I am a fan of “Orange is the New Black” starring Taylor Schilling, so I was eager to see “The Overnight,” which received pretty good reviews. It is written and directed by Patrick Brice.
Emily (Schilling) and her husband, Alex (Adam Scott), are a couple in their 30’s who have recently moved from Seattle to a hip LA neighborhood. Emily has a job, but Alex doesn’t. They haven’t yet made any new friends, and Alex is especially concerned about this, since he feels isolated and lonely. Their young son, RJ, gets invited to a birthday party. The father of one of the other boys at the party, Kurt (Jason Schwartzman) introduces himself and invites them over to his place for pizza that night.
Kurt and his very sexy wife, Charlotte (Judith Godrèche), live in a very spacious, beautiful house. The dinner goes well, with plenty of wine, and Kurt convinces Emily and Alex to put RJ to sleep in their son’s room, so they can spend more time together.
The film then veers off in an interesting direction, which is at-times hilarious and, except few a few slow moments, consistently engaging. Kurt and Charlotte have an agenda and Emily and Alex get caught up in it. As the night continues, vulnerabilities in both couples’ relationships get revealed. The movie at times is absurd and some scenes are completely over-the-top, but, on the whole, there are enough funny and well-written scenes to make the film worth seeing.
The movie is being marketed as a comedy, but it’s primarily a drama with some very funny scenes.