Red-Band Trailer for Matt Walsh’s Directorial Debut, ‘High Road’

Sunday, April 3, 2011
By Kevin Crossman
Matt Walsh

Matt Walsh

Matt Walsh has been a frequent supporting player in many Frat Pack classics, and is well known as a founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade. His newest project places him behind the camera for the first time. High Road is an independent production from Northern Lights Films.

Fitz, a lovable bone headed pot dealer, mistakenly decides to go on the lam. He visits his estranged cross dressing dad, to seek advice. In Fitz’s world, he has the worst possible case of love triangle where he is forced to choose between the three things he loves most: selling weed, his really bad rock opera, or his newly pregnant girlfriend.

The plot looks interesting, but perhaps most exciting is the vast amount of comedic talent on hand for Walsh’s improv-heavy project, which include a mix of familiar faces as well as relative newcomers. Abby Elliott from SNL is the female lead, and I think could easily have a career equal to Amy Poehler or Kristen Wiig if given the right material (far sexier, potentially just as funny). Also present in supporting roles are the always-reliable Rob Riggle and Joe LoTruglio, Ed Helms, Andy Daly (Semi-Pro) Lizzie Caplan (Party Down), Zach Woods (The Office), Horatio Sanz (Step Brothers), and Tenacious D’s Kyle Gass.

The film will be shown at the Newport Beach Film Festival on April 29th.


Joe LoTruglio and Rob Riggle in High Road

Complete Synopsis (contains spoilers):


A totally improvised comedy, sorta.

Glenn ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald (James Pumphrey) is a young man caught in an unusuallove-triangle between his music, girlfriend Monica (Abby Elliot), and…sellingweed. A bohemian artist wanna-be, Fitz is obsessed with his own “triangle theory,”likely influenced by…weed. The theory basically describes that any three points,or persons, can make a triangle.

After the devastating news his band is breaking up, Fitz finds himself spendingmore time “dealing.” This leads him to a “mentoring” opportunity of 16-year oldneighborhood kid, Jimmy (Dylan Obrien). The two hang in Fitz’ garage all day,where Fitz doesn’t have to face Monica’s “work theory” which describes how anythree people they know have REAL JOBS! And, Jimmy doesn’t have to face his hard-assfather James Malone Sr. “Malone” (Rob Riggle), who’s threatening him with militaryschool.

When his ex-band mates Tommy (Zach Woods), Richie (Matt Jones), and Sheila (LizzyCaplan) start gaining success, Fitz cannot “deal,” so he dedicates his time towriting a really bad rock opera, which of course is about his triangle theory.His dreams come to a halt when one of his “deals” goes awry, and he stupidlygoes “on the lam.” This is bad timing for Monica, who is pregnant with Fitz’baby, and doesn’t tell him. With her career getting a boost from her creepy bossBarry (Ed Helms) pressuring her to take it to the next level, she is torn betweenchasing down her pot-dealing boyfriend, who she loves, and following her career,which she needs.

After ditching his supplies, Fitz decides to head to Oakland to find his estrangedfather, Arnie. (Rich Fulcher). He runs into Jimmy who he reluctantly allows tojoin him, thinking maybe he can help with gas money. When Jimmy’s father arrivesto put a stop to their trip, Fitz is startled (having no idea who he is), sohe knocks him out with a cowbell. Malone, not knowing Fitz, assumes Jimmy hasbeen kidnapped by him. So, he turns to his incredibly incompetent friend PeterFogerty (Joe LoTruglio), who runs the Police Academy gym, but fancies himselfas an expert detective. While trying to speak honestly Fogerty unnerves Malone,convincing him they only have 24-hours to find Jimmy or else he could be raped,killed, or diddled.

Distraught, Monica seeks out the advice of the ex-band mates, who are now ina White Stripes cover band. When she tells them the story, they convince herFitz will be a good dad and is worth it. With car chases, guns, broken bones,bent triangles, sassy cabbies, and a suspicious doctor (Horatio Sanz), they alllearn that “the road less traveled is filled with pot holes!”

Directed by Matt Walsh, High Road blends the subtle heart of recent small comedieslike Cyrus, while at the same time delivering huge laughs like in The Hangover. A totally improvised script, High Road includes a cast of world renowned improvising stars, straight from the UprightCitizen’s Brigade, the big screen, and television.

Thanks to Peter from AstroSupremo for the tip.

One Response to “Red-Band Trailer for Matt Walsh’s Directorial Debut, ‘High Road’”

  1. Benjamin

    I realise it’s an idependent film but the trailer makes it look really low budget. Needs a better trailer, but I’d be willing to go see it based on who is in the film. You know they’re gonna deliver something hilarious.


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