May 20’s new film connections: an investigation

Are the stars of The Nice Guys hiding a secret? Photo: Warner Bros.

Are the stars of The Nice Guys hiding a secret?
Photo: Warner Bros.

Every so often, a Friday rolls around with the same performer featured in two different films. Over the past few years, such double-dipping has included Dev Patel in Chappie and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (March 6, 2015) and the July 19, 2013 weekend that featured Ryan Reynolds in R.I.P.D. and Turbo as well as his R.I.P.D. co-star Mary-Louise Parker having an acronym-tastic weekend with RED 2. (On a side note, thankfully Only God Forgives and The Conjuring also opened that week.)

May 20’s new releases, however, pack an unusually high amount of crossovers. Not only are Rose Byrne and Jerrod Carmichael both in The Meddler and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, but the latter film’s Ike Berinholtz, Hannibal Buress and Billy Eichner also voice characters in The Angry Birds Movie, commonalities that raise a few important questions:

– Are the Neighbors films and the likely Angry Birds franchise part of a shared universe a la the Cloverfield movies?

– Did Berinholtz, Buress and Eichner simply get stoned and wander on to the wrong set?

– Were Byrne and Carmichael frozen out of the weekend trifecta by the Angry Birds team out of some deep-seated hatred of their Meddler co-star Susan Sarandon?

– Considering his voice work in nine feature animated films ranging from Horton Hears a Who! to this summer’s Sausage Party, why wasn’t Neighbors 2’s naturally agitated-sounding Seth Rogen recruited for Angry Birds?

– Shouldn’t the aptly named Russell Crowe of the weekend’s other big release The Nice Guys have been given an Angry Birds cameo, perhaps as a certain caw-ing black bird named Russ or at the very least a starling or raven called Maximus? (Clearly I’ve played the game once or twice.)

– Hell, what about Crowe’s Nice Guys co-star Ryan Gosling?

– Wait, that avian pairing can’t be coincidental. Could The Nice Guys also be some sort of secret Angry Birds spin-off or vice versa?

– Will anyone besides me see all three new releases to find out?

UPDATE: The Nice Guys has a subplot involving birds…and Buress voices a giant talking killer bee in Gosling’s character’s dream sequence. In the words of M. Gustave in The Grand Budapest Hotel, the plot thickens.

About Edwin Arnaudin (3 Articles)
Edwin Arnaudin reviews films for the Asheville Citizen-Times and covers local film, music, arts and beer for Mountain Xpress. He is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA).