The Overnight – A touching, intelligent, and most importantly hilarious sex comedy
Written and directed by: Patrick Brice
Last time we heard from writer/director Patrick Brice, it was from 2014’s Duplass brothers produced, effective, found footage squirmfest “Creep”. This time around (and once again with The Duplass’ producing) he takes a swing (no pun intended) at a completely different type of movie. In “The Overnight”, Brice is armed with his own clever screenplay and a group of talented actors playing roles that are right in their respective wheelhouses.
Adam Scott (Parks and Rec) and Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black) play married couple Alex and Emily. They have recently moved to LA from Seattle with their son R.J.. Right away, we see that the duo are loving and compatible… except for one small issue; their sexual chemistry is not what you would call “Inspiring”. They have awkward intercourse which is, almost ritualistically, finished by them each “Helping themselves”.
New to the area and adjusting to new roles (Alex as the stay at home dad and Emily as the bread winner), they are eager to make new friends. So when they meet odd yet charismatic Kurt (Schwartzman), while their sons play together at the park, it doesn’t take a whole lot of convincing for Kurt to get them to agree to dinner at his and his lovely wife’s (Godrèche) house.
They show up, $2 wine in hand, to their prospective new friends’ house (more of a mansion), and the night begins. At first things are basically normal. The dads play with the kids, and they all enjoy pizza (and a few bottles of wine for the adults). Then things take a turn, when the kids fall asleep upstairs, and the rest of the night is one sexually tense situation after another.
Scott and Schilling are delightful as a committed, caring husband and wife. Adam Scott plays Alex with a lot of his character Ben from “Parks and Rec” to him. He is constantly on edge and angry with himself for being so. Schilling is just the right amount of strength and tenderness. It is Jason Schwartzman though who really elevates the film with his pompous yet likable brand of humor. Kurt drives the conversation, and sexual tone of the night with a wonderful ease that Schwartzman is so good at portraying.
“The Overnight” is fun, honest, and entertaining. The whole cast are great, singularly and as an ensemble. Brice is now two for two in his collaborations with the brothers Duplass. It will be interesting to see where he goes with his next film.