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Script drew Judy Greer to role in coming-of-age film ‘Measure of a Man’

Judy Greer never gets sick of coming-of-age movies – and romantic comedies.

This is why the actress wanted to join the cast of “Measure of a Man.” The film opens in theaters today, including High Ridge and the Guild Cinema in Albuquerque.

“I love stories of kids figuring out who they are,” Greer says in a recent interview. “This one particularly is charming.”

The film, set in the summer of 1976, follows 14-year-old Bobby Marks, played by Blake Cooper.

Bobby is insecure and overweight, and he must endure another family vacation at Rumson Lake.

His summer job, tending to the palatial estate of the reclusive, enigmatic and overly demanding Dr. Kahn, played Donald Sutherland, is backbreaking.

His parents, Lenore and Marty Marks, played by Greer and Luke Wilson, appear on the verge of divorce.

His sister, Michelle, played by Liana Liberato is forcing him to help conceal her clandestine rendezvous with the local pretty boy; and his best friend and kindred spirit Joanie, played by Danielle Rose Russell, is leaving for a month and won’t tell him why.

The film is based on the novel “One Fat Summer,” published over 30 years ago.

It was the script that attracted Greer to the project.

“I love the different elements and the different plot lines,” she says. “When you read a role like Lenore, there should be a journey. I thought Bobby’s story was great. Then I got to Lenore, and the world opened up so much more.”

Greer also enjoyed the dynamic between Wilson’s character and hers.

“This was a different time, and women weren’t in the workforce as much,” she says. “Lenore was trying to go to law school and get her life on track. It spoke to me. I was one of the few kids whose mom worked full time growing up. I remember having a lot of back-and-forth with her. I would tell her, ‘Janice’s mom stays home’ and why did she work? I felt in a way that I wanted to play this role as an ‘I’m sorry, Mom.’ I know the sacrifices that she made. I’m looking at it from my point, of view and it’s completely different now.”

Greer is a familiar face and name in the film industry.

With over 100 credits to her name, she’s constantly working.

She says what’s changed over the years is that she picks projects that she wants to do based on people she wants to work with.

“I feel like I’ve done so much,” she says. “I’ve always wanted to star in a romantic comedy. I’ve done two, and neither of them have come out. I’ve shifted my focus in my career to people rather than characters – people I’ve worked with before and people who are on my list. I’m finding it to be more fun for me. It’s more attainable.”

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