If you were walking by the Bellevue Theater on Wednesday night, you would have noticed a whole host of stars gathered outside for the Montclair Film Festival's sold-out premiere of "Bad Parents."
The movie has loads of New Jersey connections. Not only does it star Janeane Garofalo, who grew up in Madison, but it also features Morristown resident Ben Bailey, an Emmy Award-winning comedian. The film also was filmed in Bergen and Passaic counties.
"Bad Parents," based on the award-winning stage play “It’s All About the Kids” by writer/director/producer and New Jersey resident Caytha Jentis, is a snarky satirical comedy about sports parents behaving badly.
Garofalo plays Kathy, a suburban every-mom who finds herself sucked through the rabbit hole into the cultish world of soccer obsessed hyper-competitive helicopter parents after her daughter makes the under eight year old club soccer “A Team.”
After attending the opening night of the inaugural Montclair Film Festival in May, Jentis was so impressed with the festival that she hoped and was determined to have her latest film be part of it.
“As a proud New Jersey filmmaker, this was the place to premiere 'Bad Parents' as it was shot entirely in northern New Jersey," she said. "I am honored that the festival is hosting this screening on our behalf.”
The Montclair Film Festival premiere kicks off “Bad Parents Month” and the “Soccer Mom Mini-Van Road Tour.” Following the MFF premiere, “Bad Parents” will play at multiple festivals throughout the month of October before being released nationally in March on television and DVD. Visit www.badparentsmovie.com for more information about the film.