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Jerrod Carmichael's Directorial Debut 'On the Count of Three' Focuses on Depression (Watch)

Watch a trailer for Jerrod Carmichael's 'On the Count of Three' ahead of its May 13 release.
by Danielle Turchiano — 
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From left to right: Jerrod Carmichael and Christopher Abbott in 'On the Count of Three'

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Jerrod Carmichael is making his directorial debut in On the Count of Three, a new feature film out May 13, and now you can watch a new red band trailer for it, below.

Just be warned: the film, and therefore the trailer, deals with themes of violence, mental health, and suicide.

In On the Count of Three, Carmichael stars as Val, one of two men who are severely depressed and planning to kill themselves. Christopher Abbott plays Kevin, the other man in that scenario. 

The trailer begins with Val telling Kevin it's "cheesy" to listen to music that is about the exact emotional thing you are going through. "I don't listen to Alania Morissette when I'm going through a break up, and I'm not listening to Papa f---ing Roach on the day I'm going to kill myself," he says.

The two are best friends, and the film chronicles what they plan to be the last day of their lives before they go through with the act. It includes them driving together, dining together, visiting other friends and loved ones, and going about everyday activities, such as making retail returns. But because it's planned to be their last day, they assume there will be no consequences for their actions, and that leads to violent actions, including physical fights and destruction of property.

Tiffany Haddish, Lavell Crawford, JB Smoove, and Henry Winkler also star in the dramedy that is written by Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch.

On the Count of Three is presented by Annapurna Pictures and Orion Pictures, from Valparaiso Pictures and Werner Entertainment, in association with A Morningside Entertainment Production. David Carrico, Adam Paulsen, Carmichael, James Price, Ari Katcher, Tom Werner, and Jake Densen produce, with Megan Ellison, Ryan Welch, Christopher Storer, Tyson Bidner, Pete Dakich, and Mike Roberts serving as executive producers.

After premiering at the 2021 Sundance Film festival, the film earned a 73 Metascore from critics. Carmichael is currently hot off his HBO stand-up special Rothaniel, which has a 94 Metascore.