Rachel is a quick-witted and lovable, yet tightly coiled, thirtysomething 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 a hipster wardrobe. So why is she going out of her gourd with ennui? Plagued by purposelessness, Rachel visits a strip club to spice up her marriage and ends up meeting McKenna, a stripper whom she becomes obsessed with saving. She decides to adopt McKenna as her live-in nanny, and this bold move unleashes unimagined and colorful waves of change into her life and community. It becomes clear that Rachel is feverishly, desperately trying to save her own sense of who she is.
In a perfect storm of hilarious writing, performance, and direction, first-timer Jill Soloway pinpoints the ambivalence of privileged, educated women seduced by an idealized vision of marriage and motherhood, yet deadened by the stultifying realities of preschool auctions, lackluster sex lives, and careers that have gone kaput. Afternoon Delight compassionately revels in the existential trials of a Peter Pan generation battling too many choices, resisting adulthood, and distractedly tapping their iPhones instead of tuning in to what matters. - C. L.
About the Director
Jill Soloway has worked in television for more than a decade as the writer and coexecutive producer of the HBO series Six Feet Under and the writer and producer for Dreamworks Television’s United States of Tara and HBO’s How to Make It in America. Her short film Una Hora por Favora premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Afternoon Delight is Soloway’s debut narrative feature film.
Cast and Credits
Director: Jill Soloway
Screenwriter: Jill Soloway
Executive Producers: Julie Parker Benello, Allen Benello, James Burke, Chris Miller, Chris Kuenne, Rick Rosenthal, Nick Morton
Producers: Jen Chaiken, Sebastian Dungan
Cinematographer: Jim Frohna
Editor: Catherine Haight
Music Supervisor: Bruce Gilbert
Composer: Craig Wedren
Principal Cast: Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor, Jane Lynch
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