Screen favourite Wendi McLendon-Covey, star of Bridesmaids and long-suffering smothering mom Beverly in hit 80s nostalgia sitcom The Goldbergs, takes on a far more serious and hard-hitting role as a desperate housewife whose life spirals out of control in Sundance 2019 hit drama BLUSH from [the Independent Spirit] award-winning writer-director Debra Eisenstadt (Daydream Believer).
In an acclaimed, powerhouse performance, McLendon-Covey swaps the comedy pratfalls and overbearing mother role for which she’s famous to look at the flip-side of suburban life as the American dream turns into the American nightmare.
Behind the white picket fences, there are affairs, troubled teens, prescription drug use, and on the surface suburban housewife Cathy (McLendon-Covey – Reno 911, What Men Want) – has it all – a lovely home, a teenage daughter, a husband and a worthy job…But behind the facade her seemingly content life is crumbling and, after agreeing to cat-sit for her sister, she meets a free-wheeling mum and so begins an increasingly fraught journey through a mid-life crisis. Before she knows it, Cathy has become embroiled in another family’s imperfect lives just as she needs to sort her own.
After her encounter with Gemma Jean (Christine Woods – The Walking Dead), Cathy finds another family more messed up than her own, with an estranged husband to flirt with and a teenage son who is becoming increasingly obsessed with her. Can Cathy resolve her own problems and those of the broken souls around her?
Eisenstadt’s powerful drama investigates the seedy underbelly of the American dream in the 21st century to try and discover the happiness that eludes those pursuing it.
Released on digital Monday 22 February 2021