What says “respecting financially destitute America” more than a big budget movie about how life can be when you try and reduce spending? Here’s hoping that Fox’s adaptation of Extensive Frugality isn’t going to be as offensive as it sounds.
The movie, to be written by Dreamworks animation veterans Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse, adapts Gourmet Magazine’s “Extensive Frugality” column by journalist W. Hodding Carter, in which he describes the attempts to try and keep his family’s spending within its means (which translates as around $550 a month post-bills). Worryingly enough, the Hollywood Reporter’s Risky Business blog describes the adaption as “an untitled family event movie,” which raises all manner of concern about the tone of the piece; I’m imagining wacky comedy or overly sincere sentimental Oscar bait, and I really, really hope I’m wrong. But if Meryl Streep gets cast, we’ll all know we’re in trouble.
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