We’ve got a very special Redbox 5 for you today, folks! With us is Timothy Dowling, the screenwriter of Just Go With It. As you may remember, this Adam Sandler comedy won the Redbox Movie Award for being the most-rented movie of 2011, and so we’re extremely excited to chat with the guy “behind the curtain,” so to speak. What’s more, Tim also worked on this year’s This Means War (starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy) and the hilarious Paul Rudd/Seann William Scott 2008 comedy Role Models.
Tim was gracious enough to answer a few additional questions for us on top of the usual Redbox 5. So without further ado . . .
1. What’s the one movie you couldn’t live without?
Raiders of the Lost Ark. I saw it when I was 7 on opening night with my Dad. Can’t tell you the number of times I have seen it and still love it. I think it is a perfect movie.
2. What movie character you would love to hang out with?
Probably Indiana Jones. Or Vivian Ward from Pretty Woman because I had a huge crush on Julia Roberts after I saw that movie when I was in high school. But she was a prostitute, so maybe Rachel McAdams from Wedding Crashers. Or Yoda; I’d like to get a beer with Yoda.
3. Was there a time that Redbox made your day a little better?
Yes, last night. I had a really nasty cold and stopped to buy water and meds at a 7-11 and rented a movie at Redbox.
4. What makes movie night perfect for you?
I love movies. I love nothing more than going to the theater with a big crowd or having a bunch of friends over and watching a good movie together. I think it’s a communal experience and makes it more fun.
5. “You had me at ‘hello,’” “I’m the king of the world,” “I see dead people” — what’s your favorite movie line? Ever used it?
Hmm, there are so many good ones. The only movies I ever seem to quote are Fletch, The Nutty Professor, and Dr. Evil from the first Austin Powers. His speech at group therapy with his son Scott Evil about his childhood might be one of my favorites.
And now, the bonus questions!
I was excited and surprised. We did pretty well in theaters but we weren’t the highest grossing movie of the year. Or even in the top ten. So it was really nice and awesome to hear that people were really responding to the movie, renting it and telling their friends, finding it a life outside the theaters. You never know how movies are going to live after they leave the theaters. There are movies that make a ton of money but then fade away and don’t live on after. Then there are other movies that don’t do well in the theaters but find that great afterlife. Fight Club was such a flop in theaters that the heads of the studio who made it were fired. But a few years later, tell me someone who hasn’t seen that movie. I was also really proud to see when I walked by a Redbox last night that you guys have brought back another movie I wrote: Role Models. I love that it has had a nice afterlife as well.
Clearly Redbox customers thought Just Go With It was hilarious. What movies make YOU laugh?
Some of my favorite comedies are Fletch, Tootsie, L.A. Story, There’s Something About Mary, Real Genius, Ghostbusters, Midnight Run, Notting Hill, and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Outside of the cast of Just Go With It, who are some of your favorite comedic actors and actresses — people you would love to write movies for?
I love most of the big current comedic actors out there. Jonah Hill always makes me laugh and I think he is a really good actor. I’d love to write something for him. I’d love to write something for Hugh Grant. I’d love to write something for Julia Roberts where she could be really funny and charming. I am writing something right now for Jason Bateman and Will Ferrell and am big fans of both. I love good actors or leading men or women who can be funny. Growing up I was a huge fan of Michael Keaton and Tom Hanks, who I don’t know if people remember is really funny. I’d love to do a comedy for them. Bring back Michael Keaton and the funny Tom Hanks.
We agree. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us, Tim. And congratulations once again on Just Go With It winning the Redbox Most-Rented Movie Award. We can’t wait to see what you do next!