Nick Hornby is the reigning king of taking potentially cloying stories and making them simultaneously prickly and moving. That was the case for “High Fidelity” and “About a Boy,” and it’ll hopefully be the case for “A Long Way Down,” the new film based on Hornby’s 2005 novel of the same name.
Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots star as depressed strangers who coincidentally pick the same spot to commit suicide on New Year’s Eve. The group forms a pact to stay alive until Valentine’s Day, and they become a new, unconventional family.
The trailer leans pretty hard on the uplift, but the cast (which also includes Rosamund Pike and Sam Neill) is strong, Hornby tends to be pretty reliable, and our critic at the Berlin Film Festival liked it, so it’s worth giving a shot. The film will be released by Magnolia Pictures on iTunes on June 5 and in theaters July 11. Watch the trailer below.