia Silverstone, The Art of Getting By centers around a high-school slacker who displays an unusual penchant for art but no work ethic when it comes to his studies (or success period). As he begins to develop a crush on a classmate, he is faced with examining himself and his talent to decide if the time has come for him to change his slacking ways and pursue something worthwhile.
The Art of Getting By will release June 17.
While the biggest audiences will look for the action, one-liners, and big name stars that summer films are known for, more savvy audiences will sit in less-crowded theaters for films about the state of the human heart, love, and the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Which audience best fits you?