Watch the Trailer for June Diane Raphael and Casey Wilson’s Ass Backwards
1:32 pm, September 3rd | by Colette McIntyre
America, there are a lot of things that I have just let slide out of the goodness of my heart and my commitment to this relationship — the 2004 election, the creation of three different Doritos tacos, Michael Bay’s unflagging popularity, the fact that we haven’t tarred and feathered Chris Brown yet — but what I will never forgive you for is not realizing that Happy Endings was one of the most exquisite shows on television and just letting it get cancelled while Two and A Half Men continues to be a thing even though one and a half of the men went bonkers and left the show. I was this close to leading some sort of uprising when I came across the trailer for Casey Wilson’s, i.e. Penny from Happy Endings, new film. The film looks so delightful that my arsenal of makeshift weapons has been returned to my upstate storage locker…for now.
Wilson and pal June Diane Raphael, another UCB superstar, wrote and star in Ass Backwards, the story of two former child beauty pageant contestants who embark on a cross country trip to their hometown to win the pageant title that eluded them. Ass Backwards was clearly inspired by another female buddy comedy, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, but I’m willing to trust in the singularity of Wilson and Raphael’s vision, mostly because there is a visual gag about pubic hair in the trailer. The duo have been writing partners for years, penning Bride Wars together in 2009. While that Hudson-Hathaway vehicle was kind of a mess, I have high hopes forAss Backwards; Wilson and Raphael have incredible onscreen chemistry and it appears that the new film benefitted from its independent production. The film features a stellar supporting cast with Alicia Silverstone, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jon Cryer, Bob Odenkirk, and Paul Scheer all making appearances. So my rebellion has been postponed until November. Just don’t fuck this one up, America.