Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs the Reverend
|Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt:|
Kimmy vs the Reverend
|Directed by||Claire Scanlon|
|Based on||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt|
by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock
|Music by||Jeff Richmond|
|Edited by||Kyle Gilman|
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs the Reverend is a 2020 interactive special for the sitcom created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, directed by Claire Scanlon. It stars Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess and Carol Kane. The special was nominated for two Emmy Awards: Outstanding Television Movie and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for Tituss Burgess.
Sometime after the series finale of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Kimmy Schmidt is planning her wedding to Prince Frederick with her friends Titus Andromedon, Lillian Kaushtupper, and Jaqueline White. When looking in her backpack, Kimmy finds a book she's never seen in a hidden pocket. She decides to travel to Durnsville, Indiana once again to question Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, the man who kept her captive for fifteen years, with Titus. Meanwhile, Lillian prepares Prince Frederick to become a husband and Jaqueline attempts to keep the secret that Titus is gone while she stalls on a film shoot.
- Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt
- Jane Krakowski as Jacqueline White
- Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon
- Carol Kane as Lillian Kaushtupper/Fiona
- Daniel Radcliffe as Prince Frederick
- Jon Hamm as Richard Wayne Gary Wayne
- Lauren Adams as Gretchen Chalker
- Sara Chase as Cyndee Pokorny
- Sol Miranda as Donna Maria Nuñez
- Amy Sedaris as Mimi Kanassis
- Dylan Gelula as Xanthippe Voorhees
- Jack McBrayer as Sandy Parcell
- Heidi Gardner as Jenny
- Zak Orth as Cody Santimonio
- Tanner Flood as Buckley Voorhees
- Mike Britt as Walter Bankston
- Fred Armisen as Robert "Bobby" Durst
- Mike Carlsen as Mikey Politano
- Stephanie D'Abruzzo as Jan
- Niceto Darcey Festin as George Georgiulio
- Josh Groban as himself
- Bowen Yang as Kim Jong-un
The special was written using Netflix's Branch Manager technology to "push comedy to places it's never been before."
The trailer for the special was released on April 15, 2020, starting much speculation and excitement from fans.
Release and reception
The film was released on Netflix on May 12, 2020. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes has an approval rating of 94%, based on 32 reviews, with an average rating of 7.81/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Kimmy and company return as resilient as ever in a fun and fast paced special that makes excellent use of its interactive capabilities to produce maximum fabulosity."
Awards and nominations
|72nd Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Television Movie||Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond, David Miner, Sam Means, Meredith Scardino, Eric Gurian & Kerry Orent||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie||Tituss Burgess||Nominated|
|20th Annual Black Reel Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series||Nominated|||
|17th Annual Gold Derby Awards||Supporting Actor in a Movie/Limited Series||Nominated|||
|Online Film & Television Association Awards||Best Motion Picture||N/A||Nominated|||
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