The Sleepover is all about Siblings Clancy and Kevin discover that their apparently normal mum is really a former luxury burglar from the witness protection program.
Summer movies are assumed to have big-time movie stars, hugely enormous Explosions, and overused CG effects. Aren’t they? Naturally, there are such adolescent comedies that slip between the cracks. But those kinds of flicks rely on bodily fluids and topless women as the central foundation for their comedy. Well not in this case.
The Sleepover is a squeaky clean teen comedy fronted by “Spy Kid” Alexa Vega. Unlike every other summer teen comedy that’s come before it, there is absolutely no medication use, no innuendo, no nudity, no meaningless sex, and no cursing…yet the film stays rather funny. Quite a breath of fresh air, except for the occasional dog fart.
Following their last day of school, the team decides to have a sleepover in Julie’s house to celebrate the end of the school year. That conclusion will lead to a fresh start when a rival group of women, led by popular woman Stacie (Sarah Poxton), proposal Julie and friends to go on a little scavenger hunt.
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Contained on their to-do record is dressing a mannequin, stealing a pair of boxers from high school fantasy boat Steve (Sean Faris), also stealing the crown from their high school dance. The winning team gets to sit at the much desired”lunch spot,” thus determining that classes coolness throughout the remainder of high school. Of course, there’s a catch. Julie isn’t allowed to leave her home, so it is up to big brother Ren (Sam Huntington) to shield their preoccupied father (Jeff Garlin) and out for the night mother (Jane Lynch) in the girls’ absence.
Surprisingly, all of the comedy in this film comes from the guys. Jeff Garlin, famous for his work on HBO’s”Curb Your Enthusiasm”, plays the bumbling and clueless Mr. Fix It Dad perfectly. Huntington (Detroit Rock City, Another Teen Movie) is forlorn about falling out of school and moving house after his mother turns his space to a yoga and craft corner.
His finely nuanced mooching and nicely honed money begging are a delight. Steve Carrell (Bruce Almighty, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) on the other hand, is where the majority of the film’s real funny moments come from. He steals every single scene. The moment he shows up, you understand something funny will happen. . .but in that funny and good manner.
Manager Joe Nussbaum had to cover his dues on this flick. It’s his first major studio movie since breaking the scene together with his screenplay George Lucas in Love. But rather than shelling out another adolescent gross-out festival or a hyperactive child-friendly family film, he walked a fine line down the center in his effort Sleepover. He found the right cast and kept it in the right tone.
On the other hand, screenwriter Elisa Bell has been around awhile. In the past, she has revealed a flair for writing Lifetime films but is only now starting to grow. This is her second big studio film, the first being the National Lampoon-less movie Vegas Vacation. Making this film is a marked improvement in the comedy department.
Initial release: 21 August 2020
Manager: Trish Sie
Distributed by: Netflix
Music composed by Germaine Franco
Cinematography: Conrad W. Hall