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.