I’ve been a huge fan of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the day they broke into Hollywood with 2002’s brilliant Clone High, still one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen. Their projects are usually not only hilarious but refreshingly mold-shattering: a cast of deep-cut Spider-Man characters rendered in comic book style, an inventor who turns rain into food, a movie made entirely out of Legos. I trust Lord and Miller more than most other directors these days, which is why I initially found the premise behind their upcoming Connected a bit of a letdown.
It’s about a dad who can’t connect with his daughter, because her face is always in her phone. Really, guys? How disappointingly grounded and domestic is that? Every ABC sitcom has mined this comedy well dry (except for the ones that take place before the invention of cell phones). Are we going to bust out the “Millennials need to be given trophies” remarks next?
Turns out you need to watch the entire trailer to understand what Lord and Miller are really going for…because it’s not until Minute 2 that things get REALLY interesting…
Maybe they should have led with “robot aopcalypse” or the previous few paragraphs never would have happened. The original title of this picture was “The Mitchells Vs. The Machines,” which communicated the situation better, but we’re in the post-Frozen era of one-word titles now. If Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs came out today, it would simply be titled “Meatballs,” or just “Invention.”
Connected stars the voices of Danny McBride, Abbi Jacobson, Maya Rudolph, Eric Andre, and Olivia Colman. In addition to executive producers Lord and Miller, the film is directed by Mike Rianda and Jeff Rowe, who previously wrote for Gravity Falls. The film will be out September 18 from Sony Pictures Animation.