World Premiere of ‘Lovesick’ to Open Newport Beach Film Fest

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The world premiere of the romantic comedy “Lovesick” will be the opening night movie at the 15th annual Newport Beach Film Festival.

The red carpet screening takes place on Thursday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Edwards Big Newport in Fashion Island.

Directed by Luke Matheny, “Lovesick” tells the comic tale of Charlie Darby (Matt LeBlanc), a man who seemingly has everything going for him, except love. Every time Charlie begins to fall for a girl, his brain chemistry changes, causing him to become clinically insane.

When Charlie meets Molly Kingston (Ali Larter), a former dancer who just might be his perfect match, he is confronted with the consequences of his condition. However, with the help of his friend Jason (Adam Rodriguez) and the often misguided advice from his wacky neighbor, Lester (Chevy Chase), Charlie must find a way to overcome his psychosis to claim his chance at true love.

“Having been born and raised in Orange County, this is a very special homecoming for me. It is an honor for “Lovesick” to open the Newport Beach Film Festival,” said Josh Goldstein, one of the films producers.

Following the screening, the Festival will host an Opening Night gala at Fashion Island presented by Fashion Island and Esquire Magazine. The gala will feature culinary tastings from 35 of Orange County’s premiere restaurants and surprise entertainment.

Tickets to the Opening Night screening and gala are $175 each and are available at

The Film Festival runs from April 24 through May 1, and showcases more than 350 films from 50 countries. Nightly special events, red carpet galas, compelling conversations with filmmakers, international spotlight events, and seminars add to the experience.

The Festival offers filmgoers unique opportunities to mingle with celebrities, filmmakers from around the globe and film industry professionals in a beautiful seaside locale.

For a complete schedule of screenings, visit

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