Zoey Deutchgives a standout performance in Flower as Erica, a 17-year-old girl who extorts money from middle-aged perverts in need of a little fellatio. Directed by Max Winkler (Ceremony), the feature is an inspired (and often out there) black comedy set in the San Fernando Valley, an area that both Deutch and Winkler spent their childhood.
They also share a common bond as their families are in show business. Henry Winkler is Max’s supportive dad and director Howard Deutch (Article 99) and Lea Thompson (Back to the Future, Switched at Birth) are Zoey’s parents. Growing up in the shadow of your parents’ success can be a daunting task, but Winkler has carved out a successful film and TV career while Deutch has also delivered wonderful work in her previous efforts Everybody Wants Some!! and Before I Fall. Deutch even starred and co-produced The Year of Spectacular Men which co-starred Madelyn Deutch (Madelyn also scored and penned the film). That feature was also produced by their father and marked the feature directing debut of Lea Thompson!
Click on the media bar to hear Zoey talk about the advice and support she receives from her family in regard to her career (Winkler is also heard in the clip):
Flower, co-starring Kathryn Hahnand Adam Scott, is now playing in select theaters.
On the latest episode of CinemAddicts we preview the September releases Mother!, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, It, and American Assassin.
One smaller scale feature that’s worth a look is Rebel in the Rye, a biopic on Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger (NicholasHoult). Kevin Spacey is Whit Burnett, the writing teacher who had a huge influence on Salinger’s life and ZoeyDeutch plays Salinger’s girlfriend Oona O’Neil (she would later marry Charlie Chaplin).
Directed by Danny Strong, Rebel in the Rye is based on the 2011 biography J.D. Salinger: A Life and it’s powered by a first rate performance by Hoult as the reclusive scribe. Strong has a ton of events (Salinger’s college life, Oona romance, WWII years) to fit into a 106 minute running time and he does it seamlessly. Fans of Salinger’s work looking for a bit more insight into the writer, or movie buffs who love narratives centered on the art of writing (the Salinger and Burnett relationship is the film’s strongest aspect) should definitely check out Rebel in the Rye.
Rebel In The Rye opens in select theaters September 8 via IFC Films. Check out this month’s episode of CinemAddicts and feel free to comment below!