Some details on Natalie Portman’s BYO hit

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
November 17th, 2010

Is there anything that Natalie Portman can’t do?

A Harvard grad, a beloved actress, and now apparently a screenwriter, we now finally know a little bit more about her recently announced script, BYO.

Penned along with her college friend Laura Moses, the film is set to star Anne Hathaway, who is loosely attached to the film, along with Portman, who herself is set to take the film’s lead role. Hollywood Elsewhere got a reader review of the film’s script, and apparently it lacks “any serious Jonah Hill-like vulgarity,” but does contain things like a lead character who is “caught blowing a 15 year-old by the teen’s mother” in an early scene. However, that’s really apparently it for the vulgar stuff, as the rest of the film is “just lots of Michael Cera snarkiness and McLovin dopey-ness.”

However, the real thing to note here is that the review isn’t all that glowing. “It just seems lurid because it’s about chicks acting like horny dudes,” the review says. And while I understand that critique, I can’t help but actually anticipate the film even more because of it. It’s refreshing to see something take on the tropes of modern, male-lead comedies, but with a feminine spin, so while I can see some of the complaints here, I am still very much looking forward to it. Portman is a gifted thespian, so hopefully she can bring her skill to the page as well. Toss in a cast including both Portman and Hathaway (potentially) and this film has gold written all the hell over it. Could be just me, but I can't wait for this damn thing.

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  • http://julianstark-moviesandotherthings.blogspot.com/ Julian Stark

    I’m with you on this one. It just screams, “Awesomeness!”

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