The Late Bloomer
|The Late Bloomer|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Kevin Pollak|
|Based on||Man Made: A Memoir of My Body|
by Ken Baker
|Music by||Walter Murphy|
|Edited by||Adam Beamer|
|Distributed by||Momentum Pictures|
The Late Bloomer is a 2016 American comedy-drama film directed by Kevin Pollak and written by Gary Rosen, Joe Nussbaum, Paul A. Kaplan & Mark Torgove, and Kyle Cooper & Austyn Jeffs. It is based on journalist Ken Baker's autobiographical Man Made: A Memoir of My Body. It stars Johnny Simmons, Maria Bello, Brittany Snow, Jane Lynch, J. K. Simmons, Kumail Nanjiani, Beck Bennett and Paul Wesley.
The film had its world premiere at the San Diego Film Festival on September 30, 2016. The film was scheduled to be released in a limited release and through video on demand on October 7, 2016, by Momentum Pictures.
The film was met with general dislike, The Hollywood Reporter saying that while Johnny Simmons fits his role perfectly, many secondary actors such as J.K. Simmons, Jane Lynch, Laraine Newman, Illeana Douglas, Maria Bello and Brian Doyle-Murray have fun in their stereotypical roles, but J.K. Simmons and Maria Bello, in particular, seem severely overqualified for their roles.
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Dr. Peter Newmans (Johnny Simmons) is a 27-year-old sex therapist who lives a quiet life alone, silently crushing on his pretty neighbour, Michelle (Brittany Snow). He is known for being a very non-sexual person, and has written a book about how sex is not a necessity. Michelle breaks up with her workaholic boyfriend, and Peter takes the opportunity to comfort her. In her vulnerability, Michelle kisses Peter. He lies and says he has a headache in order to get out of the situation. Feeling like a freak because he doesn't feel attracted to women the way other men do, he returns to his apartment.
The next morning, he is persuaded by his friends (Kumail Nanjiani and Beck Bennett) to join them at their weekend basketball game, where he is hit in the groin and falls to the ground. He attends an emergency room, where his friends say he may have hit his head, so the doctor orders a head CT scan, followed by an MRI. During his initial physical examination, the doctor has noticed Peter's under-developed testicles, and becomes increasingly concerned. It is discovered that Peter has a long-term benign brain tumor pressed against his pituitary gland, which has caused prolactin to be released into his system while suppressing his testosterone production. This means that he has never transitioned to puberty. Elated to learn that he is not a "freak", Peter insists that a procedure be undertaken immediately to remove the tumor. After a successful excision, he stays with his parents (J. K. Simmons and Maria Bello) to recover. A little later, he wakes with his first erection, signalling his transition into puberty.
With the onset of puberty, Peter experiences some of its less welcome side-effects, including mood swings, strong sexual desires, voice changes, and severe acne. After Michelle leaves for a cooking retreat with Bobby Flay, his symptoms become progressively more severe. During a FaceTime call with her, he lashes out because of his unfamiliar feelings of jealousy.
After Michelle returns, she agrees to a date with Peter, but he blows it by behaving like jerk. He becomes depressed and tries to receive oral sex from one of his patients, but is caught and subsequently fired by his boss (Jane Lynch). He is forced to come to terms with his situation, and has a heart-to-heart with his father over what it means to "be a man". Reflecting on his anti-sex book, Peter concludes that a person should have all the (consensual) sex possible, and society should cease to sex-shame individuals because "it's awesome". Peter eventually manages to apologize to Michelle, and they live happily ever after.
- Johnny Simmons as Dr. Peter Newmans, a sex therapist.
- J. K. Simmons as James Newmans, Peter's father.
- Brittany Snow as Michelle, the girl next door, pursued by Peter.
- Jane Lynch as Caroline, head of the office where Peter works.
- Paul Wesley as Charlie
- Maria Bello as Brenda Newmans, Peter's mother.
- Beck Bennett as Luke, Peter's friend and wingman.
- Kumail Nanjiani as Rich, Peter's friend and another wingman.
- Blake Cooper as Josh, Peter's young friend.
- Lenora Crichlow as Nikki
- Ken Marino as Dr. Hanson
- Illeana Douglas as Linda
- Charlotte McKinney as Patient
- Vanessa Ragland as Jenny
- Sam Robards as Dr. Lawson
Alcon Entertainment acquired the film rights to the journalist Ken Baker's autobiographical book Man Made: A Memoir of My Body in 2008 and a script by Gary Rosen. The Late Bloomer project was first announced in January 2010, when Alcon was developing the film based on the true story of Baker, who went through his puberty in three weeks at the age of 27. The delaying of his puberty and normal development was caused by a benign tumor in his brain. At that time Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson were attached as producers, and studio was re-imagining the film into the comedy by hiring Joe Nussbaum to write a new draft of the script.
In October 2012, it was announced that the film was to be directed by Randall Einhorn and would star Elijah Wood. The script had been written by Joe Nussbaum, and rewritten by Paul A. Kaplan & Mark Torgove. The film would be produced by Jesse Israel of Ineffable Pictures, and Brent Emery of Coup d'Etat Films, with financing by Dignity Film Finance.
In May 2015, it was announced that the film was now to be directed by Kevin Pollak, who would make his narrative debut. Raphael Kryszek and Israel would produce the film for Ineffable, along with Heidi Jo Markel for Eclectic. In August 2015, a new cast was announced, including Johnny Simmons in the lead role of sex therapist Dr. Peter Newmans, whose experiences would mirror those of Baker in real life. Jane Lynch would play Caroline, head of the office where he works, Maria Bello and J. K. Simmons his parents, Brittany Snow the girl he pursues, and Beck Bennett, Kumail Nanjiani, and Blake Cooper his friends. Other cast members would include Paul Wesley, Ken Marino, Illeana Douglas, Charlotte McKinney, Vanessa Ragland, and Lenora Crichlow. The latest draft of the film was revealed to have been written by Kyle Cooper and Austyn Jeffs, and Conor Charles was announced as co-producer.
In April 2016, Momentum Pictures acquired U.S distribution rights to the film. It had its world premiere at the San Diego Film Festival on September 30, 2016, where it won Best Comedy. It was scheduled to be released in a limited release and through video on demand on October 7, 2016.
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