Overnight is a comedy film starring Rachel Blanchard, James D’Arcy and Gbenga Akinnagbe. Overnight is a story about Jenny played by Rachel Blanchard who just broke up with her boyfriend on Valentine’s Day. On her way back to New York she is in for a bumpy love stricken airplane ride. Sharing the plane with different folks with their own issues, Overnight will surely bring tons of laughter and a wild journey to love. Overnight is directed by Valerie Breiman and is going to be shown in theaters on April 20th 2012. Here’s an early review on the comedy film: Overnight
“The Indie RomCom: Overnight
Strike that. Chip is a douche, and it’s Valentine’s day. Chip is having dinner with a pretty blonde woman in a nice restaurant in L.A. Despite how the camera work suggests that Chip is a protagonist, it is in fact his companion the nameless blonde that is one of our two main characters. Miss Blonde wants to move from New York to be with Chip. The dinner ends as expected when Chip, deep as his name suggests, is revealed to have a girlfriend on the side, and Miss Blonde jumps in the nearest cab to LAX.
Professor Wilson is a nice theoretical physicist with a penchant for banjos who is giving an inspired guest lecture to a class in L.A. The Professor is also striking out with love when his ex-girlfriend/now just friend of a year prevents him from being hit on by another interested young woman at the lecture. Abby the ex gives the Professor a ride to LAX for his trip back home to New York and before dropping him off bemoans his “lack of commitment” that is laughably common to all Rom-Com male protagonists.
Above are the opening scenes of the two main characters in the film Overnight: a romantic comedy that dabbles in exemplifying practical life lessons. The film’s main setting is a transcontinental flight from LAX to JFK where Miss Blonde and Mr. Professor try to fall in love. I’m sure a more cynical reviewer would call Overnight’s heavy-handed attempts at addressing philosophical “real-life” problems as trite or even corny and this is somewhat true. However, it makes for an interesting experience if you are used to the autopilot mentality behind watching the pretty cinematography hollywood movies, especially in romantic comedies which seem to focus on the same couple every time. Overnight is surprising because it also studies the myriad of characters on the plane around the couple. Even more surprising is how the writer/director Valerie Breiman is the same woman responsible for the Adam Sandler film Going Overboard, which as one Rotten Tomato review said, “…is a slapdash and thoroughly amateurish piece of work that suffers from a total dearth of positive attributes.”
Compared to Going Overboard, Overnight is a masterpiece approaching the genius of Hal Ashby or Woody Allen. In all seriousness the film is fun and I genuinely felt that the cast was a nice mix of characters that well represent average problems experienced by most people. The love story is a standard Rom-Com couple on fast forward, the two characters even comment on their advanced relationship progress at one point comparing the time spent together on the plane like the ratio in dog years. I enjoyed the convention of hiding the main character’s first names until the end of the film, a nice trick to promote attachment to the characters. I also enjoyed the dichotomy of the characters finding meaning in their lives through both science and religion. The writer did well using rest of the cast to touch on issues of race, gender, economic status, sexuality and ethnic differences as the lovers continue their rocky road to resolution.”
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