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Screened as part of the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival indie comedy section, The Overnight is a racy mysterious couple’s comedy written and directed by Patrick Brice (Creep). This perfectly cast film stars Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation),

Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black), Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore) and French actress Judith Godreche (Ridicule), who gives the film a fitting European feel!

Alex, (Scott), Emily (Schilling) and their son RJ have recently moved from Seattle to a cool neighborhood in Los Angeles. The couple are very keen to find friends for their son and to fit in themselves. This is one of the themes explored in the film – parents who want to be accepted and included in fun activities. This is especially true for Alex, who is a shy, stay-at-home dad. At the park they meet Kurt (Schwartzman), a charismatic local dad whose son Max clicks with RJ. The couple then score an invite to a casual family pizza party and happily accept this seemingly innocent gesture.

Armed with their 2 buck chuck cheapie bottle of wine, the recent LA transplants arrive at a Kurt’s Spanish style home in the Hollywood hills and are warmly greeted by his hot French wife, Charlotte. With everybody bonding nicely, the hosts are determined to get their guests to lower their inhibitions, and, after a few bottles of wine, this is achieved. Kurt encourages the couple to sleep over even offering get their son off to sleep.  Very soon, they are watching Charlotte’s acting reel (a borderline pornographic video demonstrating how a breast pump works) while popping champagne, smoking bongs and dancing wildly.  Kurt shows off his strange acrylic paintings and as the night progresses, more deviant behavior ensues: skinny dipping, male nudity, kinky poses, driving while intoxicated, a late night visit to seedy happy ending massage parlor.

As the film has many risqué elements, credit must be given to the quartet of actors all of whom do the best they can with the thin script, farcical setups and confrontations. Scott turns out a very convincing performance as the insecure dad with body issues yet with a sense of adventure. Schilling is perfect as the loyal wife who is sexually frustrated and has secret desires. Without giving too much away, Kurt’s true motive for the evening is finally revealed but does not hit you with a lightning bolt. Schwartzman demonstrates his propensity for snappy comic dialogue while showing a vulnerable side. Godreche, pulls off her seductive role with ease – we find out that she has a double life and feel sympathetic about her dysfunctional marriage. Brice gives each actor a chance to shine and ultimately this is the film’s strongest attribute.

Overall, although there are true moments of hilarity, the uncomfortable sometimes shocking situations left this viewer happy to see the sun come up and the credits roll!

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