New friendships push boundaries in Patrick Brice’s The Overnight. Upon moving to LA and needing to make friends, Alex (Adam Scott) and Emily (Taylor Schilling) quickly become acquainted with Kurt (Jason Schwartzman), a fellow parent whose son seems to really click with theirs. A chance meeting at the park leads to an invite for pizza, and Alex and Emily are excited to have so easily stumbled upon a new friendship in their new home.
Jason Schwartzman steals the film and creates a character who is as endearing as he is off-putting.
The Overnight is a bold sex comedy that builds tension consistently throughout it’s concise 79 minute run-time. As Alex and Emily get to know Kurt and his wife Charlotte (Judith Godreche), and as the night turns from pizza to an adult sleepover party, the stakes get higher and the intentions of this LA couple become more and more suspicious. Convinced to spend the night as their children sleep soundly upstairs, Alex and Emily get deeper into the lifestyle and relationship between Kurt and Charlotte, which is highly complex, and which pushes Alex and Emily out of their comfort zones. Kurt, who invigorates a new sense of self into the timid and self-conscious Alex, makes the creepy and bizarre nature of his hobbies (such as a passion for painting one very specific body part) oddly charming. This is due to the perfect casting of the always charismatic Jason Schwartzman, who steals the film and creates a character who is as endearing as he is off-putting. In fact, the whole cast is perfect- Adam Scott who often plays the straight man character gets to reveal the other side of the archetype, as he explores the insecurities of the average man and confronts them head on; Taylor Schilling who is the cool wife that is far more aware of the situation than her naive husband, and Judith Godreche who manages to balance innocence and European charm with her character’s needs for exploration outside of the marriage.
The Overnight is a small budget film that may fly under the radar, but it is laugh-out-loud hilarious and obscenely outrageous, while still balancing an air of charm and sincerity the whole way through.
What really works here is the humour, which is over-the-top and truly goes for it wherever it can. The Overnight is a small budget film that may fly under the radar, but it is laugh-out-loud hilarious and obscenely outrageous, while still balancing an air of charm and sincerity the whole way through. The characters actions seem questionable, but they are all rooted in love and desires that need to be fulfilled. As it is unclear for majority of the film whether or not Kurt and Charlotte are swingers attempting to get with Alex and Emily, the film treads this topic in a refreshing and open way. It raises important questions about sexuality, and especially about sexual satisfaction within a marriage. It is also highly stylistic for an otherwise straight-forward comedy, as it has some great sequences and use of music and lighting. The runtime is also perfect, as it is short enough to leave you wanting more-but also tells its story in full. With four brilliant comedic performances, a smart, funny, and relatable script, and some site-gags that you need to see to believe, The Overnight has the potential to be the comedy of the summer.