Everything Everywhere All at Once hits PHL cinemas this month

THE STUDIO behind such local films as Heneral Luna and Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral has secured the exclusive local distribution rights to the surprise hit multiverse comedy, Everything Everywhere All at Once.

TBA Studios will premiere A24’s sci-fi adventure in local cinemas on June 29.

The film stars Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich Asians, Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings) as an exhausted Laudromat owner named Evelyn who has trouble connecting with her family and paying her taxes. It doesn’t help that a variant of her happy go-lucky husband takes over and introduces her to an alternate universe. Evelyn — and versions of who she would have been if she had made different life choices (including one whose fingers are Vienna sausages) — find themselves on a quest to save everything.

The film is directed by brothers Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, collectively known as the Daniels (The Swiss Man). Joining the cast are Stephanie Hsu (TV’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Ke Huy Quan (The Goonies), Jenny Slate (Venom), Harry Shum, Jr. (Crazy Rich Asians) with James Hong (Kung Fu Panda), and Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween).

The film is independent studio A24’s highest grossing title, having earned $67 million in the global box office so far.

Everything Everywhere All at Once crossed $60 million in the North American box office in its 11th weekend of release. Per A24, the genre-bending Everything Everywhere All at Once is expected to surpass Hereditary ($80 million) to become A24’s highest-grossing film worldwide. It’s already the studio’s highest-grossing film at the US box office, recently passing Uncut Gems ($50 million).

The film has a “Tomatometer” score of 95% from film review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes. Empire Magazine critic Ben Travis calls the film “A pure firework display of technical bravado, wild invention, emotional storytelling, comedic genius, action mastery and outstanding performances, Everything Everywhere All At Once is everything cinema was invented for.” Vanity Fair’s Maureen Ryan notes that “Yeoh imbues Evelyn with moving shades of melancholy, regret, resolve and growing curiosity. She’s the kind of woman the world (and Hollywood) routinely overlooks, but Yeoh makes her embrace of lead-character energy positively gripping.”

Everything Everywhere All At Once marks TBA Studios’ first distribution deal with A24. TBA Studios previously announced acquiring the distribution rights of two other international titles: the rock ‘n’ roll documentary Fanny: The Right To Rock, and Cannes Film Festival top prize winner Triangle of Sadness.

“Filipino movie audiences deserve to see this film on the big screen. It teaches us to believe in ourselves, keep going despite adversities, and embrace everything everywhere all at once. We’re more than glad to bring this one-of-a-kind movie experience to the country and we look forward to everyone’s support as we continue to bring the best of global cinema to the Philippines and other territories,” Daphne O. Chiu, TBA Studios Executive Vice-President and General Manager, said in a statement. — with Reuters