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Haley Joel Osment’s ‘Sex Ed’ Gets U.S. Distribution From MarVista Entertainment

MarVista Entertainment has acquired North American distribution rights for Haley Joel Osment romantic comedy “Sex Ed,” with the pic scheduled for a Nov. 7 release in select markets and on VOD.

Sex Ed” follows Eddie (Osment) as he lands his first teaching gig at an inner-city middle school, where he quickly finds that his highly pubescent pupils are receiving no form of sexual education. Eddie isn’t exactly equipped to teach them — he’s a virgin. And he’s falling in love with Pilar (Lorenza Izzo), the older sister of one of his students. Eddie goes off the lesson plan and, in doing so, incurs the wrath of the local reverend (Chris Williams).

“Sex Ed” is written by “House of Cards” scribe Bill Kennedy, whose screenplay for “The Fixer” made the Black List in 2013. The film is directed by Isaac Feder and produced by Dori Sperko of Sweet Tomato films, Elayne Schneiderman Schmidt, Monika Casey and Stephen Feder. Thomas E. Kelly is executive producing, and Jennifer Glynn serves as co-producer.

Rounding out the cast are Glen Powell (“The Expendables 3”), Matt Walsh (“Veep”), Retta (“Parks and Recreation”), Abby Elliott (“Saturday Night Live”), Castille Landon (“Among Ravens”) and Lamorne Morris (“New Girl”).

“We’re very excited to have MarVista on board. ‘Sex Ed’ is a funny, commercial comedy with a great deal of heart and I’m thrilled to bring it to the market,” said Sperko.

“ ‘Sex Ed’ is an extremely bold and at the same time charming comedy headlined by an incredible cast, and we’re delighted to work with Dori Sperko to release the movie on VOD, day and date with the theatrical release. This strategy will ensure that the movie can reach the widest possible audience and we anticipate strong word of mouth to drive a successful launch,” said Vanessa Shapiro, exec VP Distribution, MarVista Entertainment.

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