The Overnight

Alex, Emily, and their son, RJ, are new to Los Angeles. A chance meeting at the park introduces them to the mysterious Kurt, Charlotte, and Max. A family “playdate” becomes increasingly interesting as the night goes on.

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  • ★★★★ review by brat pitt on Letterboxd

    jason schwartzman's huge bong (and huge dong!) cleansed my entire spirit & i feel i have been reborn

  • ★★★½ review by Mr. DuLac on Letterboxd

    If you're uncomfortable you don't have to do anything you don't want to.

    -Emily

    It's like someone made a roller coaster of awkward moments with each peak going higher and higher until you either regret your decision for even going on the ride, or you're thrilled with the climactic end.

    It tackles actual marriage issues and questions of sexual identity, but in the end doesn't have much to say about either. It has a hell of a time just exploring them though during the course of one night and two couples.

    Second movie I've seen from director Patrick Brice this year, with the other being Creep, it's clear that he and the Duplass Brothers have no interest in making films we've seen before. How he restrained himself and kept this film low key despite having huge WTF moments is beyond me, but the film is stronger for it.

  • ★★★★ review by Jared S. on Letterboxd

    Part of 2015 Films Ranked

    The Overnight is a hilariously awkward, consistently intriguing exploration of male insecurity and the unspoken but very present secrets of marriage. It doesn't delve too deep into either, but the supremely talented leading cast and increasingly awkward scenarios culminate into an incredibly entertaining and frequently laugh out loud experience that I'm tentatively looking forward to revisiting.

    Jason Schwartzman is great.

    And this song is great.

  • ★★★½ review by Darren Fx on Letterboxd

    "How many robes do you have?"

    The usual mumblecore comedy drama: a series of awkward moments escalating with mental drama mixed in for good measure; but this was done a little better than most others I have seen.

    It's generally funny and the casting alone is a pretty great metaphor to say the least.

    Anybody else see that the two couples are like bizarro versions of each other? They kinda look exactly alike, it's both great and weird.

    Fun film, even if it is a little awkward at times.

  • ★★★½ review by Keith Garrett on Letterboxd

    Hilarious, uncomfortable, and sweet, this film takes place over the course of one very interesting night as Alex and Emily try to make new adult friends in a new town. But their new friends have something a little more "adult" in mind than they anticipated.

    It's an entirely slapstick-friendly premise that's handled with a surprising restraint and rarely feels cartoony. All the players turn in great comedic performances, but I would like to see Schwartzman try to play a character that isn't douchey for once.

    Overall, I'm a fan of films that take place over the course of one weird, transformative night and this one did it well. And, at 1 hour 15 minutes, it never overstays its welcome.

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