Packing perhaps the best comedy ensemble this summer — featuring Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Jemima Kirke, Adam Pally and Nick Offerman — The Little Hours takes a Black Narcissus-esque concept and adds laughs. Coming from Jeff Baena, it’s based on “The Decameron” by Giovanni Boccaccio, and now the first red band trailer has arrived.
“Set in a 1347 medieval Italy, Jeff Baena’s follow-up to Joshy packs an even bigger cast and marks a step forward in his directorial style, even if the comedy ends up running out of steam,” I said in my Sundance review. “As our trio of nuns over-indulge in sacramental wine and take part in God-forbidden sexual desires, the cast exudes a lovable charm, despite the nagging sense they had more amusement making it then the audience has watching it.”
Check out the trailer below.
Medieval nuns Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza), and Ginevra (Kate Micucci) lead a simple life in their convent. Their days are spent chafing at monastic routine, spying on one another, and berating the estate’s day laborer. After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, Father Tommasso (John C. Reilly) brings on new hired hand Massetto (Dave Franco), a virile young servant forced into hiding by his angry lord. Introduced to the sisters as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation, Massetto struggles to maintain his cover as the repressed nunnery erupts in a whirlwind of pansexual horniness, substance abuse, and wicked revelry.
The Little Hours opens on June 30.