As Topher Grace makes the publicity rounds for the biggest movie on the planet this week (that would beSpider-Man 3, for anyone living in a media-free cave, or just boycotting buzz), his star continues to rise. That's gotta be thrilling and all for Grace, but it could mean even more his next film, Kids in America, a passion project in which he not only stars but one that he also conceived and produced with longtime friend Gordon Kaywin.
Now, comparisons to party classics like Dazed and Confused and Fast Times at Ridgemont High should not be used lightly. But after dropping in on the Scottsdale, Ariz., set of Kids this past March, we can safely say the film has all the makings to be this generation's touchstone of bygone youth and nostalgic debauchery. Set in 1988 (that's right, Grace jumps from That '70s Show to This '80s Movie), the film takes place over the course of a single night as Grace, a recent college grad with no foreseeable career plans, drifts around a wild Labor Day house party. "It's really about what it would be like to have that second puberty when you're out of college," Grace told us. Expect endless '80s pop hits, lines o' cocaine, a couple tussles and even a threesome. That's right: The film will proudly (and quite refreshingly) wear an R rating.
Grace talked about the night-and-day differences between shooting a comedy like Kids in America versus the massive undertaking that was Spider-Man 3, for which he spent a year "playing a psycho-killer alien. I've had a lot of experience going very far away, so it's good to come back and do something more real in my life." The special effects in Kids, he says, are the actors. The film features an impressive posse of young stars playing the other lead roles: Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, Teresa Palmer and Dan Fogler. "In Spider-Man, we spent a lot of time in front of the green screen or talking to a tennis ball," he says. "Here, the chemistry is what's really important to people in movies like this, so it's fantastic to get back to more of a connection like that."
Stay tuned for a full set report on Kids in America closer to the film's release.