Movie review: Things get awkward for the grownups in "The Overnight"

Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive

There are unique challenges for young parents in meeting new friends, especially in a new city. The new comedy "The Overnight" explores those challenges in a way that has me feeling pretty good about my non-parent status.

The indie comedy has a foot in mumblecore - subgenre godfathers Jay and Mark Duplass produced the film - and a pretty perfect cast for the exercise.

Emily (Taylor Schilling of "Orange is the New Black") and Alex (Adam Scott of "Parks & Recreation") are a young couple who have just moved to Los Angeles from Seattle. They meet Kurt (Jason Schwartzman) at a park when he lectures them on nutritional dangers of Gummi Worms - Kurt's son, he informs them, is on a vegan diet - and strike up a conversation that leads to an invitation for a family pizza night.

The couple joins Kurt and his wife Charlotte (Judith Godrèche) at their home. When the kids go off to play, the adults engage in an increasingly interesting game of getting to know each other.

Writer-director Patrick Brice does an effective job of setting up a great sandbox for his actors. As the night gets increasingly weird - Alex's fretting over Emily bringing a bottle of Two Buck Chuck becomes a distant memory - things get more interesting, though Brice also toys with your expected payoffs.

The cast is great, particularly a deadpan-funny Schilling, and there's a scene that's already bound to live in infamy. If low-key indie comedy is up your alley, here's your date-night movie. It's worth it for the awkward conversations it may spawn.

"The Overnight"

Now playing at the Drexel Theater

3 stars out of 4