Verdict: 1 / 5
For anyone in a long term relationship Valentine’s Day marks the expectation of promise, and when Jenny (Rachel Blanchard) is handed a small box, your heart races with her, but the earrings inside are hardly what anyone hoped for. Nor the breakup that followed moments after she learns she wasn’t the only woman in his life. With this devastating start, Jenny rushes to the airport to catch the first flight back to New York.
Little did she know what company she’d be keeping on the flight, a flight captain (Anthony LaPaglia) in serious need of anger management counselling, promiscuous flight attendants, a grumpy hip-hop star TMJ (Gbenga Akinnagbe) with a Maltese and a couple that spark stereotypical terrorist fears. Jenny manages to attract the attention of Tom (James D’Arcy) a young professor flying first class with TMJ. Being on an overnight flight, the strangers have plenty of time to become acquainted, but seem to race through the steps at an alarming rate, making this a rollercoaster of emotions, misunderstandings, romance and unpredictability. Can this be the flight that changes their bad luck with love overnight?
Unfortunately, this romantic comedy lacks in both comedy and romance. The most romantic gesture is shown at the very end of the film and the supposed humour isn’t even mildly amusing. Nothing seems to progress towards some form of a climax. Even with the many stereotypes you at least expect some conflict, but none occurs. Not much can be said for the acting, as you barely pay attention. The characters aren’t very complex and so the actors at best portray a bit of charm. Overnight is a happy ending movie easily forgotten.