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Sleeping with Other People, 2015.
Written and Directed by Leslye Headland.
A good-natured womaniser and a serial cheater form a platonic relationship that helps reform them in ways, while a mutual attraction sets in.
Another week, another rom-com, at least that’s how it always seems to be throughout the many weeks of a cinematic year. But whilst the Nicholas Spark train keeps chugging along, it’s about time we had a romantic comedy that wasn’t all fairytale and schmaltz. Sleeping with Other People, produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay (Anchorman), is such a film to shake up the genre with its look at relationships and love in 2015/6, and if the age-old question of whether men all women can just be friends is still as ripe »
- Scott J. Davis
Writer and director Leslye Headland has quickly established herself as a unique comedy voice. She made her directorial debut with 2012's "Bachelorette," and last year she returned with "Sleeping With Other People," a rom-com with its own unique flavor. And if you missed it in cinemas, today we've got copies of the movie on DVD for some lucky readers. Read More: Review: Refreshingly Funny & Romantic 'Sleeping With Other People' Starring Alison Brie, Jason Sudekis, Natasha Lyonne, Adam Scott, and Amanda Peet, the movie follows two people who can't keep a partner, who wind up falling for each other. Here's the full 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. »
- Edward Davis
★☆☆☆☆ American playwright turned writer-director Leslye Headland received a fair amount of critical praise for her debut feature Bachelorette (2012), which saw a trio of women asked to be bridesmaids to a former victim of their school bullying. Her sophomore effort, Sleeping with Other People (2015), is an unfortunately hideous affair. Toplined by two skilled comedic actors who both deserve more than the trite script awards them, the crudity builds throughout, resulting in a film that's deeply unpleasant. Jake (Jason Sudeikis) and Lainey (Alison Brie) lose their virginity to one another when the latter breaks into Columbia University and strikes up an unexpected bond with Jake.
- CineVue UK
3 items from 2016
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