The Little Hours
1h30m | Directed by Jeff Baena | USA | Comedy | 2017
for graphic nudity, sexual content and language
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.
The Little Hours is good for some big laughs.
Adam Graham | Detroit News | Full review
The film manages to be both crudely hilarious and bluntly satiric while also establishing sympathetic characters, a sharp contemporary wit, a sly, dry absurdism … and a <em>Handmaid’s Tale</em>-like subversiveness.
Peter Keough | Boston Globe | Full review
Though very funny, The Little Hours remains low-key and subtle in its effects. There’s no winking or nudging, no straining for laughs. Baena devised the material, and he trusts it.
Mick LaSalle | San Francisco Chronicle | Full review