The Overnight

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The Overnight
The Overnight (poster).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPatrick Brice
Produced by
  • Naomi Scott
Written byPatrick Brice
Music byJulian Wass
CinematographyJohn Guleserian
Edited byChristopher Donlon
Distributed byThe Orchard
Release date
  • January 23, 2015 (2015-01-23) (Sundance)
  • June 19, 2015 (2015-06-19) (United States)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.1 million[2]

The Overnight is a 2015 American sex comedy film written and directed by Patrick Brice, and starring Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman, and Judith Godrèche. The film was produced by Naomi Scott and executive produced by Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, and Adam Scott.

The film had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2015.[3] It was then released in a limited release on June 19, 2015 by The Orchard.[4]

Plot summary[edit]

Newcomers to Los Angeles Alex and Emily think they have found new friends when Kurt and Charlotte, an eccentric couple, invite them over to their house for a playdate between their sons. After the children fall asleep, passion and decadence ensue in an increasingly humorous and zany series of encounters.

Once the couples' children have fallen asleep, Kurt and Charlotte introduce a bong and the four adults get high. Soon after they get in the pool and Kurt insists on skinny dipping, which Alex is very hesitant to do for fear of exposing his small penis.

Emily joins Charlotte on an errand to pick up more alcohol, but Charlotte stops off at a massage parlor, where she masturbates a man while Emily watches through a peephole.

Back at the house, Emily warns Alex that Kurt and Charlotte are swingers. Alex and Emily argue about their sex life before Kurt reveals that he is sexually attracted to Alex. Slowly, the four adults begin to engage in an orgy, but their children burst into the room, the morning having arrived.

Days later, Alex and Emily run into Kurt, Charlotte and their son at the park, and share an amiable exchange.



The film had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2015, with distribution rights bought by The Orchard.[5] The film screened at SXSW, on March 14, 2015,[6] the Tribeca Film Festival, on April 21, 2015,[7] as well as at the Florida Film Festival,[8] The Independent Boston Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival, the deadCENTER Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and the Nantucket Film Festival.[9][10][11][12][13][14]

The film opened in a limited release in the United States on June 19, 2015, and opened in the United Kingdom on June 26, 2015.[15][16]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on video on demand on September 8, 2015,[17] and on DVD on September 15, 2015.[18]

Critical reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film received an 82% "Certified Fresh" rating, based on 114 reviews, with an average rating of 6.9/10. The site's consensus states: "Witty and unpredictable, The Overnight benefits from writer-director Patrick Brice's sure-handed touch and strong performances from a talented cast."[19] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 65 out of 100, based on 32 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[20]

Indiewire's Katie Walsh praised the film, describing it as "hysterically funny" and giving it a B+ grade.[21]


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  4. ^ Fred Topel (March 13, 2015). "SXSW Review: 'The Overnight' Doesn't Overstay Its Welcome". CraveOnline. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  5. ^ Ramin Setoodeh,Brent Lang (January 26, 2015). "'The Overnight,' A Sex Comedy Starring Adam Scott, Goes to The Orchard". Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  6. ^ "SXSW Film Festival 2015 Lineup | South by Southwest 2015 Music, Film and Interactive Festivals - Austin Texas". Archived from the original on May 25, 2015. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  7. ^ "The Overnight | Tribeca Film Festival". Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  8. ^ "2015 Florida Film Festival". Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  9. ^ "2015: April 22-29". Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  10. ^ "Closing Night Gala: The Overnight". Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  11. ^ "deadCenter Film Festival :: 2015 Festival Schedule". Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  12. ^ Pedersen, Erik (May 5, 2015). "Los Angeles Film Festival Lineup Announced". Deadline. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  13. ^ "The Overnight | Programme | Edinburgh International Film Festival 2015". Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  14. ^ "Here's Your First Look at The Overnight". Nantucket Film Festival. April 30, 2015. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  15. ^ Jeff Sneider (April 20, 2015). "Jason Schwartzman Seduces Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling in 'The Overnight' Trailer (Video)". TheWrap. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  16. ^ Brice, Patrick (June 4, 2015). "@JClellandx Yes it will be out in UK cinemas on June 26th! I'm not sure how 'limited' it will be. Hope you can check it out". Twitter. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  17. ^ "The Overnight". Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  18. ^ "The Overnight". September 15, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  19. ^ "The Overnight (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  20. ^ "The Overnight". Metacritic. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  21. ^ Walsh, Katie. "Sundance Review: Hysterically Funny 'The Overnight' With Taylor Schilling, Adam Scott & Jason Schwartzman". Retrieved January 31, 2015.

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