The Overnight Review

The Overnight
  • Directing6
  • Writing6
  • Acting7.5

The Overnight works efficiently as a low-key comedy with amusing performances by both Jason Schwartzman and Adam Scott. It's definitely different and writer/director Patrick Brice capitalizes on that fact.


Indie filmmaker Patrick Brice‘s The Overnight is the latest low-key comedy produced by the popular Duplass Brothers and starring Jason Schwartzman and Adam Scott, along with Taylor Schilling and Judith Godreche. The Overnight is openly weird and constantly throwing curve-balls, creating for an interesting night of comedy and emotions, captured with an uncensored and non-judging eye by Patrick Brice.

Alex (Adam Scott) and Emily (Taylor Schilling) have just moved to L.A. with their son Max and they don’t exactly know anyone. Alex is afraid that his wife Emily will get tied down with her new job, leaving him at home with his son and no way of meeting any new people or friends.

Suddenly, that notion changes as they meet Kurt (Jason Schwartzman) and Charlotte (Judith Godreche) at a park and casual talk turns into a simple dinner date.

Things start off normal as their kids enjoy bonding over pizza, but then the kids are put to bed and the night takes an interesting turn for the weird.

The Overnight is a boozed up romp, laced in drugs and full of humor as Alex, Emily, Kurt and Charlotte do more than just explore their own insecurities and self-doubts on a wide array of topics up for discussion.

Patrick Brice‘s latest presents itself as a low-key comedy, but also acts as an examination of couples and marriage and what that love exactly means.

It doesn’t bother digging into anything too deeply, because this is a comedy for the most part, but the film does come with enough baggage to be labeled anything but pointless.

It’s Brice’s free-flowing nature of the film and how he slowly, but efficiently unravels the film’s narrative in a way that feels light, fun and adventurous, but still ludicrous and raunchy.

The Overnight is definitely a film that will not gel with a majority of the theater-going audiences, but it’s a treat for those looking for something a little different.

Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman control the screen as two everyday dads and husbands, full of their own problems, but still just looking for a little room to expand and have a little fun.

Taylor Schilling‘s Emily might be the only completely sane woman in the film, but even she has her wants and needs. Her character is more reserved initially, but comes full-circle with the rest of the film as the story moves forward.

The Overnight is a very intimate film, almost entirely shot inside of a house with four characters. Occasionally it ventures off, but it’s mostly a focused film that spends more time getting to know its characters then it does on throwaway jokes and humor.

This is a comedy, but not something that you’ll be laughing out loud every other minute. It spends a good amount of time on its jokes and gags and the timing is spot on and only makes the scenes that much sillier and funny.

The Overnight is full of surprises, almost always taking a sharp turn in the opposite direction whenever you think you have the film figured out, which makes for a fun and exciting film that’s never predictable.

Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman‘s comedic talent is on full display here, while Taylor Shilling shines in her individual moments too. Patrick Brice deserves a nod for his execution, which isn’t flawless, but entertaining in its own right.

I wouldn’t call The Overnight one of the better films of the summer or even one of the funniest films of the year, but I would call it an effective low-key comedy that’s all about characters and real-life situations that get dealt with maturely and yet still on the crazy side.

The Overnight is a contained comedy, given weight by its performances and strength from its writer/director. The material is never elevated, instead firmly grounded in its own weird little world and I give Brice credit for accomplishing that and making such a film, but I don’t exactly think that most will walk away from this film having any sort of lasting impression. It’s good, but not great and definitely not something that will get better with repeat viewings. The unpredictability of the entire film is a treat that can only be experienced once.

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