20th Century Studios has released the first trailer for Holiday friends. The upcoming comedy is slated to air on Hulu in the US, as well as Star and Disney + internationally, this summer. The cast is directed by John Cena (F9, Blockers) and Lil Rel Howery (Come out, Judas and the Black Messiah). The studio describes it as a “raw, steamy comedy”. From what we see in the trailer, that appears to be the case.
the Holiday friends the trailer opens with what appears to be a beautiful wedding, which is then crushed, literally, by a wild couple who clearly weren’t invited to join in the otherwise calm festivities. We come to find out that these marriage breakers met the bride and groom a bit recently while on vacation in Mexico, where they all fell apart. Therefore, they felt like it was perfectly normal to show up to the wedding uninvited. As one can imagine, drifts and chaos ensue.
With the return of the WWE Superstar and fan favorite comedian headlining, the cast also includes Yvonne Orji (Insecurity, Night school), Meredith Hagner (Research Festival, Palm Springs), Robert Wisdom (The Alienist, Ballers), Andrew Bachelor (The babysitter, Holidate) and Lynn Whitfield (Greenleaf, Madea’s family reunion). Clay tarver (Silicon Valley) occupies the director’s chair. The film was written by Tom Mullen, Tim Mullen, Clay Tarver, Jonathan Goldstein, and John Francis Daley. Todd Garner (Tag, play with fire) and Timothy M. Bourne (Amour, Simon, The Hate U Give) serve as producers, with Steve Pink and Sean Robins serving as executive producers.
This will be the first 20th Century Studios film to have a worldwide release on Hulu and Disney +, which is a big deal for Disney. The massive merger with Fox in 2019, which cost Disney more than $ 70 billion, was widely seen as a way to bolster the studio’s streaming profile. It has certainly worked well so far.
Holiday friends focuses on Marcus and Emily (Lil Rel Howery, Yvonne Orji). They befriend the wild and thrill-seeking revelers Ron and Kyla (Jean Cena, Meredith Hagner) at a resort in Mexico. Living in the moment, the typically balanced couple go wild to enjoy a week of fun and debauchery with their new friends. Months after their walk on the wild side, Marcus and Emily are horrified when Ron and Kyla show up to their wedding uninvited. It creates chaos and proves that what happens on vacation doesn’t always stay on vacation.
It’s unclear why Disney ultimately decided to release Hulu to stream for this one. Considering the cast involved, this seems like something that could have gotten a decent shot in theaters. At least on paper. But in the age of streaming, something like this may be better suited to the subscriber base rather than fighting for box office dollars. A poster of the movie has also been released, which we’ve included for you to check out. Holiday friends arrives August 27 from 20th Century Studios. Make sure to experience the new trailer for yourself.
Topics: Vacation Friends, Hulu