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Wilsons get nepotistic

09.10.2003

Doesn't the word nepotism just sound dirty? Well technically it should be considered a dirty word when we have "power" families like the Douglas clan using their influence in tinsletown to get shite like IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY - which was nothing if not self-indulgent - not only made, but marketed on a large scale and put out in wide release to boot! Bugh! So why is it then, that I don't feel the same way about the Wilson family working together? It's quite simple actually; instead of pitching their new film, THE WENDELL BAKER STORY, as a "grandiose cinematic event of mammoth proportions", the Wilsons instead seem to be re-tracing their steps back to the more quirky stories of the smaller indie films that got them started, like BOTTLE ROCKET and RUSHMORE... albeit with a sizably larger budget. In addition to Luke and Owen starring, the film will be co-directed by Luke and his other brother, Andrew and somehow, despite the pre-programmed sibling rivalry that anyone who isn't an only child understands, they have managed to agree on a cast (it wouldn't be too hard with talent like this knocking on your door). Joining Luke and Owen in the film will be Eva Mendes, Eddie Griffin, Will Ferrell, Kris Kristofferson, Jacob Vargas, Seymour Cassel and the previously announced Harry Dean Stanton. The project is already filming in Austin and follows a good-hearted ex-con schemer (Luke Wilson) who goes straight and gets a job in a retirement hotel. Three elderly residents help him win back his girlfriend as he helps them battle hotel corruption fostered by the head nurse (Owen Wilson). Sounds like a fun romp, doesn't it?

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