The Overnight

The Overnight ★★★★

Both a raunchy sex comedy AND a surprisingly thoughtful and poignant film about marriage and adult sexuality, THE OVERNIGHT is a very interesting, very modern film that grows even more interesting in hindsight.

Young, married parents Alex (Adam Scott) and Emily (Taylor Schilling, from ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK) are eager to make new friends, having recently moved to Los Angeles with their young son. When they meet slightly-weird-but-friendly Kurt (Jason Schwartzman) and receive a dinner invitation for later that evening, they think they may finally have some new, hip-young-parent friends to hang out with. The evening starts out normally enough, but once Kurt and his French wife Charlotte (Judith Godreche) put the kids to bed upstairs, things get a little weird.

The unpredictability of THE OVERNIGHT is one of its chief assets, so I'm not going to go into detail, but let's just say that in some ways it goes exactly the direction you think it's going to, but in many others ways it absolutely does not. Writer/director Patrick Brice (who also made the terrific CREEP) keeps things lively without getting too broad, and he finds a perfect ending that is laced with lingering, subtle tension, but also has an overriding and disarming sense of grace and acceptance of life's strangeness.

I should also give full props to the cast; all four leads are excellent and blend exceptionally well together. Great soundtrack, too!

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