Writer/director Tony McNamara made his feature-length debut this spring with the Tribeca Film Festival dramedy, “Ashby,” and the film was met with a good reception. Starring Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts, and Sarah Silverman, it’s a coming-of-age high school film that fits in nicely with the mentor/protector/father figure genre. Our review from Tribeca wrote, “Ashby” [has a] consistently humorous and light tone… and it works well enough to keep the film entertaining and bouncy.”
Here’s the synopsis:
Awkward Ed Wallis (Nat Wolff) moves to a new town with his single mom (Sarah Silverman) and needs help fitting in. Brainier than his peers, Ed figures playing high school football might be good way to make more friends, but his only new friend Eloise (Emma Roberts) thinks it’s odd. When Ed gets an assignment to write an essay about someone from an older generation, he introduces himself to his neighbor Ashby Holt (Mickey Rourke) and the two embark on an unlikely, immediate friendship. Ashby’s style of tough love takes some getting used to but, over time, Ed learns a lot from Ashby, including how to be courageous… which is very much needed when he learns his new best friend is a former CIA assassin.
“Ashby” arrives in theaters and OnDemand on September 25th from The Film Arcade. Watch the first trailer below.