Rated: R for strong sexual content, language including sexual references, and some drug use. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: September 11, 2015 Released by: IFC Films
Sleeping With Other People has some interesting dialogue, but there is too much talking and very little emotion from most of the cast.
It begins with Lainey (Alison Brie) meeting with Jake (Jason Mantzoukas) years before the story actually begins. She is out of control because a member of Jake's dorm has promised to end her virginity and doesn't show up. We are supposed to accept that this very attractive young woman can't get anyone to have sex with and when a guy says yes he is a no show. This is good for Jake who helps her out and eventually has his way with her on the roof of the dorm. That's the beginning and the last time they are together until the story begins again in the future which is now.
The dialogue in the script has some spark but either the performers are not up to delivering it effectively or the direction by Leslye Headland just doesn't work. Sudeikis is particularly bland his facial expressions are the same when he is have sex as when he is talking to some one at work about a new contract. Alison Brie delivers her part but the long dull dialogue dries us from the theatre. Jason Mantzoukas as Xander has some comical lines but poor Amanda Peet who is Paula and Jake's boss has a part in which she is used by Jake and this film just uses her as a still picture rather than discovering her spectacular comic side.
Even the suggested candid sex talk is mechanical and the romance that is suggested from time to time is not romantic.
We could compare this to When Harry Met Sally where two people are friends but don't get together until the climax of the story. But here the connection is obvious all we have to do is sit through a drab 101 minutes to learn what we all know in the first scene.
|Sleeping with Other People||D+||C+||C|