Opening opposite The Hobbit tomorrow pretty much dooms Save the Date to be a period at the end of the tiny footnote at the bottom of this weekend’s box-office story. But the movie, which premiered at Sundance and stars Alison Brie and Lizzy Caplan as sisters — one blissfully engaged to be married, the other making every effort to avoid the institution — is a refreshingly complex look at modern movie romance. Brie’s responsible older sis is aggressively planning her wedding to Martin Starr’s bearded drummer, while Caplan’s Sarah is having second thoughts about moving in with the band’s lead singer, played by 500 Days of Summer‘s Geoffrey Arend. (Watch an exclusive clip from the film after the jump, as Sarah meets her “rebound” guy, played by Mark Webber.)
Caplan, who’s earned a loyal, if cult-y, following after memorable performances in Mean Girls and Party Down, as well as her recent turn as a coked-up bridesmaid in Bachelorette, spoke to Entertainment Weekly about what she loved about her character, and when we can expect that Party Down movie.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When I saw Save the Date at Sundance earlier this year, it made me think of Reality Bites and Before Sunrise. Were there similar films in the back of your mind as you read this script?
LIZZY CAPLAN: If we’re anything like Reality Bites to anybody, then I’m a fan of that because that movie definitely was one that I was raised on. I was really excited to read a script that reminded me of that type of movie — like Singles, too — because they’re not really making so many of these kind of quiet, character-driven, relationship dramas. I miss seeing movies like that. READ FULL STORY »