Watch a punk rock Elisabeth Moss fall apart in the ‘Her Smell’ trailer

The new and uncompromising film from Alex Ross Perry gets an intense first trailer

Her Smell
Gunpowder and Sky

Hey, you know what was a really good movie that we saw at TIFF last year? Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell, that’s what, and you can check out our review of it here. Despite being a very hard-to-watch movie where a drunk/stoned rock star played Elisabeth Moss hurls abuse at her friends and bandmates, we can definitely say that it’s the kind of rewarding cinematic experience that really butters our muffins and makes this job an absolute pleasure. After a lengthy run on the festival circuit, with stops at the New York Film Festival and AFI, the movie’s finally going to hit theaters in just a few weeks, and the film’s distributor, Gunpowder and Sky, dropped a trailer for the feature on Thursday.

Peep it, fuckers:

Now, again, it’s a hard watch, even though its content might not be as extreme as you might be led to expect (we don’t think Moss is even glimpsed actually doing the hard stuff), but boy, is this one hell of an upsetting movie. Moss absolutely kills it, though, and her supporting cast — filled out with the likes of Dan Stevens, Cara Delevingne, Amber Heard and, the forgotten Marty McFly himself, Eric Stoltz — are excellent as well.


Here’s an official synopsis via Rotten Tomatoes:

“Becky Something (Elisabeth Moss) is a ’90s punk rock superstar who once filled arenas with her grungy all-female trio Something She. Now she plays smaller venues while grappling with motherhood, exhausted bandmates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom. When Becky’s chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success.”

Her Smell arrives in select theaters on April 12, before it begins a larger nation-wide rollout in the weeks to come. This one is definitely worth road-tripping a few cities away to check out, though, especially if you can find all of your Bratmobile tapes.