Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Trevor Moore Movie

To my surprise, it appears that none of the Charlottesville news or entertainment media have reported that hometown boy Trevor Moore is about to release his first feature film -- a film in which the one-time cable access star is a triple threat (screenwriter, co-director, and co-star).

The film, titled Miss March, is scheduled to be released on (naturally) March 13 (Friday the 13th, that is). An anonymously-submitted plot summary on IMDB suggests that the movie will offer the type of sophomoric humor that Moore -- now living in Brooklyn, New York -- provides on his cable TV comedy show, The Whitest Kids U' Know:

A young man awakens from a four-year coma to hear that his once virginal high-school sweetheart has since become a centerfold in one of the world's most famous men's magazines. He and his sex-crazed best friend decide to take a cross-country road trip in order to crash a party at the magazine's legendary mansion headquarters and win back the girl.
The movie is co-directed by Moore's fellow Whitest Kid, Zach Cregger, who also co-stars along with Raquel Alessi, Molly Stanton, Tanjareen Martin, and a large cast with character titles like "model," "Playboy bunny," "Playboy model," "music video girl," "sexy partygoer," "mansion babe," "hyperventilating schoolboy," and "Horsedick's homeboy." (Yes, for real.)

Charlottesvillians will remember Trevor Moore as a Covenant School graduate with a wicked sense of humor that seems at odds with his pious upbringing. (I don't think I would be telling tales out of school to mention that, at the one lunch meeting we had together, Trevor began the meal with a silent blessing over the food.) His cable-access show transferred to WADA-TV, a Pax network affiliate, but it was canceled after about a dozen and a half episodes. The edgy humor did not sit well with Pax viewers.*

Moore also was a cartoonist whose clever strip, Cuddy, appeared in the Daily Progress each Friday. As a teenager, he published a collection of cartoons, Scraps, which led to a later set-to with The Far Side's Gary Larson, who drew a cartoon remarkably similar to one of Moore's after the young artist sent Larson a sample of his work.

It's not clear how widely distributed Miss March will be, but it has a major backer -- Fox Searchlight -- and it makes sense that the movie will land in Charlottesville sooner rather than later. Just don't expect it to play at Vinegar Hill.

*Whether it had any viewers at all is questionable. One night I was watching the show and noticed that the broadcast engineer had mistakenly run the same segment twice or three times in a row. I called the station and, to my surprise, the phone was answered by Trevor Moore himself, who was interning at Channel 55. He was surprised to learn of the technical difficulties, since he wasn't watching the broadcast. (He didn't have to; he produced the show.) Nobody else had complained, either. A few minutes later, however, the problem was fixed.

Update: My review of Miss March can be found here.

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