The Sleep Over (2020)

When two siblings discover their seemingly normal mom is a former thief in witness protection who has been forced to pull one last job, they team up to rescue her over the course of an action-packed night.

Have you seen “The Long Kiss Goodnight”?  Well, here we have a bit of a different take on that formula.  It’s far more comedic, family friendly and fun, and the amnesia element is exchanged for witness protection, but the similarities are there.

I actually had a lot of fun watching this movie, and right now, we could all use a bit of fun.

It’s well put together in all aspects, and visually looks great.  Directed by Trish Sie who has done quite a few music videos, it’s no surprise that it has a visually appealing look.  And written by first timer, Sarah Rothschild, the script is actually pretty good for a debut writer.  There’s nothing overly complicated, but everything flows well.

The cast is great.  Joe Manganiello is fantastic, and I’m not sure why he doesn’t get cast as a modern day action hero.  He has the look for it – he’s huge.  Ken Marino is absolutely hilarious in his role as the bumbling husband/father who is completely out of the loop.  The kids, they’re pretty good at what they’re doing, and a couple of them will have bright futures.

For me though, it’s all about Malin Akerman.  This actress is absolutely stunning, and I could, and do, watch her in everything she does.  Drama, comedy, action – she can do it all.  She’s brilliant.

The Sleepover is a Netflix Original – whatever that means these days – regardless, the quality of their output has certainly been raised lately.  The casting is on point, and visually, it’s exciting.

As far as “lockdown” viewing goes, you could do much worse.


Rick Trewin.

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