Nowhere Girl is a romantic comedy about Tyler (Josh Robert Thompson), a guy who refuses to move on after the end of his recent, heartbreaking relationship. Seeking the proverbial shelter in the storm, he shacks up with his best friends Michelle and Justin (a scene stealing Jennifer Aspen and David O’Donnell), a married couple who are gradually trying to get Tyler back to reality. When Tyler meets Katy (Ilana Guralnik), the possible girl of his dreams, at a local cafe, everything seems just fine, until Michelle and Justin realize that she’s a figment of his imagination.
Though Nowhere Girl’s premise is understandably far-fetched, the narrative is grounded in truth, as first time director Jed Rigney spent three months living on a couple’s couch after his own bad breakup. “When I was putting together the idea (for Nowhere Girl), I thought that was such a weird dynamic that we had,” said Rigney, who added that his friends had a ‘loving tolerance’ about his situation. “Because they wanted to help me, but at the same time, I felt like I was intruding.”
Shot in just 12 days with a limited budget, Nowhere Girl showcases Rigney as a solid comedic writer and also gives natural comedian Josh Robert Thompson a part with more of a dramatic, pathos induced edge (Tyler, though funny in his own right, is usually the set-up man for the other characters in the narrative, particularly Aspen’s character).
One of the film’s biggest surprises is the casting of Ilana Guralnik who brings a ton of sass and wit to her role. Rigney went through over 200 submissions on Let It Cast before going with Guralnik. “The producer, Justin Workman and I, we were meeting Ilana at a Starbucks and we walked in and she was sitting there,” said Rigney. “And she was sitting there, and I don’t know if she was setting up the lights, but it was just perfect. As soon as we saw her, (we knew) it was Katy. She just looked the part.”
Nowhere Girl is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and Video on Demand.
Posted By: Greg Srisavasdi