Directed by Patrick Brice
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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★★★½ review by Mr. DuLac on Letterboxd
If you're uncomfortable you don't have to do anything you don't want to.
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
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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.
★★★★ 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 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.
★★★★ review by Dave on Letterboxd
How refreshing to see a comedy handle human sexuality in such a frank and candid way. Notice the terms "hetero" "bi" or "gay" were not even mentioned once in this film. Gender roles are blurred beautifully here as two married couples have a double date and their evening escalates into a wild night of self-discovery and sexual awakening.
Writer-Director Patrick Brice (who nailed it with CREEP earlier this year) proves yet again to be incredibly deft in handling tone. I was waiting for THE OVERNIGHT to dive into "creepy" territory as ulterior motives eventually surfaced, but the actors showcase an incredible sense of empathy and vulnerability. These are real people with deep, underlying sexual issues and the film has no intentions of sugar-coating it or even playing it for laughs. The insecurities of our characters are very real. Who doesn't have insecurities about their bodies or sexual performance? What couple doesn't struggle with sexual dynamics?
Even if the ending was a bit too pat, I still walked away extremely satisfied. THE OVERNIGHT is an insightful, thoughtful comedy, exploring some territory rarely mined in this genre.
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