The first trailer for Come As You Are has arrived. This is the latest from director Richard Wong (Yes, We’re Open), which made its debut earlier this year at SXSW in Austin, Texas to much acclaim from those who saw it. Those who weren’t in attendance at the festival will soon have the chance to check it out for themselves, as it’s making its way to theaters in the U.S. in early 2020. And, based on this trailer, this promises to put a pretty unique, real-life spin on the classic road trip comedy.
As we can see from the trailer, the idea here is that three young guys with different disabilities have decided to take a journey together. They’re on a quest to lose their V-cards. Hijinks ensue. What’s amazing is that the movie seems to, more or less, be playing with the standard format associated with these movies. Yet, this is based on a completely crazy, real-life story that allows for some pretty interesting twists to be added into the mix. There are plenty of great bits and, most importantly, there is a great deal of heart injected into it as well.
One can imagine that a premise like this would leave a lot of room for questionable choices. Though, if this footage is any indication, the filmmakers aren’t using this in any way to make fun of people with disabilities. Yes, certain jokes are going to come up when someone is blind, but they’re not going the, “Look, this person is blind and that’s funny route.” That’s key. The cast includes Grant Rosenmeyer (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), Ravi Patel (Long Shot), Hayden Szeto (The Edge of Seventeen), Janeane Garofalo (Wet Hot American Summer), C.S. Lee (Dexter), Asta Philpot and Delaney Feener. Erik Linthorst (High School) penned the screenplay.
Come As You Are centers on three young men with disabilities (Grant Rosenmeyer, Hayden Szeto, and Ravi Patel) who leave their overbearing parents and set off on a road trip. Their destination? A brothel in Montreal, Canada that caters specifically to people with special needs. Sam (Gabourey Sidibe), a traveling nurse, is hired to drive the trio of friends across the border as they go on this trip to lose their virginity, while also embracing their independence. It is based on the 2011 Belgian movie Hasta La Vista.
Following its premiere at SXSW, the movie was met with high praise from critics who screened it. As of this writing, it holds an unblemished 100 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with seven reviews counted. So this could wind up being an early 2020 must-see. Franklin Leonard, Ted Reilly and Kelly Waller serve as executive producers, with Grant Rosenmeyer, Barrett Stuart and Jacqueline “JJ” Ingram producing as well. Come As You Are hits theaters and VOD on February 14, 2020, from Samuel Goldwyn Films. Be sure to check out the trailer for yourself.