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In the latest trailer for Jason Reitman‘s drama, Garner is shown trying to teach fellow parents Dean Norris and Judy Greer about how to keep their children safe from too much tech use. “Don’t allow guilt to prevent you from doing what’s right,” she says, later telling her own onscreen daughter, “You don’t seem to understand how dangerous it is out there,” after deleting her text messages.
Why is she so paranoid and overprotective? Aside from all its spillover consequences that the film attempts to confront — including anorexia, infidelity and fame hunting — she’s worried about how today’s kids are really feeling about authentic human connections. After all, Ansel Elgort is seen telling a therapist, “I think if I disappear tomorrow, the universe wouldn’t really notice.”
The Paramount ensemble film also stars Adam Sandler, Emma Thompson, Timothee Chalamet, Olivia Crocicchia and Kaitlyn Dever and follows a group of high school teens and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the Internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image and their love lives.
Men, Women & Children will get a limited release on Oct. 3 before expanding on Oct. 17. Watch the trailer above.
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