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Freddie Highmore and Odeya Rush are Almost Friends as Gravitas Ventures Acquires American Rights and Releases First Official Trailer


Freddie Highmore and Odeya Rush are Almost Friends as Gravitas Ventures Acquires American Rights and Releases First Official Trailer

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(L-R): Odeya Rush, Freddie Highmore and Haley Joel Osment star in writer-director Jake Goldberger’s coming-of-age romantic comedy-drama, ‘Almost Friends.’
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Sometimes it takes facing mounting pressures and conflicts for people to realize that they need to reexamine their life’s purpose. That’s certainly the case for Freddie Highmore‘s protagonist in the upcoming coming-of-age movie, ‘Almost Friends.’ Gravitas Ventures has acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights to the romantic comedy-drama. After announcing that it’s set to release the film day-and-date on November 17, the distributor has also unveiled the first official trailer for the movie.

In addition to Highmore, the comedy-drama also stars Haley Joel Osment, Odeya Rush, Marg Helgenberger and Christopher Meloni. The movie was written and directed by Jake Goldberger

‘Almost Friends’ follows Charlie (Highmore), a once promising young chef, who’s now an unmotivated twenty-something who lives at home with his mom, Samantha (Marg Helgenberger), and stepfather. Charlie’s now working at a small movie theatre, and lives vicariously through his best friend, Ben (Haley Joel Osment).

Charlie’s life takes an unpredictable turn, however, when he finds himself falling for local barista, Amber (Odeya Rush). The problem is that Amber has her own distractions, including her mooching roommate, Jack (Jake Abel), a track star boyfriend, Jack (Taylor John Smith), and steadfast plans to move to New York City. On top of that, Charlie’s estranged father, Howard (Christopher Meloni), unexpectedly re-enters his life, just as he begins to take a long, hard look at where he’s going, and who he wants to be. With conflict after conflict piling on, will Charlie reach his tipping point, or will he finally find the path forward?

“Jake Goldberger has crafted a charming and endearing film with a superlative cast that’s led by the amazing Freddie Highmore and Odeya Rush,” said Gravitas’ Director of Acquisitions, Josh Spector. “Gravitas is looking forward to sharing ‘Almost Friends’ with audiences everywhere.”

“This movie was a true labor of love for all involved, and we are psyched to be put it out into the world,” added Goldberger.

Alex A. Ginzburg (‘Ordinary World’), Tony Lee (‘Hardcore Henry‘) and Jim Young (‘Lovelace‘) are the producers of ‘Almost Friends’ (which was formerly titled ‘Holding Patterns’). The acquisition deal was negotiated by Josh Spector, on behalf of Gravitas Ventures, and Daniel Brandt and Jack Sheehan of Lotus Entertainment, on behalf of the filmmakers.

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Writer-director of the coming-of-age romnatic comedy-drama, 'Almost Friends'

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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