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The moniker of “black comedy” is often (and rightly) seen as a comedic work that harbors very dark and morbid humor. A “dramedy” on the other hand is just a mix of comedy and drama. With his new film, Moving On, writer director Paul Weitz has found a way to make more of a black comedy with a dramedy veneer.
The story of a Claire (Jane Fonda) who at her friend’s funeral tells the newly widowed Howard (Malcom McDowall) that she plans to kill him over the weekend might kick off like a straight forward comedy. But as Claire tried to rope her friend Evelyn (Lily Tomlin) into her murder plot, the details start to come out highlighting the gravatas of the situation at hand.
We spoke with Paul Weitz about creating his newest film, where the idea of this story first came from, working with a full cast of absolute legends, and finding the balance to present a film that holds weight, but doesn’t drown itself in drama.
Here’s the trailer of the film.
Synopsis : Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin star as estranged friends who reunite to seek revenge on the petulant widower (Malcolm McDowell) of their recently deceased best friend. Along the way, Fonda’s character reunites with her great love (Richard Roundtree) as each woman learns to make peace with the past and each other.
Rating: R (Language)
Original Language: English
Director: Paul Weitz
Producer: Andrew Miano, Paul Weitz, Stephanie Meurer, Chris Parker, Dylan Sellers Writer: Paul Weitz
Release Date (Theaters): Mar 17, 2023 Limited
Runtime: 1h 25m
Distributor: Roadside Attractions