This is the trailer for Men, Women, and Children, the new movie from Juno director Jason Reitman. It’s all about how the internet has irrevocably changed a group of people’s interpersonal relationships—and though melodramatic, it doesn’t seem terribly far from the truth in its portrayal of gadgets and sadness.
Screens are everywhere—they’re sort of our second brains—but movies have only begun to show them in a not dumb way. Just watching someone text doesn’t work, but have the text pop up on the screen? That makes tons of sense. Look at House of Cards, for example. In the first look atMen, Women, and Children, it seems as though Reitman has had to take that idea a little bit further.
It’s not a movie where you have people texting and you just need to know what the texts say—it’s a film that features the internet as a central character that needs to be developed and styled just like a human character. And at least in the first look at this film, it seems to be the only character with whom other characters have a committed relationship with. The trailer is all we’ve seen of the movie, but you can judge for yourself when it hits theaters later this year.