Thursday, July 30, 2015

MINI-REVIEW: The Overnight

The Overnight

Adam Scott,
Jason Schwartzman


June 19, 2015

Patrick Brice

The Orchard

1 hour 20 minutes



It's films like this that make me appreciate how little you need in terms of sets and how simple a story can be to make something truly great. "The Overnight" is a movie with a mostly recognizable cast, including the likes of Adam Scott from "Parks and Recreation" and Taylor Schilling from "Orange Is The New Black," and takes place over the course of a single night in the lives of two couples. Both couples have young sons who quickly become friends after meeting at the park, but it's when they're tucked away for bed when the party really begins in this strange little movie. To call this a "raunchy sex comedy" in my eyes is kind of demeaning to the film, because it's a lot more than that.  Sure there's crude language, explicit sexual talk, and some full frontal nudity, but this is a lot sweeter and a lot more realistic than it would look on the outside. Ok it's not 100% realistic, but it's an incredibly sweet film.  This is a movie about self-discovery, living life to the fullest, and blossoming out of your comfort zone, which is something I think a lot of people can relate to.

We all sometimes feel confined in our own little worlds and are afraid to break out of our shells, and to me this film is a perfect representation of that. The four leads in this film, them being Scott, Schilling, Jason Schwartzman, and Judith Godrèche, all have charming and secretive sides to one another that make them feel like real people and not just characters from the mind of a writer.  Schwartzman in particular is a radiant ball of sunshine in this, bringing the laughs, sweetness, heart, and drama to his character every step of the way.  Clocking in at a short 80 minutes, this movie never dragged or felt too fast.  Nothing felt over the top, too raunchy, or too strange.  This is as perfect a comedy as we're going to get all year, and I honestly haven't been able to stop thinking about it since I saw it.  Writer/director Patrick Brice has created an honest, hilarious, weird, and consistently entertaining little comedy that may go down as one of 2015's shiniest gems.  If "The Overnight" is playing near you, don't hesitate and go see it.  If it isn't, wait for it on DVD and watch it then.  Either way, please just see this movie.


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