Movie #43: Afternoon Delight
Director: Jill Soloway
Runtime: 95 min.
Cast: Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor
The Bottom Line: Rachel is a quick-witted and lovable stay-at-home mom. Frustrated with the realities of preschool auctions, a lackluster sex life and career that’s gone kaput, Rachel visits a strip club to spice up her marriage and meets McKenna, a stripper she adopts as her live-in nanny.
The Review: What could have been a funny entertaining dramedy, quickly falls into 100% drama territory, neither strong nor coherent enough to hold itself together for its 96 min. Afternoon Delight is a realistic portrait of the current american suburban lifestyle that documents a couple’s marriage, or better yet, a mother’s journey, as she tries to find love, happiness and reinvigorate her sex life. With great performances from Hahn and Temple, Afternoon Delight is a sincere, refreshing, free from clichéd jokes film that offers a sometimes funny, sometimes sad, compelling experience.