Firstly, what a great day in the US! Marriage Equality is country-wide! I want to remember this day forever. What will make this day extra memorable is that I saw Adam Scott tweet about a couple showings of The Overnight in Chicago where he would be in attendance for Q&A sessions after the movies. So not only did I get the right to marry in this country, I also got to meet Adam Scott! What a memorable day.
And what a fun movie. This is not the typical indie comedy. It is not shy about going to that uncomfortable zone. This film covers everything: full-frontal male nudity, breast pumps, massages with happy endings, skinny dipping, butt-hole paintings, among other things — so if any of that would make you uncomfortable, you’re probably not going to enjoy the film. Despite all the racy content, it’s ultimately a story exploring the stagnancy that comes with marriage and children. Alex (Adam Scott) and Emily (Taylor Schilling) moved to Los Angeles with their young son. She’s a career-oriented woman; Alex is a stay-at-home dad and finding life socially challenging. How do you meet new people at that age, when you don’t have work?
It’s a very interesting concept, because I imagine this is a widespread experience. You grow up, get married, have kids, and, as Adam Scott said after the film, you reach a point in life where you stop changing and growing, and it’s hard to deal with that. So this film explores that — albeit in very exaggerated ways. Alex and Emily learn how to figure out how to get past the inert quality of their relationship from spending one crazy night with Kurt (Jason Schwartzman) and Charlotte (Juliet Godrèche).
I will admit that I didn’t foresee the direction the narrative was going to take. It became one of the most palpable and thrilling shared movie theater experiences I’ve ever had. Throughout the entire film, the audience was laughing consistently, but when the climax of the film arrived, the audience became very quiet. It was an unexpected turn — something you thought could happen but not something you thought would actually happen. Then it’s actually happening before your very eyes, and I couldn’t even tell you how long it lasted. Time stood still, and the audience was silent. It was the kind of silence that you can feel all around you — like everyone was holding their breaths. I was holding mine. I was shocked, honestly, and wondering what was going to happen. I won’t tell you what happens, but it’s all in line with the somewhat twisted humor of the film.
Definitely one of the most fun movie theater experiences, and it was such a treat to hear Adam Scott speak — and such a treat to meet him! What a night!