To paraphrase the quote at the end of this movie: money and success doesn’t change people, it brings out the person’s true personality.

“Overnight” is a documentary about up and coming filmmaker/ musician/ singer Troy Duffy’s amazing rise and fall.  You know that movie, “The Boondock Saints?”  Duffy is the director and screenwriter of that flick.  Once Harvey Weinstein (of Miramax studios) showed interest in Duffy’s script for “The Boondock Saints,” Duffy’s star power shot up like a rocket.  He was to get a large sum for his script, he was going to direct it and get final cut — if you’re familiar with the business, that last part should have your eyebrows rising — and his band, “The Brood,” would create the soundtrack.  Yup, that’s a hell of a deal for barfly who had no experience directing a movie.

All this hoopla brings out the leeches, and Duffy and the bar he hangs out in are visited numerously by Hollywood celebrities who want a piece of the newest, hottest property.  Instead of being grateful and treading carefully in this unfamiliar territory of Hollywood politics and movie making deals, Duffy rushes in like he owns the damn industry.  He not only boasts constantly of his prowess as a writer/director/singer/musician despite not having any finished product, Duffy also starts talking trash about specific actors; and tells anyone who would listen that he will show Hollywood how it’s really done.

Duffy’s deal with Weinstein and Miramax quickly falls apart, leaving him and his agents to scramble and find another studio to finance his movie.  It’s very surprising to see that Duffy makes no connection of his trash-talking and disagreeable attitude to his failed Miramax deal.

Eventually finding financing for “The Boondock Saints” at a much lower price, Duffy makes his movie.  But selling it becomes another problem.  Is he being blacklisted, or do the buyers think his movie isn’t worth buying?  Oh, his band is also struggling to find a deal.  You would think Duffy would get an attitude adjustment after all this, right?  Nope.  He continues to go on the offensive, attacking all those whom he feels are holding him back, and that includes his friends and relatives and band members.  He promises to make them all pay once he is a big shot!

Well, there is no revenge for poor Duffy.  Instead of someone who wannabe filmmakers want to emulate, Duffy becomes a cautionary tale.  My most memorable, movie moment of “Overnight” is the part when, during a screening of “The Boondock Saints,” a slow-moving car supposedly speeds up and jumps the curb and heads for the spot where Duffy was standing.  The car speeds off, Duffy is unhurt, and he flees his home and arms himself.

There is no footage of this implied assassination attempt on Duffy, as the camera was on someone yapping away about the movie.  We hear a car screech, a crashing sound, people yelling and screaming.  Was someone really trying to kill Duffy for all his trash talking?  My opinion: possibly.  He did piss off a lot of very powerful people.  Whatever the case, it makes for a more interesting story.

— M