When is a David O. Russell movie not a David O. Russell movie? When it’s credited to some guy named Stephen Greene. And who is Stephen Greene? Well, considering he doesn’t exist on IMDB, we’ll wager it’s an Alan Smithee-like pseudonym used by the folks behind “Nailed” — now called “Accidental Love” — who obviously couldn’t put Russell’s name on the picture. As you’ll recall, way back in 2008 the troubled production was essentially a stop-and-start affair. Producers struggled to keep the movie financed, and filming was stopped one day before schedule, and before Russell could film the crucial scene he needed to tie it all together. But that hasn’t stopped Millennium Entertainment from trying to make this work — they’ve put the movie back together again and are bringing it to theaters, and the first trailer is here.
Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal, Catherine Keener, Tracy Morgan, James Marsden, Bill Hader and more star in this political satire about a waitress who winds up with a nail in the head, and can’t afford the health insurance to get her oddball ailment fixed. So she heads to Washington where she takes up with a slimy politician who vows to help her. And if anything, “Accidental Love” seems to be in the mold of Russell’s earlier films like “Flirting With Disaster,” with a decidedly screwball flavor. We’ll never know what he intended to do had he the resources to make the movie he wanted to, but Biel and Gyllenhaal do look to be doing some pretty great work, even if the finished result still feels somewhat patchwork.
“Accidental Love” opens on February 10th. Watch below.