Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars) and Mickey Rourke (The Expendables) form an unlikely friendship in the big screen comedy-drama Ashby. The story follows Ed Wallis (Wolff), a high-school misfit and frustrated athlete, who is given an assignment to interview someone “old.” He approaches his new neighbor Ashby Holt (Rourke), a former CIA assassin posing as a retired salesman. The relationship that develops inspires Ed to take more chances in life and love.
One of the most intriguing things about the film is that it is both a coming-of-age and an end-of-life story. At the beginning of the movie, Ashby learns that he is dying from a brain tumor, and he only has three months to live. He feels remorseful about his former line of work and anger toward those who exploited his skills.
Although the movie is considered a comedy, the humor is more subtle than what we are used to seeing in movies with similar premises. John DeFore’s review for The Hollywood Reporter explains: “The filmmaker doesn’t treat the resulting bits of action as opportunities for Grosse Pointe Blank-style physical comedy — in fact, nothing here is treated like full-bore comedy; but the film benefits from a light touch throughout.”
Emma Roberts (We’re the Millers; American Horror Story) stars as the only classmate Ed can connect with, a brainy girl named Eloise. Sarah Silverman (Masters of Sex) plays Ed’s single mom, June.
The movie was written and directed by Tony McNamara, who is best known for writting a number of TV series, including The Secret Life of Us; Tangle and more recently Puberty Blues.
Ashby will be released on Sept. 25. See the trailer below.
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