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SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE

SYNOPSIS: 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.

Review by Louise Keller:
It's derivative, misconceived and in poor taste, although Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie are so appealing that it is easy to momentarily be seduced by the film. In part, at least. Written and directed by Leslye Headland, whose 2012 debut film Bachelorette was memorable for the wrong reasons (a shrill black comedy about a missing wedding dress that left a nasty taste beyond the lace), her latest film explores monogamy, promiscuity and orgasms. To her credit, Headland aims for the G-spot but scenes like the one in which fingers and an empty iced tea bottle are used as tuition for multiple orgasms plays out rather blue.

As for the premise of two friends wanting to keep things platonic, there's nothing original here as the basis of a date movie. Ivan Reitman instilled a playful touch in No Strings Attached (2011) with Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman; Will Gluck aspired to something similar with Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis in Friends with Benefits (2011), and Robert Luketic kept the tone light with Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl in The Ugly Truth (2009). Headland's thrust of sexual with a wannabe humour chaser is neither sexy enough or indeed funny enough, even if her stars are delightful.

Beyond the central couple of Sudeikis' womaniser Jake and Alison Brie's Lainey, who cannot help her obsession with Matthew, the nerdy gynecologist (Adam Scott) is Jason Mantzoukas as Jake's best friend (beyond irritating), while Amanda Peat restores the balance as Jake's boss. The idea of Jake and Lainey's having a 'safe word' in case they feel an attraction to each other is blatantly ridiculous and the scene in which Lainey teaches kids to dance at a kids birthday party, while high on ecstasy is embarrassingly bad. The dialogue is awful (Peat asks Sudeikis if he was a fat teenager - to explain his sex addition) and the ending disappoints. Don't bother staying for the scenes that play out during the end credits - they are highly irksome.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE (MA15+)
(US, 2015)

CAST: Alison Brie, Jason Sudeikis, Jordan Carlos

PRODUCER: Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell, Sidney Kimmel, Adam Mckay

DIRECTOR: Leslye Headland

SCRIPT: Leslye Headland

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Ben Kutchins

EDITOR: Paul Frank

MUSIC: Andrew Feltenstein, John Nau

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Amy Williams

RUNNING TIME: 117 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Madman

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: November 5, 2015







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