Let’s get this out of the way early, because there might be a bit of confusion. You probably know the works of filmmaker Kris Rey, but you might not because she used to go by Kris Swanberg. She directed films like “It Was Great, But I Was Ready to Come Home” (2009), “Empire Builder” (2012) and “Unexpected” (2015), and now goes by Kris Rey (presumably because she divorced filmmaker Joe Swanberg, which is neither here nor there, nor any of our business, but just to note the switch and filmmaker you probably already know). Got that? Ok, so Kris Rey’s new film is “I Used To Go Here,” and it was an official selection title at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival earlier this year that didn’t really happen (somewhat, on Amazon Prime). It’s a you-can’t-go-home comedy, but really, more specifically, a you-can’t-go-back-to-college comedy about a 30-something student that is offered to read a book at her old college and then one of her old professors asks her if she’d like to return to teach there.
“I Used To Go Here” stars Gillian Jacobs (Netflix’s Judd Apatow-produced series “Love“) as the former pupil and Jemaine Clement (“Flight of the Conchords,”) as the teacher and as you might expect, it’s a movie about comedic regression. Here’s the official synopsis:
Following the lackluster launch of her debut novel, 35-year-old writer Kate Conklin (Gillian Jacobs) receives a welcome invitation from her former professor and old crush (Jemaine Clement) to speak at her alma mater. With her book tour canceled, and her ego deflated, Kate hopes that returning to her old college as a published author will give her the morale boost she sorely needs. Instead, she falls into a comical regression—from misadventures with eccentric twenty-year-olds to feelings of jealousy toward her former professor’s new favorite student. Bittersweet emotion and awkward humor abound as Kate journeys through her past to redefine her future in this big-hearted fourth feature from writer/director Kris Rey. A Gravitas Ventures release
“I Used To Go Here” co-stars Hannah Marks (“Banana Split”), Kate Micucci (“Gunfunkel and Oates”), Jorma Taccone (“Girls“), Josh Wiggins (“Giant Little Ones”) and Forrest Goodluck (“The Revenant,” “The Miseducation of Cameron Post“) The film is produced by Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, and Gravitas Ventures will release the film “In Theaters” (if that’s a thing by then) and On Demand August 7. Watch the first trailer below.