The Drop
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Official release poster
Directed bySarah Adina Smith
Written by
Produced by
CinematographyShaheen Seth
Edited by
  • Daniel Garber
  • Sarah Adina Smith
Music byEllen Reid
Distributed byHulu
Release dates
  • June 11, 2022 (2022-06-11) (Tribeca)
  • January 13, 2023 (2023-01-13) (United States)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Drop is a 2022 American black comedy film directed by Sarah Adina Smith, written by Smith and Joshua Leonard, and starring Anna Konkle and Jermaine Fowler. It premiered at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival and was released on Hulu on January 13, 2023.


The film follows a young married couple, Lex and Mani, running an artisanal bakery in Los Angeles and making plans to start a family. Their plans are thrown into upheaval when, while at a tropical resort for a destination wedding, Lex accidentally drops their friend's baby.[1]



The script was written by Sarah Adina Smith, who also directed the film, and Joshua Leonard, who also appears in the film. Smith and Leonard produced alongside Jonako Donley, Mel Eslyn, Shuli Harel, Tim Headington, and Lia Buman. It was executive produced by Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass.[2] Smith said she had the idea for the story while thinking about the 2014 Swedish film Force Majeure.[3] It was filmed in the United States and Mexico during the COVID-19 pandemic, which Smith said was a challenge.[4][5]


The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 11, 2022.[6] The film was released on Hulu on January 13, 2023.[1]


On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 53% based on reviews from 40 critics, with an average rating of 5.2/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "The Drop has its finger on the pulse and a game cast trying to keep it alive, but despite its heart being in the right place, this comedy's electrocardiogram is as flat as the Great Plains."[7] Noel Murray of the Los Angeles Times wrote that while the film "doesn't always work as a comedy, it does have the ring of hard-won truth" by demonstrating "how someone's seemingly rock-solid reputation can be undone in an instant."[8] Christy Lemire of awarded the film 1.5 out of 4 stars, writing that despite an "intriguing premise, The Drop never reaches its full cringe comedy potential."[9]


  1. ^ a b Zilko, Christian (December 12, 2022). "'The Drop' Trailer: Anna Konkle Drops a Baby in Hulu's Cringe Comedy". IndieWire. Retrieved January 4, 2023.
  2. ^ Grobar, Matt (November 29, 2022). "Sarah Adina Smith's Dark Comedy 'The Drop' Exec Produced By Mark And Jay Duplass Set For January Bow On Hulu". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 12, 2023.
  3. ^ Kennedy, Lisa (January 10, 2023). "A Destination Wedding Mishap Upends a Young Couple's Parenting Plans". Variety. Retrieved January 12, 2023.
  4. ^ Nicholson, Cassandra (June 6, 2022). "Tribeca 2022 Women Directors: Meet Sarah Adina Smith – "The Drop"". Women and Hollywood. Retrieved January 12, 2023.
  5. ^ "Tribeca Interview Series: Editor Daniel Garber on 'The Drop'". ProductionHUB. June 23, 2022. Retrieved January 12, 2023.
  6. ^ Roth, Dylan (June 21, 2022). "'The Drop': A Cringe Comedy That Depicts a Different Kind of Baby Boom". Observer. Retrieved January 12, 2023.
  7. ^ "The Drop". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 6, 2023.
  8. ^ Murray, Noel (January 13, 2023). "'The Drop' doesn't always work as a comedy, but it has the ring of hard-won truth". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 17, 2023.
  9. ^ Lemire, Christy (January 13, 2023). "The Drop". Retrieved January 17, 2023.