Starring   Blake Cooper, Donald Sutherland, Judy Greer, Luke Wilson, Beau Knapp, Danielle Rose Russell, Liana Liberato

Release date   May 11, 2018

A bullied teen gets some helpful advice from an old wise man in the trailer for the bittersweet coming-of-age film “Measure Of A Man,” starring The Maze Runner’s Blake Cooper and veteran actor Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games, FX’s Trust).

”What’s a fat kid like you going to do!?” Great Point Media has debuted a new trailer for the indie coming-of-age drama Measure of a Man, the second film by English filmmaker Jim Loach, who happens to be the son of acclaimed filmmaker Ken Loach. Measure of a Man takes place over one summer where a teenage boy comes to understand who he is and what makes up the “true measure of a man”. Blake Cooper stars as Bobby Marks, with an impressive ensemble featuring Judy Greer, Donald Sutherland, Beau Knapp, Liana Liberato, Luke Wilson, Danielle Rose Russell, and Sam Keeley. I’m intrigued by the way the trailer lists films “in the tradition of”, one of the first times I’ve seen that. And this actually looks quite good.

The 1970s-set indie drama, which also stars Judy Greer and Luke Wilson, is set over the course of a faithful summer and centers on a pudgy 14-year-old kid named Bobby Marks (Cooper). While working a summer job cutting grass for an old retiree (Sutherland), Bobby finds himself dealing with the highs and lows of adolescence, which includes getting tormented by a local bully (Beau Knapp). Bobby, however, receives words of encouragement from Sutherland’s character, an old sage who knows a thing or two about how to deal with simple-minded bullies.

Here’s the official trailer (+ poster) for Jim Loach’s Measure of a Man, direct from YouTube:

Over the course of this emotional curler coaster of a summer season, secrets and techniques are revealed, classes are discovered and fourteen-year-old Bobby comes to grasp who he’s and what makes up the true measure of a person. A bullied teen experiences a turning level summer season by which he learns to face up for himself. Measure of a Man is directed by English filmmaker Jim Loach, making his second movie after Oranges and Sunshine in 2010 beforehand, a loads of different TV work as effectively.

Based on Robert Lipsyte’s coming-of-age novel “One Fat Summer” and directed by British television and film director Jim Loach (Oranges and Sunshine) and written for the screen by David Scearce (A Single Man), “Measure Of A Man” is due to hit theaters May 11th.

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