Jesse Eisenberg Goes from Stoner to Spy in the American Ultra trailer

Posted on May 30, 2015

Jesse Eisenberg's American Ultra movie poster

Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart star in the first trailer for the action comedy American Ultra. Eisenberg plays a guy named Mike who loves to get high and hang out with his girlfriend Phoebe (Kristen Stewart). Mike is ready to propose to Phoebe when his life takes a major direction shift.

He is working at his job as a convenience store clerk when a CIA spy (Connie Britton) comes in, looks him in the eye and rattles out some code words which begin with "Cherry Progressive, listen, and "ends with "Echo Choir has been breached." His pupils dilate and he gets a flash of memories, but that's all that happens. Clearly she is waiting for response, so he asks her, "is that a lyric from something?" Mike is a Jason-Bourne like operative who is a sleeper agent. Only all the weed seems to be keeping him from responding to the code words.

But it turns out that all of Mike's assassin training is intact. When two operatives approach him and attack, he easily dispatches them both. Completely freaked out, Mike calls his girlfriend to tell her he just killed two guys. "That's awesome!," she replies. Yes, she is a huge stoner, too. Now the government decides he needs to be eliminated since he can't be activated. But when they kidnap Phoebe, Mike realizes it's time to man up and rescue his girl.

John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, Walton Goggins, tony Hale and Topher Grace co star in the film, which was directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X and written by Max Landis (Chronicle). Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart last worked together in Adventureland and they are great together. The trailer is hilarious. Take a look:



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