Covert Affairs star Christopher Gorham has a new DVD out called Answer This! The film screened late last year in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Concord, NH. What the film is about (from its official website):
A brilliant trivia whiz, Paul Tarson (Christopher Gorham) is great at answering life’s little questions, but horrible at answering the big ones – like what’s he going to do after grad school?
Now he and his friends James (Nelson Franklin) and Izzy (Evan Jones) will finally get a shot at beer, women and nerdy redemption when they enter the biggest challenge of their lives… a citywide pub trivia tournament, hosted by one Brian Collins (Chris Parnell). But when Paul falls for Naomi (Arielle Kebbel) – a smart young undergrad who’s also his student – will he find out that the little things are bigger than he bargained for?
Set at the University of Michigan in the world of competitive pub trivia, Answer This! is the story of a boy finally coming of age – when he’s 30.
If you are a fan of Chris Gorham, definitely find this film. Gorham carries it. Paul does have a little Auggie Anderson in him in that both characters seem to know much more than everyone else, but Paul seems to lack Auggie’s confidence (especially with the ladies). Paul isn’t your typical student in college longer than he should be (Van Wilder, Tommy Boy), he’s not there to just party or because he doesn’t have enough credits. He’s there trying to find himself and with his young female interest, finally figures out what he wants in life. Paul is quirky, lost, intelligent and has that nerdy charm that all Gorham characters seem to possess.
Arielle Kebbel is adorable as Naomi, the freshman student opposite Paul. She has a nice little twist in her character and has believable chemistry with Gorham. Nelson Franklin probably has the best character. He plays that “I’m better than you” persona even though his life is nowhere near where he wants it to be and he has some great one liners. And Evan Jones’ Izzy has such a funny surprise ending to his character that makes his entire character that much better.
This time of life is pretty easy to relate to. If are you going through the transition of post-school life or already have, Paul’s struggle and journey makes a lot of sense. With expectations from family to do one thing and not having your heart into it, Paul ultimately has to make the decision on his own for himself. That’s a pretty universal concept.
If you’ve ever played pub trivia you know how addicting it is and completely understand how these guys get caught up in it all. Chris Parnell plays the perfect quizmaster with his low-key style of comedy.
If you are from the Ann Arbor, Michigan area or went to the University of Michigan, I highly recommend the film. It’s the first movie the university has allowed its name to be used in and the film shot during an actual Wolverines football game. I’m not from Michigan and have only been to the Detroit airport for a stopover and I still enjoyed the film. Again the story is pretty universal.
The DVD can be purchased through Amazon and through its website. Gorham has a pretty hardcore fandom and those fans should look for it today. It’s a cute, quirky story that follows Gorham in his quest for love, life and the pursuit of trivia.
DVD BONUS FEATURES:
Commentary With Funny or Die Producer Mike Farah, Writer/Director Christopher Farah and Producer Anna Wenger
Behind The Scenes With Cast and Crew Interviews
Love Letter To Ann Arbor
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