“The Overnight” Review by Tarek Fayoumi


the overnight

Patrick Brice’s, “The Overnight” starts with a common family setup. A family of three. The family introduces us to Alex, Emily, and their son RJ (Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, and RJ Hernes). The family is just a regular family, however their behavior shifts once they accept a quirky invitation. That all begins once they meet Kurt and Charlotte (Jason Schwartzmann and Judith Godreche); a couple that is bizarre in many ways.

Alex and Emily move to Los Angeles. Upon their arrival, they take their son RJ to a playground. Within minutes of hanging around at the playground, Kurt introduces himself and invites Alex and Emily to hangout at his place with his wife, Charlotte. However, the night between the two couples becomes raunchy, awkward, and quite uncomfortable. Many unadulterated activities happen.

For Schartzmann, this role is perfect for him. He has the style of playing characters that are opinionated and have an ego. I have seen this in his HBO show, “Bored to Death” and his films such as “I Heart Huckabees” (2004), “Shopgirl (2005), and “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” (2010). Also in many Wes Anderson movies. Brice has the similar setup like Anderson’s “The Darjeeling Limited” (2007 and also starred Schwartzmann), but “The Overnight” does not have structure like “The Darjeeling Limited” does.

But “The Overnight” is at odds with Adam Scott. He is known for being funny, not serious. However, his attitude shifts from serious to funny in this movie. He gets crazier as the film progresses on. Scott looks like a whole new person towards “The Overnight’s” ridiculous climax.

“The Overnight” is different. Not your average film, but it has many evidence to support its positivity. It does so with the actions of the characters, the setting, and the result and the end of the movie.

Three stars.

THE OVERNIGHT - 2015 FILM STILL - Pictured: Jason Schwartzman and Judith GodrËche - Photo Credit: The Orchard

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