First Glance: “The Humans”

Screenwriter and playwright Stephen Karam makes his big screen directorial debut with “The Humans”, an upcoming adaptation of Karam’s 2016 Tony-winning Broadway production. What looks like a talky drama looks to turn into something deeper and slightly more unsettling. I like the vibe and the cast makes it even more compelling.

In the film Beanie Feldstein and her boyfriend (played by Steven Yeun) host her family for a Thanksgiving meal at her new Manhattan apartment. Her father (Richard Jenkins), mother (Jayne Houdyshell who also starred in the stage version), older sister (Amy Schumer) and grandmother (June Squibb) all show up. While it should be a festive occasion, a looming sadness hangs over their time together. Something else is clearly going on. The film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival to positive reviews. I’m excited to give it a whirl.

“The Humans” opens November 24th in theaters and on Showtime. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

6 thoughts on “First Glance: “The Humans”

  1. Just as we are getting into the holiday gathering (hopefully!) season. Good timing on release. Looks like a wonderful ensemble. Jenkins elevates anything he’s in. Yes will see it. I think I’m going to have to get Showtime in order to see the new season of Dexter and so will be able to see it that way.

  2. OK, this looks really interesting. Despite my extremely low opinion on Amy Schumer, this actually looks like something I would definitely see as I’m glad it will be available on Showtime as that’s going to be another addition to my never-ending DVR list.

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