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"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Aug 242020
 

The all new comedy film THE ARGUMENT,  the third feature film from Robert Schwartzman (Dreamland, The Unicorn) starring Dan Fogler, Emma Bell, Danny Pudi, Maggie Q, Cleopatra Coleman and Tyler James Williams, with Charlotte McKinney, Karan Brar, Marielle Scott, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Mark Ryder rounding out the cast, is being released in theaters and on demand beginning September 4th, courtesy of Gravitas Ventures.

THE ARGUMENT follows Jack (Dan Fogler from the Fantastic Beasts franchise) and his girlfriend, Lisa (Emma Bell from The Walking Dead) as they get into an argument during a get together with some friends over wine and charcuterie in their apartment. As the argument escalates, the party comes to an end and all their friends leave — but the party isn’t really over. Jack and Lisa recreate the party over and over again — with all their guests — in order to figure out who was right.

The film also stars Maggie Q (Divergent franchise, Live Free Die Hard), Danny Pudi (Mythic Quest, Community, Star Trek Beyond), Cleopatra Coleman (In the Shadow of the Moon, The Last Man on Earth), Tyler James Williams (Dear White People, Detroit), Charlotte McKinney (Fantasy Island, Flat Liners, Bay Watch), Karan Brar (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Marielle Scott (Lady Bird), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Mope) and Mark Ryder (Borgia). 

THE ARGUMENT was written by Zac Stanford and produced by Robert Schwartzman, Russell Wayne Groves, Geeta Bajaj, Johan Disend and Bret Disend. 

Summary

Jack loves his girlfriend Lisa. And he’s especially proud of her tonight, the last night of a theater production in which Lisa played a lead role. To celebrate her success, Jack arranges a cocktail party at the apartment they share.

But it’s a rocky night. It seems to Jack that one of the guests, the athletic and confident Paul, is too flirtatious with Lisa. And it doesn’t help that Paul starred alongside Lisa in the play, and that they obviously share some type of history.

Maybe Jack has good reason to be jealous. Or maybe he’s projecting his own insecurities due to his failed film career. Either way, Jack finally explodes, and yells at Lisa in front of everyone. Later, Jack privately justifies his outburst by accusing Lisa of having mocked him throughout the evening, but Lisa says she did no such thing. At an impasse, it seems that their relationship is in jeopardy.

They decide that there’s only one way to decide what really happened: They must recreate the entire evening exactly as it was.

Of course, this attempt ends in failure. But with the stakes so high, they try again and again, night after night. Finally, Jack takes the absurd step of hiring actual actors to recreate the evening. But far from facilitating understanding, the presence of a group of oddly chosen proxies only increases the confusion.

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