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The Leisure Class is a 2015 comedy film by HBO Films about a man who is trying to marry into a wealthy family and his unpredictable brother. The film was directed by Project Greenlight season 4 contest winner, Jason Mann. It is based on a 2012 short film written by Mann that premiered at the 2013 Raindance Film Festival. Season 4 of Project Greenlight aired on HBO as a documentary series chronicling the selection of Mann and the production of the film.[1][2] The film premiered in Los Angeles in August 2015 and aired on HBO on November 2, 2015.[3]

The Leisure Class
Directed byJason Mann
Produced by
Written by
  • Pete Jones
  • Jason Mann
StarringEd Weeks
Tom Bell
Bruce Davison
Brenda Strong
Bridget Regan
Music byBrian Byrne
CinematographyTrevor Forrest
Edited byCraig Hayes
Distributed byHBO Films
Release date
  • August¬†2015¬†(2015-08) (Los Angeles)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$3 million



In November 2014, it was announced that Mann had won Project Greenlight's season 4 contest to direct a film for HBO.[1][2] Originally the contest winner was going to direct Not Another Pretty Woman, a broad comedy screenplay.[4] However, after Mann shared the script for a full-length version of a short film he had written, The Leisure Class, it was decided he would instead direct that script.[3][5] HBO set the film's budget at $3 million.[4][5]


The main character is played by Ed Weeks,[3][6] and his brother, Leonard, is played by Tom Bell.[2] The matriarch of the wealthy family is played by Brenda Strong. The film's cast also includes Bruce Davison, Rory Knox Johnston, Christine Lakin, Bridget Regan, Scottie Thompson, and Melanie Zanetti.[3][6]


The Leisure Class received negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 0%, based on 9 reviews, with an average rating of 3.9/10.[7] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 25 out of 100, based on 7 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[8]


  1. ^ a b Weinstein, Shelli (November 8, 2014). "Ben Affleck on 'Project Greenlight' Revival: We Have Enthusiasm and Commitment". Variety. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  2. ^ a b c Ricahrdson, Jay (March 2, 2015). "Tom Bell shoots HBO comedy". Chortle. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  3. ^ a b c d Phelan, Paige (August 11, 2015). "Matt Damon, Ben Affleck Tout 'Project Greenlight' at L.A. Premiere". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  4. ^ a b Berman, Judy (14 September 2015). "'Project Greenlight' Season 4 Premiere Recap". Flavorwire. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  5. ^ a b Berman, Judy (21 September 2015). "'Project Greenlight' Season 4 Episode 2 Recap: "Does Jason Fart?"". Flavorwire. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  6. ^ a b Linda Ge and Jethro Nededog (March 4, 2015). "'Mindy Project's' Ed Weeks, Newcomer Melanie Zanetti Join Project Greenlight Film 'Leisure Class' (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  7. ^ "The Leisure Class (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
  8. ^ "The Leisure Class reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 9, 2015.

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