Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Afternoon Delight (2013)

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No It Isn't

Director: Jill Soloway
Running Time: 97 Minutes
Starring: Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor, Jane Lynch


Stay at home mother Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) is frustrated with her life, which has become a cycle of preschool auctions, therapy and no sex. In an attempt to spice up her marriage, Rachel takes her husband to a strip club, where she meets McKenna (Juno Temple). A chance encounter sees the two meet at a Coffee Hut, where McKenna's homeless situation becomes clear. Rachel invites her to stay at her large house, working as a live-in nanny.

Jill Soloway's tale of a mother bored with her life tries walk that fine line, by successfully delivering moments that hit the tones of either drama or comedy. The reality is unfortunate, as the dramatic attempts prove too dull to be anything resembling compelling, while the comedic certainly fails to hit the mark.

While Kathryn Hahn once more proves how ever reliable an actress she is, she can't overcome the lacklustre writing. She may be just one of the overly judgemental characters which fill this picture, but it leaves her portraying a rather unlikeable character. Juno Temple doesn't fare much better, portraying a character who should inspire acceptance for people of all walks of life, yet is handled rather poorly, especially during a male populated party.

Be it in the morning, evening, or especially the afternoon, the quality of Jill Soloway's picture certainly does not resemble its name.

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