The trailer for Jason Reitman’s latest movie, Men, Women & Children, was just released on Tuesday, but it’s already garnering a lot of attention. The movie marks the Oscar-nominated director’s first project since last year’s not-so-well-received Labor Day. But what really makes the 2-minute teaser stand out? It features absolutely no dialogue.
The ensemble dramedy, based on Chad Kultgen’s novel of the same name and co-written by Reitman and Erin Cressida Wilson, features a large cast that includes Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Emma Thompson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer, and Dean Norris, alongside young actors Ansel Elgort and Kaitlyn Deve.
The clip – silent other than the background song, a Plantains cover of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” — sets the melancholy and moody tone of the film, showing the characters as they go about their lives with their eyes and hands glued to their devices, completely and emotionally disconnected from the physical world around them. In one scene, Sandler’s character, stuck in an unhappy marriage, looks up neighborhood escort services on his computer. In another, his wife types, “I’ve forgotten what it’s like to be desired” into a chat window on her work computer.
It’s a poignant and telling introduction to a film meant to capture how the modern Internet age has changed the relationship between friends and couples both young and old, as well as affected everyone’s ability to communicate offline. Per the synopsis, the movie “attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet.”