Girl Walks into a Bar, a new movie from Sin City/Entourage actress Carla Gugino and her husband Sebastian Gutierrez, is out now and can be viewed right up there above this text. The feature-length movie, starring name actors like Gugino, Zachary Quinto, Rosario Dawson, Danny Devito and Josh Hartnett, is making its world premiere exclusively on YouTube.
GIRL WALKS INTO A BAR connects a group of apparent strangers over one night across ten bars throughout Los Angeles. Zachary Quinto stars as a dentist who teams up with a feisty would-be assassin (Carla Gugino) to put the final touches on the plan to kill his wife. Once he makes a play for the assassin's payment, he unknowingly sets off a chain of events that fuels a crosstown journey through the many lounges, bars, strip clubs and the occasional nudist ping pong clubs scattered across Los Angeles. By turns funny and heartbreaking, this sharp-witted comedy features ten interconnected vignettes that build to a revealing finish.
Gutierrez claims that the film, available for free thanks to a Lexus sponsorship, is the first to be made "for the Internet." That sounds pretty dubious to us, but a feature film with this level of casting being released on YouTube is certainly remarkable. It also lines up perfectly with the incredibly popular site's newfound aspirations of becoming more than just a host of short, homemade videos.
It'll be interesting to see if other studios follow suit, and if straight-to-YouTube becomes the new straight-to-DVD.