Alex (Adam Scott) and Emily (Taylor Schilling) are high school sweethearts from Seattle who have just moved to LA with their son RJ and don’t know anyone. While at the park they meet Kurt (Jason Schwartzman) who has a son, Max, the same age as RJ. The odd, hipster man invites them all over for dinner with his wife Charlotte (Judith Godréche)and a “playdate” for the kids. Eager to make friends Emily accepts, looking at the situation as a best-case scenario: new friends, worse-case scenario: story about a weirdo guy. But the night over becomes an entire night over as the kids are put to bed and the adults entertain themselves, with Kurt’s and Charlotte’s eccentricities revealing themselves more and more over the night as an effort to “swing” the square couple.
The Overnight at first reminds me a lot of While We’re Young only instead of a younger, cooler couple we have an LA, cooler couple. The problem I had with it is Kurt and Charlotte become too weird too fast that I found it unbelievable that Alex and Emily — no matter how desperate for friends they are — would stay. This also affects the movie’s tone which shifts from realistic in terms of Alex and Emily dealing with their sexual problems, to raunchy with Kurt’s asshole art gallery. While the odd things that do happen are funny, they are more chuckles than big laughs (it doesn’t help that they are stretched long too) and not enough to sustain the movie — even as brief as this with its 79 minute run time. In the end The Overnight felt unevenly average, like there should have been more done, less rambling and either more insight or more humor.