Cavemen doesn’t place us back in prehistoric times, but the primal nature of humanity still exists, especially if you’re trying to find love in the City of Angels. Skylar Astin, who’s gained his share of momentum thanks to 21 & Over and the series Ground Floor, is Dean, a womanizer whose best friend Tess (Camilla Belle) is his sounding board on relationships. Tired of one night stands and looking for a bit of meaning, he probably doesn’t see the opportunity that’s right before his eyes, and when his good buddy Jay (Chad Michael Murray) complicates matters, Dean must reconcile his friendships while finding a love of his own.
We’ve seen this story a million times, but the trailer suggests that Astin and Belle have a tangible chemistry, and Murray’s portrayal of a likable d-bag doesn’t come off as forced. I also love Cavemen’s poster tag line of “Downtown LA Is Their Playground.” Having lived in the vicinity for almost a decade, I’ve seen just a handful of films that have made use of its locale (Collateral and 500 Days of Summer are examples). Hopefully director Herschel Faber had a reasonable budget and ingenuity to make use of my beloved city, which is #5 on the 52 Places to Go (according to The New York Times ).
I’m pulling for this film, and hopefully if I get a shot at interviewing the good folks from Cavemen, I’ll be posting interviews down the road. Check out the trailer below, comment if you want, and make sure Downtown Los Angeles isn’t too far from your rear view.
Cavemen hits theaters and VOD on February 7.