IFC Films has released the first trailer for Whitney Cummings’ directorial debut The Female Brain, which couldn’t be coming out at a better time.
Adapted from Louann Brizendine’s NY Times bestseller by Cummings and Neal Brennan (Chapelle’s Show), the movie stars Cummings, Toby Kebbell, Sofia Vergara, James Marsden, Deon Cole and Lucy Punch.
The official synopsis for the romantic comedy is:
What makes a woman swipe right for Mr. Wrong and left for Mr. Right? This simultaneously entertaining and enlightening comedy is a fresh, witty, and all-too-relatable look at the real-life science behind our (often regrettable) romantic impulses. Writer-director Whitney Cummings (2 Broke Girls) stars as no-nonsense neuroscientist Julia, whose research into the biochemistry of the female brain is illustrated by three couples: newlyweds Zoe (Cecily Strong) and Greg (Blake Griffin), whose career troubles seep into their relationship; Lisa (Sofia Vergara) and Steven (Deon Cole), who are looking to spice up their stuck-in-a-rut marriage; and Lexi (Lucy Punch) who can’t help trying to change her boyfriend Adam (James Marsden). Meanwhile, the straight-laced Julia’s own synapses start to fire when a handsome new subject (Toby Kebbell) joins her study…
The movie premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last summer, and the material seems to be right up Cummings’ alley. Cummings began as a stand-up and then transitioned into television, writing and acting in her own show Whitney, at the same time creating CBS’ Two Broke Girls in 2011, the latter lasting longer than the former.
Cummings’ comedy is a bit of an acquired taste for sure, but it’s exciting to see her writing/directing a movie like The Female Brain, because there’s such a demand to see more women filmmakers.
The Female Brain is released in select theaters and on VOD starting Feb. 9.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor