Afternoon Delight
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AFTERNOON DELIGHT is the story of Rachel, a stay-at-home mom who becomes obsessed with saving a stripper named McKenna. It's nine am. You've just dropped your kid off at school. Pick-up is at four. No one knows where you are, and no one needs you. So what now? Rachel is a quick-witted and lovable, yet tightly coiled, thirty-something steeped in the creative class of Los Angeles's bohemian, affluent Silver Lake neighborhood. Everything looks just right-chic modernist home, successful husband, adorable child and hipster wardrobe. But when she visits a strip club to spice up her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The story doesn't hold together, but Hahn and Temple are terrific."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"It's refreshing to hear dialogue that's natural and modern and doesn't try to pontificate. And the rewards are many."
‑ Leba Hertz, San Francisco Chronicle
"Relaxed, intuitive performances from the top-notch ensemble cast pay dividends, with Hahn commandingly stressy in the central role, and Michaela Watkins impressively abrasive as neighbourhood organiser-in-chief."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"There are some very dark corners in this cheeky comedy, which explores relationships and sexuality in unusually realistic ways."
‑ Rich Cline,
"An enjoyable romantic drama with refreshingly interesting female characters and a duo of impressive performances from Kathryn Hahn and Juno Temple."
‑ Jennifer Tate, ViewLondon
"The results are a little life lesson-y but well-observed."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
""Afternoon Delight" puts the typical suburban mother's lifestyle under an uncomfortably honest microscope, then documents the sporadically funny and occasionally sad results."
‑ Sean O'Connell, Washington Post
"[Soloway] delves fearlessly into raw, intimate and uncomfortable areas that more conventional comedies would avoid like the plague."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"The cast is uniformly excellent, but special mention is due to Jane Lynch as a narcissistic therapist with distracting glasses."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Guardian
"Perhaps we're supposed to be laughing? Given the constantly wavering tone, it seems writer/director Jill Soloway doesn't really know what she wants."
‑ Stella Papamichael, Digital Spy
"The entire film is good but the revelation here is Hahn, reliably one of the funniest women in Hollywood, now suddenly given a rich, complex and even sexy role."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Funny and trenchant, it isn't a shapely farce. It's a comedy of confusion that dares to be unlikable -- and somehow, that makes it more lovable."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"Tension dissolves towards the end but Jane Lynch's turn (as Rachel's pompous, self-referential shrink) never gets old."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Occupies much the same space as the films of director Nicole Holofcener and does so pretty well."
‑ Cormac O'Brien, Little White Lies
"Soloway spikes the clichés with refreshingly rude humour, steadily darkens the mood and gets gold from her lead: her face a rubbery miracle of expressive range, Hahn laces every dramatic/comic beat with the zing and sting of truth."
‑ Kevin Harley, Total Film
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