Prime Video (try it free) has released the official trailer and poster for I Want You Back, premiering exclusively on the streaming service on February 11, 2022 in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.
With a runtime of 111 minutes, I Want You Back is rated R for language, sexual material, some drug use and partial nudity.
In the film, Peter (Charlie Day) and Emma (Jenny Slate) are total strangers, but when they meet, one thing instantly bonds them: they were both unexpectedly dumped by their respective partners, Anne (Gina Rodriguez) and Noah (Scott Eastwood), on the same weekend.
As the saying goes, “misery loves company,” but their commiseration turns into a mission when they see on social media that their exes have happily moved on to new romances, Anne with Logan (Manny Jacinto) and Noah with Ginny (Clark Backo).
Terrified that, in their 30s, they have lost their shot at happily ever after and horrified at the prospect of having to start over, Peter and Emma hatch a desperate plot to win the loves of their lives back.
Each will do whatever it takes to put an end to their exes’ new relationships and send them running back to their arms.
The cast also includes Luke David Blumm, Isabel May, Jami Gertz, Dylan Gelula, and Mason Gooding.
Peter Safran, John Rickard, Aptaker and Berger produced the movie, with Charlie Day, Bart Lipton and Adam Londy serving as executive producers.
The behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Brian Burgoyne, production designer Michael T. Perry, editor Jonathan Schwartz, and costume designer Samantha Hawkins. The music is by Siddhartha Khosla.
Aptaker and Berger, who are also currently working on How I Met Your Father, have a keen understanding of the ups and downs of relationships. Aptaker says the idea for the film originated out of “a collection of stories from friends and from our own romantic lives. Everyone has been in and out of relationships, so it feels like being dumped or dumping someone is kind of a universal experience.”
Berger added, “We started talking about what would be the opposite of these incredibly cool, sexy people trying to come between other people and mess with their lives. The notion of two ordinary people who have no business scheming together trying to pull off that kind of manipulation seemed funny to us, and things spiraled from there.”
Director Jason Orley said: “One of the major themes for me was that feeling of being left behind – looking at other people in your friends group or on Instagram, and all you’re seeing is weddings and marriages and babies and houses… and comparing yourself.
“It’s about feeling like you are somehow not where you’re supposed to be, which I think is something a lot of people my age experience because we are constantly bombarded with what everyone else is doing and where they are in life.”
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded Vital Thrills in 2018 to cover the latest streaming, movie, TV, and video game news. Mirko previously created the websites ComingSoon, Spider-Man Hype!, SuperHeroHype and ShockTillYouDrop.