The braintrust behind the buddy drama, Cronies talk about the genesis of the story and a well-known NYU film professor who threw his support behind his student’s thesis film.
The Wrap sat down with the cast of the film, including executive producer Spike Lee for the urban buddy drama, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.
Louis (George Sample III) and Jack (Zurich Buckner) have been friends since forever, so how could anything as lame as adulthood change that? But Louis’s first adorable attempts at grown-folk business are increasingly at odds with Jack’s ceaseless quest for new fucks not to give. One hot summer day, Louis makes plans with his new friend Andrew (Brian Kowalski), and Jack refuses to get left behind, both metaphorically and literally. Twenty-four hours later, everything has changed.
In his first feature, writer/director/producer Michael J. Larnell catches a universal moment, then makes it completely and utterly his own. The three young actors crackle with energy—kinetic, potential, everything—their moves and words curved by the distinctive lope of urban St. Louis.
Growing up is something we do on our own, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do it next to someone we love.
The film pays homage to movies such as Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It and Kevin Smith’s Clerks.
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