Recently, a series of films have helped to revive the romantic comedy in pop culture. “Set It Off” made waves on Netflix earlier this year for its silliness and poignancy. “The Big Sick” was brilliantly written and scored Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon as Oscar nomination for telling their story. “Love, Simon” took the high school tropes created by John Hughes, and applied them to an LGBTQ love story. Now, director Michael Lembeck is looking to expand on the genre’s success with “Welcome to Pine Grove!,” starring Ellen Burstyn and James Caan.
Yesterday, Astute Films announced the news that Burstyn and Caan signed onto the film via press release. The announcement bills Lembeck’s film as “MeanGirls” but set in a retirement community. Lembeck is best known for directing a series of television shows over the years, including an Emmy win for “Friends.” He also directed “The Santa Clause” sequels and “The Tooth Fairy” for Disney. Donald Martin wrote the movie after his own grandmother moved into one of these neighborhoods. Production begins later this summer.
The movie will center on Burstyn playing a widow who moves into the Pine Grove Senior Community. There are cliques amongst the various residents and many of the residents are flirty. When she opens herself up to the community and the experiences, she finds a man who could allow her to love again. Enter Caan, who will be the hot new resident to the neighborhood. The two make a good foundation for “Welcome to Pine Grove!,” which could easily become a box office hit.
What do you think of “Welcome to Pine Grove!?” What about pairing Caan and Burstyn? Let us know in the comments below!
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