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Dinner In America

1h 45m Comedy, Drama, Romance 2020


UK Première,

courtesy of Arrow Films.

‘Take it down a notch!’… Welcome to the Dollhouse collides with Napoleon Dynamite (with an added dose of the endlessly quotable dialogue of Heathers) in Dinner in America - a DIY love letter to being authentically yourself, finding your voice, and being punk AF. In a dreary Midwestern suburb, aggro punk rocker Simon (Kyle Gallner, Jennifer’s Body, The Cleansing Hour) finds himself on the run again after a bout of arson and a close call with the police. A chance encounter with the spirited and socially awkward Patty (Emily Skeggs, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Mile 22) provides him a place to lay low. As the two embark on a series of misadventures, they begin to realise they have a lot more in common than they first expected…

Skilfully directed by Adam Rehmeier (Jonas, The Bunny Game), produced by Ben Stiller (Zoolander, Tropic Thunder) and Ross Putman (Plus One, The Violent Heart) and set to the beat of brilliant original songs, Dinner in America is an empowering and wild ride through the places and people of suburbia— in all their peculiar and chaotic forms. Destined for cult status, ‘take it down a notch!’ will be appearing on a tee-shirt near you anytime soon!

Dinner In America is the winner of 9 international awards, including the Dublin Film Critics Special Jury Prize (for Kyle Gellner) at the 2021 Dublin International Film Festival and the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2020 Rebel with a Cause Award.

“This is the sort of film that gets the little things right, from the production design of Midwest middle-class life to the crazy colour palette of Patty’s wardrobe and the thrashing score from John Swihart.’ - Amber Wilkinson, Eye For Film.

‘Blending cutting remarks with a fondness for scatalogical humour, Rehmeier stealthily confronts America’s attitudes to outsiders, family values, class, sex and race. The freewheeling feel is built on the discipline of a smartly structured screenplay that reveals more layers to the characters and allows the bad attitudes and hard edges to melt away and ultimately reveal an unexpectedly soft-centred creation.’ - Allan Hunter, Screen International.


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