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By Megan Bianco
In 1969, Paul Mazursky’s Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice was released right in the middle of the sexual revolution, when free love was at an all-time high and taboos and judgments were temporarily set aside. The film was one of biggest comedies of the year and pushed the envelope on how much raunchy content could be shown on screen. This summer, Patrick Brice’s sex comedy The Overnight takes on the same theme as Mazursky—but for the modern age, with even more outrageous scenarios and to amusing results.
Two weeks into moving from Seattle and Los Angeles, Alex (Adam Scott) and Emily (Taylor Schilling) are invited over to Kurt’s (Jason Schwartzman) and Charlotte’s (Judith Godrèche) house for dinner following a successful play date with their kids.
What starts out as a friendly welcome get-together quickly becomes more bizarre, as it appears Kurt and Charlotte want to be “extra close” to the other couple in more than just a friendly manner.
The Overnight is indie filmmaker Brice’s first full-fledged comedy on a resume full of artsy shorts and a horror flick. Throughout his career, he seems to find humor in the most unconventional areas—and this is no exception—with his direction and the bright color schemes making the all-nighter come off as fantasy more than reality.
Scott, Schwartzman and Schilling are perfectly cast as their roles and the quartet has a natural chemistry and reaction to Brice’s script. Movie fans should be warned that although entertaining, the feature is not the best choice to see with a family member or while on a first date.