The Freebie 2009 NR

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(13) IMDb 5.1/10

A One Night Experiment in Infidelity

Starring:
Dax Shepard, Katie Aselton
Runtime:
1 hour 18 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Katie Aselton
Starring Dax Shepard, Katie Aselton
Supporting actors Marguerite Phillips, Joshua Leonard, Bellamy Young, Sean Nelson, Frances Shaw, Ross Partridge, Houston Wages, Ken Kennedy, Leonora Pitts, Scott Pitts
Studio Phase 4 Films (USA), LLC
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By midway, I found myself thinking, will you just do it and stop talking about it?
Daniel G. Lebryk
I certainly didn't think this was a great movie, but I think the film maker's message was that thls is a bad idea!
emrep
The one thing that really irritated me was that there didn't seem to be any ending whatsoever.
Nikki W.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gregory William Locke on March 15, 2011
Format: DVD
I'll start with the one bone I need to pick: the title of the movie, The Freebie. The name implies that the film is fun and lighthearted. Sure, at times. But, as a whole, this is a serious story that will surely be relatable to a whole lot of people. And, while I'm on the topic, I get the impression that a lot of people were misled by both the poster (which makes it look like an Jud Apatow movie) and the casting of Dax Shepard, who is mostly known for his comedic roles. Thus, I'd guess, the low score the movie has on IMDb. The unreasonably low score.

So, I'm guessing, someone along the way knew that this was a pretty great movie and thus wanted it to be one that people would see. Thus the title. Thus the poster. Thus all the wrong people seeing this movie. The Freebie is for fans of Noah Baumbach and Joe Swanberg.

What The Freebie is is naturalistic drama done right. The story is simple: a happy couple decide to "fix" their bedroom apathy by taking a single night to go out and share some bone with a stranger. Both Katie Aselton and Shepard are fantastic, both as lovers and as people going through a mighty big challenge together. Much of the dialogue in the first two acts plays through in a way that makes you wish it was your relationship - the two leads seeming so uniquely happy together at times that you get the feeling that Aselton took from her personal life for the script. Things change a bit in the third act, as they should. Things get, well, heavy.
Knowing that the writer/director, Aselton, is married to actor/writer/director Mark Duplass, I half expected the film to have a Mumblecore vibe. Not really the case. The cinematography is solid, if simple, the picture always looking big and bright and, at times, quite stylized.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By emrep on September 14, 2012
Format: DVD
I watched this film with my beau and we spent the first hour yelling, "What an idiotic idea! Don't do it!". Watching this couple entertain the idea that sleeping with other people would somehow enhance their marriage was depressing, nauseating and downright cringeworthy. However, if the viewer pays close attention, I believe that the cheating scenes as well as the aftermath are meant to repesent what MAY have happened if they'd gone ahead with this ridiculous plan. The last scene shows the couple in bed, still toying with the idea. I certainly didn't think this was a great movie,
but I think the film maker's message was that thls is a bad idea! I was surprised that none of the other reviewers realized that the actual carrying out of the idea was hypothetical.
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Format: DVD
The Freebie is a lot of talking and not much action. The feeling I got from this film was, Woody Allen tried to make Hall Pass (Hall Pass), and failed miserably.

The film opens beautifully, with a group of thirty something friends sitting around a dinner table talking. The banter is interesting, fun, and engaging. Annie and Darren appear to be a happy couple very much in love, entertaining their mostly single friends. The movie then moves on to Annie and Darren endlessly over analyzing everything. It becomes clear; these two people love each other deeply as intellectual friends that happen to share the same bed. About the a third of the way into this film, things really bogged down. The constant discussions about minutiae became annoying. By midway, I found myself thinking, will you just do it and stop talking about it?

I apologize for bringing a brilliant director like Woody Allen together in the same sentence as Hall Pass. To me the fault in some of Allen's films is that he spends a long time intellectualizing simple events. I find myself frequently thinking, well Woody, would you just stop thinking and do it. The Hall Pass connection is that the guys get a "freebie" to do what they want with women for one week (actually a much more plausible scenario than this movie's one night). Although Hall Pass is an awful exploitation film, there is at least action, some humor, and some exciting scenes. The Freebie teases constantly, although it is rated R, there is no nudity; I found nothing terribly funny; and it feels more like a one room three act play than a film.

This film does have a few good sides.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nikki W. on January 17, 2011
Format: DVD
I'm not even sure where to begin.

Basically, Anne and Darren have been married for seven years. Their marriage is perfect with one exception. They don't have sex anymore. They come up with the scheme that they'll both get one freebie to bring the spark back into their marriage. It seems like the perfect idea until it's over.

I absolutely hated this movie. The ending left me with more questions than I started with. Sort of. I think I have it figured out but I can't be sure. The one thing that really irritated me was that there didn't seem to be any ending whatsoever. I need closure. I don't want questions.

The movie seemed pointless. You know it's a bad idea. I know it's a bad idea. How could this loving couple of seven years not figure that out?
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