Hot Poppin' Culture News From New York City

Catholic Church Scandalized in New ‘Little Hours’ Red Band Trailer (See!)

Heidelberg Conundrum Barnes Noble

Catholic Church Scandalized in New 'Little Hours' Red Band Trailer (See!) 1

Catholic groups are furious over the comedy ‘The Little Hours.’ A new red band trailer shows why. (Photo: ScreenCap)

The Catholic Church is scandalized in a raucous new comedy “The Little Hours.” A new red band trailer pulls no punches in its send up of the religion. Needless to say, Catholic groups are furious.

Of course, the Catholic Church does a pretty good job of generating sex scandals on its own, usually involving little boys and girls.

Jeff Baena wrote the screenplay and directed the movie, starring Alison Brie, Fred Armisen Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon.

Ironically, the picture is based on the first tale of the third day in “The Decameron,” a collection of novellas by Giovanni Boccaccio.

Boccaccio was a 14th century Italian writer and poet. He’s considered by historians to be important figure in Renaissance humanism. His correspondence with Petrarch is world renowned.

“The Decameron,” published in 1353, is a collection of 100 tales purportedly told by a group of seven young women and three young men while waiting out Black Death in a secluded villa just outside Florence.

The tales range from the erotic to the tragic and are filled with witty sayings, practical jokes and 14th century life lessons, according to a synopsis of the work.

The film is about A young servant (Dave Franco), who flees from his master (Nick Offerman) and hides in a convent.

“A wicked trio of mean-girl nuns who drop more expletives than Hail Marys, get drunk on sacramental wine and think nothing of assaulting the hunky new handyman,” according to The Los Angeles Times.

It’s impossible to know if Boccaccio would approve, but the Catholic Church has a decided opinion of it.

The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights called the movie “trash, pure trash.”

The filmmakers quickly appropriate the comment to market the film and it appears in the trailer.

“This is so trite. We’ve been there before, but some can’t stop drinking from this well,” said the group, condemning Hollywood for its “anti-Catholic” bias.

The film premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It received an impressive 86 rating from rottentomatoes, although it has been lightly reviewed by only 12 critics.

“It’s often hysterically funny, especially when allowing its talented cast to play up to their individual strengths” wrote Brian Tallerico for

Gunpowder & Sky, which bought the rights, is scheduled to release the picture in June.

Check out the redband trailer below and let us know your thoughts. No nudity, just a lot of sex jokes and crude language.

Subscribe To TheImproper's Email Newsletters, Free!