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Film / The Layover

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The Layover is a Road Trip / Sex Comedy film directed by William H. Macy, written by David Hornsby and Lance Krall, and starring Alexandra Daddario, Kate Upton, Matt Barr, Matt Jones, Molly Shannon, and Rob Corddry. It was released through DirectTV Cinema on August 3, 2017 and had a limited release starting September 1, 2017.

Kate (Daddario), a high school English teacher, and Meg (Upton), a failing businesswoman, are two long-time friends living together in Seattle, Washington. Suddenly finding themselves at a crossroads in their lives, the two women spontaneously decide to take a vacation to Fort Lauderdale to escape their current troubles. On the plane, they meet Ryan (Barr), a handsome stranger on his way to a wedding. When their flight gets diverted to St. Louis due to a hurricane, Kate and Meg find themselves going to unprecedented extremes while competing for Ryan's affection.

This film contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: All the jewelers attending the convention at the St. Louis Sheraton try to hit on Kate and Meg, much to their disgust.
  • Artistic License – Physics: Kate being able to perform her dives at the pool while wearing her improvised bikini, without suffering a wardrobe malfunction.
  • Bad Review Threat: Meg forces Anuj to help her find a dress by threatening to post a bad review about the Sheraton on Yelp.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. After her mishap at the pool, Meg spends the rest of the movie with a red mark under her eye, and after their fight, both women spend the rest of the movie with banged-up faces.
  • Big Prick, Big Problems: A peculiar case in that Ryan's penis isn't just big, it is also crooked, which requires a lot of maneuvering around during sex.
  • Call It Karma: In the end, Kate and Meg decide not to tell Ryan's new wife that he had sex with both of them, as they consider that being married to such a controlling bitch for the rest of his life will be punishment enough and decide that it's karma at work.
  • Cat Fight: Kate and Meg get into a scuffle in the third act during which they completely trash a hotel's breakfast area.
  • Character Development: Kate learns to take more risks while Meg becomes more responsible.
  • Control Freak: Genevieve, the bride of the wedding Ryan is attending, is this to such a degree that, within one minute of talking to her, Kate and Meg decide that being married to her is punishment enough for Ryan's misdeeds.
  • Disgusting Public Toilet: Meg traps Kate inside a squalid and run-down gas station restroom during a stop. Kate ends up pretty soiled.
  • Eye Scream:
    • The hot air balloon pilot suffers this, thanks to Meg popping a bottle of champagne.
    • Meg gets a nasty eye wound from trying a risky dive at the pool.
  • Flaw Exploitation: Meg tries to take advantage of Kate's fear of heights by proposing a hot air balloon to Ryan.
  • Friends Turned Romantic Rivals: The premise of the film is that two friends, Meg and Kate, compete for the affections of Ryan. Ryan ends up sleeping with both of them. However, he treats this as a one-night stand and it's revealed he was engaged throughout the whole film.
  • Henpecked Husband: Kate and Meg decide that spending the rest of his life as one of these is punishment enough for what Ryan did to them.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Kate and Meg are closer than sisters, close enough in fact for the relationship to come off as somewhat co-dependent. Even by the end of the movie, when they decide that they need to stop living together, Meg only manages to move as far away as the next apartment in the hallway.
  • Hot Teacher: Kate, who's played by Alexandra Daddario.
  • Jerkass: Unless she needs something from them, Meg can be a complete asshole to the people she interacts with.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Ryan may be a cheating bastard, but he is not wrong when he points out that Kate and Meg started to aggressively try to get into Ryan's pants practically since the moment they laid eyes on him.
  • The Lad-ette: Hot as she may be, Meg is also extremely crass, curses like a sailor, and drinks like a Cossack.
  • Mistaken for Gay: The hotel manager where Kate and Meg are staying thinks they're lesbians when they get into a fight.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Almost as much attention is paid to Ryan's chiseled physique as to the girls' curves.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Meg and Kate count as this In-Universe, as their spectacular bodies draw the attention of everyone in the St. Louis Sheraton. A considerable portion of the movie is also devoted to showing them off in outfits that leave little to the imagination.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The trailer for the film leads the audience to think that Kate is outright fired from her teaching job for allowing a kid to read a manga in her class. In the actual film, she's only told to consider quitting her job and ultimately decides to stay.
  • Nice Guy:
    • Ryan is nothing less than kind and polite to Kate and Meg. This gets mitigated when it turns out he's a cheater and a liar.
    • Craig puts up with all of Meg's abuse without without complaint and is not only willing to help Ryan get to the wedding, but also puts up with Kate and Meg crashing the road trip.
  • Odd Couple: Kate and Meg. Kate is the neat and conservative one while Meg is the fun-loving one.
  • Overly Long Gag: The sex scene between Kate and Ryan goes on and on and on as she tries to compensate for his large crooked penis.
  • Really Gets Around: Meg likes sex a lot, and by her own admission, her standards when she's horny aren't all that high. The beginning shows she had slept with the cab driver who took her home, for instance.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Meg and Craig at the end.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: Meg has no scruples whatsoever about using her bombshell looks to get what she wants, even if it is against the rules. Kate finds this annoying and embarrassing.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Ryan, when Kate and Meg show up at his wedding seeking to avenge themselves on him.
  • Slipping a Mickey: Meg tries to slip three pills into Kate's champagne during the car trip. But it's Craig who ends up drinking it.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Meg isn't just extremely hot; she is also considerably taller than Kate, who herself is tall enough to qualify for this tropenote .
  • Third-Option Love Interest: Ryan ends up with Genevieve who he was engaged with throughout the film.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Over the course of the movie, Kate gets progressively nastier in her attempt to win Ryan.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Craig and Meg end up in a long-distant relationship by the end of the film.
  • You Didn't Ask: Ryan's justification for not telling Kate and Meg that the wedding he was in such a hurry to attend was his own.