Tuesday, July 7, 2015

[Review] The Overnight

Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman, and Judith Godreche star is this squirmy yet entertaining sex comedy.

Emily (Schilling) and Alex (Scott) are a married couple with a kid, and they've just moved into a new neighborhood. During the hilarious opening scene, they try to squeeze in a quickie before their son wakes up and rushes in. This gives us a hint what we're in for. That same day at a park, they meet a strange fedora-wearing fellow named Kurt (Schwartzman), who invites them over to dinner for a neighborhood-warming party, as well as a play-date for their sons. But after the kids go to sleep, some crazy antics of swinger raunch and 'You Only Live Once' go down.

Emily and Alex are fairly traditional and square, while Kurt and Charlotte (Godreche) are more freewheeling and unfettered. Things gradually escalate as Emily and Alex learn more about the experimental couple, and eventually they reluctantly engage and let loose. The film capitalizes off of awkward moments, whether it's BIG ones, or even just small exchanges of dialogue. There's always an element of surprise when meeting new friends, but most likely not as shocking as what happens here. The film moves at a brisk pace, and it's 74-minute runtime leads to a pretty great ending.

Aside from the story's disruption of monogamy, and its subtle look at class differences, there isn't much else to say about this purely amusing farce. Oh, the things people will do to keep a marriage from going stale... even if it goes against all things that are marriage.


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