Jason Bateman Makes the Connection at ‘Disconnect’ Bow

Film shines spotlight on online bullying

Jason Bateman Makes the Connection 'Disconnect' Bow
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On April 8, LD Entertainment bowed “Disconnect,” a pic that tells the story of three families impacted by Internet usage gone bad.

“Our entire company felt that the material is incredibly topical because it is so easy to talk to people online but far more challenging to have a relationship with people in person these days,” LD’s  David Dinerstein said at the SVA Theater in Gotham.

“Every action has a reaction. That’s what the movie is about,” said helmer Henry Alex Rubin. “The Internet has brought us into a new era of danger and joy.”

In one plotline, Jason Bateman plays the father of a teen who tries to kill himself after being deceived online by school bullies.

“I have two children so I understand what it is to be a father. One is six and the other is 13,” said Bateman. “The idea of something bad happening to one of them was really all I needed to pull on.” The thesp added that his own kids do not use the Internet.

In another story line, Paula Patton and Alexander Skarsgard are victims of cyber identity theft. Skarsgard said he drew on his own past experiences in the Swedish navy to play the role.

“I was a sergeant for a year and a half, but I didn’t come out of it with PTSD the way my character Derek did in the film,” he noted.

Post-screening, guests went to Abe & Arthur’s, where Glenn Close and Google’s Eric Schmidt joined the party.