It’s good to know that Hollywood hasn’t completely given up on heartwarming or inspirational movies. Movie companies are still making them, but they tend to get lost among all of the bigger superhero, action and horror flicks. But these types of films are difficult to pull off. Although well-meaning, they are often cheaply made with poor scripts and subpar actors. However, every once in a while, once sneaks into theaters surprising everybody. The most recent example I would have to say is Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris. Next up just might be Gigi & Nate.
Based on a true story, Gigi & Nate tells the story about Nate Gibson who suffers a near-fatal illness leaving him a quadriplegic. His life is changed when he matched with Gigi, a capuchin monkey trained to assist Nate with his basic needs. Originally called Evolution, Gigi & Nate is the first release from Free Turn whose focus is to bring culturally impactful stories to global audiences. The screenplay was written by David Hudgins (Friday Night Lights) and is directed by Nick Hamm.
“Gigi & Nate is a unique, stranger than fiction story that highlights the truths we see every day”, Nick Hamm said,“ the sacrifices we make to support our loved ones, the emotional bond between human and animal that transforms our lives, and how either, but particularly both, give us the strength to persevere.”
The new movie trailer, which was just released, looks really good. I’m looking forward to this.
Charlie Rowe, who appeared in Rocketman and stars in Peacock’s new mini series Angelyne, plays Nate Gibson. His parents are played by Marcia Gay Harden and Jim Belushi. The movie also stars Josephine Langford and Diane Ladd. The film is being distributed by Roadside Attractions who has released such critical and commercial hits as Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It, Hello My Name is Doris, The Alpinist, The Peanut Butter Falcon, I Can Only Imagine and more. Roadsides’ Co-Presidents Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff stated, “it’s no secret that animals have extraordinary lessons to teach us. Gigi teaches Nate resilience – something we all need right now and why we’re so excited to bring this film to audiences this summer.”
Gigi & Nate arrives in theaters September 2, 2022.
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