First off Kate Micucci is brilliant here with great support from Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza. Baena's film (loosely based on 'The Decameron' !!!) like his earlier film (Life After Beth) has a wonderful setup and some early laughs but lacks enough amusement for feature length. Certainly has its moments however. 'This is the longest list of sins...'
First (not last) audible laugh that issued from me whilst viewing THE LITTLE HOURS: when a title card (that font!) announces that the screenplay is "based on THE DECAMERON by Boccaccio." (A fragment anyway.) Somehow nobody told me this. To actually conceive of doing this bespeaks a delightful kind of cracked genius. The movie itself is an extremely good-natured lark and the performers consummately won my affection.
S'il arrive quelquefois de déceler, dans quelques séquences, l'esprit déluré et dénudé du fameux recueil de nouvelles écrites par le libidineux Boccace, on est surtout consterné par la constante vulgarité verbale et une totale absence d'énonciation et de subtilité picaresques qu'avaient su instiller magnifiquement Pasolini, en son époque... www.cinefiches.com
6/10. An anachronistic medieval tale that is occasionally quite funny--Nick Offerman and Lauren Weedman (who needs more roles) are standouts among the ensemble. The movie almost commits to pure farce, but its ending is oddly conventional--delivering neither comedy nor earning emotional pathos.
Jeff Baena's The Little Hours is a modern retelling of the Decameron, using old school aesthetics reminiscent of Pasolini and inserting modern day rhetoric and Apatow-esque banter. Like all of these comedies, the cast is stellar and so funny to watch. There are long periods of nothing, but when the comedy hits, it hits hard. Not sure about the financial prospects but should provide endless entertainment for some.