Thanks for Sharing (2012)
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Casting of Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow two sex symbols makes this movie a masturbation marathon rather than shining a light on what these things means to ordinary people.
Rest was the stereotypical imprint we humans have on addiction. The worst kind.
For all you who feels stigmatized by this movie, I recommend: Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships, by : Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha.
Love to all, peace and no greed!
The story follows three sex addicts who are in various stages of dealing with their problem. Mark Ruffalo is Adam, a man who is five years "sober" (as addicts call it, even if their addiction has nothing to do with alcohol), but has gone so far as not even allowing himself to have any intimate or even romantic relationships with anyone that is, until he meets Gwyneth Paltrow's Phoebe. Tim Robbins plays Mike, Adam's sponsor and the leader of their recovery group. Josh Gad is both funny and heartbreaking as Neil, a single doctor who is just beginning to grapple with his addiction.
Adam and Phoebe are adorable together, but we wonder if their relationship is doomed from the start. Phoebe tells Adam that she used to date an alcoholic and promised herself she would never be with an addict again but doesn't realize that sexual addiction is "a thing". Adam has had such a problem with sexual addiction (and closed himself off from women for so long), that he may not have the capacity for a healthy romantic relationship. Mike has been a great help to Adam, but he has problems of his own. Mike has very high standards and shows disdain for everyone who doesn't live up to them – including his adult son who has recently come back into his life and claims to have kicked his previous drug habit. Neil is in a race against time to get his addiction under control before he loses everything. He finds an unlikely friend and mutually-supportive relationship in Dede, played marvelously by Alecia Moore, better known as the rock star Pink.
"Thanks for Sharing" sheds light on a problem also dealt with in 2011's "Shame", but is less voyeuristic and more accessible to a mass audience. This film is educational without being preachy, funny without being disrespectful to the subject matter and entertaining without letting you forget what's at stake for each of these characters. Their problems feel real, the humor feels natural and the acting is just terrific. I thank writer-director Stuart Blumberg for sharing this very compelling film with us and give "Thanks for Sharing" an "A".
There were times when I thought 'hmmmm this could be going somewhere interesting'. I was wrong. So very wrong. I couldn't engage with the characters, because I hated them all.
If you have literally anything else to do, do that instead.
It's best not to keep certain things secret and if it comes to addiction that is more than true. Obviously there are more than one sort of addiction and it's really good to see the characters interact in and around those addictions, but also family issues those will result in. There may be some flaws, but the movie has a heart and feels more than sincere in what it does
The plot? Several men and women assemble periodically at a support group for addicts. Some are alcoholics, some have anger issues, some have eating disorders, but most are addicted to pornography or intercourse. All find their public lives wrecked by seemingly uncontrollable urges.
Though flatly photographed, and though peppered with indie-clichés, "Thanks for Sharing" is elevated by some fine acting. Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow are cute as a couple of dysfunctional lovers, and pop-star Pink is excellent as Dede, a young woman addicted to bouts of sex. Tim Robbins, always charismatic, gets the film's least interesting subplot; he's a middle aged man attempting to reconcile with his wayward son.
Whilst "Sharing" has a certain wisdom about it, it nevertheless never really gets to the root of why its characters are suffering. The external factors, or social causes, which push these characters toward addiction are never brought up, though this is largely because Blumberg's characters are all shameful and so guarded about their pasts. "Sharing" was Blumberg's debut.
7.9/10 - Worth one viewing.
"Thanks for Sharing" does not really warrant your welcome. It' s not a total disaster but Director Stuart Blumberg's movie about a trio of recovered sex addicts was mostly a turn off. Mark Ruffalo leads the cast as Adam, an easygoing New Yorker who falls for Phoebe played by Gwyneth Paltrow. The thing is that Adam has not informed Phoebe about his addiction. When he does, Phoebe says "let's just be friends"; not really, just wanted to include "Phoebe" and "Friends" in the same sentence. Next, there is Mike (Tim Robbins), the senior sex addict, who has been longtime married to his high school sweetheart and trying to fix his relationship with his estranged kleptomaniac son. To round out the sexoholics, there is Neil (Josh Gad) a young chunky doctor who clumsily fights his addiction in a semi-comedic way and befriends a new addict named Dede played by Alecia Moore (or otherwise known as Pink); hey, the pink stuff had to be included in a movie about sex addicts. "Thanks for Sharing" lacks substance and you don't really care if the characters get it up in their relationships with others, pun intended. That is all I have to share for "Thanks for Sharing"; thanks for reading.
Mark Ruffalo is the main character as Adam, who is celebrating 5 years of "sobriety", meaning in his case no sex and no masturbation. He does some very drastic things, in today's environment, to avoid temptation, no TV and no computer. When he travels to D.C. on business he has the hotel remove the TV from his room. He also acts as a coach for others who are still struggling, and after 5 years is thinking it might be time to explore a relationship.
Adam's coach is Tim Robbins as Mike, who has been sober for a lot longer. But he has some residual issues with his son, 30-something Patrick Fugit as Danny, who has been estranged for a few years getting his self together in his own way.
When Adam meets Gwyneth Paltrow as Phoebe, who seems to be perfect, he starts to explore the relationship, but it has some rough spots as he finds out she isn't perfect after all.
Perhaps the most interesting is is Josh Gad as Neil, a young physician who is on probation for inappropriate touching in public places, attending meetings on a condition of his probation, but not at all committed to it. His low point is when he is fired after getting caught filming up-skirt his supervisor at work.
Which brings me to my favorite character, Dede, played by Alecia Moore who is better known to most of us as the singer known as Pink. Dede is a mess, but she seems better equipped to handle her recovery than most of the others. She and Neil exchange phone numbers and become recovery friends, just a call away to support each other. Not a trained or experienced actress, Pink is just right in her role.
The movie is very gritty and difficult to watch at times, it is so believable. But well worth the time.
So let me just sum it up with this: this film explored sooo many elements of a great movie, not just in a true, in-depth view of what addiction and recovery looks like, but more than that— damn it I wish I knew how to get my thoughts out on to paper!
Screw it. I can't. Stellar performances from everybody. Great writing. Possibly biased reviews from addicts who can empathize, but, oh well. Watch!
PS: how the hell did this get a 6.6 ??? Trust me, it is so much more deserving of a higher rating.
This is a very good "dramedy", it works very well as a drama, but there is a healthy dose of humour that really works and never feels pushed or appearing in a wrong place. Even if the "funniest" character is your stereotypical Jack Black kind of guy.
Mark Ruffalo is probably the lead here, but there are quite a few characters getting pretty much equal screen time. Tim Robbins, Josh Gad, Pink, Gwyneth Paltrow. Patrick Fugit and Joely Richardson in a little smaller roles. All in all this has some of the best acting I've seen in a while. Especially Tim Robbins and Patrick Fugit really create strong roles. I would've liked to see a bit more of Carol Kane tho, her character seemed like an interesting one, but the role was very small.
I just recently watched Shame with Michael Fassbender, which portrays a bit of the same subject. Shame being very bleak and depressing, this is much lighter, although it does have quite dark moments. Still very well balanced as a whole. Recommended.
Recovering sex addict in a rom-com is something different. Ruffalo and Paltrow has a sweet chemistry. Josh Gad is playing the fool with limited comedic effects. Tim Robbins needs to build to the conflict better. The actors generally do a good job. The whole movie feels more manufactured rather than naturalistic. It's the subject matter. It demands to have it done realistically rather than as a device. The multi-thread structure adds to the written feel of the movie.
It mainly centralizes the stories of three people, Adam, Niel are the sex addicts and Mike who is an alcoholic. These are the friends through the group session they attend. They are desperate to recover from their addiction. The change needs a strong support and that is what the movie describes theirs solution discovery through another person. Theirs self control is tested once they are in the healing process. How far it lasts and do they come out of it is revealed at the end of the movie.
''United, we stand. Divided, we stagger.''
It was good written story having multiple lead characters. All of the three were expressed on the screen effectively. The turn out between what we see in the opening few minutes and the end few minutes was remarkably achieved. Because we won't expect characters to transform quickly and convincingly, which kind of inspires you know. The setback was the second stream characters had not brought in a right way. Phoebe, Dede and Danny just appear on the screen without the proper reasons. Simply bothered me, but many people won't mind that. What matters is that how everything going to advance and ends.
Great performances almost by all. Gwyneth Paltrow was so pretty and attractive, I never ever thought she can seduce like this. Surprisingly, Pink delivered best out of her that I was not expecting. A movie worth to take a loot at it. All the humors were handled by Neil, the romance from Adam and family drama from Mike. So it was well balanced ingredients to laud the outcome moral message about the principles to adapt in our lifestyle. The movie worked for me, so it may to you as well only if you give it a try.
"Thanks For Sharing" looks like a drama on the surface, as it deals with a rather serious topic. The plot is quite well written, as it details the individuals' lives and their states of mind. The main characters are very well developed, and I care for all of them. On the other hand, the story telling is quite light hearted, making it a romantic comedy as well. I particularly like the subplot between Josh Gad and Pink, because they offer the most surprises. And I didn't know Pink can act so well!
The story centers around three sex addicts who must attend 12 step meetings, have a sponsor, and refrain from onanism or frottage or viewing pornography, sharing their shortcomings at eh meetings of fellow addicts. Adam (Mark Ruffalo) is an environmental consultant whose has been 'sober' for five years and has as his sponsor Mike (Tim Robbins), a small business owner married to the supportive Katie (Jowly Richardson) with whom he has a disowned alcoholic son Danny (Patrick Fugit), and who is sponsor to the obese foolhardy voyeuristic frottage obsessed ER Doc Neil (Josh Gad) whose mother Roberta (Carol Kane) has no clue about her son's debilitating condition. The three men – Adam, Mike, and Neil - interact in needy ways and each faces a crisis he must address: Adam finally meets a girl to whom he can possibly relate, breast cancer survivor Phoebe (Gwyneth Paltrow); Mike must deal with his son Danny's return to the nest; Neil becomes tied to Dede (Pink) who is a sex addict of the first order and desperate to change. It all works in at times confusing ways, but always with a focus on the fragility of the addicted human being – no matter the source of dependency.
The film has its light moments, but it is certainly more of a drama than a comedy – except for the fact that 'all of life in the human comedy.' It is good to see a capable group take on a controversial subject and deliver it well.
Round-Up: It's good to see Tim Robbins back on screen after being missing for a while. His role was also chosen well by the director, as well as Mark Ruffalo and Gwenyth Paltrow who showed the addiction from a different angle. It's a shame that movies like this don't get the big Hollywood treatment because it will be forgotten even though it is a great movie.
Budget: N/A Worldwide Gross: $1million
I recommend this movie to people who are into there dramas and a group of people who suffer from sex addiction. 7/10
The movie did have some good performances, although one of the minor characters you just wanna slug. Also, some of the requirements for maintaining the "sobriety" of not having sex seemed a bit unbelievable, and conflicted with having a healthy sexual life.
This film is about New Yorkers in this day and age. It changed significantly since Woody Allen started making films about it. They still are crazy but in more a mellow way. They are not so jumpy, but some are. With such a big city, it is normal that these things happen.
Acting is very good, what do you expect from the actors like that but to be excellent? If you are into mellow films this one is for you, slow and intelligent, certainly different from those high budget blockbusters.
If how ever you are looking for light entertainment in the form of a Rom/Com then please look elsewhere, you are likely to be disappointed.