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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No clearly positive takeaways here. Some viewers may take offense at the way that religion, sexuality, and traditional gender roles are portrayed in the name of humor.
Positive Role Models
The characters (all of whom are drawn with broad, comic strokes) are sex-obsessed and subject to outbursts of temper.
Violence & Scariness
Slapstick hand-to-hand combat; chases (some with lances and makeshift weapons); bouts of screaming. A villainous character takes great joy in threatening a captive, describing in detail the torture that will befall him.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Full-frontal nudity at an orgy. Kissing, seductions, and all manner of comic sexual activity. A male character is the object of a gaggle of nuns' erotic desires in multiple scenes; some are one-on-one, while others are threesomes/more. He's tackled and embraced; his clothes are removed. At first he's reluctant, but then he fully engages and participates. Many humorous sexual transgressions are described in a confessional scene.
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Frequent use of contemporary profanity, including countless uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "bitches," "t-at," "balls," "slut," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Comic drunkenness in several scenes; characters consume "sacremental wine" in great quantities. A young nun takes belladonna, with resulting uncontrollable behavior.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Little Hours is a spoofy comedy set in a medieval convent filled with young novice nuns who haven't yet learned to repress their emotions and sexual urges. Nothing is sacred in the pursuit of laughs; Christianity, sexuality, and traditional male-female roles are all assaulted with a barrage of jokes, sight gags, and general mockery. Expect plenty of lusty, sexual content, including full-frontal female nudity during a campfire orgy, detailed descriptions of past sexual encounters, women aggressively throwing themselves at the one young man in their midst, and all manner of hook-ups, including same-sex, opposite-sex, and group sex. Profanity is loud, fierce, and frequent, ranging from "f--k" and "s--t" to "balls." Several scenes show drinking/drunkenness -- the sacramental wine flows freely. And one vulnerable young novice takes belladonna, a mind-altering substance. A 2017 Sundance hit, it's filled with talented comic actors who clearly relish the opportunity make mischief -- but this isn't a movie for kids. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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