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The D Train (2015)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 8 May 2015 (USA)
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The head of a high school reunion committee tries to get the most popular guy in school to attend their class' upcoming 20-year reunion.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Black ... Dan Landsman
James Marsden ... Oliver Lawless
Kathryn Hahn ... Stacey Landsman
Jeffrey Tambor ... Bill Shurmur
Russell Posner ... Zach Landsman
Henry Zebrowski ... Craig
Kyle Bornheimer ... Randy
Mike White ... Jerry
Corrina Lyons Corrina Lyons ... Lucy
Donna Duplantier Donna Duplantier ... Taj
Charlotte Gale Charlotte Gale ... Renina
Denise Williamson ... Alyssa
Han Soto ... Dale Harkin
Danielle Greenup ... Heather
Dermot Mulroney ... Dermot Mulroney
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Storyline

All his life, Dan Landsman (Jack Black) has never been the cool guy. That's about to change - if he can convince Oliver Lawless (Marsden), the most popular guy from his high school who's now the face of a national Banana Boat ad campaign, to show up with him to their class reunion. A man on a mission, Dan travels from Pittsburgh to LA and spins a web of lies to recruit Lawless. But he gets more than he bargains for as the unpredictable Lawless proceeds to take over his home, career, and entire life. Showcasing Jack Black and James Marsden's most outrageous performances to date, THE D TRAIN serves up the question: how far would you go to be popular? Co-starring Kathryn Hahn and Jeffrey Tambor. Written by IFC Films

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Every reunion needs a hero

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong sexual material, nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lawless See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$469,000, 10 May 2015

Gross USA:

$673,151

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$774,780
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Jack Black and Mike White previously starred in School of Rock. See more »


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Need You Now
Written by Tim Hoey (as Timothy Ross Hoey), Dan Whitford
Performed by Cut Copy
Published by Tim Hoey & Dan Whitford admin. By Kobalt Music Pub. America, Inc.
Courtesy of Universal Music Australia Pty. Ltd. under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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What Track Is This Train Running On...?
19 August 2016 | by krocheavSee all my reviews

Writer directors Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul seem to want it both ways. With this movie they throw in all forms of crude low-life drug and sexual sensationalism while expecting us to look for something higher. Problem is it's never clear to the viewer just what audience they are aiming for - what they want to say - or where they are rightly heading. This is a pity because on one hand they are saying look at all the available crap you can indulge in (and they pile it on) but then attempt to introduce a halfway interesting awareness angle that's not always quite as convincing as it needs to be - leaving audiences a little confused and hanging in irritated limbo.

The story and its characters are weak and vulgar but we are supposed to find something lovable about them. Any quality moral insights are shrouded in dubious message type situations - IE: If spending quality time with your 14yr old son is reduced to talking about the merits of a threesome - then these folk need to take a very serious look at their understanding of responsible parenting!. It also looks as if they and the producers sold their souls to the 'cancer stick' companies - with heavy 40's style cigarette shot usage - each one glamorously 'set-up' for all their characters (no matter what age) add-nauseous. Give us a break - it took a long time to educate humanity and clean up the air but takes such a short time for commercial fools to kill it again.

What could have been a good try at worthy character observations ends up as a "let's make a film for everybody" that ends up pleasing next to no-one. What's left are reasonable intentions buffed to a trashy finish....

It's also a another case of the Hollywood promotions machine not knowing how to sell its product to the right audience.


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