A wise man once said marriage is buying a house for someone you hate, but what if that once ironclad relationship is heading toward the rocks? That’s exactly the conundrum facing a group of thirtysomethings in today’s debut trailer for The Intervention, Clea DuVall’s dramedy that is set for release late next month.
It also marks the writer-director’s first foray behind the lens, building on a prestigious résumé that is comprised of roles in Interrupted, David Fincher thriller Zodiac and Ben Affleck’s espionage thriller Argo. The Intervention represents a different kettle of fish, though, and here we see Melanie Lynskey lead an all-star cast that includes Natasha Lyonne, Vincent Piazza, Jason Ritter, Ben Schwartz, Alia Shawkat, and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back star Cobie Smulders.
Though they’re fooled into thinking they have embarked on a couples retreat, the pair at the heart of DuVall’s directorial debut soon discover that their friends have staged something of an intervention. Those good intentions soon take a turn for the worse – and fast – and it isn’t long before “everyone is forced to confront the secrets and fears that seem to be holding them back from finding happiness with each other.”
The Intervention opens across VOD and select theaters on August 26.