The long-delayed trailer for David O’Russell’s quirky comedy, Accidental Love, has finally dropped, and the fact that it was filmed seven years ago couldn’t be more evident.
Previously titled Nailed, the film tells the story of a waitress (Jessica Biel) who’s ditched by her fiance (James Marsden) when she’s shot with a nail in the head that she doesn’t have the insurance to remove. This leads her to seek the help of a pretty politician, played by a baby calf-looking Jake Gyllenhaal, to reform health care.
Accidental Love is a departure from Russell’s most recent project American Hustle, with the tone feeling like a mix of Bubble Boy and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton. Despite the film’s campiness, you can’t help but imagine what it would’ve done for Biel’s career back when it was made in the 2000s. After all, this is still an O’Russell film, and O’Russell is the guy who helped reinforce the careers of Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Lawrence, and Christian Bale, among others. (Then again, O’Russell might not want his name attached to this given that “Stephen Greene” is credited as director in the trailer.) Biel’s most recent films, the underrated The Truth About Emanuel (2013) and the throwaway Playing for Keeps (2012), barely blipped on the radar.
Rounding out the cast are Bill Hader, Catherine Keener, Tracy Morgan, and James Brolin. The film drops on Feb. 10, on demand.