Release Date: 4/17/20; Amazon Prime
Director: Kitao Sakurai
Studio(s): Orion Pictures, BRON Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, Netflix
Running Time: 84 mins.
Cast: Eric André (Chris), Lil Rel Howery (Bud), Tiffany Haddish (Trina), Anthony J. James (Anthony), Michaela Conlin (Maria), Charles Green (Priest).
Story: This mix of a scripted buddy comedy road movie and a real hidden camera prank show follows the outrageous misadventures of two buds stuck in a rut who embark on a cross-country road trip to NYC, pulling its real-life audience into the action.
Details: The film was originally supposed to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival on March 14, 2020, but the festival was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. theatrical release date of April 17, 2020, through MGM’s Orion Pictures, was canceled for the same reason. The movie was accidentally released on Amazon Prime Video on April 17, and taken down soon after. It was up long enough to be downloaded and leaked on pirating sites. Netflix bought the distribution rights from MGM a month later, and the leak did not impact the deal. Sources: IMDB; Variety.