There’s a new romantic comedy coming out on February 21, 2014. (February 21? Really? A new romantic comedy that misses Valentine’s Day by a week?) The good news is that one of the protagonists is barefoot.
The bad news is that she’s an escaped mental patient.
It’s actually a remake of the German movie Barefuss. In the German version the girl, Leila (renamed Daisy for the American version), was confined at home by her mother and then sent to the mental institution when her mother died. After meeting Nick, who’s down-on-his-luck and cleaning toilets at the institution, she escapes and accompanies him to his brother’s wedding. Oh, and of course the rest of his family is very rich.
She goes barefoot throughout the movie.
The American version is pretty similar, though of course they have to Americanize it up. What would an American movie be without a car chase. OK, in this case it’s a recreational camper chase. But the chase results when the institution wants her back.
The humor of the film (romantic comedy, remember?) comes from her just blurting out what she means, being unfamiliar with life, and taking phrases literally. The trailer does not give a hint as to whether her bare feet actually play any part in the movie, aside from labeling her as “quirky” (and maybe mentally deranged?). I suppose they could include some “humor” of her and Nick being thrown out of a grocery store or refused boarding on an airplane. (But I don’t know if they do.)
She does appear (from what I can see in the trailer) to really go barefoot. From the trailer, here she’s meeting Nick’s mother at the mansion.
Here are the two of them walking through an airport.
This actually gives me hope that she really does stay barefoot.
The trailer also has this shot from near the end inside the entrance to the mental institution.
I don’t know how it ends. (I’ll guess we’ll have to watch the movie when it comes out.) We’re told that she learns about life, and he learns how not to be a total jerk. In the German version, there is a hint at the end that she does get released and they get back together. Who knows in the American version. And will “learning about life” include being forced to wear shoes? Again, I guess we’ll have to stay tuned to find out.
You can see the trailer for the German version here:
And here is the trailer for the soon-to-be-released American version:
Let’s hope it doesn’t redound to strongly reinforcing the public’s already strong suspicion that barefooters belong in mental institutions.