I’ve always been a huge fan of romantic comedies. I enjoy not having to seriously commit to the narrative (even though I always do), and I tend to like even the silliest ones for their ability to entertain me in afternoons like these, when I have to study for the two exams I have tomorrow but prefer to heavily procrastinate instead. A friend recommended “Sleeping with Other People” to me and, being a professional procrastinator (or, as I am also known, a senior in college), I took a quick look at the cast list and decided to give it a chance.
This movie stars Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie, two actors that I’ve really enjoyed in past works (namely, SNL and Community respectively). Even though the narrative is a very cliché one (boy meets girl, boy and girl lose touch, boy and girl meet again and so on), the two of them bring nice chemistry and comedic timing to the movie, and they carry it very well. Other names include Adam Scott, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Mantzoukas and Amanda Peet, all people whose works I tend to like. Out of all of them, I have to say that I was kind of puzzled and annoyed by Amanda Peet’s character, Paula. I don’t know if I mentioned this before here, but “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” is one of my favorite shows ever. Amanda Peet plays a character named Jordan McDeere who, among other things, is the vice-president of the network and has a baby at one point. So when I saw her character, who dresses just like Jordan (even the headbands!), has a position of power in a company (I didn’t get exactly what) and mentions having a kid, I was left wondering if it was some kind of reference or if I was reading too much into it (which is probably the correct answer). I also didn’t like the way her story was set up mainly because we didn’t get much information about her at all. Adam Scott plays the villain in this, and I’m a huge fan of his and of how versatile he is. Though this is not his strongest role, it was fun seeing him as this douchebag in contrast to lovable Ben Wyatt.
Once you start seeing this movie, you can probably guess where it’s going. It’s not a terribly original script, and if you really don’t like this genre, you probably won’t enjoy this movie as well. However, the characters are likable and I found myself rooting for them even though I knew what was going to happen the whole time. It was also a fun insight on modern relationships and everything that ends up coming with them. The movie had its funny moments, and though it’s not laugh out loud material, it’s enough for a Sunday afternoon when you don’t have anything else to do or if you’re avoiding your responsibilities like me.
The writer and director, Leslye Headland, had previously done “Bachelorette”, which was a really disappointing movie for me. I found that this one was way better and more genuine, and I was happy to see it getting recognition at major film festivals such as Sundance and Tribeca.
If you’re looking for a recent rom-com, give this one a shot! It’s not the most original movie ever made but, at 90 minutes long, it’s a nice and fun distraction!
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