Friday, July 15, 2016

Now on Netflix: Sleeping With Other People (2015)

Sleeping With Other People - Written and Directed by Leslye Headland; Starring Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Adam Scott, Jason Mantzoukas, Amanda Peet, Natasha Lyonne, Adam Brody, Billy Eichner.

By Kenny Howell

Jason Sudeikis has always been known for walking that fine line between charm and smarm.

Most of the time he leans heavily toward the smarm, but occasionally we have got to see his charm, most notably 30 Rock before they turned his character negative.

Sleeping With Other People is the type of film he should be doing. Of course not all the time, but it truly shows his strength, motor-mouthed with a heart.

He plays Jake, a quick talking wise guy who cycles through women and pushes them away so they never get too close. However, he was a late bloomer, not losing his virginity until college to Lainey (Alison Brie). Fast forward several years later, and Lainey is a bit of a mess as well. She is obsessed with a married doctor, and also going through many sexual partners just like Jake. The two cross paths kind of at rock bottom (in a sex addicts group), and they hit it off immediately. Knowing they have a penchant for ruining relationships when they have sex, they agree to start up a relationship without it, still seeing other people, but building their relationship along the way.

Of course the movie takes the path you think, they fall in love, but the fear of them messing it up keeps them separate. It's nice to see the pair connect so well without the physical aspects, and Sudeikis (Colossal) and Brie (GLOW) have the ability to make it work well. It turns into a good balance of sweet and raunchy, that films like those of Judd Apatow's have been so successful at over the years. This might be a bit lighter than those, but it is just as entertaining.

Sleeping With Other People is currently streaming on Netflix.

Rating: ***1/2

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