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'They/Them/Us' opens in theaters this weekend, coming to VOD Feb. 1

Jon Sherman's Columbus-centric feature film starring Joey Slotnick and Amy Hargreaves hits select theaters today, with VOD coming next week; New York Times praises its 'sharp humor'

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
A film still from "They/Them/Us," a movie shot in Columbus, Ohio, starring Joey Slotnick and Amy Hargreaves.

Jon Sherman, a film professor at Kenyon College, directed “They/Them/Us" and co-wrote the Columbus-centered script with wife and artist Melissa Vogley Woods.

The couple used their own journey as an autobiographical launching point, with the film's two main characters — Charlie, a film professor played by Joey Slotnick ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "The Good Wife"), and Lisa, a Columbus artist played by Amy Hargreaves ("Homeland," "13 Reasons Why") — coming together to create a blended family of parents and teenagers.

“Melissa and I would talk a lot about our families and the challenges we had, especially getting divorced and dating,” Sherman told Alive in October, when the film had its local premiere at the Lincoln Theatre. “I did the first draft by myself, and I would show it to her every few days and say, ‘What do you think?’ It's funny — I'm the comedy writer, but she actually wrote most of the jokes because she's got a good ear for what's real.”

This weekend, "They/Them/Us," which was filmed in Columbus during the pandemic, gets a wider release in select theaters across the country, including local showings at the Gateway Film Center and the Drexel Theatre. Then, on Tuesday, Feb. 1, the movie will be available on digital/VOD. Through Sunday, Jan. 30, iTunes preorders will be available for the discounted price of $6.99.

This week, the New York Times also reviewed the film, praising its "sharp humor" and lauding Slotnick and Hargreaves for their "rich, nuanced shading that elevates the film."