Even as technology brings us together, it threatens to drive us apart in new, unpredictable and frightening ways. Though we’re now more connected than ever, the superficiality of those intangible relations threaten to overwhelm us at every turn. And whenever we think we understand our relationship with technology, something comes along to upset that balance and remind us of our own inexperience. At least, these appear to be the messages Up in the Air director Jason Reitman wishes to express with his upcoming film Men, Women & Children.
A few solid movies about the technological disconnect have emerged in the past few years, but there’s reason to suspect that Reitman’s view will provide more insights than any projects which preceded his. After all, the Juno helmer is known for his bold, ambitious films, and he’s working with one hell of a cast on this story of a group of teenagers and their parents attempting to navigate life in the age of the Internet.
The ensemble cast includes The Fault in Our Stars breakout Ansel Elgort, Adam Sandler, Dean Norris, Kaitlyn Dever, Judy Greer, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons, Timothée Chalamet, Olivia Crocicchia and Emma Thompson. Out of those, Elgort, Dever and Garner look to have the most intriguing roles, but it should be terrific to watch each and every actor contribute to the overall tone and ideas of Men, Women & Children.
Here’s the latest trailer for the movie, which marks our most fascinating glimpse of it to date. Check it out along with an official poster and synopsis below.
Men, Women & Children opens October 1st before expanding wide on October 17th.
MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose – some tragic, some hopeful – as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers.