McCaulay Culkin was going upstairs to the theater carrying a glass of champagne, so I followed him. What would you do? If this was a make your own adventure novel, this page would only have one option: you follow McCaulay Culkin upstairs to the movie theater. There, most of the cast of The Wrong Ferarri were near their seats.
Upstairs, friends were meeting up and drinking. (This is the guy portion of the guy/girl duo I watched the film with, who were being loud and stuff: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0731617/, he indeed did play the pot dealer/legalize activist in Milk.)
The plot line loosely follows four love affairs, a brush with fame, ketamine and nature. The most natural way to delve into ‘The Wrong Ferarri’ is to think of scenes as individual sketches in a dark comedy show. This way, you won’t be needlessly annoyed by your inability to accurately follow the plot line, and you’ll relax a bit and just let the symbols and jokes float around you, maybe to find yourself so engrossed that you’ll intuitively get the whole meaning behind The Wrong Ferarri. A art-comedy film that is as the director intended it to be.
The movie, as a collection of sketches, actually follows the development process, although that phrase sounds too staunch for what seems to be basically an amazing trip as Adam Green and friends build indoor sets in McCaulay Culkin’s house, walk around New York dressed as furries with Nintendo-style pop-up balloons surrounding the action, solve existential riddles in a gondola in Venice, and much, much more. (At the Q&A that followed the screening, Adam Green said that he was still working out the plot aspects as they were recording the voice over).
The actors and an assorted cast, some are professionals like McCaulay Culkin and Alia Shawkat (“Marry Me!”), others are newcomers to the screen, (as far as I know, those who shine like Jack Dishel, guitarist of the ye olde Moldy Peaches and now of Only Son), Cory Kennedy and The Shining Twins. This was rounded with a third group who have already been in many short films and skits, like Har Mar Superstar and Adam Green himself.
In some scenes, the dadaist lines sound as if the actors are speaking with the uncomfortable knowledge that they were “acting” but also aware they aren’t “acting well”, so make fun of the fact by elevating or poking at the dialogue to give it added wink, wink comic affect. None of it is annoying or even amateurish because the lines are either witty, smart and quite often immediately result in out loud laughter.
As I mentioned, there are at least four love stories in this film. In the one that deftly explains the film’s title, the love interest is expertly played by Larissa Brown, Adam’s long-time manager, amazing person and now actress. In another story Cory Kennedy does a “Cory Kennedy” with Green in a bedroom scene rampant with getting older jitters. You may not know the names of the actors playing these roles which in part makes this an inside experience, however, you don’t need to know the names. The film still works.
As for the film’s future in the theaters, Brown told me, while opening endless cases of beer for the attendees, it’s already scheduled to be shown at the Camden Film Festival in the UK. It will also have its premiere during Coachella this weekend in California. Obviously, as Adam said after the premiere: “It’s not for sale, it’s going to be free,” it is available to stream at TheWrongFerarri.com.