THE OVERNIGHT

The Overnight
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Every year there seems to be a particular theme which runs through a number of films which seems to capture the zeitgeist of that particular time and this year it would seem that theme is swinging.
Only two days in and already I am encountering my second film with this as its central topic-the other is Colin Kennedy’s ‘Swung’-although the two could not be further away from each other in approach and location as Patrick Brice’s ‘The Overnight’ has zany Californian optimism running through it whilst Kennedy’s offering is set in Glasgow and has the grainy, gritty and dirty humour of that particular city. Starring Taylor Schilling- ‘Orange is the New Black’- alongside Adam Scott, Jason Schwartzman and Judith Godreche ‘The Overnight’ is a light-hearted, frothy look at a scene which seems to encapsulate the sexual mores of the moment.
Alex and Emily (Scott and Schilling respectively) have just moved to LA with their son and are keen to make new friends so when they bump into the charming and enigmatic Kurt (Schwartzman) at the park with his son, who is of similar age to theirs, they are happy to take him up on the invite of dinner at his house. There they meet his beautiful wife Charlotte (Godreche) who is as sophisticated and mysterious as her husband. A pleasant dinner ensues but later when the kids are put to bed things start to take a more interesting and diverse twist with sex high on the menu as dessert.
What follows is the classic tale of seduction of two innocents and the evening starts to take a more sinister route with Alex and Emily seemingly more and more bewildered by the behaviour of their hosts.
Central to the tale is that classic male obsession of penis size as the two men come from opposite ends of the spectrum with Kurt being extremely well endowed – excellent use of prosthetics I am led to believe- whilst Alex boasts what he himself terms ‘an abnormally tiny dick’. The scene when the two men dance side by side naked and the contrast between one flopping around somewhere around knee level whilst the other languishes lost within its own pubes is an extremely funny moment.
There are in fact several very funny laugh out loud moments and Schilling who I found irritating in ‘Orange’ works better in the contained frame of a film wherein her ironic saccharine coated sweetness is far less cloying and much more funny than it was in an ongoing series. It is as previously said a light-hearted romp but it is also a very clever one. Strong performances and a good script take a surface skim over the darker aspects of swinging but somehow it works.

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