Sleeping With Other People
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Can two serial cheaters get a second chance at love? After a one-night stand in college, New Yorkers Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) meet by chance twelve years later and discover they each have the same problem: because of their monogamy-challenged ways, neither can maintain a relationship. Determined to stay friends despite their mutual attraction, they make a pact to keep it platonic, a deal that proves easier said than done.
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As far as plot goes, it's pretty standard "can man and woman just be friends" rom-com fare, but manages to subvert a few of the more common tropes and is actually somewhat original. Sudeikis' acting is probably the best I've seen from him (I mean he's not going to win an Oscar for it, but he's in top form here), and Brie is lovely as usual. Director Leslye Headland also uses location well, with NYC almost playing the role of another character. Though it's mostly a very competently-shot film, there are also a few truly gorgeous shots in the movie. It's like the love-child between a big studio romantic comedy and an arthouse film.
What sealed the deal for me, though, was the chemistry between Sudeikis and Brie. They are absolutely phenomenal together, and sold the story even if sometimes the plot didn't. Dialogue is quick and witty, though often a bit raunchy. Not gross-out raunchy, but lots of f-words and sexual references, in case that bothers you.
Overall, I think it earns the 5 Stars. I tend to rate movies with the Roger Ebert school of thinking, judging the movies within the parameters of their expected audience and intended goals (i.e. a 5-star rom-com is not necessarily objectively as good as 5-star Lawrence of Arabia). If you're looking for a charming, funny movie, you will probably really enjoy Sleeping with Other People. If you're a fan of Sudeikis or Brie, I'm pretty sure you'll definitely enjoy this. I kind of see it as the best parts of a Judd Apatow rom-com mixed with the best parts of a Richard Curtis rom-com. It's a little bit raunchy and a little bit sweet, but in the end it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy about being in love.