Review: Naughty nuns in blasphemous comedy ‘The Little Hours’ get mileage out of running gag – Omaha World

The amusingly blasphemous comedy “The Little Hours” is really just the same gag over and over — but it’s a good gag, robust enough to carry the film through its 90 minutes.

The gag? Fourteenth century nuns use the F-word a lot.

Mileage will vary viewer to viewer, but this gag never stopped working on me; the juxtaposition of the film’s ascetic aesthetic with its shameless potty mouth made for a decently indecent time at the movies.

For all its vulgarity, “The Little Hours” comes from reputable source material: Writer-director Jeff Baena used elements of “The Decameron,” Giovanni Boccaccio’s collection of novels, for the film’s rough outlines.

The story follows three medieval nuns — Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza) and Ginevra (Kate Micucci) — living the chaste and simple life in a convent. They spend their days sewing, spying on each other and berating the peasant laborer. (Though Fernanda sneaks out at night

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