A com­i­cal twist on ‘play date’

Los Angeles Times - - MOVIES - — Gary Gold­stein

“The Overnight” is a kind of lat­ter-day “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” but with a bit more en­ve­lope-push­ing. Yet like that hit 1969 com­edy, this en­gag­ing, funny and frank new film also proves some­thing of a cop-out, es­pe­cially given the bullet train of a nar­ra­tive con­cocted by writer-di- rec­tor Pa­trick Brice.

Alex (Adam Scott) and Emily (Tay­lor Schilling) have re­cently moved from Seat­tle to L.A. for Emily’s job; Alex is a stay-at-home dad to their tod­dler, R.J. (R.J. Her­mes). One day at the park, Alex and Emily are chat­ted up by the jaunty Kurt (Jason Schwartz­man), who in­vites the cou­ple and Max over that night for pizza with Kurt, wife Char­lotte (Ju­dith Go­drèche) and their small son, Max (Max Moritt). Ea­ger to make friends, Alex and Emily agree.

Once din­ner is over and the boys are put to bed up­stairs, Max and the French­born Char­lotte, both ex­pert provo­ca­teurs, slowly reel in Alex and Emily for what’s seem­ingly lead­ing to a ses­sion of good old-fash­ioned swing­ing. But is it?

When the prover­bial rub­ber does fi­nally hit the road, the re­sult is a bit twisty, largely cred­i­ble and well played by the tal­ented leads. Still, one wishes Brice gave the sex­ual deck a few more shuf­fles and probed even fur­ther into the cou­ples’ in­trigu­ing mar­i­tal dy­nam­ics be­fore the film’s

ge­nial post­script.

“The Overnight.” MPAA rat­ing: R for strong sex­u­al­ity, graphic nu­dity, lan­guage, drug use. Run­ning time: 1 hour, 19 min­utes. Play­ing: Ar­cLight Hol­ly­wood; Land­mark, West L.A.

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