Sundance First Look: HOMEWORK

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
December 28th, 2010

With the 2011 Sundance Film Festival just a matter of weeks away, our appetites are being fed by various first looks brought to us by the king of U.S. film festivals.

One of the more interesting films hitting the upcoming festival is the premiere feature film from director Gavin Wiesen, titled HOMEWORK.

Starring Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts, the film follows “George (Freddie Highmore), a smart teenage loner” who “has made it to his senior year despite the fact that he has never completed an assignment. Enter Sally (Emma Roberts), the school beauty, who hides her melancholy behind the protective mask of popularity. An unlikely connection blooms as these kindred spirits bond over their troubled parental relationships. With his education hanging by a thread, George concedes to let Dustin mentor him. Dustin is a successful artist, and he’s 25 years old—finally, someone George can respect! With Sally and Dustin by his side, George blossoms and dares to look toward the future. But George soon learns that life and love have a way of dashing dreams as rites of passage and mounds of homework threaten to do him in on the eve of his graduation.”

With a cast rounded out by Michael Angarano, Elizabeth Reaser, Sam Robards, and Alicia Silverstone, the film may not have the same cache as some of the bigger films hitting the festival, like something like Kevin Smith’s RED STATE, but it’s still a massively interesting little piece. I love this cast and premise, and I must say, this first look is quite compelling.

As part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition, HOMEWORK will screen at Sundance on Sunday, January 23rd, 2011.

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