The Little Hours
The Little Hours
In the Middle Ages, a young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns. Introduced as a deaf mute man, he must fight to hold his cover as the nuns try to resist temptation.
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New cult film added to the list.
I really enjoyed watching this movie. Great cast! The chemistry is so
good, definitely a new comedy classic. The pace is perfect and keep me laughing throughout the whole movie.
Great location and a beautiful treatment. I would love to see more
stuff like this in the future.
Not Everyone's Cup of Tea- But Great If It Is!
I was able to see the Little Hours at Sundance and loved it. I will be
going to see it again when it has its official release. This film is
very loosely based on the Decameron by Baccaccio, a collection of 100
short stories written in the mid 1300's. With an amazing cast of comedy
talent, great chemistry between all the cast members, spectacular
cinematography of the Italian countryside, and a great score, it is
something unique to behold. The story centers around three bored, foul-mouthed nuns Alessandra
(Brie), Fernanda (Plaza), and Genevra (Micucci) and their crazy antics.
Early on in the film, Massetto (Franco) finds refuge in the convent as
a deaf-mute and sparks some some hilarious and sexy interactions with
the nuns. After the first screening I noticed there were others that loved it,
and many who were like "What the hell did I just watch? This is one of
those movies that is not for everyone, and the cast and director made
sure people knew this. Everyone seemed to have had a hell of a lot of
fun making it- and it (really) shows in the interactions in the film. If you're not easily offended, love quirky, raunchy humor, and love to
have a good time, then this film may be for you.
Odd, but it worked for me!
That kind of fails...However, there is a great cast and a clever premise with some nice
twists and turns, but it still ends up disappointingly unfunny and
ungripping.This is very subjective and I know you shouldn't judge a comedy just on
how many lols it provokes, but it should be mentioned that in the
theater there were no significant laughs.The casting is great in every way (Allison Brie, Kate Micucci, John C.
Reilley and really everyone). And its a very funny idea to see people
like Aubrey Plaza and Fred Armison playing Medieval nuns and priests,
but they just didn't capitalize on it.The tone of dialogue is meant to be irreverent and modern, which it
was, but somehow it just didn't jive or contrast with the setting in a
way that worked. And it wasn't very funny. The style of the dialogue
was kind of an experiment (having them speak in completely modern
inflection with no effort to make them sound like they are from another
time period), and it failed. It was a little too heavy handed, or too
lazy. They should have taken a cue from Woody Allen's comedic period
piece "Love and Death" which plays with a lot with different tones of
dialogue (Woody Allen's character himself always being the neurotic
modern voice). But doing that would require something which this film
has little of: subtlety.And then all the inspirational music at the end like we're watching a
totally different kind of movie. A bit confused.Like many period pieces, this film tells more about the period in which
it was made (our time), than it does about the period in the film (the
middle ages). One projects oneself onto the object in view and what you
seem to be ridiculing is actually yourself. So this film is filled with
an angst, malaise, and boredom that is very modern, very millennial.
America has been projecting its ideals onto the whole world for a long
time, just as Hollywood projects our modern mentality onto every epoch
it deals with. Its very very hard for people to actually have empathy
for cultures they don't know or understand and its very hard for modern
people to have any grip on what life was actually like in previous
ages. We only seem to project our own obsessions onto everything.And this is fine b/c this is a farce and no one really goes to the
movies looking for an actual history lesson, but unfortunately that's
where we seem to get so many of our lessons (and unconsciously form our
opinions).Much of this is just ranting and besides the point. Great cast, funny premise, but completely misses the mark.
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The nuns are cute as hell.
My extensive experience with nuns in grammar school taught me that
their sexual repression as it affected us was a life-long gift leaving
us to search for the goodness of sex and the secrets of females. Jeff
Baena's The Little hours confirms what we always suspected: The younger
nuns and postulants actually had firm breasts and world-class hormones.Handyman Masseto (Dave Franco) hides in a convent in 1347 medieval
Italy as a deaf mute (no doubt the way some women consider men anyway).
Malaspina Castle would remind you of the iconic castle in Monty Python
and The Holy Grail, and their English vernacular evokes the abandon of
Mel Brooks' several satires. While the young nuns explore their
interest in the forbidden, especially sex of several kinds, the jokes
are weak by comparison with Python, Brooks, and even Boccaccio's
Decameron, on which this film is loosely based.Not just the randy nuns and handyman violate the Church's dictates
against freewheeling sex, the venerable overseer, Father Tomasso (John
C. Reilly), is carrying on with an older nun while listening to the
salacious details of the younger nuns' sins in confession. Reilly is
always competent displaying a simple man's wonder at the underbelly of
the world.In grammar school a nun shouted me out for holding a girl's hand,
calling me a "dirty thing." I had more laughs over that kerfuffle than
during The Little Hours, where laughs are in limited supply while the
parody of sanctimonious medieval religiosity is mildly rich. But not
rich enough to eclipse the wit of Python and Brooks."I did 12 years with nuns, you know. So I came out of it going, like,
'I think Jesus is all right.' The rest of it I think stinks to the high
heavens." Denis Leary