Afternoon Delight (2013)
AFTERNOON DELIGHT is the story of Rachel, a stay-at-home mom who becomes obsessed with saving a stripper named McKenna. It's nine am. You've just dropped your kid off at school. Pick-up is at four. No one knows where you are, and no one needs you. So what now? Rachel is a quick-witted and lovable, yet tightly coiled, thirty-something steeped in the creative class of Los Angeles's bohemian, affluent Silver Lake neighborhood. Everything looks just right-chic modernist home, successful husband, adorable child and hipster wardrobe. But when she visits a strip club to spice up her marriage and gets a private dance from McKenna, something cracks open. Rachel returns to the scene of the dance to get to know McKenna, and soon after, adopt her as a live-in nanny. This bold move unleashes unimagined and colorful waves of change into Rachel's life, marriage and community. (c) FilmArcade … More
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Critic Reviews for Afternoon Delight
The story doesn't hold together, but Hahn and Temple are terrific.
The entire film is good but the revelation here is Hahn, reliably one of the funniest women in Hollywood, now suddenly given a rich, complex and even sexy role.
It's refreshing to hear dialogue that's natural and modern and doesn't try to pontificate. And the rewards are many.
"Afternoon Delight" puts the typical suburban mother's lifestyle under an uncomfortably honest microscope, then documents the sporadically funny and occasionally sad results.
Funny and trenchant, it isn't a shapely farce. It's a comedy of confusion that dares to be unlikable -- and somehow, that makes it more lovable.
Kathryn Hahn is outstanding as the unraveling Rachel ... capable of significantly more depth than she's had the chance to display in her regular goofball comedy roles.
Relaxed, intuitive performances from the top-notch ensemble cast pay dividends, with Hahn commandingly stressy in the central role, and Michaela Watkins impressively abrasive as neighbourhood organiser-in-chief.
[Soloway] delves fearlessly into raw, intimate and uncomfortable areas that more conventional comedies would avoid like the plague.
Tension dissolves towards the end but Jane Lynch's turn (as Rachel's pompous, self-referential shrink) never gets old.
There are some very dark corners in this cheeky comedy, which explores relationships and sexuality in unusually realistic ways.
The cast is uniformly excellent, but special mention is due to Jane Lynch as a narcissistic therapist with distracting glasses.
Occupies much the same space as the films of director Nicole Holofcener and does so pretty well.
An enjoyable romantic drama with refreshingly interesting female characters and a duo of impressive performances from Kathryn Hahn and Juno Temple.
Perhaps we're supposed to be laughing? Given the constantly wavering tone, it seems writer/director Jill Soloway doesn't really know what she wants.
Soloway spikes the clichés with refreshingly rude humour, steadily darkens the mood and gets gold from her lead: her face a rubbery miracle of expressive range, Hahn laces every dramatic/comic beat with the zing and sting of truth.
Six Feet Under scribe Jill Soloway offers a wry perspective on married life as Temple's stripper-with-a-heart is lobbed into this domestic yarn like a firecracker in an arms cache.
Love, happiness, and finding peace take a little time. Afternoon Delight captures these feelings in the most sincere way possible.
Soloway has staked her claim on edgy urban female neuroticism; more importantly, she's advanced Hahn's career.
Soloway teases rather than fully develops several different fascinating ideas in Afternoon Delight and while the flick doesn't ultimately cohere into a wholly satisfying single entity it's still an incredibly compelling experience.
There's a delicious discomfort in watching a funny person deliberately not being funny - think Jerry Lewis in "King of Comedy" - that gives "Afternoon Delight" an agreeably tart flavor.
Afternoon Delight is the pitch-perfect morning, afternoon or evening viewing for any stay-at-home-mum who gets the 'grass is always greener' speech from her working sisters.
this is a role-swap dramedy, wherein two very different walks of life are brought under the same roof in a social experiment that sees generations gel, classes clash, and sexualities merge... too coarse and cruel to be dismissed as frothy romcom.
We've heard the protagonist's gripes before. But actress Kathryn Hahn is so enthralling and right that Rachel's poor little rich girl suffering feels harsh and real.
Audience Reviews for Afternoon Delight
The cure for the common marriage.
Good Film! Afternoon Delight plays a bit like a Judd Apatow flick, from a female perspective. This is a perfect example of a movie that is not done justice by its trailer. If you watch it you will expect a raunchy sex comedy. What this is a very personal and sometimes depressing movie about how a women goes to drastic measures to change her life. This is a true dark dramedy about what a woman will do when she feels trapped. Overall, this is the definition of the saying "be careful what you wish for." A real surprise that I really liked and recommend.
Rachel is a quick-witted and lovable stay-at-home mom. Frustrated with the realities of preschool auctions, a lackluster sex life and career that's gone kaput, Rachel visits a strip club to spice up her marriage and meets McKenna, a stripper she adopts as her live-in nanny.
Kathryn Hahn and June Temple's performances are the best reasons to watch this film. They shine here. They have a great on screen chemistry. It is great seeing Hahn play a leading role in a film. The film did surprise me. I thought it was well written and has some great dialog.
I thought there was some solid supporting work by Jane Lynch, Jessica St. Clair, and Michaela Watkins. The weak link in my opinion was Josh Radnor. I didn't think he had a good chemistry with Hahn. I think another actor in that role would have done a better job. I keep thinking someone like Jason Bateman or Zach Braff would have done better.
I still recommend this film, especially cause of June Temple and Kathryn Hahn's performances.
Refreshingly different comedy-drama written and directed by Jill Soloway for which she received the directing award at the last Sundance Festival! She's clearly got a taste for raw material, but maybe she should consider using top actors and just let the events flow without any pressure - but even like this it was wonderful.
Starring very bravely cast Kathryn Hahn as Rachel, Juno Temple as McKenna and Josh Radnor as Jeff, it is mostly enjoyable film about challenges in life and lacks of the appreciation of things we already have. It is told through the eyes of a woman who reaches sexual awakening in a sexless marriage. Contrived and raucous comedy which needs to be taken seriously most of the time, even if could be as serious as an adult girls'-night-out attraction.
Rachel (Hahn) is a quick-witted and lovable stay-at-home mom. Frustrated with the realities of preschool auctions, a lacklustre sex life and career that's gone kaput, Rachel visits a strip club to spice up her marriage and meets McKenna (Temple), a stripper she adopts as her live-in nanny.
Maybe I enjoyed Hahn's Rachel more than the others because I am not familiar with her sitcom characters and I took her for serious truly self-reflective soul. I found the ending a little bit forced and unrealistic, but everything else I enjoyed immensely.
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