It was something that was inherent in the writing …people told both of us that day, ‘You guys are eerily doing each other.’“There was a day when all generations of Nicky were on set at the same time …
The actor, now 31, is far too young to relate directly to the experience of being drafted; his father is also too young to help contextualize it for him.“There was something, actually, I found that helped a little bit.
It was this website that you put your birth date into and it would tell you if you would have been drafted.
Recycling the same characters (and a lot of the same jokes) with an all-new cast, the long-gestating feature version goes for a more conventional scripted approach, finding ways for characters to ask the questions an off-camera interviewer did before.
Hallie (Emma Roberts) and Owen (Michael Angarano) have been dating long enough — five years, by her count, even if he insists it’s only been three — to think about moving in together.
While waiting for Owen and Hallie to decide whether to get back together, Boyd serves up a series of observational scenes in which the characters ill-advisedly snoop in each other’s cell phones, wrestle with awkward contraceptives, and show just how open-minded they are by hooking up with same-sex partners.
Unfolding across three months — July, August, September — in what appears to be summer 2016, the movie feels slightly out of sync with the present moment, like yogurt eaten a few days after its “Best if used by” date. J.: Made in America” (which came out in 2016) and stand around the concession stand at Cinefamily (a cult Los Angeles cinema that shut down last November in the wake of sexual harassment claims) sharing inappropriately graphic details about their sex lives.
“That sort of two-second moment when my stomach sank …
that’s really where it helped me realize what this was and the effect that it had on these guys’ lives at such a young age.”Angarano found it easy to research the time and circumstances – perhaps too easy.
Finally, after Owen rejects the idea of living together one too many times, Hallie decides to give him his space.