Review: The Overnight, 2015, dir. Patrick Brice

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“Making new friends isn’t easy when you’re grown-up and married. It’s that kind of anxiety first felt by the leads in Patrick Brice’s sophomore feature, The Overnight, a dizzying, debauched, excruciatingly funny film about knitting new connections through discomfort. Brice has made the trend-forward sprawl of suburban Los Angeles his backdrop, and his story begins as one of displacement: Alex (Adam Scott) and Emily (Taylor Schilling), freshly uprooted from Seattle, are strangers in a strange, meticulously chichi world, and they’re in desperate need of guiding companionship. They’re also parents, but Brice disabuses us of the notion that children are social hindrances by positioning Alex’s and Emily’s son, RJ (RJ Hermes), as social lubricant.” (Via Paste Magazine.)

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