Monday, October 05, 2015

Movie Review - The Overnight

The Overnight (2015)
Starring Adam Scott, Jason Schwartzman, Taylor Schilling, and Judith Godrèche
Directed by Patrick Brice

In The Overnight, we meet Alex and Emily (Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling) who have just moved to Los Angeles from Seattle.  While taking their son to a local park, they meet Kurt (Jason Schwartzman) who is also there with his son who tells the recent transplants to come to his house for dinner.  Knowing very few people, Alex and Emily agree and upon their arrival meet Kurt's French wife Charlotte (Judith Godrèche).  Eclectic and somehow oddly charming, as the wine is poured and the pot is smoked, Alex and Emily find themselves being won over by the free-wheeling LA couple.  As the night continues, things become increasingly more humorously wild and zanily crazy eventually reaching several points of no return that take Alex and Emily to places they've never been before.

Breezy, light, and certainly funny, The Overnight is simple, yet effective.  This adult sex comedy (of sorts) is all about pushing boundaries and comfort levels as we in the audience find ourselves relating to the LA newcomers and their shock as Kurt and Charlotte keep topping themselves with raucousness.  Featuring a strong quartet of actors, writer-director Patrick Brice has given each actor a few unique nuances to work with that give a surprising amount of character depth considering that the film essentially takes place over the course of one day.  All four actors more than hold their own and are certainly adept at creating comedic moments.

The Overnight isn't going to blow you away by any means, but it's definitely funny if you're willing to take the journey with the characters.

The RyMickey Rating:  B

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