StevenF Review of The Little Hours

The film The Little Hours was released on June 30, 2017. It is based on a story by Giovanni Boccacio from his 14th century book “The Decameron”. This movie was rated R for language, graphic nudity, and sexual content. It is the story of a servant (Dave Franco) who escapes from his master after being caught with the master’s wife. Through the help of a priest (John C. Reilly), he gets a job as a handyman/gardener for a convent of unusual nuns. The one condition being that he pretend to be a deaf-mute in order to resist temptation.

This is listed as a comedy and I suppose in the 14th century, it was considered hilarious. I will say that it had some funny scenes, but swearing nuns was not one of them. This movie will cause you to either love it or hate it. The list of actors was good and the scenery was beautiful. The story was not slow moving, and I can’t really say that it was historically accurate, but then it was a comedy. I can’t actually say that it was a terrible movie; I’ve seen worse. This just might not be everybody’s cup of tea.

I haven’t read “The Decameron”, but I have read Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales”, which is similar in tone, only with more fart scenes. I’m not even sure I would watch this again. At best, I would give this 3 stars out of 5 for the acting and directing only.

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