"Afternoon Delight" is a solid movie-at least for awhile. In an attempt to spice up her sex life within her marriage, Rachel(Kathryn Hahn) attends a strip club with her husband and another couple. There, she gets a lap dance from a nineteen year-old dancer who she becomes obsessed with helping. For the first hour, the film explores the dynamic between Rachel and McKenna(Juno Temple). Rachel hopes that her kindness and generosity will inspire some changes in McKenna, but the young stripper doesn't exactly demonstrate the desire to better her own situation-or change her profession.
About one hour into the film, things take a strange turn. An alcohol-fueled night becomes the plot device to put everything into a tailspin, one from which a few characters don't seem to emerge. Rachel makes a startling revelation, one that seems to be made just to heighten the drama. It's quite serious and tragic, but it gets washed over, and much like the characters, the film just ignores it and moves on.
So what's left over in the wake of this night of debauchery? Not much to delight about. Jane Lynch is funny in her few brief scenes as Rachel's rather unprofessional therapist. But as "Afternoon Delight" goes on, it comes with an even heavier hand, and doesn't leave enough time to flesh out all of the issues it presents. It's clear that Rachel has more serious issues than just lack of intimacy with her husband, but the film zeroes in on that one just so it sees a finish line in sight. Perhaps all Rachel needed was a little "Afternoon Delight", but the viewer will walk out feeling like their issues are still far from resolved.