Film aficionado that I am, I looked it up on Rotten Tomatoes before stepping out and saw that it had received a 97 out of 100, that it was an indie movie, and that it focused on high school students. I was anticipating a good movie, and I got what I came for, as did Olivier Theyskens, Griffin Dunne, Noah Baumbach, Jason Schwarztman, and Christopher Meloni.
Ben Stiller, the film’s executive producer, gave a hilarious introduction about Submarine‘s director, Richard Ayoade.
“What can you say about Richard Ayoade that he hasn’t already said about himself?” asked Stiller, making the audience burst into laughter. “He’s one of the great self-promoters. But he actually came through. He’s a really talented guy.”
Ayoade himself gave a self-deprecating and funny speech about the film. “In terms of expectations, I’d put them to a low gas flame,” he said. “I’d set it to a three out of 10.”
Besides being funny, the film is a touching coming-of-age tale of high school students judging their parents and each other; the paranoia, insecurity, rebellion and heartbreak that happens at that age.
“It took me back to my boarding school days,” said Sam Shaffer.
“I was surprised it only scored a 97; it should have gotten 100,” said Ghislaine Maxwell when it was over.
At the after-party at The Vault at Pfaff’s, a great-looking underground speakeasy on the corner of Broadway and Bleecker, guests were greeted with jars filled with Altoids and champagne glasses brimming with delicious, crisp Moët & Chandon.
So what if it was Sunday night—who can resist a glass of Moët?