Ari Graynor

  • 08 January 2009

Occupation

Actor

The Disaster Artist Review

Excellent

A hilariously outrageous story based on real events, this film recounts the making of the 2003 movie The Room, which is widely considered to be one of the worst films ever made, even as it has developed a cult following. Based on the book by The Room's star Greg Sestero, it takes a remarkably personal look at the antics of aspiring actor-filmmaker Tommy Wiseau, who is played by James Franco with gonzo charm.

In late-1990s San Francisco, Tommy meets Greg (played by Dave Franco) in an acting class. As they struggle to find work, they make a pact to support each other. After moving to Los Angeles, Tommy decides to fund his own movie from his mysterious fortune, with himself in the lead role opposite Greg. They hire a cast (including Ari Graynor, Josh Hutcherson, Zac Efron and Jacki Weaver) and crew (including Seth Rogen and Paul Scheer) and set out to film Tommy's screenplay for The Room. But everyone has second thoughts, since Tommy has no discernible skill at acting, writing or directing.

The Room is indeed a terrible film, but it's remarkable simply for the fact that Wiseau managed to make it. And by accepting that the public saw his melodramatic romance as an awkward comedy, he has actually made money from it. The irony about this story is of course that the profoundly untalented Wiseau had enough cash to finance the project himself. Franco plays him with affection: he's a jerk to everyone, and refuses to admit his age, nationality or where he got his millions, but he's tenacious and loyal. It's a terrific performance that never winks at the camera. And the Franco brothers bring superb camaraderie to the screen in what becomes a surprisingly involving bromance.

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Ari Graynor - Premiere For Showtime's "Roadies" at The Theatre at Ace Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 7th June 2016

'Bad Teacher': New CBS Comedy Scrapes A Pass, Ari Graynor Gets An A+ [Video]

By Lauren James in Movies / TV / Theatre on 24 April 2014

Ari Graynor Cameron Diaz Sara Gilbert David Alan Grier Kristin Davis

The television adaptation of the Cameron Diaz movie premieres tonight on CBS.

Brand new comedy series Bad Teacher is set to premiere on CBS tonight, adapting the 2011 Cameron Diaz movie for the small screen with Fringe's Ari Graynor in the driving seat as the titular inept educator. Graynor stars as Meredith Graynor, a sassy blonde trophy wife who finds herself divorced and broke due to the pre-nup.


'Bad Teacher' Lead Ari Graynor Is A Different Kettle Of Fish To Cameron Diaz.

Embellishing her C.V. with fairly ludicrous claims, Meredith takes a teaching job at a local middle school in order to meet rich, divorced dads. She quickly wins over the emotionally needy principal (David Alan Grier), simultaneously befriends and takes advantage of nerdy teacher (Sara Gilbert) and clashes with the staff queen bee and fellow teacher Ginny (Kristin Davis).

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Ari Graynor - The Weinstein Company & Netflix 2014 Golden Globes after party held at The Old Trader Vic's inside The Beverly Hills Hotel - Arrivals - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Sunday 12th January 2014

CBS Plan 'Bad Teacher' Series Based On The Cameron Diaz Film

By Joe Wilde in Movies / TV / Theatre on 22 May 2013

Cameron Diaz Ari Graynor Robin Williams Sarah Michelle Gellar

The show is expected to be aired mid-seaon following the recent announcement of CBS' fall line-up

With the fall line ups for television broadcasters across America being revealed gradually over the past weeks, CBS have thrown a curveball with the announcement of a new comedy series based on the Cameron Diaz vehicle Bad Teacher. Fringe's Ari Graynor is taking on the staring role of an angry divorcee who becomes a teacher to find her next man.

The announcement has come a week after the network initially unveiled their fall line-up, that also included the comedy Crazy Ones, which boasts Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar as its stars. The Bad Teacher re-working won't make it to the upcoming network line-up though, and is likely to be held off until mid-season at least.


Ari Graynor will be taking on Cameron Diaz's role

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The Guilt Trip Review

By Rich Cline

Very Good

Virtually impossible to market, this film isn't nearly as wacky and rude as its cast and crew suggest. Despite the presence of Rogen (Pineapple Express) and Streisand (Meet the Fockers), plus writer Fogelman (Crazy Stupid Love), director Fletcher (The Proposal) and producer Goldberg (Superbad), this is actually a warm, gentle comedy about the relationship between a mother and son. Sure, there are moments of inspired silliness, but you're more likely to feel a lump in your throat than a stitch in your side.

Rogen plays the science nerd Andrew, who has just invented an organic cleaning product and is taking a cross-country trip to find a buyer. In a moment of weakness, he invites his meddling mother Joyce (Streisand) to join him on the road from New Jersey to San Francisco. She doesn't know that he has discovered that her old flame now lives in California, and he hopes that sparking her love life might get her off his back. But their time together takes some unexpected turns, which change their relationship forever.

Even in the film's goofier segments, such as a ridiculous beef-eating contest Joyce enters in Texas, Fletcher and Fogelman keep the characters likeable and grounded. Streisand is especially impressive, delivering a layered performance that mixes broad one-liners with more internalised emotions. She's much more than just a pushy Jewish mother: Joyce is a middle-aged woman with needs of her own and real love for her son. Meanwhile, Rogen plays Andrew as a nice guy with social issues. So instead of rooting for Joyce and Andrew to sort out their relationship, or even for Andrew to sell his invention, we are more interested in whether Joyce will be able to reignite her personal life.

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Daniel Breaker and Ari Graynor - Opening night of 'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof' New York City New York United States Thursday 17th January 2013

Celeste And Jesse Forever Review

By Rich Cline

Very Good

With its refusal to follow the usual romantic-comedy formula, this snappy and observant movie is a nice surprise. Not only does it keep us wondering about where it's heading, but it gives the likeable Jones and Samberg much more complex roles than they usually get to play. And the quirky approach combined with some darkly dramatic moments makes it more interesting to watch.

Jones and Samberg play the long-time couple Celeste and Jesse, who have been together since they were in school. Now married for six years, they're starting to wonder if maybe they're just best friends, rather than a couple. So they decide to separate. The main issue seems to be surfer-artist Jesse's lack of ambition but, when he begins to move on with his life, Celeste starts wondering if maybe she's the real problem. Even so, they're still completely involved in each others' lives, which is awkward for their friends Beth and Tucker (Graynor and Christian). Maybe they need some distance.

The film's perspective centres on Celeste's messy journey, which is a bumpy series of conflicting emotions. She works as a lifestyle critic, so her comments on pop culture are hilariously barbed, but as her personal life dissolves she retreats into annoying pot-fuelled wallowing. It's often not easy to watch her, but Jones gives a ruthlessly honest performance that's both funny and disturbing. Her sideplots with her gay boss (Wood), her low-life drug dealer (cowriter McCormack) and a bratty popstar client (Roberts) are nicely played but only tangentially developed.

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For A Good Time, Call... Review

By Rich Cline

Good

Colourful direction and sparky performances help make this friendship comedy watchable, although it never seems like a finished film. Instead, we feel like we're watching the first rehearsal for a much better movie. It manages to charm us along the way, but it's never as funny or sexy as it tries to be.

When his two best pals have housing problems, gay New York comic Jesse (Long) suggests they move in together. Lauren (Miller) is a business ace who has just lost her job and her boyfriend, while Katie (Graynor) is an aimless young woman working a series of jobs that don't pay enough for her to pay the bills on her late grandmother's gorgeous flat. The problem is that they hate each other due to a minor incident 10 years earlier and resent each other for being dull and oversexed, respectively. Then Lauren realises that Katie could actually make a lot more money if she opened her own phone-sex company. And when the two go into business together, an unlikely friendship is born.

Screenwriters Miller and Naylon based the story on their own life (Miller even plays herself), so there are constant details that add honesty and humour along the way. On the other hand, they have also forced the plot into the usual rom-com story structure, so we know exactly where it's going from the start. But what's even stranger is the way they pack scenes with riotously graphic sex talk without letting the characters actually have any riotous sex. The movie's only two bed scenes are bizarrely dull, and badly undermine both the randy atmosphere and any point the movie might be making about sexuality.

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Seth Rogen's Wife Brought To Tears By Note From Ari Graynor

By Steven Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 29 August 2012

Seth Rogen Lauren Miller Ari Graynor Kevin Smith Ken Marino

After marrying Seth Rogen in 2011, Lauren Miller got to work writing a screenplay for the film 'For A Good Time, Call.', and started personally writing to stars asking for them to cameo. One response left her in tears.

Lauren Miller, the wife of film funny man Seth Rogen, was reportedly reduced to tears by the message from Ari Graynor, accepting a role in her movie. Miller co-wrote the upcoming film, 'For A Good Time, Call.', and decided to send out personal notes in order to ask stars to appear in cameos. Amongst these stars were director Kevin Smith and comedian Ken Marino. Yet the acceptance note she received from Graynor reportedly brought tears to her eyes.

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Miller, who married Rogan in 2011, spoke to 'New York Magazine' to discuss the notes, saying: "I tried to be funny in those letters, but the letter I sent to Ari was more emotional, about how I've admired her work for years, and she has this incredible ability to be over-the-top funny yet retain this vulnerability and sexiness, even if she's pulling gum out of a toilet."

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Celeste and Jesse Forever Trailer

Celeste and Jesse have been best friends since high school and married each other very young. Many years later, they have reached their thirties and while Celeste is a successful business woman, Jesse has failed to mature with age and remains unemployed and unmotivated. Celeste believes the right thing to do is to file for a divorce as her life progresses away from him. He agrees, although he still loves her, but the pair remain inseparable friends as they begin to see other people. They are told that they should start dating again if they are unwilling to let each other go, however, Jesse soon finds another girl to fall in love with and Celeste's world comes crashing down around her as she realises she's made a huge mistake. As everything begins to warp and change in their lives, they start to learn that they may have to abandon their precious friendship in order for their hearts to heal.

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Video - Jonah Hill And Ari Graynor Enjoy Each Other's Company - The Sitter New York Premiere Arrivals

The New York Premiere of The Sitter was held at the Chelsea Clearview Cinema. Rapper Method Man attended the premiere and walked the red carpet with some of the film's stars. Ari Graynor, who plays Marisa, was eventually joined by a slimmed down Jonah Hill, who carries the film as college drop out Noah. The pair seemed to be enjoying each other's company as they stood with their arms around each other.

The Sitter tells the story of Noah, who takes up a babysitting job reluctantly but decides to attend a party, with his charges in tow

Katherine Borowitz, Ari Graynor, Julie Kavner, Lisa Emery and Marlo Thomas - Katherine Borowitz, Allen Lewis Rickman, Max Gordon Moore, Marlo Thomas, Lisa Emery, Patricia O'Connell, Ari Graynor and Julie Kavner New York City, USA - Opening night of the Broadway production of 'Relatively Speaking' at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre - Curtain Call Thursday 20th October 2011

The Sitter Trailer

After Noah Jaybird is suspended from college, he ends up living back at home with his mother, where all he does is sit and watch TV. At his mother's insistence he starts looking for jobs in town but to no avail. Finally his mother recommends babysitting and after refusing, Noah reluctantly takes up an offer of babysitting the kids next door.

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Ari Graynor Monday 12th September 2011 36th Annual Toronto International Film Festival - 'Ten Year' premiere arrival at Ryerson Theatre Toronto, Canada