Movie Review: IFC's Sleeping With Other People

Sleeping With Other People
Release Day: September 11, 2015

Director: Leslye Headland
Writers: Leslye Headland
Main Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Allison Brie
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong sexual content, language including sexual references, and some drug use
Genres: Romantic/Comedy
Running Time: 95 min
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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. Fresh, funny, and full of witty insights about modern love, this hilariously heartfelt film "is the rare rom-com that reminds us why we love them so much in the first place" (Time Out New York). Amanda Peet, Adam Scott, Natasha Lyonne, and Jason Mantzoukas co-star.

I had been seeing many tweets about this film every which way, which peeked my interest. Jason Sudeikis is a well known actor - he is sometimes hit or miss with me, but it's rarely ever a miss.

I had the opportunity to watch this film early, and boy am I glad I did. I am going to be getting all of my friends and family to go see it once it is out in theaters, it is just a great film. It takes what everyone knows as the friend-zoned romcom and turns it into a hysterical story of two people who are terrible at relationships, but don't realize that what would make them better is being together.

It starts off with two college kids, a girl - Lainey - who is trying to get into a guys dorm - Matt - when the RA's start to question her and it looks like they're going to kick her out Jake steps in to save her. They hang out for the rest of the night, which then leads to them sleeping together - flash forward quite a few years and they bump into each other out of the blue. Both having been in bad relationships and wanting to try and get past it. They start to hang out, give advice for what they each should do about their relationship set-up. They know they have feelings for each other but think that if they were to get together it would become like all their previous relationships - a mess.

Sudeikis and Brie's chemistry was amazing. There were many times when I wanted to grab them and yell at them to get together. But as well this romcom was a little different from what I'm use to. There was a part of me that thought maybe they would just be best friends. And I was okay with that because of the set-up. While the sexual tension is intense between Lainey and Jake they are able to handle it as just friends too. Although, let's face it - we're all in the mousetrap of wanting them together.

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