Leslye Headland’s rom-com falls short of the sexual frankness it purports to offer. Jake (Jason Sudeikis), a classic womanizer, and Lainey (Alison Brie), hung up on an emotionally inaccessible gynecologist (a brilliantly smug Adam Scott), are former college lovers reunited at a sex-addiction support group. They try to work out their intimacy issues by being chaste with each other, but neither their friendship nor their inevitable slide into romance rings true. Their innuendo-laden repartee is more corny and clinical than sexy. “You’re not the Mark Zuckerberg of vaginas,” Lainey replies to Jake’s arrogant anatomy lesson, a retort so vulgar and nonsensical it evacuates your brain of thought. Brie, who has shown comedic chops before, is given little to work with, though the supporting cast brings touches of emotional depth and humor to an otherwise drab affair. Its broken circular logic goes like this: Friendship leads to love, which leads to commitment, which is boring, as exemplifed by the desexualized marriage of Jake’s friend, Xander. The film livens up when it unexpectedly embraces its 1930s screwball roots near the end, but its cynical take on love is more horrifying than humorous.
Official Site: www.sleepingwithotherpeoplefilm.com
Director: Leslye Headland
Writer: Leslye Headland
Producer: Sidney Kimmel, Jessica Elbaum, Adam McKay and Will Ferrell
Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Adam Scott, Jason Mantzoukas, Katherine Waterson, Adam Brody, Amanda Peet, Marc Blucas and Andrea Savage
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