Monday, February 15, 2016

Movie review: The Overnight

New to Los Angeles, Alex, Emily, and their son, RJ, meet another family at the park and arrange a get together for the kids to play and parents to get acquainted. Instead, the evening gets strange once the kids are put to bed.

Adam Scott (Alex), Taylor Schilling (Emily), Jason Schwartzman (Kurt), Judith Godreche (Charlotte), Max Moritt (Max), R.J. Hermes (RJ).

The Overnight feels a bit quirky at first as Alex and Emily meet Kurt at the park. Once the playdate is underway things quickly get more interesting with Kurt and Charlotte being over-the-top in just about every way. Most obviously, they seem to be seriously sex-crazed. As the story develops a few twists are thrown in that lead us to moral and ethical revelations and keep the story quite entertaining. The film finally concludes with a surprisingly realistic finish, and maybe a chuckle or two.

Acting was very good with Scott delivering good emotion throughout. Schilling also did well and played nicely with everyone else in the film. Schwartzman was enjoyable and did nicely with his quirky, emotional role. Godreche was solid if somewhat less engaging than the others. The remainder of the cast was solid.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good with the main focus of the film, the house, very nicely done. Action scenes were mild but enjoyable. Dialogue was very good with nice depth that helped bring out the emotions in the movie. Sound and soundtrack were good.

In the morning The Overnight turns out to be both more and less enjoyable than expected. The film has a strange way of holding audience attention despite some slow spots and more than a couple that may make you cringe. While there is some edgy content here, much of the film isn't as it seems, which actually makes it even more enjoyable. Dark comedy fans should enjoy this one.

With strong graphic sexuality, plenty of nudity, foul language, adult situations, and drug use save this one for adults and above.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 2.4.16
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Comedy, Dark Comedy, Late Night Comedy, Independent Comedy, Raunchy Comedy

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