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Afternoon Delight (2013)

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65

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 8

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
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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,

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Drama, Comedy

Jill Soloway

Feb 18, 2014

$0.2M

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All Critics (69) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (23)

The story doesn't hold together, but Hahn and Temple are terrific.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
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The results are a little life lesson-y but well-observed.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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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.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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It's refreshing to hear dialogue that's natural and modern and doesn't try to pontificate. And the rewards are many.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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"Afternoon Delight" puts the typical suburban mother's lifestyle under an uncomfortably honest microscope, then documents the sporadically funny and occasionally sad results.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Orange County Register
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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.

March 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

[Soloway] delves fearlessly into raw, intimate and uncomfortable areas that more conventional comedies would avoid like the plague.

March 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Tension dissolves towards the end but Jane Lynch's turn (as Rachel's pompous, self-referential shrink) never gets old.

March 28, 2014 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

There are some very dark corners in this cheeky comedy, which explores relationships and sexuality in unusually realistic ways.

March 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

The cast is uniformly excellent, but special mention is due to Jane Lynch as a narcissistic therapist with distracting glasses.

March 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Occupies much the same space as the films of director Nicole Holofcener and does so pretty well.

March 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

An enjoyable romantic drama with refreshingly interesting female characters and a duo of impressive performances from Kathryn Hahn and Juno Temple.

March 27, 2014 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

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.

March 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

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.

March 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

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.

March 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Love, happiness, and finding peace take a little time. Afternoon Delight captures these feelings in the most sincere way possible.

February 19, 2014 Full Review Source: ChaseWhale.com
ChaseWhale.com

Soloway has staked her claim on edgy urban female neuroticism; more importantly, she's advanced Hahn's career.

February 5, 2014 Full Review Source: SF Weekly
SF Weekly

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.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

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.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Madison Movie
Madison Movie

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.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys

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.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

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.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Arts Fuse
Arts Fuse

Feels rather 'been there, done that' for a movie that keeps (idly, as it turns out) threatening to turn transgressive. Still, by putting utility player Hahn front and center, Soloway earns instant good will.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Afternoon Delight has many small pleasures but falls far short of reaching the G spot.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It's not exactly skyrockets in flight, but you still might want to get yourself some 'Afternoon Delight.' It will curl your toes and straighten your outlook on sex and the married woman in a pleasurable and often erotic way.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

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.
March 18, 2014
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Manu Gino

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three stars...
February 4, 2014
YodaMasterJedi
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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.
February 24, 2014
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Panta Oz

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Afternoon Delight is a 'day in the life' kind of story of a mother played by Kathryn Hahn. She's typically known for her comedy, but like most successful comedic actors, they have an ability to be serious while still flashing a tinge of hilarity into their work to keep you honest. We've seen movies like "This is Forty" or that movie Will Ferrell was in or Tom Hanks was in when it was all about the male midlife crisis, but on a different take, we get to see the woman's crisis.

I enjoyed Hahn's character breaking out of the rut of her lifeless marriage with stripper (sex worker) Juno Temple. She was pretty excellent and may even deliver the best performance of the film even though it's Hahn's show. Josh Radnor gives a performance as a cooler Ted from HIMYM, but I'm still not convinced he has any greater acting ability with any dimension.

The few holes I was left thinking about afterwards happened to be with the immediate relationship nix of Temple and Hahn's character near the end of the film. I thought it would get more attention considering the Hahn's character evolves purely through Temple's, but then the film redirects on goes back to the marriage. There's plenty of material to make you think the marriage is slowly wilting, but only on the outside. I wasn't as interested in that as I was in Temple and Hahn being on screen together and stealing the show.
March 11, 2014
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