The Little Hours (2017)
Critic Consensus: The Little Hours gets plenty of goofy mileage out of its gifted ensemble, anchoring its ribald laughs in a period comedy with some surprisingly timely subtext.
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The momentum peters out by the end, but by then its job is already done. "The Little Hours" is good for some big laughs.
Whether or not Baena does right by Boccaccio, he definitely does right by Aubrey Plaza, his girlfriend and indie comedy's reigning queen of mean.
No matter how obvious the set-up - what if men and women of the cloth were ... rude and sexy??? - the cast gives every scene just enough of a deadpan spin to sell it, at least for the first hour.
True, The Little Hours is essentially a one-joke comedy - but most of the jokes under the umbrellas of that one joke are pretty damn, I mean darn, funny.
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This is quite an interesting concept that gets a lot of mileage but is a hit and miss affair. The film starts with a lot of quirky humor but it can't maintain the pacing as it moulds into melodrama. The cast are impressive as they banter without a full script, something I discovered after. I thought the film was going to be slightly better and a potential cult film but it only comes out above average. The biggest lag is waiting for the next zany scene which is either odd or slighly funny. Reilly is one of the funniest in a small but great role for him, he can do so much with so little. I had watched this with recommendations and while it is funny, it just can't keep the momentum the whole way. 10-11-2017.
Man was I ever ready to love The Little Hours. It actually pretty much hadn't even entered my mind that I might not. Unfortunately, that was the case. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that The Little Hours is terrible, far from it. It's better than a lot of the American comedies I've watched recently. But overall my experience with the movie would be described more as "interesting" or "different" or maybe even "okay" rather than a flat out "good". I'm always happy to see Aubrey Plaza and Alison Brie getting work (especially outside of things like Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates or Get Hard respectively), but I was a little disappointed by The Little Hours.
Like a Catholic schoolboys fevered fantasy here is a Python-esque/National Enquirer look under-the-covers, as it were, of a secluded medieval convent. Expect some smiles as the ladies do their all to subvert expectations, brooking their natural inclinations inasmuch as it is possible, which is all that Catholic schoolboys among you dream of. Frequently. In secret. Not quite cult, but certainly in that vein.
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