NYU professor’s novel gets film adaptation with Ben Platt, Kristen Bell

NYU Professor and Brooklyn-based author Grant Ginder gathered with his husband and friends on Nov. 18 to mourn the loss of his youth while celebrating his 40th birthday. But that wasn’t the only reason for the gathering.

“We’re celebrating the release of the film adaptation of ‘The People We Hate at the Wedding,’ which is a novel that I wrote that was published in 2017,” Ginder happily shared.

Talk about a great birthday present!

Mac McCarty, Ginder’s husband, added: “We’ve been married for five years. I mean, it’s kind of surreal. I’m so proud of him. He’s just achieved so much, and it’s such an amazing thing to get to experience and be a part of.”

The film tells the story of American siblings Alice and Paul, played by Kristen Bell and Ben Platt, who reluctantly agree to attend the wedding of their estranged, wealthy half-sister, Eloise, in the English countryside alongside their mother, Donna, played by Allison Janney.

Ginder commented on the differences between the novel and the film. “So it’s obviously a different form. A novel and a film are very different things, but they did a fantastic job with it. The Molyneux sisters wrote it. Lizzie and Wendy Molineux, Claire Scanlon directed it. She’s incredible. They took liberties, but I was so excited to see them. And I think they really added to the story.”

Ginder visited the set last October.

“I got to meet both Ben Platt and Kristen Bell and Allison Janney and also Cynthia Addai-Robinson, who plays Eloise in the film,” he said. “They were all incredible. They were so welcoming and so warm.”

“There was a brunch a few days after I visited the set, and Alison was sitting near me, and when the desserts came, she asked if she could share my dessert with me. And I was like, ‘Absolutely. I will give you a kidney if you want to. You’re Allison Janney!’”

Ginder, a local Brooklynite, suddenly found himself rubbing elbows with Hollywood’s elite, to which his husband joked:

“He needs to be kept in check. His head is like just continuing to go like this. So I try to lob in a couple of insults each day just to, like, bring him back down.”

Grant had one warning for viewers: “No, the famous threesome scene is not semi-autobiographical, but they do a great job with it in the film. It’s very funny. Ben Platt, Karan Soni, and Julian Ovenden are just hilarious.”

“I mean, it’s a super fun movie. The cast is amazing,” McCarty added, seriously this time.

“It’s about dysfunctional families, which I think we can all relate to. So check it out on Amazon Prime,” Ginder concluded.

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