Everything you need to know about the Tomlin-Fonda Dark Comedy

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Forty years of friendship and four major projects later, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, in their roaring 80s, are killing it with their friendship goals and look like Hollywood’s ultimate power couple. In their fourth project and second film of the year together, the two best friends are back in the game with their new revenge-comedy film, Moving forward.

Both appear as two estranged friends who get back together and plan to seek revenge on their dead friend’s husband who wronged them decades ago. Written and directed by Paul Weitz, Moving forward is set to hit theaters this March, six months after the film premiered at TIFF 2022.

Since the 1980s 9 to 5, Fonda and Tomlin have been partners in crime for decades. From the seven-season Netflix series, Grace and Frankieto the two latest films in a series – the recently released one 80 for Brady and what is to come Moving forwardthe two continue to channel their friendship through a flawless and infectious on-screen chemistry that makes every project a hit with fans.


Get ready for another hilarious, hilarious feature from the best duo in the business as they reunite to embark on another fun ride. And while you wait for the film to arrive, here’s our quick guide with all the details for the upcoming title including the trailer, plot, release date , cast and characters, and everything we know so far. Moving forward.

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What is the rollover release date?

Moving forward will be released by Roadside Attractions on March 17, 2023, in theaters across North America. The film had its world premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2022.

Is there a rollout trailer?

The official trailer of Moving forward will be released on February 2, 2023, and it almost reminds you of Grace and Frankie, only with a slightly dark comic tone. Even Fonda and Tomlin’s character is similar to that of the previous series, except that Fonda’s Claire is a woman on a mission and Tomlin’s Evelyn is a little more eccentric than Frankie. And the rest, as we can expect from this dynamic duo, is pure gold.

The two-minute video almost touches on the main plot, where Claire and Evelyn want to murder their dead friend’s husband. The clip also introduces other main characters, including Malcolm McDougal and Richard Roundtree, where Roundtree plays Claire’s ex-boyfriend. The film, as seen from the trailer, is going to be very dramatic, full of classic one-liners and deadpan comedy between the main characters, and the women being their favorite badass, which is the most glorious part of a project whatever they are doing. Although it’s hard to tell from the trailer why the women want to murder their friend’s husband, knowing the kind of characters these actors are known to play, we can bet it must be something bad but funny at the same time.

Check out the official trailer here.

Who is in the Moving On series?

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In addition to Fonda and Tomlin leading the comedy film’s cast as Claire and Evelyn, the ensemble cast of Moving forward also featuring Malcolm McDowell, Richard Roundtree, Catherine Dentand Sarah Burnsamong others.

Fonda and Tomlin star as two long-lost friends, Claire and Evelyn. With three films set to be released in 2023, it looks like Fonda is just getting started for the year. She next appears inside Book Club: The Next Chaptersequel to 2018’s smash hit Book Clubwhere she reprises her role as Vivian, alongside her former co-stars Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen, Candice Bergen, Craig T. Nelson, Don Johnsonand Andrew Garcia also returns. In addition to that Moving forwardTomlin also appears in 80 for Brady by Fonda, Rita Morenoand Sally Field.

A Clockwork Orange star Malcolm McDowell appears as Howard, the husband of Claire and Evelyn’s friend who they want to kill. He was last seen in the 2022 film Stu’s father and has appeared in the television series, Son of Critic from 2022. McDowell will be seen again in the upcoming films, Trick or Treats and Et Tu.

Richard Roundtree stars as Ralph, Claire’s ex. Roundtree is best known for his title role in the 1971 film Shaft, and became recognized as “the first black action hero”. He last appeared in the Netflix sitcom, Family Reunion and will be seen next in the upcoming movie, Thelma.

Sarah Burns stars as Allie’s daughter, Howard.

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Who are the creators to move forward?

Screenwriter, director, and producer, Paul Weitz writes and directs this revenge comedy. Moving On the filmmaker’s third collaboration with Lily Tomlin. He previously wrote, directed and produced Tomlin’s 2015 film, Grandmotherand the 2013 film Entry. Weitz is best known for co-directing the teen sex comedy An American piece (1999) and the Academy Award-nominated rom-com, About a Boy. He also directed Little Fockersthe sequel 2010 to Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockersand Repentance in 2021, with a star Kevin Hart.

Weitz is also a producer for Moving forwardalong with Stephanie Meurer, Dylan’s Dealers, Andrew Mianoand Chris Parker.

What is the story of moving forward?

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Moving forward billed as a tale of revenge. But it is also a story about friendship and love lost and found, about coming to terms with the past, and learning to move on.

The plot follows two estranged friends, Claire and Evelyn who reconnect at the funeral of the third friend at the funeral of the last. But not for any emotional reason, but for the killing of her newly widowed husband, Howard. Why? Nobody knows, though. All we know so far is that Howard did something bad to Claire decades ago, and she’ll punish him now that he’s all alone. Despite her doubts, Evelyn agrees to the plan. And somehow, this murderous conspiracy allows Claire and Evelyn to rediscover their friendship. They make peace with the past and become a team again and have a funny and wild journey trying to execute the murder plan. Along the way, Claire also reunites with her former love, which makes the plan more complicated.

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