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‘The Little Hours’: Catholic Groups Slam Sundance Comedy for ‘Immoral Acts’

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‘The Little Hours’: Catholic Groups Slam Sundance Comedy for ‘Immoral Acts’
The Little Hours” has pissed off Catholics in a big way. The Catholic group America Needs Fatima recently launched an online petition opposing Jeff Baena’s comedy about three foul-mouthed, sexually liberated nuns played by Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate Micucci. Set in Italy in 1347, the film follows the nuns as their world is disrupted by a young servant (Dave Franco) who takes refuge at their convent after escaping from his master. Fred Armisen, Molly Shannon and John C. Reilly co-star in the film, which premiered in the 2017 Sundance Film Festival’s Midnight section.

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Last month, America Needs Fatima’s executive director sent a letter to “The Little Hours” distributor Gunpowder & Sky on behalf of the petition’s more than 31,000 signatories saying the film “wrongly features priests and nuns taking part
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The Little Hours – Review

From left: Kate Micucci, Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza play nuns with pent-up lust and schemes that are played for bawdy comedy and slapstick absurdity in a movie based on a 14th-century story. Photo: Gunpowder & Sky (c)

Writer/director Jeff Baena draws on Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th The Decameron for The Little Hours, a bawdy, absurd comedy where the F-bombs fly through air thick with schemes and suppressed lust. Some audiences may object to foul-mouthed women religious but for those who don’t, Baena’s comedy is very amusing, as well as a clever updated twist on a medieval classic.

Nuns in the 14th century were different from today, as a convent was a place where prosperous families could send unmarried daughters or in which women without wealth could shelter, as much as a place for the religiously devout. Like Chaucer’s later The Canterbury Tales, these women in habits could speak in plain,
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Review: "The Little Hours"

by Chris Feil

A naughty nunnery run amok is the setting for The Little Hours, a medieval comedy by Jeff Baena. The film takes a passage of Boccacio’s The Decameron and gives it a verbally modernized flair: ancient notions of sin are reimagined through potty-mouthed contemporary delivery and hipster dryness. What makes for a unique (if obvious) take on stifled early-century femininity also becomes an entertaining satire on female rebellion and male stupidity.
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Bawdy Nun Comedy ‘The Little Hours’ Soars at Specialty Box Office

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Bawdy Nun Comedy ‘The Little Hours’ Soars at Specialty Box Office
All of a sudden the scary decline at the indie box office has reversed. Through the first five months of 2017, only four films opening limited in the standard four New York/Los Angeles theaters opened with a per theater average of $20,000. In the last four weeks, four films have opened strong as “Beatriz at Dinner” (Roadside Attractions), “The Big Sick” (Lionsgate) and “The Beguiled” (Focus) opened well and reached crossover crowds.

This week’s addition, Sundance comedy hit “The Little Hours” (Gunpowder & Sky) is the latest surprise. Loosely inspired by the bawdy 14th-century Boccaccio classic “The Decameron” (The Hollywood version starred Joan Fontaine while Pasolini shocked in 1971), this tale is set in the Medieval Italian countryside with bawdy contemporary dialogue as a randy peasant hides out at a convent after his master catches him with his wife. It did strong business at four theaters on two coasts.

This comes the
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Aubrey Plaza and Director Jeff Baena Reveal the Highs and Lows of Dating Your Creative Collaborator

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Aubrey Plaza and Director Jeff Baena Reveal the Highs and Lows of Dating Your Creative Collaborator
In “The Little Hours,” Aubrey Plaza plays a foul-mouthed nun in 14th century Italy, the kind of sarcastic humor Plaza does best. Unsurprisingly, the actress had more than one hand in the production: It’s her first movie as a producer, and director Jeff Baena is her boyfriend.

The film, which also stars John C. Reilly, Dave Franco, Molly Shannon, and a host of other comedic actors, is a loose adaptation of “The Decameron,” the 1353 short story collection by Giovanni Boccaccio. However, “The Little Hours” is also notable for Plaza because it marks her first producing credit. The actress best known for her recurring role in “Parks and Recreation” already has a few more of those in the bag, including the upcoming “Ingrid Goes West,” which opens in August. Plaza’s work on “The Little Hours,” however, provides a window into the collaborative process of an indie power couple who
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‘The Little Hours’ Review: Aubrey Plaza and Alison Brie Are Saucy Sisters in Convent Comedy

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‘The Little Hours’ Review: Aubrey Plaza and Alison Brie Are Saucy Sisters in Convent Comedy
The Little Hours” is a hilariously irreverent romp that seems to be channeling some of the spirit of “Monty Python’s Life of Brian,” as well as the youthful feminine angst of “Heathers.” And there’s even a dash of Mel Brooks about some of the lunacy. But don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s in any way derivative. The offbeat comedy is a fresh take on medieval nuns behaving badly — or, more specifically, acting like bratty Millennials. Based loosely on Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th-century work “The Decameron,” the jokes are decidedly 21st century in attitude. But
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Exclusive: The Ever-Persistent Alison Brie on Comedy, 'Glow' and the Mild Humiliations of Auditioning

Exclusive: The Ever-Persistent Alison Brie on Comedy, 'Glow' and the Mild Humiliations of Auditioning
Despite having played type-a former Adderall addict Annie Edison for six seasons (and perhaps, someday, a movie) on Community, for which she earned a Critics' Choice Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series; despite going joke-for-joke with comedy heavyweights like Will Ferrell (Get Hard), Rebel Wilson (How to Be Single) and Jason Segel and Chris Pratt (The Five-Year Engagement); despite the cosign she's received from comedy maestros ranging from Adam McKay to Judd Apatow; and despite having once worked as a birthday clown named Sunny, Alison Brie has a hard time thinking of herself as a comedian.

"I've never done standup and I've never done improv," Brie says almost timidly, referring to the way in which many people in comedy now work their way through Upright Citizens Brigade or Second City. "I went to theater school" -- she graduated from California Institute of the Arts in 2005 -- "and we did a lot of, like
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'Little Hours': Aubrey Plaza Makes Producing Debut Amid Catholic League Uproar

'Little Hours': Aubrey Plaza Makes Producing Debut Amid Catholic League Uproar
When Jeff Baena was scouting locations in Italy for The Little Hours, he made sure never to mention that he was shooting an adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio's 14th-century work The Decameron. “It’s a Catholic country, so it’s a touchy subject for people,” says the writer-director. “It’s almost 700 years old and it’s still ruffling feathers.”

Despite a minor uproar from the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the irreverent comedy — featuring an ensemble that includes Baena’s longtime girlfriend Aubrey Plaza, real-life couple Alison Brie and Dave Franco, and Molly Shannon, John C. Reilly, Nick Offerman and Fred Armisen, among...
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‘The Little Hours’ Review: Nuns Go Wild in One of 2017’s Funniest Films [Laff]

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‘The Little Hours’ Review: Nuns Go Wild in One of 2017’s Funniest Films [Laff]
The Little Hours is based on one of the tales found in The Decameron, a collection of 14th century novellas from Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio. But even if, like me, you’d never heard of that author before (let alone read his work), all you really need to know about this film is that it features a […]

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New poster and trailer for The Little Hours starring Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza and Kate Micucci

With a little over a month to go until its release, a new poster and trailer have arrived online for the upcoming comedy The Little Hours. Written and directed by Jeff Baena, the film is based a tale from a collection of 14th century novellas titled The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio and stars stars Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate Micucci as three foul-mouthed and emotionally unstable medieval nuns. Take a look at the poster and trailer here…

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.
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Film News: Chicago Critics Film Festival Opens With ‘The Little Hours’ on May 12, 2017

Chicago – The only film festival in the U.S. programmed by a film critics group is right here in the Windy City, with the 5th Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff) taking place at the historic Music Box Theatre from May 12th through May 18th, 2017.

The Opening Night film is “The Little Hours,” and features Aubrey Plaza and Kate Micucci, who will make an appearance on behalf of the film and participate in a Q&A.

The Little Hours” is based on the first tale on the third day of “The Decameron,” a collection of novellas written by Gionvanni Boccaccio in…the 14th Century. Dave Franco stars as a young servant who is fleeing from his master (Nick Offerman) and takes refuge in a convent. Aubrey Plaza, Kate Micucci and Alison Brie portray participants of the convent, and the film also features John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisten and Jermima Kirk.
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Red Band trailer for Alison Brie & Audrey Plaza’s The Little Hours is full of not so saintly nuns

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Put down your food and drinks ladies and gentleman, the newly released red band trailer for The Little Hours is full of flying female hormones of the religious kind, who would have thought a bunch of nuns could be such brazen hussies?

The trailer starts innocent enough with sweeping cuts to Father Tommasso holding mass, to a Nun sitting quietly in her room partaking in a little embroidery until a poor farmer greets the nuns only to be greeted with a tirade of obscenities before the heavy laden foul-mouthed rap soundtrack kicks in, not as out as place as you would have thought for a period piece.

Before you know it, the talk of sex explodes into lustful thoughts and actions as Dave Franco’s Massetto is introduced into the convent as he goes into hiding.

The period comedy takes its adaptation from the first tale of
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Check Out the New Red Band Trailer for The Little Hours

The Little Hours is writtten and Directed by Jeff Baena and based on “The Decameron” by Giovanni Boccaccio. It stars 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 opens in select cities on June 30th, followed by a national rollout.

Check out this new red band trailer:

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
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Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, and Kate Micucci Get Religiously Crazy in Red Band Trailer for ‘The Little Hours’

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 OffermanThe 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
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Nuns go wild in red band trailer for The Little Hours

A trailer has arrived online for director Jeff Baena’s upcoming comedy The Little Hours. Based on Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron, a collection of 14th century novellas, the film premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival to generally favourable reviews and stars Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate Micucci as three foul-mouthed medieval nuns alongside Dave Franco, John C. Reilly, and Molly Shannon; watch it 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,
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Naughty Nuns Run Wild in ‘The Little Hours’ Red Band Trailer (Video)

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Naughty Nuns Run Wild in ‘The Little Hours’ Red Band Trailer (Video)
Alison Brie is about to play a nun in the most sexed-up, profanity-filled convent ever put to screen in “The Little Hours,” a comedy written and directed by Jeff Baena that just got its first red band trailer released Tuesday courtesy of Gunpowder & Sky. The film, which puts a modern spin on the 14th century tales of “The Decameron” by Giovanni Boccaccio, stars Brie as Alessandra, a wicked nun who, along with her comrades in Christ (Aubrey Plaza and Kate Micucci), spend their days spying on each other and cussing out the convent’s day laborer. Eventually, that laborer gets.
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‘The Little Hours’ Red Band Trailer: Aubrey Plaza and Alison Brie Are Nuns Gone Wild in Jeff Baena’s Sundance Comedy

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‘The Little Hours’ Red Band Trailer: Aubrey Plaza and Alison Brie Are Nuns Gone Wild in Jeff Baena’s Sundance Comedy
The Little Hours” had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired by Otter Media’s Gunpowder & Sky. Now, Jeff Baena’s irreverent and hilarious adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio’s medieval book “The Decameron” is ready for its theatrical debut this summer, and a red band trailer has just dropped.

Read More: Aubrey Plaza Leads a Hilarious Cast of Sexually Deviant Nuns In Jeff Baena’s ‘The Little Hours’ — Sundance 2017 Review

Written and directed by Baena, “The Little Hours” follows a group of nuns (played by Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza and Kate Micucci), who lead a non-eventful life in a monastery lead by Father Tommasso (John C. Reilly). When a virile young man named Massetto (Dave Franco) is brought in by Father Tommasso as the new hired hand, the nuns engage in sexual deviance, substance abuse and wicked revelry.

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Molly Shannon,
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Sundance: Aubrey Plaza's Raunchy Nun Comedy 'Little Hours' Goes to Gunpowder & Sky

Sundance: Aubrey Plaza's Raunchy Nun Comedy 'Little Hours' Goes to Gunpowder & Sky
Gunpowder & Sky, the upstart studio co-founded by MTV veteran Van Toffler, has acquired the raunchy nun comedy The Little Hours, following its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Jeff Baena wrote and directed the irreverent adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio's 14th-century work The Decameron, following a young servant who hides from his master at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns in the Middle Ages.

Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, Molly Shannon, Jemima Kirke, Lauren Weedman, Adam Pally and John C. Reilly make up the ensemble cast.

Gunpowder & Sky will release the film theatrically in North America...
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'Little Hours': Film Review | Sundance 2017

'Little Hours': Film Review | Sundance 2017
Admirers of Giovanni Boccaccio's 14th-century work The Decameron (that's all of us, right?) will not be surprised to learn that Jeff Baena's adaptation The Little Hours ignores most of the tome's 100 tales, honing in only on a couple that revolve around a convent whose nuns are ready to do a bit of vow-breaking. What may be a surprise is that this zippy pic works so well — incorporating enough 21st-century attitude to emulate Boccaccio, who wrote in the vernacular of his day, without descending into silly, anything-goes anachronism. Top-shelf comic talent should attract more attention than usual for a...
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