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The Overnight (2015)



Critic Consensus: 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 (124) | Top Critics (30)

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

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

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

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

July 2, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | 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.

June 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.

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

Attitudes are adjusted along with clothing, with all four main actors happily delivering more than Brice's uneven script and sitcomish directing asks of them.

June 25, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Overnight


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 Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

A good movie is spoiled by a ridiculous ending. I think those idiots the overrated Duplass brothers were involved and they almost pulled off a decent one until this drifts into strange and unbelievable territory.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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 Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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