The Steps is a Canadian comedy directed by Andrew Currie (Fido). The film premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and stars Jason Ritter, Emmanuelle Chriqui, James Brolin, Benjamin Arthur, Steven McCarthy, Christine Lahti, Kate Corbett, and Vinay Virmani.
An uptight New Yorker and his party-girl sister visit their Dad’s lake house, to meet his new cocktail waitress wife and her rough-around-the-edges kids. When the parents announce they’re adopting a new stepchild to bring the family together, it has the opposite effect.
“Every movie I’ve ever made, including my shorts films, have contained themes that are universal to all families,” explains Currie. “I’m passionate about stories that are about how we get along as human beings, or don’t get along – and how that changes our perspective on life, and often our path in life. THE STEPS is a comedy-drama about two families, one emotionally disconnected, and the other biologically disconnected, coming together over a weekend in an attempt to bond over a new step child. As the weekend unfolds, and conflicts begin, we start to realize that nearly all the characters are denying or avoiding something in their past, which is affecting their lives in the present, whether they accept it or not (or even notice for that matter).”
The Steps is rated 14A.