Most films with limited release bypass the Little Apple. But a new romantic comedy will premiere in Manhattan on Friday, as well as Seattle and Miami/Palm Beach.
“The distributor wanted a college town in mid America,” said Steven Zeller, public relations rep for the film, in an email. The Carmike corporate office recommended Manhattan, he said.
“Overnight” is the story of two people on a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to New York City. Jenny (played by Rachel Blanchard of “Flight of the Conchords” and TV’s “Clueless) is fresh from a Valentine’s Day breakup when she meets Tom (played by James D’Arcy of Madonna’s “W.E.”), a young British physics professor whose ex-girlfriend doesn’t seem to realize she’s an ex. The flight provides an intimate bubble that puts their relationship in overdrive.
They share the trip with a hip-hop star looking to stay grounded by flying commercial, an angry pilot whose marriage is on the rocks, some flight attendants with major attitude and a pair of Middle Eastern men dealing with the prejudices of the airport and other passengers. “Along with a tiny dog named Kaz, these strangers buckle up for love’s bumpy ride,” the film’s website says.
The film is at times funny and surprising (there’s a scene with the dog that made me gasp), but more often it regresses into corny dialogue and clichés. And while the stars make a connection that is believable, their rapid courtship is not as it moves from attraction to hookup to boredom to suspicion in 84 minutes. (Plus, no airplane bathroom is that big).
Written and directed by Valerie Breiman and released by Winchester Films, the movie was filmed in 2010 but is only just being released.
“Overnight” is scheduled to open Friday at Carmike Seth Childs 12, 2610 Farm Bureau Road. It is rated R for language and some sexual content.
For showtimes, go to www.carmike.com.
For more information on the film, go to www.overnightthemovie.com. The site includes a contest in which entrants tell their wildest airplane story to win a red-eye flight to New York.