Review: The Sleepover – Enjoy The Night Or Call your Mommy?

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Our favorite streaming platforms have released some good, wholesome,  family fun over the weekend, but I’m here to talk about the Netflix Original Movie, The Sleepover.

The Sleepover tells the story of the Finch family – who seems like your average squares – Mom, Margot (Malin Ackerman) is a stay at home mom, their father Ron (Ken Marino) is a goofy pastry chef, Kevin (Maxwell Simkins) is your typical annoying little brother, and Clancy (Sadie Stanley) is your average, angsty teenager who’s mad because she’s not allowed to have a cellphone and is willing to break the rules in order to make it to a party with the boy she crushes on.

However, things are not always as they seem and neither is this movie. What you think is going to be a run of the mill coming of age story is actually a fun, adventurous, heartwarming, action-packed family fun!

The Fun Of The Sleepover

THE SLEEPOVER: (L to R) CREE CICCHINO as MIM, MAXWELL SIMKINS as KEVIN, SADIE STANLEY as CLANCY, MALIN AKERMAN as MARGOT, KEN MARINO as RON. Cr. CLAIRE FOLGER/NETFLIX © 2020

It turns out the boring, stay at home mom is actually in Witness Protection because she’s a retired jewel thief who snitched on her bad guy boss! Margot is kidnapped (with her completely blindsided husband) and forced into one more heist with her ex-fiance (Joe Manganiello). 

With the help of some National Treasure level clues, the kids go on their own adventure in order to find their parents, save the day, and have the family bonding adventure they’ll never forget!

The Sleepover is very reminiscent of Spy Kids with a couple of big differences – the parents are the stars and there’s no over the top fantasy element. 

A Shockingly Fun Film For All

This film is incredibly wholesome, which might be a surprise to some, but given the family films, and TV shows coming out as of late it’s oddly refreshing and not entirely shocking. In a time where our world is in chaos, it’s nice to watch something that takes you away from the crazy and sends you to a world where the good guys win without the extra PG-13 layer of crude. 

In my opinion, Ken Marino as goofball dad Ron was the standout of the film. He had to pull off fart jokes, poop jokes, many dad jokes, as well as pretend not to be the amazing, handsome catch that he is against Joe Manganello – that is the kind of committed humiliation I’m looking for!

In the end, was The Sleepover life-changing? Absolutely not. Was is entertaining and worth the 90 mins of my time? 100% 

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