Brazil's Controversial Downs Syndrome Comedy 'Colegas' Calls on Sean Penn to Attend Premiere

on February 19, 2013

Colegas, or Buddies, has already had a good run on the festival circuit with a Best Brazilian Picture win at the Sao Paulo Film Festival. Now on the cusp of its theatrical premiere on March 1, Marcelo Galvão's comedy about three movie-obsessed kids with Downs Syndrome who are inspired by Thelma and Louise to escape their institution and go on an accidental crime spree has a new goal: Get Sean Penn to their grand opening. Like their characters, the stars themselves are fixated on Hollywood films and have launched an online campaign to capture Penn's attention. Colegas lead Ariel Goldemberg stars in a YouTube video asking Penn to attend his movie, and in the two weeks since it was uploaded, it has already racked up over 1.3 million views. Penn's camp has yet to issue an official response to the invitation, but it's one the actor should strongly consider: his last film, Gangster Squad, opened at a mere #9 on the charts with just $297K.

Watch Colegas' Sean Penn plea

The trailer for Colegas

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