- Director Dennis Lynch's
film, "King of the Hamptons" premiered at the 18th Annual Film Festival this fall, hitting the big screen with a blast. Starring Lynch himself and familiar Hamptonite and former owner of Dan's Papers
, Dan Rattiner
, the two embark on a journey that teaches them both a little bit more about each other and the exclusive vacation spot they call home.
According to the synopsis, Lynch finds himself in the midst of a midlife crisis; he's on the brink of his 40th birthday, he is about to be sued by his own grandfather, he is growing tired of his extensive career in business and on top of all that, his wife is expecting. Lynch leaves his troubles behind and teams up with Rattiner who guides him through the Hamptons, acting as a chaperone along the way. The men venture on a quest to find happiness, face the past and dare to take on new opportunities.
Rattiner teaches Lynch how to mingle in the backyards of some of the most famous destinations of all time. Rattiner's happiness isn't completely determined by celebrities, it's determined by the love of his work. Lynch takes all the advice he can get and learns that a vibrant personality is definitely needed to party with the stars. Sir Ivan's
castle is just one of the mega estates that Lynch is introduced to and the stars make sure to take him along for the ride. Celebrity appearances include Billy Joel
, Christie Brinkley
, Alec Baldwin
, Ed Burns
, Chevy Chase
, Mercedes Ruehl
and Kim Cattrall
Dennis Lynch smiles on the red carpet at the 18th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival. (Jakes van der Watt)
What seems as a fluffy trip to the Hamptons turns out to be a life-changing adventure that affects both men for the better, as two strangers build a comical friendship that will last a lifetime
. Lynch and Rattiner's lives are just about polar opposites, which fills the dialogue with humor. It's not all about fun and games, as they both begin to realize what they want the most in their lives. What begins as a celebrity excursion, packed with interviews conducted by Lynch himself, turns into a mission to uncover the truth about what it means to be happy and what it means to live here.
Interactions between locals at small businesses around town uncover the realities that people are faced with, whether they are from the Hamptons or not - it's more than smiles, cameras and fancy limos, it's real life up close. Lynch learns that the Hamptons has a greater value than he ever previously imagined. Everyday people who come to visit from other places appreciate what many Hamptonites tend to take for granted, especially after a long summer of partying with the stars.
By the end of the film, Lynch is ready to head home, back to his life with a new set of eyes. He looks at the world differently; he appreciates the beauty of his family, his wife especially, and is ready to show the world a side of himself that he has never revealed. Without the Hamptons, Lynch may have found himself stuck in a crisis that he once believed would plague him forever. The Hamptons lured him in with hungry eyes and spit him back out with a new head on his shoulders, put on tighter than ever.