Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie and Kate Micucci play hot-and-bothered 14th century nuns in Jeff Baena's (Life after Beth) hilarious modern riff on The Decameron.
The Little Hours is not to be confused with those starchy depictions of obedient brides of Christ risking eternal damnation by dabbling on the darkest side of sin. Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza, also starring in Ingrid Goes West, playing at SFF this year) and Ginevra (Kate Micucci) are historically accurate representatives of the many social outcasts and sexual misfits sent to convents in medieval times. So, it's perfectly natural that they're sassy types who wouldn't mind some male company. Armed with a very 21st century attitude and fabulous performances, Baena's zippy combo of European exploitation film and raunchy modern comedy runs gleefully riot once hunky hired hand Massetto (Dave Franco) arrives at the convent and begins toiling its very fertile soil.
It's often hysterically funny, especially when allowing its talented cast to play up to their individual strengths. – Brian Tallicero, RogerEbert.com
A comedy in both the current and the original senses of the word, The Little Hours earns its laughs before ensuring a happy end. – John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter