“Discover how little you know, about the people you know”. Following on from its initial trailer last month which existed only of music and the crescendo of incoming texts, MTV have released a new theatrical trailer this week for Jason Reitman’s newest drama Men, Women & Children. Based on Chad Kultgen’s novel of the same name, the rather depressing feature will emphasize how social media and the internet are building walls between our relationships, and ultimately causing conflict in communication.
Featuring an ensemble cast, the trailer starts out by illustrating the distance felt between parent and child, as Jennifer Garner’s character relinquishes all control from her daughter Brandy (Kaitlyn Dever), and anxiously examines her phone and social media sites. As the feature continues, it calls into question multiple relationships and expresses their difficulty to connect with one and other. This is portrayed especially well as a married couple portrayed by Adam Sandler and Rosemarie Dewitt, lie in bed completely disregarding each other, as they stare aimlessly into their handheld devices.
Although the film expresses a depressing nature, it still appears to be very heartfelt. Reitman is accustomed to shedding light on difficult topics, as seen in Young Adult and Juno, so I am sure we can also be expecting some humour. Over all the film feels very current, and it will offer a great insight for all of us who spend far too much time on social media, rather than connecting with our loved ones.