|Directed by||Olivia Milch|
|Screenplay by||Olivia Milch|
|Edited by||Annette Davey|
|Music by||Mark Batson|
Dude is a 2018 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed by Olivia Milch and written by Milch and Kendall McKinnon. The film stars Lucy Hale, Kathryn Prescott, Alexandra Shipp, Awkwafina, Austin Butler and Michaela Watkins.
It was released on April 20, 2018, by Netflix.
Lily, Chloe, Amelia, and Rebecca are at junior prom. Chloe's brother Thomas takes Lily onto the field and she tells him she cannot imagine leaving. They almost kiss when Rebecca and the others tell them the limo arrived.
Lily takes Rebecca and Amelia home, taking Chloe to meet Thomas in the mountains. The three separate and Thomas is killed in a car crash on the way home. At the funeral, Chloe hugs her mom, crying as Lily remains silent.
One year later the girls arrive at school stoned. Lily talks with Noah about prom, then she and Chloe walk down the halls recalling how many times they've done so.
Lily then arranges parties at various houses. When the girls get back to the car they see their "Donkey Bong". Amelia tells Rebecca her parents are divorcing, saying they only see her as an extension of their ego. Lily and Chloe see their pot dealer friend Biff who reminds them of Thomas's favourite strain “cough”.
Lily argues with the principal about her strengths and weaknesses. Chloe walks onto the field remembering the previous year, playing Thomas's last voice message. Sam consoles her, asking her to prom. Noah serenades Lily as a promposal but fails. As she and Chloe talk, Rebecca barges in, telling them someone caught her masturbating over the school librarian, Bemis.
The girls then go to a house party. Noah arrives, apologising to Lily by offering her a joint and then makes out with her. The cops arrive to break up the party.
Lily and Sam sell prom tickets the next day when Lily finds out that Liv was traumatised by James, who got her in trouble by writing a dirty joke on an essay. After she scolds him, Noah texts her to come over to fool around. The next day his ex threatens Lily.
The girls go to another party, Chloe tells Lily she got into NYU but wants to go to UCSB. Lily freaks out, going to a room with a boy from another school, Mike, and is raped. Chloe, Rebecca and Amelia all ditch her, so she calls a taxi and cries all the way home.
The next morning everyone goes to her house and she flips out at Amelia and Rebecca for not telling her about Chloe's acceptance letter. They all start badmouthing Lily, so she walks away. Chloe stops her, saying she is being selfish for wanting her to not be friends with people who did not know Thomas.
Angry Lily drives down the street with a flashback of Thomas, stoping when she sees Rebecca at a coffee shop with her potential roommate and mocking them until a police officer comes up. Meaning to ask her why she is illegally parked, he then notices Donkey Bong in the back. Lily panics until the officer tells her that he won't ruin her life forever but will mess it up for at least a week.
Lily is forced by her mum to smash the bong. The girls all dodge her calls, leaving her alone. Noah tries to talk to Lily but she remains stubborn, forcing him to walk away. 13 James helps Lily see she has been selfish. At prom alone, she eventually goes to the bathroom to cry. Rebecca talks to Bemis while Lily has a flashback of her and Thomas on the field declaring their love.
Lily apologises to Chloe for being intense about Thomas, saying the pain will never go away but that she cannot mourn what she could’ve been. They make up and go inside, where Lily apologises to Amelia and Rebecca. There, Chloe kicks Mike in the balls and Noah's girlfriend breaks up with him. Sam takes a picture of the girls who then bury the remains of Donkey Bong with Jon Bong Jovi, Sean Bongery and Bong Connery.
Lily practices her graduation speech in front of her friends, then the entire school. At their family graduation party, Bemis arrives, introducing himself as “Immanuel”. Noah congratulates Lily on her speech and they kiss, and she gets a photo taken with her brother and sister. Amelia then notices their marijuana brownies were given to their parents. Looking off into the sky and distant Los Angeles, the story ends.
On November 2, 2015, it was announced that Olivia Milch would make her directorial debut with the comedy film, titled Dude, based on her own script about four best high school girlfriends, with Lucy Hale starring.The script was listed in the 2013 Black List of best unproduced scripts. Heather Rae, Langley Perer, Jimmy Miller, Andrew Duncan, and Jen Isaacson produced the film. The same month, Kathryn Prescott, Alexandra Shipp, Awkwafina, Alex Wolff, Satya Bhabha, Ronen Rubinstein and Austin Butler joined the cast of the film. In December 2015, Austin Abrams and Jerry McKinnon were also added.
Principal photography on the film began on November 30, 2015 in Los Angeles.
In May 2017, Netflix acquired distribution rights to the film.They released the film on their service on April 20, 2018.
Mary Kay Place is an American actress, singer, director, and screenwriter. She is known for portraying Loretta Haggers on the television series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, a role that won her the 1977 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress - Comedy Series. Her numerous film appearances include Private Benjamin (1980), The Big Chill (1983), Captain Ron (1992) and Francis Ford Coppola's 1997 drama The Rainmaker. Place also recorded three studio albums for Columbia Records, one in the Haggers persona, which included the Top Ten country music hit "Baby Boy." For her performance in Diane (2018), Place won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress and the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress.
Lucy Punch is an English actress. She has appeared in films such as Ella Enchanted, Hot Fuzz, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Dinner for Schmucks, and Into the Woods. She is also known for her role as Amy in Bad Teacher, Amanda in the BBC series Motherland and Esmé Squalor in the Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Nikolina Kamenova Dobreva, known professionally as Nina Dobrev, is a Canadian actress. Her first acting role was as Mia Jones in the CTV drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation. She later became known for portraying Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce on The CW's supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries.
Lucy Boynton is a British-American actress. Raised in London, she made her professional debut as the young Beatrix Potter in Miss Potter (2006). She starred in television productions Ballet Shoes (2007), Sense and Sensibility (2008) and Mo (2010), making guest appearances on Borgia, Endeavour, and Law & Order: UK. Boynton portrayed writer Angelica Garnett on Life in Squares, which aired on BBC. She appeared as an isolated popular girl in The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015) and starred as a bold aspiring model in Sing Street (2016), which met with critical acclaim. She appeared in horror films I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016) and Don't Knock Twice (2016), receiving praise for her performance in the latter.
Kate McKinnon Berthold is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She is known for her character work and celebrity impressions on the sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live (2012–2022), of which she was a cast member for eleven seasons, and formerly The Big Gay Sketch Show (2007–2010). She has appeared in films such as Balls Out (2014), Ghostbusters (2016), Office Christmas Party (2016), Rough Night (2017), The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018), Yesterday (2019), and Bombshell (2019). In 2022, she played the role of Tiger King subject Carole Baskin in the miniseries Joe vs. Carole.
Lily Jane Collins is a British and American actress and model. Born in Guildford, Surrey and raised in Los Angeles, Collins began performing on screen at the age of two in the BBC sitcom Growing Pains. In the late 2000s, Collins began acting and modelling more regularly, and she had a career breakthrough with her performance in the sports-drama film The Blind Side, which was the third highest-grossing film of 2009. She went on to appear in leading roles across feature films such as the sci-fi action-horror Priest (2011), the psychological action-thriller Abduction (2011), the fantasy Mirror Mirror (2012), the urban fantasy The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013), and the independent romantic comedies Stuck in Love (2012), The English Teacher (2013), and Love, Rosie (2014).
Antonia Laura Thomas is a British actress and singer. She is best known for her roles as Alisha Daniels in the E4 comedy-drama series Misfits, Evie in the Channel 4/Netflix comedy series Lovesick and Dr. Claire Browne in the ABC drama series The Good Doctor.
Élodie Yung is a French actress. She is best known for her role as Elektra Natchios in the 2016 second season of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Netflix series Daredevil and the 2017 Netflix miniseries The Defenders, as well as Thony De La Rosa on the 2022 Fox series The Cleaning Lady.
Nora Lum, known professionally as Awkwafina, is an American actress, rapper, and comedian. She is the recipient of various accolades, including a Golden Globe Award, and nominations for a British Academy Film Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an AACTA International Award.
Elena Kampouris is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Allison Doss in the 2014 drama Men, Women & Children, Maya Decker in the NBC drama series American Odyssey, Paris Miller in the 2016 romantic comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, and Juliet Sykes in the 2017 drama Before I Fall. In 2016, Kampouris made her Broadway debut in Les Liaisons Dangereuses as Cécile Volanges. Currently, Kampouris stars in the role of Chloe Sampson in the Netflix superhero series Jupiter's Legacy.
Okja is a 2017 action-adventure film directed by Bong Joon-ho with a screenplay by Bong and Jon Ronson from a story by Bong. The film is about a young girl who raised a genetically modified "super pig" and, after she is taken to the United States, goes on a mission to rescue her from mistreatment at the hands of the meat industry. An international co-production of South Korea and the United States, it stars an ensemble cast headed by South Korean child actress Ahn Seo-hyun, South Korean actors Byun Hee-bong, Yoon Je-moon, and Choi Woo-shik, and Hollywood actors Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Shirley Henderson, Daniel Henshall, Devon Bostick, Giancarlo Esposito, and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Lucia Aniello is an Italian-born American director, writer, and producer best known for her work on Hacks, for which she won multiple Emmy Awards, and Broad City. She has directed and written episodes of both shows, as well as the miniseries Time Traveling Bong and the 2017 film Rough Night.
The Kissing Booth is a 2018 American teen romantic comedy film written and directed by Vince Marcello, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Beth Reekles. It stars Joey King, Jacob Elordi, and Joel Courtney. The film follows Elle (King), a quirky, late blooming teenager whose budding romance with high school senior and bad boy Noah (Elordi) puts her lifelong friendship with Noah's younger brother Lee (Courtney) in jeopardy.
The Prom is a musical with music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin, and a book by Bob Martin and Beguelin, based on an original concept by Jack Viertel. The musical follows four Broadway actors lamenting their days of fame, as they travel to the conservative town of Edgewater, Indiana, to help a lesbian student banned from bringing her girlfriend to high school prom.
The Prom is a 2020 American musical comedy film directed by Ryan Murphy and adapted to the screen by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin, from their and Matthew Sklar's 2018 Broadway musical of the same name. The film stars Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Keegan-Michael Key, Andrew Rannells, Ariana DeBose, Kerry Washington, and introducing Jo Ellen Pellman as Emma Nolan.
The Kissing Booth 2 is a 2020 American teen romantic comedy film directed by Vince Marcello, from a screenplay by Marcello and Jay Arnold. The film is a direct sequel to the 2018 film The Kissing Booth, and is the second installment in the Kissing Booth trilogy. Based on The Kissing Booth books by Beth Reekles, the film stars Joey King, Joel Courtney and Jacob Elordi.
Ava Grace Kolker is an American child actress. Kolker's roles include Ava Morgenstern on the Disney Channel series Girl Meets World (2014–2017), and Olive Rozalski on Sydney to the Max (2019–2021). In film, she portrayed Lily in Scary Movie 5 (2013), Heather in Miss Meadows (2014), Boot in Message from the King (2016) and Young Elise Rainer in Insidious: The Last Key (2018).
Dash & Lily is an American romantic comedy television series created by Joe Tracz and based on the young adult novel series Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. The 8-episode series premiered on Netflix on November 10, 2020. In October 2021, the series was canceled after one season.
Midori Iwama, known professionally as Midori Francis, is an American actress. She began her career in theatre, earning NYIT, Obie, and Drama Desk Awards. She received a Daytime Emmy nomination for her role as Lily in the Netflix series Dash & Lily (2020).
Senior Year is a 2022 American comedy film directed by Alex Hardcastle from a screenplay by Andrew Knauer, Arthur Pielli, and Brandon Scott Jones. The film stars Rebel Wilson as a 37-year-old woman who wakens from a 20-year coma and decides to go back to high school to earn her diploma. Sam Richardson, Zoë Chao, Mary Holland, Justin Hartley, Chris Parnell, Angourie Rice, Michael Cimino, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jones, and Alicia Silverstone also star. The film was released on May 13, 2022, by Netflix, and received negative reviews from critics.