Alex, Emily, and their son, RJ, have recently moved to Los Angeles’ Eastside from Seattle. Feeling lost in a new city, they are desperate to find their first new friends. After a chance meeting with Kurt at the neighborhood park, they gladly agree to join family pizza night at the home. But as it gets later and the kids go to bed, the family “playdate” becomes increasingly more revealing and bizarre as the couples begin to open up.
The Overnight was one of the first movies I saw at the Tribeca Film Festival this year and it started off my viewing with a bang. The spirit of an indie and the laughs of a blockbuster, this comedy takes you on an unexpected journey of non-stop hilarity.
I attended the sneak preview of the film with a Q&A that followed with Writer/Director Patrick Brice, Adam Scott, Jason Schwartzman, Producer Naomi Scott and Judith Godrèche. Here are some of the highlights:
- Judith Godrèche & Jason Schwartzman hadn’t met prior to the first day on set
- It was shot mostly at night in 12 days with no rehearsing in basically chronological order
- Writer/Director Patrick Brice at one point deleted a 70 page draft and had to retype from memory.
- Production Designer Theresa Guleserian drew all Kurt’s paintings in one day
- Almost exclusively lit with practical light
- Movie that made Adam Scott want to be an actor – Raiders of the Lost Ark “That’s what I want to do.” Later, he makes note that the first audience that made an impression was War Games. “It was so exciting in the theater.”
- Jason Schwartzman never really thought of himself as an actor because he thought actors were in big movies and were like Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was more into music. “Cable always played the weirdest movies.” Dog Day Afternoon made him want to get into acting.
- Patrick Brice also has a completely different type of movie, the horror, Creep, coming to VOD June 23rd and to Netflix July 14th.
My impressions of the Q&A:
- Jason Schwartzman is just as adorable as you would imagine he is.
- Adam Scott has an amazing voice that carries well and commands attention but is actually very soothing.
- Judith Godrèche is incredibly sweet and must have been a pleasure to work with.
- Patrick Brice will give us many more thought-provoking movies in the future.