The last time Jack Black attempted a school union of sorts, it involved banding together a group of talented kids to win the coveted Battle of the Bands for cult comedy School of Rock. On this occasion, his efforts all revolve around luring James Marsden’s popular jock back for a class reunion in Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel’s upcoming comedy, The D Train.
For the film, Black will step into the shoes of Dan Landsman, the chairman of his former high school tasked with organizing the aforementioned reunion event. Clutching at straws, our protagonist believes the best way to trumpet excitement for the reunion is to ensure washed-up actor Oliver Lawless (Marsden) makes an appearance, a man he believes to be his “best friend.” Awkwardness and hilarity ensue.
Written and directed by Paul and Mogel, The D Train doesn’t necessarily scream originality, but given the comedy’s ensemble cast, we’re open to giving the film the benefit of the doubt. That cast in quesiton includes the likes of Kathryn Hahn, Mike White, Kyle Bornheimer, Henry Zebrowski, Russell Posner and Jeffrey Tambor.
IFC Films will bring The D Train to select theaters on May 8. Will you be checking out Black’s latest comedy? Let us know in the comments.
All his life, Dan Landsman (Black) has never been the cool guy. That’s about to change – if he can convince Oliver Lawless (Marsden), the most popular guy from his high school who’s now the face of a national Banana Boat ad campaign, to show up with him to their class reunion. A man on a mission, Dan travels from Pittsburgh to LA and spins a web of lies to recruit Lawless. But he gets more than he bargains for as the unpredictable Lawless proceeds to take over his home, career, and entire life.