The first trailer for LGBTQ-themed drama “Cowboys” kind of looks like a Western take on the Taika Waititi film “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” and that’s enough to grab our attention.
Anna Kerrigan‘s film “Cowboy,” which earned her the best script award, and Steve Zahn the best actor award at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, stars Zahn as a troubled but well-intentioned father who recently separated from his wife Sally, played by Jillian Bell. While Sally refuses to let their trans son, played by newcomer Sasha Knight, Zahn’s character decides to run off with his son into the Montana wilderness. Considered kidnapping by Sally, the two become fugitives pursued by a detective played by Ann Dowd, who the trailer shows having second-thoughts about who is in the right here.
The film focuses on the loving relationship between Zahn and Knight’s characters, and how much Zahn’s character tries to understand and support his son’s coming out, promising a tender tear-jerker of a drama. The fugitive part of the plot still feels like a more dramatic take on “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” at least to the point that I now need Ann Dowd and Rachel House to team-up for a buddy-cop movie and play though for funny cops.
The film earned the award for best actor and best screenplay at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, where critics praised the film for its captivating story and heartwarming performances, especially by newcomer Sasha Knight.
Samuel Goldwyn Films will distribute “Cowboys,” on February 12, 2021. You can watch the trailer below: