The Overnight, written and directed by Patrick Brice, is the fun story of an adult sleepover for an adult audience. The film opens with Alex (Adam Scott, Parks and Recreation) and his wife Emily (Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black), a young couple who has just moved to Los Angeles from Seattle and who hope to make some new friends in the city.
When their son RJ (RJ Hermes) meets a new friend at the park, the parents’ adventures begin. The father of this new friend is Kurt (Jason Schwartzman), a young man who epitomizes hipster cool and is the total opposite of the reserved, polite Alex and Emily. Soon, RJ and Kurt’s son makes plans to have a sleepover, and Alex and Emily are invited to the house as well. There, they meet Kurt’s wife, Charlotte (Judith Godrèche), a beautiful French model who does her own…interesting film work, to say the least.
The freewheeling Kurt and Charlotte are a sharp contrast to the uptight Alex and Emily. Once the kids are put to sleep, the real party starts. Alcohol and weed come out in spades, the clothes come off, and sex and drugs ensue into the night. More than once, Alex and Emily debate whether they should go home and leave this party behind, or stay and see how it all turns out in the end.
Even with all the craziness, what’s so special about this film is the bonding between the couples, men and women, and what they represent in marriage and the culture. Both couples, first seen as completely different from each other, show at the end that they have more in common with each other than once thought.
The film is full of surprises, from the way the couples interact to the raucous sex and drug-filled party itself. For a small film, it grapples with some big hooks and surprises along the way and packs a big punch. And it’s a good alternative to the over-the-top summer blockbusters playing at the multiplex.
If you’re looking for some adult humor and some serious laughs, don’t miss The Overnight, opening at the Burns on July 3. Tickets are on sale now!