Is 'Addicted To Fresno' Based On A True Story? The New Indie Comedy Has Roots In Real Dysfunction

Movies about sisters tend to be good, so a movie in which one of those sisters is a sex addict who is fresh out of rehab and lands a job as a maid at a hotel with her lesbian sister and then accidentally kills one of the hotel guests? That's bound to be great. The new indie comedy Addicted to Fresno, out Sept. 4, stars Judy Greer and Natasha Lyonne as sisters Shannon and Martha, and while the story of sex addiction and accidental murder might sound a little too good to be real, believe it or not, Addicted to Fresno is based on a true story.

In an effort to make art imitate life, director Jamie Babbit (Girls, Looking) and writer Karey Dornetto (Portlandia, Community) thought it would be a good idea to combine their pasts for Shannon and Martha's insane story. Babbit's mom ran a rehab clinic in Cleveland and her grandmother was a sex addict. Dornetto has always had a difficult relationship with her bipolar sister and has been going through therapy all her life to repair it. If you combine all of that, and add in murder, the robbery of a sex toy store, and a shoot on location in the little suburban oasis of Fresno, California, then you have yourself a dysfunctional family movie that is pure comedy gold.

Babbit and Dornetto have an impressive track record when it comes to eccentric comedies with cult followings for both TV and film. Based on Addicted to Fresno, they pull out all the stops with some great comedic talent that fits their mold of the unconventional. Some of the faces you may recognize, and others may be brand new to you. Here is a breakdown of the actors that will probably make Fresno a sleeper comedy hit to end the summer:

Judy Greer 

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Judy Greer worked with Babbit on the FX show Married, but you probably recognize her from her endless resume of funny shows including Arrested Development, Archer, and BoJack Horseman.

Natasha Lyonne 

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As of late, Natasha Lyonne has been seen on the uber-successful Netflix series Orange is the New Black, but she first worked with Babbit in one of her very first roles in cult classic But I'm a Cheerleader. 

Malcolm Barrett 

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You probably seen him in a fair share of sketch comedy shows like Key & Peele and The Kroll Show, but you haven't lived until you've seen him preside over Nerd Court.

Jessica St. Clair

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The Upright Citizens Brigade performer and actor has been seen on plenty of sketch shows, movies and on her series Playing House. But I prefer listening to her as the character Melissa Wompler on the podcast WOMP! It Up.

Aubrey Plaza 

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How could you not love her as Parks and Rec's April Ludgate, Pawnee's favorite demon with a heart of gold?

Fred Armisen

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He's worked well with Dornetto on Portlandia, so it only makes sense that he'd be included in the Fresno fold.

Molly Shannon

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If you don't know who Molly Shannon is, then I can't help you.

With all these great people on board, Babbit and Dornetto have built a team that is essentially the Avengers of comedic actors. 

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