Amy Poehler's "Spring Breakdown" lightens Sundance

Sun Jan 18, 2009 1:21am EST
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By Michelle Nichols

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) - U.S. comedian Amy Poehler's film "Spring Breakdown" lightens the economic gloom shadowing the Sundance Film Festival, premiering despite itself having been rocked by the financial crisis.

The comedy about three 30-something women who go on spring break -- the wild annual vacation taken by U.S. college students -- was made in 2006 but languished after its studio home shut down last year.

"We came here just to toss it out there," Rachel Dratch, who co-wrote the film and stars alongside her former "Saturday Night Live" TV show colleague Poehler, told Reuters on Saturday.

"It was at (studio) Warner Independent for a while and then they closed and it's kind of been tossed around a bit. So this was a fun way of seeing it in front of a crowd and just getting it out there and having a celebratory moment with it," she said.

In 2008 the industry fell on hard times and Warner Bros film studio cut production and streamlined its operations by eliminating units like Warner Independent and absorbing New Line Cinema as the U.S. economy slipped into recession.

"Spring Breakdown," which opened on Friday, cost between $10 million and $12 million to make and will likely appeal to women and gays, Poehler and Dratch said.

"It's a Sundance sorbet in between all the war and oppression," said Dratch, 42, referring to serious movies at Sundance, the top U.S. independent film festival started 25 years ago by actor Robert Redford.

"It's not typical Sundance fare," said Poehler, who left NBC's "Saturday Night Live" last year after giving birth to her son with husband actor Will Arnett.   Continued...

<p>Actresses (L-R) Rachel Dratch, Parker Posey, and Amy Poehler, who co-star in the film "Spring Breakdown", pose for a portrait at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, January 16, 2009. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>