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About the Movie
Medieval nuns Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza), and Ginevra (Kate Micucci) lead a simple life in their convent. 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. Loaded with comedic talent and written with an off-kilter, yet knowing touch, The Little Hours is an immensely charming romp. Writer/director Jeff Baena’s riotous follow-up to Sundance Film Festival favorites Life After Beth and Joshy has transferred the nervy comedic energy from his earlier work to the Middle Ages with hilarious results.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 94
- Fresh: 72
- Rotten: 22
- Average Rating: 6.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: A 14th-century farce that, given its comically credentialed players, ought to be a great deal funnier than it is.
Fresh: A 14th-century convent isn't the most expected setting for a raunchy sex comedy, but with The Little Hours, writer-director Jeff Baena adapts parts of Boccaccio's Decameron into an absurd and hysterical tale of nuns gone wild.
Fresh: Looking for a break from the Black Death, or even just the summer heat? The Little Hours is just the thing.
Fresh: The strategy works surprisingly well. I liked a lot of writer-director Jeff Baena's picture; it may be a one-joke movie, but I've seen comedies recently that would've killed for that many.
Original, bawdy romp
Aubrey Plaza teams up with writer/director Jeff Baena to assemble a group of comedy A-listers for an original take on The Decameron - with dry wit, sarcasm, and eventual lustful hilarity. The laughs come slowly at first, but strong performances by Alison Brie, Molly Shannon, big-screen relative newcomer Kate Micucci (an absolute "hoot") and of course Plaza (honing her on-screen skills here as a comedic sociopath) result in a much more grown up laugh-fest than Monty Python could ever muster.
Deadpan performances by Nick Offerman as Lord Bruno and the late-appearing Fred Armison as Bishop Bartolomeo almost steal the thunder from Dave Franco's and John C. Reilly's more central male characters. The mocking of religion and its institutions (both Christianity and Judaism) that was played up in the trailor appeared to be done playfully in the final product.
This is recommended grown-up viewing for those looking for a departure from the stale raunchcoms that Hollywood has been offering up in recent years. We originally had it at 4 "plus"stars, but Plaza and Baena's bold decision to use female nudity in a madcap/comedic context prompted us to award this the full 5 stars. Lose your inhibitions, grab your favorite elixir (and perhaps some friends) and let the mayhem take you away!
So Wrong. So Right.
This crazy movie isn't for everyone. That being said, we laughed so hard, it hurt. We walked out of the theater saying "I really needed that." The female gaze meets Mel Brooks. Great cast.
Favorite Movie of the Summer
So dumb. So great. All-star cast, A+ premise...this movie will age well: people will still be watching it in 5-10 years. Kate Micucci steals the show.
Surprisingly sweet film, too. Despite the 14th-century Italy setting and the fact that the characters are all completely ridiculous, they're also somehow relatable and human.