Note for New Yorkers: IFC Films‘ comedy, “The D Train,” is not a reference to your subway lines. Now that we have that out of the way, the indie pic is about the reflective pain from our high school years. Jack Black stars as the dude who was never remotely cool in high school and, thanks to an upcoming high school reunion, thinks he’s found his shot at redemption via bad boy cool bro James Marsden. Marsden nicknames Black’s Dan character the D-Train, and it’s just one stop in enabling him to become a raging monster, out of control in his quest for late-stage-in-life popularity. Here’s the synopsis:
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 intoxicating performances to date, D TRAIN serves up the question: how far would you go to be popular?
Directed by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, and co-starring Kathryn Hahn, Mike White, Kyle Bornheimer, Henry Zebrowski, Russell Posner, and Jeffrey Tambor, “The D Train” hits theaters on May 8th. New photos from the film have arrived, plus three clips, which you can watch below.