The Little Hours: Green Band trailer of modern nunsploitation comedy is rude and hilarious
If you thought Pier Paolo Passolini’s X-rated 1971 adaptation of Giovanni Boccacio’s The Decameron was raunchy, you ain’t seen nothing yet as distributor Gunpowder & Sky has just released the Green Band trailer for director Jeff Baena’s outrageous modern nunsploitation shock comedy The Little Hours. It’s looks hilarious and rude and dark and weird and if you’re catholic, watch out. The Catholic League of Decency has already condemned the move as “pure trash.” This is, of course, for many of us a ringing endorsement!
Nunsploitation was, of course, the subgenre of sleazy exploitation picture that leaked out of Europe in the wake of the notoriety and success of Ken Russell’s The Devils and primarily featured shocking scenes of The Brides of Christ transgressing and devolving into hard sex and murder and worse. They’re grand fun.
In The Little Hours, medieval nuns Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza), and Ginevra (Kate Micucci) lead a simple life in their convent. Their days are spent chafing at monastic routine, spying on one another, and berating the estate’s day laborer. After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, Father Tommasso (the brilliant John C. Reilly) brings on new hired hand Massetto (Dave Franco), a virile young servant forced into hiding by his angry lord. Introduced to the sisters as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation, Massetto struggles to maintain his cover as the repressed nunnery erupts in a whirlwind of pansexual horniness, substance abuse, and wicked revelry.
Sold yet? If not, probably don’t watch the trailer. It’s a bit rude. And this writer cannot wait to see the movie. Gunpowder & Sky will open The Little Hours in New York and LA on June 30th.