Jason Segel is the best pal one could ever ask for in the new trailer for Our Friend. The dramedy, which also stars Casey Affleck and Dakota Johnson, is based on the Esquire article “The Friend: Love is Not a Big Enough Word” by Matt Teague, and debuted last year at TIFF where it received really positive buzz. As it deals with terminal illness, get ready for a real tearjerker when it arrives next January.
As seen in the new trailer, the story centers on Matt (Affleck) and his wife Nicole (Johnson), the latter having been diagnosed with terminal cancer. As the impact of her illness begins to affect the family, including the care of their two daughters, the couple’s mutual friend Dane (Segel) moves in to do whatever he can to help out and shoulder some of the burden.
The footage highlights the sweet and funny moments of the arrangement, and I was reminded of how good it is to see Segel in front of the camera again. He’s just such a likable actor who excels in these roles that balance humor and sadness. And if you’ve read Teague’s article you know there’s plenty of the latter to come.
Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite from a Brad Inglesby script, Our Friend hits theaters and PVOD on January 22nd 2021.