NYU professor and Brooklyn-based author Grant Ginder gathered with his husband and friends on November 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,’ a novel I wrote that was released in 2017,” Ginder happily shared.
Talk about a great birthday gift!
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 accomplished so much and it’s such an amazing thing 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 alongside their mother Donna, played by Allison Janney, in the English countryside .
Ginder commented on the differences between the novel and the film. “So obviously it’s a different shape. A novel and a movie are very different things, but they did an amazing job with them. The Molyneux sisters wrote it. Lizzie and Wendy Molineux, directed by Claire Scanlon. She is unbelievable. 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 met 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 welcoming.”
“A few days after I visited the set, there was brunch and Alison sat next to me and when the desserts came she asked if she could share my dessert with me. And I thought, ‘Absolutely. I’ll give you a kidney if you want. You’re Allison Janney!’”
Ginder, a local Brooklynite, suddenly found himself at odds with the Hollywood elite, which his husband joked about:
“He needs to be kept in check. His head is like he’s just going to keep going. So I try to throw in a few insults every day just to bring him down again.
Grant had a warning for viewers: “No, the famous threesome scene isn’t semi-autobiographical, but they do a great job with it in the film. It is very funny. Ben Platt, Karan Soni and Julian Ovenden are just hilarious.”
“I mean, it’s a super fun movie. The cast is fantastic,” 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.