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Aloha (2015)

Sometimes you have to say goodbye before you can say hello

In Aloha, a celebrated military contractor (Bradley Cooper) returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs – the US Space program in Honolulu, Hawaii – and reconnects with a long-ago love (Rachel McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog (Emma Stone) assigned to him. From Academy Award®-winner Cameron Crowe, the writer-director behind such films as Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous, Aloha also stars Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, and Alec Baldwin.

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John as: John ‘Woody’ Woodside
Other cast: Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin
Directed by: Cameron Crowe
Written by: Cameron Crowe
Produced by: Eli Bush, Cameron Crowe, Andy Fischer, Ilona Herzberg, Robert Huberman, Scott Robertson, Scott Rudin, Jason Sack, Ben Waisbren
Box office: The movie opened #6 in the U.S. with $9,670,235. The total worldwide box office is currently $21,067,116.
Release: May 29, 2015 (U.S.A.)
Run time: 105 min
Rated: Rated PG-13 for some language including suggestive comments
Official Links: Official Website | Facebook Page | Twitter Page | IMDB

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Trivia & Fun Facts

• This is the third time Emma Stone has been in a film with one of the stars of The Office. She previously appeared in Crazy Stupid Love with Steve Carrell and The Rocker with Rainn Wilson (which also starred Bradley Cooper).

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Awards & Nominations

Nominated – 2015 Teen Choice Awards, Choice Movie: Comedy Award
Nominated – 2015 Teen Choice Awards, Choice Movie Actor: Comedy (Bradley Cooper)
Nominated – 2015 Teen Choice Awards, Choice Movie Actress: Comedy (Emma Stone)

Production Notes

“Aloha is a movie about second chances at life,” says Cameron Crowe. After creating a finely tuned signature style in such films as Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, and Say Anything…, Crowe turns his eye to Hawaii, bringing his unique talent for creating unforgettable characters and his extraordinary ear for dialogue to the story of Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper), a man who finds himself caught between a woman he thought he had moved beyond, and a woman who represents all of the possibilities yet to come.

In Crowe’s film, those romances stand in for the larger question of the ways that Gilcrest is stuck between where he’s been and where he’s headed. “I wanted to tell the story of the lure of the past and the promise of the future,” says Crowe. “It’s always easy to look backwards, to remember all of the good moments that happened, and to long for those moments. It’s scarier to look at the future and try to create a future that’s as rich – and even more rich – than the past. I wanted to tell the story of a guy who’s been looking over his shoulder with a certain amount of regret, who learns to look forward. That was the dream of what a story set in Hawaii could be.”

That is a story that fits neatly into Crowe’s filmography – and, like his previous work, Aloha is a highly personal film that unflinchingly captures the great, life-changing moments of our lives with humor and charm and without cynicism. “Ultimately, this is a film in the continuing story that I’ve always been trying to make – what is it to be an adult, what is it like to grow older, who are your friends, who are the people that matter, who sticks by you, who doesn’t, how do you shape your life as you continue to live it,” says Crowe. “This movie has a bittersweet quality, but it also has a real kick of hope.”

Crowe says that Aloha, as much as any film he’s made, is about the unpredictability of life and being ready to go into a bright, but uncertain future with optimism and verve. “I like my movies to have the promise that anything can happen,” he says. “This one ended up taking a place with the others that I’m really proud of – it’s a snapshot of a feeling and the way I felt when I made it and a dream I had to tell this story with the backdrop of Hawaii.”

To prepare for the role, Krasinski attended C-17 flight simulator training sessions with US Air Force Major Chris Ross, a C-17 pilot with the Pacific Air Forces based at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, while he was conducting routine training sessions. “It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done,” Krasinski says. “It’s an incredibly immersive experience and I was terrified through the entire process, because it feels like you’re flying a real plane. All the weight distribution, all the turns, all the controls, everything feels very real, and you feel that you have a responsibility to land everybody safely, despite the fact that it’s basically a video game. I loved it.”

Cameron Crowe loosely based the film’s Woodside Family on a real-life military family he met in 2006 during the initial conception stage. That family – Woody, Tracy, Grace and Mitchell Woodrow – were referred to him at the time by then-Air Force entertainment liaison Steve Clutter, with whom he was consulting. At the time, the Woodrows were living at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, where Woody was a C-17 pilot.

Krasinski says that getting to work with Cameron Crowe and in a place as unique and exotic as Hawaii was a special honor for him. “I learned so much being on the set and observing how he works and the enthusiasm he shows every single moment,” he says. “Cameron creates a world, he sets a tone, he brings certain characters to life that you don’t normally get a chance to experience. There’s something incredibly special about it. He knows that there’s always more to find – things that were unexpected and things that were expected – and he’s completely united with your understanding of the character. It’s uniquely a Cameron Crowe movie, and I was lucky to be a member of a cast like this.”

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