Our starring triad play nuns in the Middle Ages who suffer no fools. They hurl expletives at the help with a surprising, and surprisingly hilarious, viciousness.
Aubrey Plaza in particular has no right to ever be in a period piece, and most of the film's humor capitalizes on this fact. I'm a sucker for her deadpan style, so I found myself laughing often enough even when not much seemed to be happening. Franco plays the newly hired hand, Massetto, after the nuns scare the prior one away.
Massetto has escaped certain death by the hands of the King Offerman when caught sleeping with his wife Weedman. I could have used a good 10 more scenes with Offerman and Weedman, as they completely and wonderfully understood what movie they're in, delivering slightly off-putting, delectable performances. When he arrives at the convent, he must pretend to be deaf and mute to put a lid on temptation lest he blow his cover. From there, things devolve, unleashing a pansexual frenzy and then Fred Armisen shows up late in the game to deliver a master class in annoying comedy I mean that as a high compliment , but by then, I was so tired from not laughing nearly as much as I had hoped.
I've struggled trying to put my finger on what went wrong. This isn't a case where there was no script and the filmmaker hoped his wildly talented actors would just make things work. Baena clearly has a vision, a slightly flat, unpretentious look at the dark underbelly of religion.
While Plaza shines, Alison Brie has very little to play and Micucci's wide eyes make just the sight of her in a tight habit a visual joke. Obviously low budget, the whole production seems to relish in its "let's put on a show" qualities. Adding Borscht-Belt rat-a-tat jokes would have upset the balance, but we're left with something strange, something occasionally funny, but in the end, truly forgettable.
There was a page outline, so in a way, it was fully improvised. August 13, Rating: I went to Catholic school for eight years. Facebook Twitter Tumblr Reddit. Was this review helpful to you?
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Giovanni Boccaccio (based on "The Decameron" by), Jeff Baena (written for the Dave Franco and Aubrey Plaza in The Little Hours () Nick Offerman in. The Little Hours is a American medieval comedy film written and directed by Jeff Baena. The film is loosely based on the first and second stories of the third day of The film received positive reviews from critics, with praise for the cast's.
View All Photos Their days are spent chafing at monastic routine, spying on one another, and berating the estate's day laborer. After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, Father Tommasso John C. Reilly brings on new hired hand Massetto Dave Franco , a virile young servant forced into hiding by his angry lord.
Introduced to the sisters as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation, Massetto struggles to maintain his cover as the repressed nunnery erupts in a whirlwind of pansexual horniness, substance abuse, and wicked revelry. Alison Brie as Alessandra. Dave Franco as Massetto.
Kate Micucci as Ginevra. Aubrey Plaza as Fernanda.
Reilly as Father Tommasso. July 21, Rating: July 20, Rating: July 14, Rating: July 13, Rating: July 12, Rating: Rude, crude, but filled with nonstop humor and heart.
August 29, Rating: August 24, Full Review…. In the end, will those cloistered Sisters finally find out what they had been missing out on all these years?
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Full Cast and Crew. In the Middle Ages, a young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns.
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