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A provocative comedy about sex, marriage and finding yourself again, AFTERNOON DELIGHT follows Rachel (Kathryn Hahn, Step Brothers, We re the Millers), a quick-witted, yet tightly-coiled, thirty-something bored with her daily routine of preschool auctions and a lackluster sex life and career that has gone kaput. Looking to spice-up her marriage, Rachel takes her husband Jeff (Josh Radnor, How I Met Your Mother, Liberal Arts) to a strip club and meets McKenna (Juno Temple, Killer Joe, The Dark Knight Rises), a stripper she becomes obsessed with saving. Rachel adopts McKenna as her live-in nanny, wreaking havoc on her friends, family and herself.
Behind-the-Scenes; Audio Commentary with Director and Kathryn Hahn
One of the unexpected highlights of this year s Sundance Film Festival. --IndieWire
A pitch-perfect study of love and family in the Peter Pan Generation. --Spin
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Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) is a well-to-do suburban mother with a committed upright husband (hardly perfect, but who is?), a bright and healthy pre-school son, and a beautiful house in a nice neighborhood. She is acutely aware intellectually that her problems are First World ones. This intellectual awareness of her advantages doesn't prevent her from being unhappy anyway. "Is that all there is?" (to steal a line from Peggy Lee) is the gist of it. Despite the trailer's strong implication that Rachel's husband Jeff (Josh Radnor) is the one who is disinterested, it is Rachel who has deflected sex for the past six months; she would like to feel amorous, she tells her therapist (Jane Lynch), but she doesn't have any enthusiasm for it.
On the advice of her girlfriends, Rachel takes her husband to a strip club, where he buys her a private lap dance from a free-spirited dancer/hooker named McKenna (Juno Temple). Later, Rachel encounters McKenna outside the club at a coffee vendor. Unlike Rachel, McKenna seems quite happy with her life. When McKenna needs a new place to stay, Rachel invites her into her home as a nanny despite the reservations of Jeff; she claims she wants to help McKenna, even though Rachel is the one who is discontent. McKenna still services her favorite tricks on the side. Rachel accompanies McKenna on one occasion when she visits an older client (if not outright ugly, certainly unattractive) who likes it when someone watches - creepy as this sounds, in context the fellow is surprisingly gentlemanly about the whole thing. Rachel is very disturbed by the experience.Read more ›
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While this movie is the story of Rachel taking in a stripper, I think the true theme lies in how we identify ourselves. Can a woman be a stripper, a prostitute, in isolation from the rest of her life? McKenna points out doctors and lawyer see their clients all the time. Rachel is intrigued and inevitably wonders if her status of housewife defines her in all of her facets. There is a lot of wry, dark humor in this film, and I enjoyed "everyday people's" struggle to deal with the exotic in their midst. But I am more intrigued how perception can become internalized.
Rachel's best friend Stephanie (Jessica St. Clair) talks Rachel and Jeff into going with them to a strip club. Stephanie says that it does wonders for her relationship with husband Bo (Keegan-Michael Key). Once there, Rachel gets a lap dance from a young dancer named McKenna (Juno Temple). Something clicks and Rachel keeps thinking about the young woman. Director and writer Jill Soloway does a good job keeping us uncertain as to what Rachel's motives are when she looks up McKenna later. Rachel subsequently invites McKenna to move in for a couple days after her car is impounded.
Husband Jeff is befuddled as well, especially after Rachel offer her a McKenna a job as a sitter for their young son. He goes with it. But, does he have a hidden agenda? There are problems with the married couple's relationship but is McKenna somehow the answer? While this film does have some edging humor going for it, make no mistake this is a consequential marital drama. And frankly, you'll never think of Kathryn Hahn as just a funny girl from now on. Juno Temple, not new to these sexy young woman roles, is exceptional here. The story line tends to wander a bit here and there, but overall this is a very good film.Read more ›
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This movie was HILARIOUS... i loved it... but then again, I'm a fan of the director.Published 1 day ago by liz angeles
This movie was very good. I was expecting a flop with so many uncanny reviews. However, it drew me in and wasn't as predictable as so many movies are today. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Crystal
Blah, this should have been better but lacked any real soul. Not a romantic comedy as much as a drama. I love the actors in the film, but that's all I liked about it.Published 3 months ago by Linnea Covington
Really worth watching for performances by Kathryn Hahn and Juno Temple. The tale of two good hearted people but with different values.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love Kathyrn Hahn! This is a solid movie about a smart woman who has lost her way, can't figure out where her life is going. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Caitlin C. Thomas
Thought this was a terrific film. Big fan of Jill Soloway (writer/director) who has since gone onto "Transparent" fame.Published 6 months ago by DoubleA