Aubrey Plaza naked in The Little Hours was not something most viewers expected from the film. All the nude scenes of the movie are nestled right toward the end, so even if you go into it expecting them because the skeezy guy at work or the anonymous internet poster that was almost certainly a troll told you they’re there, you either didn’t believe them in the first place or you forgot that they were supposed to happen by the time they actually did. And boy oh boy was it a breath of fresh air when all the nudity finally unfolded.
For those who don’t know about the movie, The Little Hours is quite a gem for so many reasons. First of all, it was one of a small number of attempts to bring back the nunsploitation genre, doing so the same year as Novitiate, which everyone adores for hosting its own nude debut, that of Margaret Qualley. We could even argue that the two releases were successful, owing to this year’s release of Benedetta, which is directed by Paul Verhoeven, basically telling us everything we need to know about exactly how much and exactly how (un)necessary the nudity is in that one. The dialogue is almost completely improvised, which makes for a delightful, immersive watch. It also proves there should be more nudity in improv.
The first time we see Aubrey Plaza nude in the movie is from behind, with her bare, delicious ass mooning the camera shamelessly. The scenes do technically cut, but there’s incredibly solid continuity between them leading into the face reveal, so it likely genuinely is the Parks and Recreation actress herself on full display. There’s a fair bit of bush in view as she turns around and her open robe sways. It’s not fully clear at the moment whether these were her genuine pubes or a merkin, but she had said that she’d made efforts to appear natural regarding not shaving legs and such, so it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that we genuinely got a dewigged full frontal from her, as is, of course, suitable for every self-respecting nunsploitation film.
There are then quite a few closeups of Aubrey Plaza topless as she performs some sort of witch’s ritual over a tied up Dave Franco, whom I can only imagine to this day has wet dreams to the time he spent filming this scene on a weekly basis. Make no mistake. As I write, this is the only proper topless scene of the actress in existence. Was there an ambiguous nip slip in Ned Rifle? Yes, there was. Key focus on “ambiguous.” Quite unsatisfying on the whole. There was also a bottomless scene in last year’s Black Bear, but the bush she’s rocking in that is either the most unnaturally trimmed pubic hair in existence or, may God have mercy on our souls, a merkin. Probably the latter.
Speaking of below par, The Little Hours does contain a number of Aubrey Plaza sex scenes, but as with sex scenes she’d done in other movies, there is no nudity visible during them. This is admittedly a bit curious considering she does get naked in other parts of the movie, but we shouldn’t be greedy. I, for one, thank director Jeff Baena for showcasing his wife nude for the world to see. No, I didn’t make it up. They actually are married.
Enjoy the lovingly crafted screenshots of every scene in which we see Aubrey Plaza naked in The Little Hours below.