‘Poolman’ Trailer: Chris Pine’s Critically-Panned Directorial Debut Arrives In May

Aw man, have I heard some shit about Poolman, Chris Pine’s directorial debut from out of TIFF last year. The LA-set noir was absolutely savaged by critics, but now that’s close to release and a trailer is here, perhaps it’ll get a warmer reception. I mean, who doesn’t love Chris Pine?  ::raises hand::

Anyway, Pine directs, stars, and co-wrote Poolman which is a mystery about a Poolman who gets swept up in a conspiracy involving a water heist. It’s meant to be Pine’s zany, absurdist riff on films such as Chinatown and Under the Silver Lake.

Pine surrounds himself with an amazing cast, all playing wacky characters. Annette Benning, Danny DeVito, Jennifer Jason Leigh, DeWanda Wise, Ray Wise, Juliet Mills, Stephen Toblowsky, and Clancy Brown co-star. The script was co-written by Ian Gotner, who its rumored was part of a joke that led to Poolman being made in the first place. Also, it should come as no surprise that Pine’s Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins is a producer. The two are very good friends.

I’ll be honest, this does not look very good. But I want to see it for myself. Poolman opens in theaters on May 10th.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.