Why Stop Now has its trailer up, courtesy of Film Junk, and it appears to be continuing in the vein of so many other Sundance Film Festival darlings with fairly big name casts and off-kilter escapades. The indie dramedy stars Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo, and Tracy Morgan with Ron Nyswaner and Phil Dorling directing. Eisenberg plays Eli, a young virtuoso pianist trying to check his mother, Penny (Melissa Leo), into re-hab the same day as a big audition.
The twist? Penny, despite her drug habit, always produces clean urine. Which kind of sounds like one of those ‘good problems.' In order to prove his mother’s substance abuse Eli seeks out her dealer, Sprinkles (Tracy Morgan), but instead ends up tagging along for the ride while Sprinkles re-ups his stash. I’m sure there will be no end of wacky hijinks and self-deprecating humor to go around. While it doesn’t necessarily look bad by any means, it just doesn’t look like the movie is bringing anything to the table that we haven’t already seen in a whole slew of intentionally offbeat indie comedies. I like that Morgan is in on this and it could lend a more screwball aspect to what’s quickly becoming a pretty tired formula. Why Stop Now will be released in select theaters on August 17th, 2012.