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Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Josh Gad and Pink come together as sex addicts in this directorial debut from the author of The Kids are All Right

So here's Shame! - a study of sex addiction in New York played for laughs, rather than lament. It's from the hand of Stuart Blumberg, who milked artificial insemination for lols with his script for The Kids are All Right, and now takes on directing duties for the first time, too. This film shares Kids' leading man, Mark Ruffalo, as well as its cocktail of first world tears and tickles. But the notes come through with heavier punch in this one: it's just as gluggable, but the aftertaste is less subtle. Sometimes it fizzes, at others - particularly a late scene involving a peripheral character's overdose - it curdles.

Ruffalo is a eco-friendly businessman five years sober (no sex, even with himself) after a period of energetic indulgence. »

- Catherine Shoard

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