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The Little Hours

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Randy medieval sexual farce has graphic nudity, swearing.

Movie R 2017 90 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Rapes and Racism

The film is loosely based on the first and second stories of day three of ten of The Decameron, a collection of novellas by Giovanni Boccaccio, an Italian writer during the Renaissance. Maybe the whole gambit of rape(s) and sprinkling of racism were super funny or biting social criticism back then??? But, there is NO reason for this film now. Disgusting.
age 18+


Bad movie, terrible acting, and uncomfortable sex scenes (one was a male character being raped at knifepoint). A completely pointless film.

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

An array of popular comic actors unite to create spoofy pandemonium in a medieval setting, with no-holds-barred sexual antics and randy nuns behaving very badly. If audiences have as much fun as the performers do in The Little Hours (which debuted at the 2017 Sundance Festival), it will earn lots of fans, possibly becoming a cult favorite destined for repeat viewings. Amusing, leisurely moments of "contemplation" of the religious kind are intercut with outrageous bawdy events and comic threats of bodily harm to Massetto, the innocent object of just about everyone's affection.

Standouts in the superb cast include Brie, Plaza, and Micucci, who give terrific, vanity-free performances as the young novices. Fred Armisen, in a small role as a visiting bishop, excels at scene-stealing. Caution: This isn't a film for everyone. Contemporary dialogue and attitudes play against the pastoral setting and centuries-old way of life. And as a send-up of morality, religion, and general human passion, it will certainly be offensive to some.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: June 30, 2017
  • On DVD or streaming: September 26, 2017
  • Cast: Alison Brie , Dave Franco , Aubrey Plaza
  • Director: Jeff Baena
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Bisexual actors, Latino actors
  • Studio: Gunpowder & Sky
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: graphic nudity, sexual content and language
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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