The Overnight


The Overnight

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Witty and unpredictable, The Overnight benefits from writer-director Patrick Brice's sure-handed touch and strong performances from a talented cast.



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Alex (Adam Scott), Emily (Taylor Schilling), and their son, RJ, have recently moved to​ ​Los Angeles' Eastside from Seattle. Feeling lost in a new city, they are desperate to find their first new friends. After a chance meeting with Kurt (Jason Schwartzman) at the neighborhood park, they gladly agree to join family pizza night at the home. But as it gets later and the kids go to bed, the family "playdate" becomes increasingly more revealing and bizarre as the couples begin to​ ​open up. (C) The Orchard

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Critic Reviews for The Overnight

All Critics (125) | Top Critics (33)

  • Brice goes a bit too broad at times, but he keeps things just funny and edgy and open enough for "The Overnight" to work.

    Jul 3, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • "The Overnight" isn't much - in fact, it's hardly anything. For what it is, though, it's enough.

    Jul 2, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • It's a short film, weighing in at 79 minutes, but that feels about right. You probably wouldn't want to spend a lot more time with these folks, no matter how intriguing their company.

    Jul 2, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • There are plenty of cathartic home truths here and no shortage of amusing moments, but it's hardly subversive filmmaking.

    Jun 26, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • In its best moments, The Overnight deviates from the conventions of a party movie (or "sex comedy," as it has been christened) and veers toward the experimental, the uncanny, the unsettling.

    Jun 26, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • What makes The Overnight work as well as it does is the cast. The performances here are truly fearless and engaging, with Schwartzman and Scott in particular in high gear.

    Jun 25, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Liz Braun

    Toronto Sun
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Overnight

  • Feb 26, 2018
    This was an over sexualized comedy, it had a chance to be good but failed. The concept may be somewhat original, but the execution was not flawless. The actors interesting enough worked hard to keep this a float, to me it drowned.
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  • Jul 14, 2016
    I don't think I expected to see Adam Scott or Jason Schwartzman dancing naked in two prosthetic lower limbs (if you catch my drift), but those images have now been put to bed...unlike, The Overnight, which keeps our four main characters awake the entire 24-hour period in a movie that subverts expectation to the max. While I knew going in there wasn't anything nefarious about Schwartzman and Judith Godreche's couple, you still couldn't help but feel just slightly uneasy as their true motives began to unfurl before actually revealing themselves to Scott and Taylor Schilling's duo. There is tons of misdirection here with some delightful jokes and surprises and some surprisingly tactile emotional drama about marriage, love and friendship. While the material may fluctuate from over-the-top silliness to downright somber at the drop of a pin, there's enough fun to be had watching the will-they-won't-they dynamic between the two couples based purely on the acting skills of our four characters.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2016
    The new Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. I haven't seen that 60s film, but I was recently reading about it in the book Medium Cool. In this iteration of the same basic plot, in 2015, we have a couple from New York moving to Los Angeles. They meet a sort of hipster, European infused couple with some unusual kinks and a son the same age as the New York couple's son. A play date for the young boys turns into a debauched night for the four adults. This is Alex & Emily & Kurt & Charlotte with a dose of bisexuality and a bit more pay off in the end that the 60s movie withheld.
    Byron B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2015
    For a while, you question what is the point of all his. Then it becomes clear. Writer/director Patrick Brice has fashioned a whole comedy around male insecurity. It's the squares vs. the swingers. Their night of discussion highlighted by an escalating series of outré moments: Charlotte's acting career, Kurt's paintings, a dip in the pool, a wine run excursion. I'll admit there are a few mildly amusing bits here and there. It's sort of like if Woody Allen directed Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. Unfortunately, what this ultimately leads to doesn't justify the entire evening that we have endured with these people. The punchline of an ending is pretty limp. This is a comedy skit, not a movie. Size doesn't matter. Yet it's only a mere 79 minutes. Still I wouldn't have even spent that much time in their house. Honestly I wish I hadn't even attended in the first place.
    Mark H Super Reviewer

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