Chris and Paul Weitz were the directors of the wildly successful AMERICAN PIE. I was suitably impressed that they were able to switch successfully from broad farce to an insightful, even sensitive, comedy about a man who refuses to grow up and a boy who had no choice in the matter. Talking with them, it quickly became apparent that… Read More »
In which Paul Weitz and Lily Tomlin talk the continuum of comedy, reading too much into a name, and paying one’s own way. And a good time is had by all.
After her granddaughter, Sage (Julia Garner), has confided to her that she needs an abortion, Elle (Lily Tomlin) cuts right to the heart of the issue. Not the politics, mind you. Nor the question of how a modern teenager like Sage, someone with plenty of birth-control options, found herself in this position. Elle says the… Read More »
Paul Weitz has gone from teen farce with AMERICAN PIE to sophisticated and thoughtful slices of social commentary with ABOUT A BOY and IN GOOD COMPANY. With AMERICAN DREAMZ, though, he’s created a tidy synthesis, combining inspired silliness with a satire that cuts to the bone of American culture. When I talked to him on… Read More »