“Often hysterically funny, especially when allowing its talented cast to play up to their individual strengths” - Brian Tallerico, ROGER EBERT.COM
Somewhere in the mountains of northern Italy rests a quiet convent, a serene holy place where Sisters Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza) and Genevra (Kate Micucci) spend their days in the service of the Lord, farming and sewing and spending the rest of their time in prayer. As overseen by Father Tommasso (John C. Reilly) and Mother Superior (Molly Shannon), the convent is the holiest of places, where only God and God alone is all that matters. That, and fucking. Lots and lots of fucking goes on at this convent, and when servant boy Massetto (Dave Franco), on the run for fucking the wife of his master, Lord Bruno (Nick Offerman), is given shelter by Father Tommasso, the good sisters ditch all that God bullshit and focus on what's truly important: fulfilling their womanly desires, indulging in carnal pleasures and, most importantly, getting laid. Indulging in a little witchcraft and serious lesbianism is also on the docket because, why the fuck not?
The triumphant return of writer/director Jeff Baena and star Aubrey Plaza (LIFE AFTER BETH, Fantasia 2014) is a hilarious take-off on Giovanni Boccaccio’s “The Decameron" (inspired by one of the classic text's lighter segments) and one of Fantasia 2017's funniest films. Adding a modern sensibility to the legendary text, Baena and cast (all of them terrific) make THE LITTLE HOURS a smart comedy about rude, self-obsessed people (not an easy thing to do) and it also marks a welcome return the properly profane use of foul language to modern-day comedy. Helped immeasurably by real Italian locations and excellent widescreen lensing by Quyen Tran, THE LITTLE HOURS looks great, sounds ugly, but leaves the audience with a sense that they've just seen something delightfully crass and obnoxious. In other words, it's the perfect Fantasia comedy. Enjoy it, fuckers!
- Matthew Kiernan