Kristen Ruhlin as Sammy and Josh Gad as Sam in SHE WANTS ME, a film by Rob Margolies. Picture copyright: Soleil Pictures. Picture courtesy of Different Duck Films. All rights reserved.
- Alex Solowitz
- Joel Michaely
- Teddy Lane Jr.
- Ellen Albertini Dow
- Ida Darvish
- Louise Linton
- Jillian Barberie
- Brian Kubach
- Joshua LeBar
- Curt Lowens
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She Wants Me (2012)
Opened: 04/05/2012 Limited
|World Premiere||04/05/2012 - 04/05/2012||1 day|
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If you mixed Ferris Bueller with Larry David and Alvy Singer (Woody Allen in "Annie Hall"), you'd get Sam Baum (Josh Gad). Sam's a lovable, quirky, neurotic NY native, emerging filmmaker, living in LA with his beautiful, compassionate, smart, and seemingly perfect aspiring actress girlfriend, Sammy (Kristen Ruhlin). Sam knows how lucky he is to have her in his life, since she was previously married to John (Johnny Messner): a, tall, fit, dashing, extremely successful surgeon and Harvard med school graduate, who she's remained cordial with.
Before Sammy, Sam hasn't had much success romantically, so he overcompensates by routinely going out of his way to please her. He even offers her the female lead role in his next project... the night before one of Hollywood's hottest, most in demand actresses, Kim Powers (Hilary Duff), expresses interest in playing the role. Now Sam's caught in a pickle...
Sam and Sammy have been dating for a year and half. SAM BAUM (Josh Gad), is a neurotic, overweight, funny, and lovable emerging filmmaker who perpetually wonders why SAMMY (Kristen Ruhlin), a beautiful, petite, compassionate, and talented aspiring actress, fell in love with him. Nevertheless, they move to LA together from their native NYC.
While Sam struggles to finish the script for his next movie, Sammy's auditioning for any role she can find, while working random jobs to help pay their rent. Sam knows he desperately needs a hit with his next project so that he can be the one to provide for Sammy. His first movie was made and sold with a modicum of success, but it left him drowning in debt. If he were financially stable, he would've proposed to Sammy by now. Much like JOHN (Johnny Messner), Sammy's high school sweetheart and ex-husband, who's tall, fit, dashing, a Harvard med school graduate, a member of MENSA, and now an extremely successful New York surgeon. Sammy married John right after graduating college. She still loves John, and always will, but spiritually, over the course of a few years, they grew apart and cordially got divorced, months before she met Sam.
Sam's best friend and college roommate, MAX (Aaron Yoo), a successful talent agent wants to help Sam get his career off ground. They see eye to eye on most matters, but Sam wants to cast Sammy to play the female lead in the screenplay he's almost done writing, and Max feels he should cast someone famous, like KIM POWERS (Hilary Duff). Following his gut, Sam offers the roll to Sammy, but at the same time, Max sets up a meeting with Kim for that next day.
At the meeting, Sam's inwardly conflicted, unsure how he would break the news to Sammy, if it came down to that. But Kim still expresses interest in the script, and agrees to read it.
They go out for Sammy's birthday, and when they return, to Sammy's surprise, Sam set up a small party with her LA friends waiting to celebrate. All is going great, until John arrives at the party, late, to Sam's surprise, as well as everyone else's. Except for a drunken CARLY (Brit Morgan), Sammy's best friend in LA who is a zany, perhaps delusional, aspiring actress without anything to show for her talent. When the party disperses, Sammy asks John to stick around so they can catch up.
In the morning, Sam wakes up to find Sammy and John, still merrily catching up, eating breakfast together. Sammy tells Sam that John can stay with them for a week, while he's in town, as a roommate, and he would cover their entire rent for the month, in order to help them out financially. Sam reluctantly agrees.
John lives with them, doing chores and helping out, often without a shirt, constantly, yet unintentionally irking Sam. While Sammy and John are out jogging, Carly turns up looking for Sammy to tell her that she booked a female lead role opposite Charlie Sheen in a new studio film shooting next week. Sam doesn't actually think she's for real.
Sam and Max stay up all night to finish rewriting the script. The next day, Sam goes to meet with Kim, alone. John jogs by and sees them together, realizing that Sam is going behind Sammy's back. Later, he tells him to man-up.
Before Sam can confess to Sammy, she tells him that she got offered a paying role in an off-Broadway play, and she wants to take it and move back to New York in two days. Then Sam takes the opportunity to tell Sammy that Kim Powers is interested in his script. Sammy realizes that Sam has been going behind her back. Sam is sorry and tells her that he'd rather cast her than Kim anyway, but Sammy is still hurt, and she takes off for New York on a cold, confused note.
Sam constantly tries to get in touch with her, but Sammy doesn't answer or respond. Max tells Sam it's time to move on, encouraging him to get out of his cocoon of selfloathing, to attend his BBQ, where Sam reluctantly ends up hooking up with GWEN (Melonie Diaz), who is not his type at all.
Sad, lonely, and missing Sammy more than ever, Sam fly's back to New York to spend Thanksgiving with his family (Wayne Knight is Sam's Dad and Debra Jo Rupp is Sam's Mom). They are all worried about him. His sister, HELEN (Ida Darvish) advises him that if he truly loves her, to be persistent.
Heeding that advice, Sam heads into the city to attend the opening of Sammy's show. There, he runs into Carly, with Charlie Sheen, who she is now dating, ironically. Then Sam spots John backstage in Sammy's dressing room, confessing his love to her. Sam takes off, unable to handle it.
So Sam goes back to LA and sleeps with Gwen to try and give it/her a chance. Soon enough, John crashes his house again, without any notice. Upset, Sam throws his clothes and suitcase out the door. But John comes back. Sam tries to fight him for hitting on Sammy in New York after the show. John says Sammy wanted nothing to do with him, that she still has feelings for Sam. Sam's surprised to hear this and believes John, who means no harm or ill will. He tried, but doesn't have a chance compared to Sam.
Sam writes this all into his script, but he doesn't know how to end it now, so he just leaves his alter-ego waking up alone in the end, however strong and optimistic. He emails the new draft to Sammy without a message or subject.
That next morning, Sam is on the phone with Max arguing about his screenplay, when his doorbell rings. It's Sammy, to his surprise. She says that he shouldn't be so unconfident, that he has a lot to offer her, and he deserves her.
They make-up, and Sam begins to work up the courage to propose to Sammy.
Rob Margolies Biography
Rob Margolies (Writer/Director)
ROB MARGOLIES earned a BA in screenwriting from Chapman University in 2005, where he first developed a handful of feature length screenplays and produced a dozen short films. The scripts he has written and the films that he produced have all gone on to win several awards. Rob was granted two scholarships his senior year, enabling him to work one-on-one, for an hour a week, per semester, with Oscar winning director William Friedkin as well as critically acclaimed director, Carl Franklin.
In 2009, Rob was further rewarded by Chapman University as the Alumnus of the Year for his accomplishments on writing, producing, directing, and selling his first feature length film "Lifelines".
It took Rob nearly two years to independently raise over $400k to produce "Lifelines". Then, one year after its completion, Kanbar Entertainment purchased the film and every investor was fully reimbursed.
Since "Lifelines", Rob has been developing a number of feature length screenplays and was recently hired to direct a web series called "Life-ers" from the producers of Darren Star and CBS' "We Need Girlfriends". And now it brings Rob great pleasure and excitement to present his second feature film, "She Wants Me" -- an original comedy with an all star cast including: Josh Gad, Hilary Duff, Kristen Ruhlin, Wayne Knight, Debra Jo Rupp, Aaron Yoo, Melonie Diaz, Johnny Messner, and many more, including the one and only Charlie Sheen.
Josh Gad (Sam Baum)
Josh Gad graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, School of Drama with a BFA in 2003. Since then he has made numerous appearances as a correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as well as actors everything from features to shorts to plays, including his recent starring role as Elder Cunningham in the hit Broadway musical The Book of Mormon. Gad has been nominated for many awards, most recently a Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.
Kristen Ruhlin (Sammy Kingston)
Kristen was born and raised in the small town of Charleston, West Virginia, where she began her acting career at a young age. Her mother managed a local theater company called Kanawha Players, and had her doing local commercials and theater. When she began Jr. High at Charleston Catholic she turned to sports and focused on running. She then went on to Ohio State and majored in Theater but soon changed it to Fashion, which led her to New York for an internship. While in New York she began auditioning for Indie films and soon that became more of a focus for her than fashion. After she graduated in 2006 from OSU she moved to New York City to pursue her acting career full time.
Hilary Duff (Kim Powers)
Hilary Duff is an actress, singer-songwriter, entrepreneur, and book author. After working in local theater plays and television commercials in her childhood, Duff gained fame playing the title role in the Disney Channel television series Lizzie McGuire. She subsequently ventured into motion pictures and has appeared in many successful films, including The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Cheaper by the Dozen, A Cinderella Story and Cheaper by the Dozen 2. She most recently appeared in According to Greta and Stay Cool. Her other upcoming films include Bloodworth and The Story of Bonnie and Clyde.
Johnny Messner (John)
Johnny Messner was born in Syracuse, New York, and went to school in San Diego where he studied Communications and became increasingly interested in sports. Since turning from sports casting to acting, Johnny Messner has enjoyed success in such high profile films as Tears of the Sun (2003), The Sweetest Thing (2002), Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blue Orchid (2004) Hostage (2005), Spartan (2004), as well as reappearing roles in such television series as Guiding Light (1998), The O.C. (2005), Killer Instinct (2005-2006) and G.I. Joe: Renegades (2011).
Charlie Sheen (Charlie)
Charlie Sheen has had a long and impressive career, spanning several decades, with leading credits in such classic films as Platoon (1986) and Wall Street (1987), as well as such starring roles in the highly celebrated Television Series Spin City (2000-2002) and Two and a Half Men (2003- 2011). Charlie Sheen, the son of Martin Sheen, has had an impressive number of many highly profitable films, and has since established himself as a household name and American icon.
Aaron Yoo (Max)
Born in Texas, actor Aaron Yoo attended the University of Pennsylvania and initially pursued a career in writing before a summer workshop in Shakespeare opened him up to the untapped challenge of drama. Yoo achieved his career breakthrough in 2007, with supporting roles along side A-listers. That year alone, Yoo played the buddy of the lead character in the teen-oriented thriller Disturbia (2007), the hyperkinetic friend of a highschool debate team member in Rocket Science (2007), and a WWII-era Japanese teenager in Desmond Nakano's inspirational drama American Pastime (2007). In 2008, Yoo portrayed Choi, an Asian-American MIT student and member of a Las Vegas card-counting ring, in Robert Luketic's inspired-by-real-events thriller 21.
Melonie Diaz (Gwen)
Melonie Diaz was raised in New York's lower east side. She was bitten by the acting bug while she attended the Henry Street Settlement. Melonie also attended the Professional Performing Arts High School. Her mother and father are both of Puerto Rican decent. She has impressive credits in popular films such as Nothing Like the Holidays (2008), Be Kind Rewind (2008), Hamlet 2 (2008), and Lord of Dogtown (2005), A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006), as well as the Sundance winner Raising Victor Vergas (2002).
Brit Morgan (Carly)
Brit Morgan was born in New Jersey and began her acting career in television. Her first major recurring role was appearing as Lacey Thornfield on The Middleman (2008), a science-fiction, comedy-drama television series first aired on the ABC Family television channel. In 2010 it was announced that Morgan would appear as Debbie Pelt, a character in the third season of True Blood, a vampire-drama television series first aired on the premiumtelevision channel HBO and is now one of the most popular recent vampire franchises.
Wayne Knight (Walter Baum)
Actor Wayne Knight achieved television immortality assaying the role of the frenetic mailman Newman, nemesis of the eponymous lead character in the classic TV series Seinfeld. He also appeared in Jurassic Park as Nedry and in one of the most notorious scenes in American cinema, as one of the detectives interrogating Sharon Stone during her leg crossing in Basic Instinct (1992). Knight was born in New York City on August 7, 1955. Beginning as a professional actor, Knight moved to New York, where he made his Broadway debut at 23 in the long running comedy, "Gemini" in 1979. Through the years, he has established himself as a leading character actor in television (as a regular or recurring character in seven series), film (in films ranging from Dirty Dancing to JFK), on the stage, and as a voiceartist in animation.
Debra Jo Rupp (Ruth Baum)
Debra Jo Rupp is an American film and television actress, perhaps best known for her role as Kitty Forman on the long-running Fox sitcom, That '70s Show (1998-2006). She may also be known for playing the role of Alice on the fourth and fifth seasons of Friends (1997-1998). She is currently starring on the ABC sitcom Better with You (2010-2011). Debra is a strong film actress as well as a stage actress, having pursued the craft recently in her home state of Massachusetts at the famed Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Alex Solowitz (Drew)
Alexzander Solowitz was born in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California to a large Jewish family. He has a younger sister Aleeza Solowitz, a columnist who also works in the film industry and lives between Los Angeles and New York. He was in the fictional boy band 2ge+her portrayed in an MTV movie, as well as on the TV series of the same name. Later, he appeared on a number of television shows, including Everybody Loves Raymond, Just Shoot Me!, ER, No Ordinary Family, Nickelodeon TV show Cousin Skeeter, and Justified. As for movies, Solowitz was in "Garden of the Night" with John Malkovich, he played Brett in Never Been Kissed and Bobby "911" in the 2007 movie, Alpha Dog, amongst other films and he just signed on to co-star in a film with Samuel L. Jackson, Abigail Breslin and Dianne Wiest.
Joel Michaely (Lloyd)
Joel Michaely is an actor and film producer. He has appeared in such films as Can't Hardly Wait, But I'm a Cheerleader, Ghost World, The Rules of Attraction, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Cruel World, Factory Girl and Itty Bitty Titty Committee. On television, Michaely has appeared in Unhappily Ever After, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Popular. He produced the 2005 film The Quiet.
Teddy Lane Jr. (Tyson)
Teddy Lane Jr. graduated from St. Mary's College High School in Berkeley, California in 1985. Since the mid-90's, Lane has a large portfolio of appearances in both films and television. His credits in television include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dangerous Minds, Melrose Place, Beverly Hills, 90210, Freaks and Geeks, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, iCarly, Lie to Me, Glee, and Californication.
Ellen Albertini Dow (Grandma Elma)
Ellen Albertini Dow (born November 16, 1918) is a popular and successful American character actress. She often portrays feisty old ladies and is perhaps best known as the rapping grandmother who performs in the feature film The Wedding Singer. She also played a disillusioned, homophobic grandmother (much to the dismay of her gay grandson) in Wedding Crashers and a victim of Christopher Lloyd's slapstick in Radioland Murders. She has an impressive amount of appearances in films as characterized versions of elder women, as well as in television.
Ida Darvish (Helen)
Ida Darvish has numerous appearances in both films and television. She also has experience behind the camera, being a writer as well as experience with producing.
Louise Linton (Jessica)
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Louise was quick to take to the stage with her first title role on stage at age six. She went on to attend the prestigious Edinburgh Drama Academy and later earned Honors from LAMDA, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Linton moved to Los Angeles and in three short years has racked up roles in eight feature films and two global hit TV shows. Beginning with a lead role in an indie feature, "Banking on Love", immediately followed by a role on mega hit "CSI: NY" and three appearances in the Fox, Fuel TV sketch comedy show, "The Daily Habit", Linton then auditioned for Robert Redford who cast her in the controversial United Artists film, "Lions for Lambs", starring Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep. She shot "The Power of Few" starring Christopher Walken and Christian Slater in New Orleans. Her grittiest role yet, she played a drug addicted single mother surviving in the 9th Ward.
Jillian Barberie-Reynolds (Barbara Bernhardt)
Reynolds' screen presence has earned her roles on several television dramas including Clueless, V.I.P. and Melrose Place, as well as comedic turns on the sitcom Yes, Dear and the sketch comedy series MADtv. She hosted the TV show EX-treme Dating. In 2000, she was hired to present the national weather segment of Fox Sports Fox NFL Sunday pregame show, working opposite Curt Menefee, Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw. As a result of her scratchy gravel-laced voice and affable "one of the guys" on-camera personality, Reynolds became a national figure and earned significant fan interest in the male-dominated sports demographic. One of the reasons she was hired to do several spots for Prestone antifreeze that aired during NFL game broadcasts was because of her recognition factor amongst males 18-- 54. In addition to Reynolds' work on Good Day L.A., she worked on the national version of the show Good Day Live. However, she was ultimately fired from that show, ending her tenure there on June 4, 2004. She served as the weather girl and entertainment reporter for Fox Sports during the 2002 Super Bowl, 2005 Super Bowl, and the 2008 Super Bowl.
Brian Kubach (Joe Stunner)
Brian Kubach has been working in film in television seen the early Aughts, boasting such prestigious credits as How I Met Your Mother (2007), The O.C. (2007), Hannah Montana (2007), Chuck (2009), NCIS: Los Angeles (2009), Criminal Minds (2011). He also has many credits in both independent films and recently Piranha (2010).
Joshua LeBar (Richard)
LeBar is best known for his work on HBO's Entourage as one of Ari Gold's nemesis "Josh Weinstein." Josh has been seen as a recurring character on Entourage for five consecutive seasons. Entertainment weekly has nominated him for "Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series." He was also in the indie film Float and the Lionsgate release The Take. Joshua LeBar plays Flash Thompson (voice) on CW Kids The Spectacular Spider-Man. The kids show stars LeBar, alongside Josh Keaton and Lacey Chabert. LeBar also manages the Los Angeles based band CHECK IN THE DARK. The band is now working with producer Tal Herzberg on a project in development.
Curt Lowens (Grandpa Arnie)
Lowens was born into a Jewish family in the East Prussian town of Allenstein (since become Olsztyn, Poland) in the 1920s. His father was a respected lawyer, but his career folded due to loss of clients with the rise of the Third Reich. The family moved into a Jewish community in Berlin in 1936, but later decided to leave for the United States. While waiting to set out from Rotterdam, however, the Germans invaded Holland on the intended day of their departure. In June 1943, they were sent to Westerbork, and from there to Auschwitz, though they were later released. On leaving, the family went underground. Lowens became an active member of the resistance, rescuing Jewish children under a false identity. Following the close of World War II, the family immigrated to the United States and Curt Lowens became an actor. His career is still active today, and he has appeared in over 100 films and TV shows since 1960. Ironically, given his background, he has often been cast as a German soldier. Highlights of his long career include Flightplan (2005) and Angels and Demons (2009).