Thrown into utter disarray, Will tries to balance his broken heart with caring for his adorable twin girls, keeping up appearances at work (he’s a teacher and a graphic novelist) and possibly even dating a student’s mother (Jessica Williams plays his plucky student, while Regina Hall is her no-nonsese mom).
The film is all the things a good romantic comedy should be — funny, sweet, strange, awkward, a little sad — and Clement’s performance heralds something new from the actor, understated or not.
The film's a fairly notable entry into the studio's canon of female characters, as it's been confirmed Moana will not have a love interest; focusing instead on “finding herself” while battling to save the world.
READ MORE: Exclusive: Alternative ‘People Places Things’ Posters Are a Graphic Novel’s Dream Come True Best known for his comedic turns in HBO’s beloved series “Flight of the Conchords” and in films like “What We Do in the Shadows” and the “Rio” series, New Zealand actor and musician Jemaine Clement took a plunge with his latest role. Strouse’s “People Places Things,” Clement goes understated — and more than a bit mopey — as recent divorcee Will Henry.
Shocked to discover that his wife (played by Stephanie Allynne) is cheating on him with a pal (Michael Chernus, who also co-stars in another new release this week, Noah Baumbach’s “Mistress America”), Will packs up his things and attempts to move on with, well, pretty much his entire life.
On the eve of his biggest big-screen role to date, Clement chats with us about the evolution of his accent, the possibility of a 'Conchords' movie, his apparent Milla Jovovich crush ...
and his early days as a pitchman for Outback Steakhouse.
' Jemaine Clement as Tamatoa, a villainous 50-foot crab from Lalotai, the realm of monsters.
Our exclusive clip reveals Tamatoa has a deep love of all things shiny; to the point his obsession has driven him to madness, a trait that Jemaine Clement himself seems to have found some level of identifcation with. Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast South Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania.
Even when we started, I didn’t know, for sure how comic or dramatic it would be.
Someone on the crew asked him on the first day, “Is this a comedy or a drama? I don’t think it matters.” And I was happy with that and, I think in a a way, he’s right, it doesn’t matter to the movie whether it’s a comedy or a drama.
”But instead of despairing about the constant inquisition, Clement had some good news.“We have actually started writing one,” he said.“But who knows if it will ever be made, we've written some notes for some different film ideas.
“We're not down to the stage where we're going, ‘The film is going to be like this,’ it could be this, this, this, this, this.”Despite its popularity and enduring cult status, , which centred on two shepherds-turned-musicians struggling to make it in New York, only ran for two seasons on HBO.
Desperate for a hit, he pilfers the work of one of his biggest fans, a home-schooled teenager played by Michael Angarano.