The Layover is a comedy directed by William H. Macy (who is best known as an actor for Fargo and Shameless); written by David Hornsby and Lance Krall who have worked together in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The Layover tells the story of two best friends; one is Meg, played by Kate Upton (The Other Woman, The Disaster Artist), and the other one is Kate, played by Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas, Baywatch). They go on a trip to Florida but their flight is redirected due to a hurricane. They meet a handsome man on the flight and begin to compete for his affections.
The Layover begins as a promising comedy, but it quickly turns into clichés and situations we have already seen in many movies of the like where two women compete against each other for the attention of a man. Besides lacking originality, the life-long friendship between Meg and Kate is not believable. How do two friends who also live in the same apartment and have shared uncountable experiences together suddenly become enemies to gain the attention of a man they just met on a flight? You could say it might have been because of their obsession with the reality show The Bachelor, but even so, they took that competitiveness too far. Maybe if the gags and situations had been funnier, the absurdity of it all would not have been an issue. The problem is that most jokes have been used in so many comedies, and for that reason we knew what to expect; they were not over the top or witty enough to make them stand up on their own.
It is hard to believe that William H. Macy directed it. We’ve seen him as an accomplished actor, especially in Fargo (1996) for which he was nominated for an Academy Award; he has also been nominated for multiples Golden Globes and Emmy Awards, winning an Emmy in 2002 for Door to Door as a writer. Could it be that directing isn’t his forte? The acting felt forced, particularly by the two lead actresses, and there wasn’t any cinematographic innovation as whole. Hopefully Macy just needs more experience behind the camera and to get involved in better screenplays and projects, because the biggest flaw in this film was that: the story; so there wasn’t much any director could do with it.
The ending although somewhat predictable had a little plot twist, but not even that could save The Layover from being another forgettable comedy where you get a few semi-laughs accompanied with a lot of irrelevance.