Writer/Director Jeff Baena, whose previous films include Life After Beth (2014) and Joshy (2016), brings a romantic comedy that is as raunchy as it is sweet in “The Little Hours”. Set in the middle ages, Massetto (Dave Franco) flees his former master, Lord Bruno (Nick Offerman), after being caught sleeping with the Lord’s wife. He encounters a drunken priest, Father Tommaso (John C. Reilly), in need of assistance, and is offered a job at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns – but he must pretend to be mute and deaf to pull off the ruse.
The Little Hours has some great moments
The film focuses on Alessandra (Alison Brie), Ginerva (Kate Micucci), and Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza). Sister Marea (Molly Shannon) is in charge of the ladies, but it’s the trio’s odd personalities and resistance to being nuns in the first place that lend to most of the comedy. They all find themselves interested in Massetto, but he clearly favors one more than the others. There is romance, lots of over-the-top craziness, and none of the dialogue really fits with the time period…however, that’s part of the humor.
The biggest standout for me was Kate Micucci. She doesn’t often get the opportunity to shine like she does in this film. She is on equal footing with Brie and Plaza, and she doesn’t miss a step. Plaza is becoming a bit of a one trick pony – but she doesn’t know the trick that well – regardless if you like it, it is enjoyable every time. Brie does get typecast as the goody-two-shoes frequently, but, like Plaza, she is good in the role and usually pulls it off with positive results. Shannon and Reilly actually play slightly more subtle comedic roles than they often are tasked with performing, but work well together.
The movie is fun, but nothing to rush out and see. It definitely earns a hard-R rating with language, sexuality, and some nudity, so it’s one to watch when the children aren’t around. There were definitely some laughable moments, and overall this was an enjoyable film. The Little Hours earns the Decent Watch rating.