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Life Partners (2014)

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Sasha and Paige's co-dependent friendship is tested as Paige gets serious with a guy for the first time.

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Susanna Fogel
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leighton Meester ... Sasha
Gillian Jacobs ... Paige
Gabourey Sidibe ... Jen
Beth Dover ... Jenn
Abby Elliott ... Vanessa
Kate McKinnon ... Trace
Adam Brody ... Tim
Mark Feuerstein ... Casey
Elizabeth Ho ... Valerie
Greer Grammer ... Mia
Jaime Reichner Jaime Reichner ... Hostess
Julie White ... Deborah
Matty Cardarople ... Clerk (as Matthew Cardarople)
Monte Markham ... Ken
Anne O'Shea ... Nora
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Sasha and Paige's co-dependent friendship is tested as Paige gets serious with a guy for the first time.

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One guy can ruin the perfect relationship.

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amies malgré lui See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,665, 5 December 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,563, 9 January 2015
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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In the scene where Tim crashes the girls' TV night and is shouting lines from The Big Lebowski, he is drinking a White Russian. This is the signature drink of Lebowski's protagonist, "The Dude." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sasha: Watch where you're going, bitch!
Paige: What?
Sasha: Thanks for cutting me off.
Paige: You almost knocked my side view mirror off, slut.
Sasha: You are lucky I have to be somewhere or I'd fuck your ass up right now.
Paige: Fuck you!
Sasha: Fuck you!
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References The Big Lebowski (1998) See more »

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Funny Women, Funny Characters, Trapped in an Unfunny Film
15 November 2014 | by themaninthealleySee all my reviews

Leighton Meester has never given a better performance. She is really, really good in Life Partners. Gillian Jacobs has never given a better performance. She is really, really good in Life Partners. They are funny, sweet, deep, lovely and have wondrous, effortless chemistry; you believe immediately that they are the best of friends. It works so well that I wish the film had been about their characters' relationship. You could call if Life Partners...

Unfortunately, while this film _is_ called Life Partners, that's not what it's about. It's about one huge fight and their personal lives and how much they suck at leading them. And for the most part it is terribly unfunny. From ten minutes in to one minute until the credits roll, these two are at odds with one another. From mild annoyance to a building sense of angst to complete avoidance, the film does everything it can to let you know in big neon letters that 'THERE BE PROBLEMS'. Paige is controlling, Sasha is coasting through life. Fine. We get it, movie. Except while most relationship comedies give you moments of reprieve where we remember why the two are such good friends and we get to laugh with them, Life Partners just keeps on flashing 'THERE BE PROBLEMS' every time it seems like a laugh is coming along.

The two spend the majority of their time on screen apart. Sasha, a lesbian pining for a better job and a better quality of girlfriend, spends most of her time at work as a desk jockey or with her lesbian friends (one of whom is Gabourey Sidibe, proving for the umpteenth time that she's more than just a teen running with chicken). Paige, meanwhile, goes through the film dealing with the fallout from a minor fender-bender and falling in love with her new boyfriend (Adam Brody, who has always been fantastic at playing Adam Brody and continues to be likable as Adam Brody). You see, Sasha and Paige are best friends, but because of Paige's new love life and Sasha's frustration at the loss of time with her friend 'THERE BE PROBLEMS,' so we barely get to see either woman smile.

The film runs its course with nary a twist or a turn and you wind up exactly where you'd expect, and while both women are truly delightful in their roles, damn if this story doesn't suck all of the life and joy from the predictable proceedings. I'm also very frustrated that a comedic talent as awesome as Julie White has been relegated to playing the wacky mom for the last ten years, but she is still very entertaining as Paige's wacky mom.

Given the stellar performances from its leads, I really wanted to love this film. I just can't. It's never dull or stupid or mean, none of the awkward, cringe-worthy stuff gets drawn out beyond the point of respectability and the film looks good, with slick direction and cheerful settings. It's just not funny.

6/10. All six stars go to the performances of the leads. Everything else is horribly average.


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