Save the Date

Save the Date

Director: Michael Mohan

Cast: Lizzy Caplan, Geoffrey Arend, Alison Brie


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Two sisters with diametrically opposing views on commitment find their family bond tested as wedding bells start to chime in this romantic comedy drama from director Michael Mohan. Twentysomething Sarah (Lizzy Caplan) values her independence above all else. So when her clingy boyfriend Kevin (See more details below


Two sisters with diametrically opposing views on commitment find their family bond tested as wedding bells start to chime in this romantic comedy drama from director Michael Mohan. Twentysomething Sarah (Lizzy Caplan) values her independence above all else. So when her clingy boyfriend Kevin (Geoffrey Arend) proposes, Sarah ends the relationship. Meanwhile, Sarah's sister Beth (Alison Brie) is busy planning her own upcoming wedding to Andrew (Martin Starr), who also happens to be in a band with Kevin. But when Sarah rebounds into the arms of Jonathan (Mark Webber), Beth makes no attempt to mask her disapproval of the impulsive romance. As the two sisters clash over their relationship issues, Sarah begins to have a change of heart, realizing that in order to experience pure love, she must finally let go of her fears and throw caution to the wind.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
There's a determined but gentle realism to the acting in Michael Mohan's comedy-drama Save the Date, and the five main characters are all essentially likable, even though their faults are laid bare to both the audience and to each other. That combination makes the movie a tender, intimate experience -- it's not unlike spending time with your friends as they deal with some serious life changes. The script efficiently sets up the major players: Outgoing Beth (Alison Brie) is engaged to drummer Andrew (Martin Starr), who is in a band with sensitive lead singer and songwriter Kevin (Geoffrey Arend), the boyfriend of Beth's younger sister Sarah (Lizzy Caplan). Although Kevin is madly in love with Sarah, she has a bone-deep resistance to making a long-term commitment to him. When he pops the question while performing during an otherwise successful gig, she can't bring herself to say yes, sending Kevin into a spiral of depression that threatens the band's future plans. Later, Sarah begins dating Jonathan (Mark Webber), a customer from the bookstore she manages. He seems to be the perfect guy for her, but while her love life is on an upswing, her relationship with her sister Beth -- who is stressed from her own wedding plans and doesn't care for how selfishly Sarah has been acting -- takes a turn for the worse. Three different people -- Mohan, Jeffrey Brown, and Egan Reich -- are credited with the screenplay for Save the Date, and while that many cooks often spoil the dish, the trio whip up a brew that's remarkably consistent. It's tempting to think that together they figured out the tone and the plot points of each relationship, and then wrote the story lines individually (like the writers for a TV show). No matter what their creative process was, they -- along with the cast -- have come up with a solid little movie filled with people that you like spending time with. Caplan plays the messed-up center of the film with a remarkable lack of vanity; Sarah doesn't like it when she hurts people, but she can never quite apologize, in part because she's still trying to figure herself out. That quest for self-actualization manifests itself in both her repeated attempts at an art career and her clashes with her occasionally overbearing sister, played by the always engaging Alison Brie. The Community co-star can turn on a dime from warm and friendly to cold and judgmental -- a skill she puts to use often on Mad Men -- and here that quality keeps our sympathies shifting between the two sisters. The male characters aren't quite as fully drawn as the ladies, but the actors more than make up the difference. Arend, who looks like Curtis Armstrong's younger brother, makes Kevin's soul-crushing heartbreak rather affecting; Webber is never less than convincing as a quintessential nice guy without making him seem like a sap; and Starr delivers his patented deadpan comedic style with such skill in the early scenes that when his character has a low-key but memorable monologue late in the film we're sucker punched (in the best sense) by how well he understands his future wife. Although it runs just over 90 minutes, Save the Date really could make for a durable TV show. It has the warm tone of a program like Thirtysomething -- a feeling underscored by the appearance of Timothy Busfield as Sarah and Beth's dad, and by an open-ended last scene that plays like a season-finale cliffhanger. Those who demand big emotions and images will complain that Save the Date isn't cinematic, but it comes loaded with fine performances and an intimacy that's rare and always welcome.

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Special Features

Commentary with writer/director Michael Mohan; Deleted scenes (with commentary); Outtakes; "Accidents" music video; Making-of mini comic; Trailer; Teaser trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lizzy Caplan Sarah
Geoffrey Arend Kevin
Alison Brie Beth
Martin Starr Andrew
Mark Webber Jonathan
Melonie Diaz Actor
Timothy Busfield Actor

Technical Credits
Michael Mohan Director,Screenwriter
Kerry Barden Casting
Rachel Berk Co-producer
Shauna Bogetz Co-producer
Cindy Chao Production Designer
Elisha Christian Cinematographer
Gary Gilbert Executive Producer
Mirren Gordon-Crozier Costumes/Costume Designer
Hrishikesh Hirway Score Composer
Jordan Horowitz Producer
Michael Huffington Producer
Jeffrey Brown Screenwriter
Christian Masini Editor
Egan Reich Screenwriter
Michael Roiff Producer
Paul Schnee Casting
Laura Webb Musical Direction/Supervision
Maileen Williams Co-producer
Michele Yu Production Designer

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