Christmas is half a year away, but that doesn't mean we don't deserve the finest of gifts in the middle of the summer. Joe Swanberg, the director who keeps on giving, has just released his latest film, Happy Christmas (available on VOD now and in theaters this Friday), and it couldn't be more delightful. Starring Melanie Lynskey and Anna Kendrick, with supporting turns by Mark Webber, Lena Dunham, and the daddy duo that is Joe and his baby son Jude Swanberg, the not-so-feel-good holiday film follows irresponsible twentysomething Jenny (Kendrick) who moves in with her brother's family in Chicago, only to inadvertently wreak havoc on their domestic bliss. Most affected by her arrival is Kelly, the matriarch of the family, who now has to essentially deal with another child, all while struggling through her stalled career as a novelist.
Since Happy Christmas premiered at Sundance in January, Swanberg and Lynskey haven't stopped spreading the word on their latest project. But, especially in Lynskey's case, that is not out of pure obligation. Rather, it couldn't be more evident how much faith the talent have in their film. Here, Swanberg and Lynskey discuss the making of the all-improvised-everything movie, the example it's trying to set for the depiction of women in film, and discovering Anna Kendrick's raunchy side.
Tara Aquino is the editor of Complex Pop Culture who's admittedly seen this movie, like, 37 times. She tweets here.