The Little Hours
Original Release: January 19, 2017 (US)
Directed by: Jeff Baena
Written by: Jeff Baena
Produced by: Elizabeth Destro, Aubrey Plaza
Running Time: 90 minutes
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.
Alison Brie (Alessandra), Dave Franco (Massetto), Kate Micucci (Genevra), Aubrey Plaza (Fernanda), John C. Reilly (Father Tommasso), Molly Shannon (Sister Marea), Fred Armisen (Bishop Bartolomeo), Nick Offerman (Lord Bruno), Lauren Weedman (Francesca), Paul Reiser (Ilario), Adam Pally (Guard Paolo), Paul Weitz (Lurco), Jon Gabrus (Guard Gregorio)
- The screenplay is loosely based on the first tale of the third day from The Decameron (1971).
- The joke in the title is that the word "Hours" is suppose to be pronounced as if there were a "W" at the beginning of the word.
- The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2017. Shortly after, Gunpowder & Sky acquired distribution rights to the film.
- The Little Hours received positive reviews from film critics. It holds a 86% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 14 reviews, with a weighted average of 6.4/10.
- On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 70 out of 100, based on 7 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Edinburgh International Film Festival - Audience Awards
Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival - Best Film
- In April 2016, it was revealed that Jeff Baena had written and directed a film starring Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Jon Gabrus, Jemima Kirke, Nick Offerman, Adam Pally, Paul Reiser, Lauren Weedman, and Paul Weitz.
- It was also revealed that Liz Destro of Destro Films, would be producing the film, with StarStream Media and Bow and Arrow Entertainment executive producing alongside Productivity Media, also Exhibit Entertainment and Foton Pictures are executive producing.
- Dan Romer composed the film’s score.