I don’t think people remember just how bad the 2008 Financial Crisis was. I’d just graduated high school the summer before the collapse and was in the thick of college–which was booming with older students displaced by the shrinking job market. For sale signs went up, houses sat empty, businesses laid off scores of employees, and the general outlook in life was bleak. I was young and dumb and relatively unaffected by the U.S.’s nearly total economic collapse–I worked in healthcare at the time–but many people lost everything to corporate greed and hubris. Arizona looks to capture that anger and channel it into a deeply dark comedy.
Arizona is set during the continued housing collapse of 2009 when home prices tanked, and there were enough underwater mortgages to warrant the return of Noah and his Ark. The movie follows a realtor who witnesses a man (Danny McBride) commit murder after his home value doesn’t skyrocket as advertised. Things go south from there quickly.
Jonathan Watson directs a script written by Luke Del Tredici (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 30 Rock). The movie stars Elizabeth Gillies, Danny McBride, Kaitlin Olson, Luke Wilson, David Alan Grier, and Rosemarie DeWitt. Arizona has been hitting several festivals this year and will finally be available in theaters and digital on August 24th.
Set in the midst of the 2009 housing crisis, this darkly comedic story follows Cassie Fowler, a single mom and struggling realtor whose life goes off the rails when she witnesses a murder.