Sneak Peek: Flock of Dudes
Chris D’Elia leads this riotous ensemble comedy as Adam, a thirty-something party guy who decides to “break up” with his best friends in order to finally grow up. Marc Maron, Hannibal Buress, Kumail Nanjiani, Jeff Ross, Hannah Simone, Skylar Astin, Bryan Greenberg, Brett Gelman, Eric Andre, Hilary Duff, and Jamie Chung costar in this hilarious coming-of-age bro-mance that’s just as sweet as it is raunchy.
Starring: Chris D’Elia, Bryan Greenberg, Eric Andre, Brett Gelman, Jeff Ross, Melissa Rauch, Marc Maron, Jamie Chung, Hannibal Buress, Kumail Nanjiani, Hannah Simone, Skylar Astin, and Hilary Duff
Directed by: Bob Castrone
Written by: Bob Castrone, Brian Levin, and Jason Zumwalt
Produced by: Aaron Kaufman, Brian Levin, Mark C. Manuel and Ted O’Neal
Runtime: 100 minutes
This transcript has been lightly edited:
The Referee: Hey there, listeners. We have a Sneak Peek of a movie coming out this Friday, September 30. It’s called “Flock of Dudes”!
The Critic: Oh, my goodness. I’m gonna flock away from this! (laughs)
Ref: “Flock of Dudes” is directed by Bob Castrone. It’s also written by him, along with Brian Levin and Jason Zumwalt. It stars Chris D’Elia, Skylar Astin, Hannah Simone, Hilary Duff, Bryan Greenberg, [and] others. And, it’s probably something that a lot of millennials would probably think is funny. Let’s see if the Critic does.
Critic: (laughing) Well, before we get to whether it’s funny to me or not, let’s break down the little plot. So, everybody, here’s what happens: Chris D’Elia is a member of a flock of dudes. They are best friends, and they cannot grow up. They act like they’re still in college, and they’re not.
Ref: They’re his “wos.” (laughter)
Critic: So, that’s what it is. They still act like they are in a college frat house! So, what happens is: He’s dating Jamie Chung. Something happens; they break up; she doesn’t wanna be with him. We shuttle forward a few years, and nothing’s really connecting for him. But, his younger brother is now engaged. His younger brother is played by Skylar Astin, and he’s engaged to Hilary Duff.
Critic: So, Skylar Astin, because he’s younger, he looks at these guys and goes: “Are you guys gonna grow up?” And, he challenges them, Ref.
Critic: He challenges them. He says — I think it’s six months — he says, “You guys, you should have a breakup, like a relationship breakup —”
Ref: Ooh. Oh.
Critic: “Avoid each other for six months. Because, after that period, it’ll be my wedding. Then, it’s the appropriate time for you to come back and be friends again. But, let’s just see what happens if you separate. Maybe you’ll grow up; maybe you’ll get significant others, and so on.” So, what happens is: They agree to do this. The question is: Do they keep their word? Because, there’s this penalty if they don’t. OK?
Ref: Uh-oh. Uh-oh. Uh-oh.
Critic: Uh-oh. But, Chris’s character, Adam, he struggles with this. Everybody else does well! They find significant others; they do better at work. Oh, yeah! But not him. But, he does find a young lady who might fix all of his woes. OK?
Critic: So, that’s the plot —
Ref: His woes, not his friends, right? (laughs)
Critic: (laughing) That’s right: w-o-e-s. So, that’s the plot. Now, if this sounds like your kind of movie, great! We were talking about this, Ref: “Joshy.” “Joshy” is more experimental than this; this is more straightforward. So, it’s really the same coin, two different sides of it. Even Brett Gelman, one of the cast members, was in both movies. OK? So, you know what you’re gonna get based on my description. You know exactly what it’s gonna be. For me, it was all right. I thought it was too long; I keep saying this, and I’m tired of it: Look, y’all can cut, like, 10 to 20 minutes from these movies, and we’d be fine. It’s nothing new. It’s just, if you gather together with your millennial friends, you get some beers, you get some popcorn, you get hot dogs and hamburgers and french fries, lots of ketchup — OK? (laughter) — you maybe play some games, you have this going — OK? It’s that kind of movie. You kinda laugh; you spit out the popcorn from your mouth; you high-five; you know, all of that stuff, into the late night: That’s this kind of movie. Otherwise, watch something else. You know, it’s not gonna add anything new, but it will be an excuse to enjoy your friends.
Ref: Oh, there you go. Now, listen, “Flock of Dudes” opens, again, this week: September 30. If you wanna see it at the theater, you may do so. Or, if you want to wait for it to come on video or stream it or what have you, you can do that, too. But, listen, don’t do it alone. Do it with someone. Do it with your flock of dudes … or dudettes. (laughter)