In the Middle Ages, a young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns. Introduced as a deaf mute man, he must fight to hold his cover as the nuns try to resist temptation.


Jeff Baena


Giovanni Boccaccio (based on "The Decameron" by), Jeff Baena (written for the screen by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alison Brie ... Alessandra
Dave Franco ... Massetto
Kate Micucci ... Ginevra
Aubrey Plaza ... Fernanda
John C. Reilly ... Father Tommasso
Molly Shannon ... Sister Maria
Fred Armisen ... Bishop Bartolomeo
Jemima Kirke ... Marta
Nick Offerman ... Lord Bruno
Lauren Weedman ... Francesca
Paul Reiser ... Ilario
Adam Pally ... Guard Paolo
Paul Weitz ... Lurco
Jon Gabrus ... Guard Gregorio
Rolando Abbarchi Rolando Abbarchi ... Old Man Priest


On the run from the battle-seasoned Lord Bruno for sleeping with his wife, the handsome and willing servant, Massetto, flees to the safety of the woods during the warm and peaceful summer of 1347. There, after a chance encounter with the always boozy but merciful Father Tommasso, the young charmer will find refuge into his convent's sanctuary, on one condition: to pretend he is a deaf-mute. However, Massetto's tempting presence will unavoidably upset the already frail balance of things within the sexually-repressed female realm, as nun after nun desperately seeks an escape from their tedious way of life and an extra reason to molest the charming handyman. In the end, will those cloistered Sisters finally find out what they had been missing out on all these years? Written by Nick Riganas

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Obedience - Poverty.


Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for graphic nudity, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Massetto: [Warning. Potential Spoilers Ahead] Here are my sins. I have slept with another man's wife. He's a nobleman, and he is my master.
Father Tommasso: Well, that's adultery.
Massetto: I know.
Father Tommasso: It's a very serious sin.
Massetto: Sometimes... she would place her mouth around my sex.
Father Tommasso: Well, that's sodomy. It's also a serious sin.
Massetto: Is it also considered sodomy if... if I placed my mouth on her sex while... she simultaneously had... had her mouth around mine?
Father Tommasso: Why would you do that?
Massetto: Because, she... she liked it.
Father Tommasso: Oh. Well, yes, that's also sodomy.
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The nuns are cute as hell.
22 July 2017 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

My extensive experience with nuns in grammar school taught me that their sexual repression as it affected us was a life-long gift leaving us to search for the goodness of sex and the secrets of females. Jeff Baena's The Little hours confirms what we always suspected: The younger nuns and postulants actually had firm breasts and world-class hormones.

Handyman Masseto (Dave Franco) hides in a convent in 1347 medieval Italy as a deaf mute (no doubt the way some women consider men anyway). Malaspina Castle would remind you of the iconic castle in Monty Python and The Holy Grail, and their English vernacular evokes the abandon of Mel Brooks' several satires. While the young nuns explore their interest in the forbidden, especially sex of several kinds, the jokes are weak by comparison with Python, Brooks, and even Boccaccio's Decameron, on which this film is loosely based.

Not just the randy nuns and handyman violate the Church's dictates against freewheeling sex, the venerable overseer, Father Tomasso (John C. Reilly), is carrying on with an older nun while listening to the salacious details of the younger nuns' sins in confession. Reilly is always competent displaying a simple man's wonder at the underbelly of the world.

In grammar school a nun shouted me out for holding a girl's hand, calling me a "dirty thing." I had more laughs over that kerfuffle than during The Little Hours, where laughs are in limited supply while the parody of sanctimonious medieval religiosity is mildly rich. But not rich enough to eclipse the wit of Python and Brooks.

"I did 12 years with nuns, you know. So I came out of it going, like, 'I think Jesus is all right.' The rest of it I think stinks to the high heavens." Denis Leary

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Release Date:

30 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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Tuscany, Italy See more »


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$56,676, 2 July 2017

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