Paul Reiser premieres his new comedy “The Problem with People” at the annual DTLA Film Festival

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Friday, November 3, 2023, 5:42 a.m

New film “The Problem with People” screens at the annual DTLA Film Festival

HOLLYWOOD – This is the 15th year of the annual DTLA Film Festival, which highlights independent cinema.

This year’s offerings include 15 feature films, all having their LA, West Coast, US or world premieres.

One of these films features a very familiar face. Paul Reiser made a name for himself in the 80s with films like “Diner,” “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Aliens.”

Then came television, first with “My Two Dads,” then “Mad About You,” and now “Stranger Things.”

You can get a first look at his latest film project: “The Problem with People” on Thursday evening.

In the film, Reiser plays a New York contractor who is invited to Ireland by a cousin he has never met to help settle a family dispute about which he knows little. It is the last wish of his cousin’s father.

“It’s all really relatable because at the center of this movie are two guys with the best of intentions,” Reiser said. “These are good guys coming together to bury the hatchet of a family feud they had nothing to do with.”

When Reiser’s character is unexpectedly left in the old man’s will, his cousin, played by Colm Meaney, does something that helps spark a new family feud.

“No matter how good their intentions are, they trip over themselves because that’s why it’s called ‘The Problem with People,’ because what’s wrong with us?” Reiser said. “There’s a lot of blunt language and a lot of heart, and yeah, that’s a combination I like. These are honest people. They say it like it is, but they mean well.”

Reiser co-wrote the film and was one of the film’s producers. He also learned that he had a fun connection with Jane Levy, who plays his daughter.

“I grew up with her father. We had a rock band. I played keyboard. He played the guitar. There were 12 of us. We were very popular within a two-block radius,” Reiser laughed.

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