The D Train

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The D Train
The D Train poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced by
Written by
  • Jarrad Paul
  • Andrew Mogel
Music by Andrew Dost
Cinematography Giles Nuttgens
Edited by Terel Gibson
Distributed by IFC Films
Release date
  • January 23, 2015 (2015-01-23) (Sundance)
  • May 8, 2015 (2015-05-08) (United States)
Running time
101 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3 million[2]
Box office $771,317[3]

The D Train (also known as Bad Bromance)[4] is a 2015 American black comedy film written and directed by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel in their directorial debuts, and stars Jack Black and James Marsden. The film premiered at the 11th Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2015, and was released in the United States on May 8, 2015 by IFC Films.


Dan Landsman (Jack Black) is the self-proclaimed chairman of his Pittsburgh high school's alumni committee. While planning the twenty-year reunion he has the idea of convincing Oliver Lawless (James Marsden), the most popular guy in his graduating class (and now a TV-commercial celebrity) to return, thinking that this will make people want to attend.



On February 10, 2014, it was announced that Jack Black and James Marsden would star in a comedy film, directing debut of Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, which Black's Electric Dynamite produced with Mike White's RipCord Productions and Ben Latham-Jones and Barnaby Thompson of Ealing Studios.[6][5]


According to a casting call, the shooting was set to begin on March 17, 2014, in Metairie, Louisiana.[7] Later on March 19, Black was spotted during the filming of The D Train in New Orleans.[8] Due to Black's schedule, the film was shot in just 21 days.[9]


In October 2014, Andrew Dost was hired to compose the music for the film.[10]

A Pittsburgh sports radio segment playing when Dan arrives at a sports bar includes an audio cameo by John-Paul "JP" Flaim, Eric "EB" Bickel, Johnny "Cakes" Auville and Jason "Lurch" Bishop - the titular hosts of The Sports Junkies in Washington - who portray Pittsburgh sports talk radio hosts. The Junkies also released audio of them reading their lines in studio.[11]


The D Train was released theatrically in the United States on May 8, 2015, by IFC Films.[3]

Box office[edit]

As of November 10, 2015, the film has grossed $771,317.[3]

In its opening weekend, the film grossed $447,524 from 1,009 theaters ($444 per theater), which is the 15th worst opening for a wide release film of all-time.[12] In its second weekend, the film was pulled from 847 screens, and its weekend-to-weekend gross fell 96.5%, as it only earned $15,714 ($97 per theater).

Critical response[edit]

The film has received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a rating of 49%, based on 117 reviews, with an average rating of 5.6/10. The site's consensus reads "The D Train offers Jack Black a too-rare opportunity to showcase his range, but its story and characters are too sloppily conceived to hold together as a film."[13] On Metacritic the film has a score of 55 out of 100, based on reviews from 33 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[14]

The New York Post described the film as "cute, breezy fun".[15]


  1. ^ "THE D TRAIN (15)". British Board of Film Classification. June 5, 2015. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
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  3. ^ a b c "The D Train (2015)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
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  5. ^ a b c Sneider, Jeff (February 10, 2014). "Jack Black, James Marsden to Star in High School Reunion Comedy The D Train". The Wrap. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  6. ^ Kit, Borys. "Jack Black and James Marsden to Star in The D Train". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 13, 2014.
  7. ^ P. King, Kevin (March 15, 2014). "Caucasian Male, height 5'6 or shorter, to work as a stand in for THE D TRAIN on Monday in Metairie, LA". The Southern Casting Call. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  8. ^ "The D Train, starring Jack Black and James Marsden, filming underway in Louisiana". On Location Vacations. March 19, 2014. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  9. ^ "'The D Train' writer/directors deliver a big twist in a movie that almost didn't get made". The Frame. May 6, 2015. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  10. ^ "D-Train to Feature Music by Fun.'s Andrew Dost". Film Music Reporter. October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  11. ^ The Sports Junkies reading their D-Train lines
  12. ^ "Worst Wide Release Openings of All-Time". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  13. ^ "The D Train". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  14. ^ "The D Train". Metacritic. CSB Interactive. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  15. ^ Smith, Kyle (January 24, 2015). "Rookie filmmakers hit the mark with charming D-Train". New York Post. Retrieved January 29, 2015.

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