The 2016 Slamdance Film Festival was the perfect showcase for filmmaker, Alex Simmons' world premiere feature film Honey Buddies. Thescreenplay is a unique collaboration with writers/actors David Giuntoli and Flula Borg--also Simmons' former roommates. Working together with close friends has its perks. For Simmons it produced one of the funniest screenplays ever written. It's their ode to friendship and the great outdoors.
The adventurous trek takes place on the last portion of the famous Lewis and Clark expedition to the Oregon Coast. In reference to the roommates screenplay debut, Simmons gives credit to passages written in William Clark's diary describing his friendship with Meriwether Lewis and the terrain they crossed during their expedition. Simmons says, "Clark's words gave the Honey Buddies characters, David (David Giuntoli) and Flula (Flula Borg) a sense of place in the long history of men bonding as they battle the elements."
The Germans and Americans that understand each other's cultures and can laugh at their own cultural idiosyncrasies; these people will appreciate this film more than most. The script is eloquently crafted for the pointed conversations needed for such a hilarious storyline unobstructed by cultural boundaries.
Just a few days before his wedding, David's fiancé leaves him with no explanation. Shocked! Confused and devastated. David is left to clean up the mess of their unresolved separation days before their scheduled marital bliss and the beginning of a lifetime of growing old together.
With much regret and embarrassment, David manages to call all the wedding guests with the news, return most of the wedding gifts and cancel all the appropriate services ordered that would have made their special wedding day memorable. The only thing David could not cancel was the honeymoon trek planned to spend on the last portion of the Lewis and Clark expedition. David and his fiancé invested hours planning this once-in-a-lifetime trek along the Oregon terrain to the Pacific Ocean.
David's friend and best-man-to-be, Flula (from Germany) suggest that David not begrudge the fact that the trip is a loss. Flula suggests that the two of them take the adventure to rid their minds of the wedding tragedy. At first David is sickened by the thought of sharing the trip meant for he and his fiancé with a friend from Germany that he hasn't been around in a long time.
Flula's crazy upbeat personality wins David over but more so is the fact that David could not get any monetary reimbursement if he cancels the trip.
Flula and David set out to experience Oregon's breathtaking mountainous terrain. Flula excited to be on a journey with his good friend, and David bemoaning his sad situation. The two are forced to deal with more than they bargain for when their paths cross with strange mountain loners and wild animals who don't have their best interest in mind. At stake is their friendship and their lives.