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Sleeping with Other People (2015)

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A good-natured womanizer and a serial cheater form a platonic relationship that helps reform them in ways, while a mutual attraction sets in.

Director:

Leslye Headland

Writer:

Leslye Headland
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alison Brie ... Lainey
Jason Sudeikis ... Jake
Jordan Carlos ... R.A.
Margarita Levieva ... Hannah
Charles Cain Charles Cain ... Helmet Kid
Adam Brody ... Sam
Michael Cyril Creighton ... Attentive Waiter
Billy Eichner ... SLAA Speaker
Jason Mantzoukas ... Xander
Amanda Peet ... Paula
Victoria Frings ... Nurse
Adam Scott ... Matthew
Natasha Lyonne ... Kara
Andrea Savage ... Naomi
Sawyer Shipman Sawyer Shipman ... Lyle
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Storyline

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. Determined to stay friends despite their mutual attraction, they make a pact to keep it platonic, a deal that proves easier said than done. Written by lament

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a romantic comedy with commitment issues

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong sexual content, language including sexual references, and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 2015 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Jamais entre amis See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$89,102, 13 September 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$814,775, 8 November 2015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,224,947, 7 May 2018
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Was on every top list for anyone involved with Sundance. Premiered at Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2015 to rave reviews. See more »

Goofs

When Xander is calling Jake during the credits, his phone's screen stays on for the whole call. See more »

Quotes

Lainey: I know that you stop breathing when you kiss, that when you lean in to whisper you put your lips right ence the back of my earlobe, that you kiss the back of my neck before you slip my coat over my shoulders. I remember every compliment you ever gave me, everything you ever did to me in bed. And the day you made me yours, the day you said; "Elaine, I wish I could've known you when you were a little girl, so that I could've been...
Matthew: Could've been your true love. I remember too, you know.
Lainey: Would ...
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Crazy Credits

There is an extended scene featuring Xander and his wife simultaneously with the first part of the credits. See more »

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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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PACHUQUIN
Written by Enzo Villaparedes, Daniel Indart and Sara Traina
Performed by Villa
Courtesy of LMS Records
Under license from Latin Music Specialists
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"Sleeping with Other People" is an uninspired mess.
3 October 2015 | by Dave McClainSee all my reviews

Sometimes you can make a movie title into a funny sentence – if you word it just right. For example, I could tell you that… I spent good money to check out Lily Tomlin's "Grandma" (her September 2015 movie), and I was very disappointed with what I saw. The previous spring, I decided to go to "Get Hard" (the Will Farrell – Kevin Hart comedy). A couple months before that, I watched "The Boy Next Door" for about an hour and a half… and I'd do it again. But I'm fickle. Even after looking online and finding "The Perfect Guy", I still found myself looking forward to "Sleeping with Other People". Unfortunately, my significant other was not amused when I texted that that was what I was doing when I didn't come home on time one evening. Equally unfortunate is that this paragraph is about as funny and clever as the movie "Sleeping with Other People" (R, 1:41) is able to manage in nearly two hours of screen time.

Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) met in college and ended up losing their virginity to each other. About a dozen years later, they run into each other after attending a meeting for sex addicts. They each had people in their lives who suggested the group as a way of dealing with their respective obsession with sex and proclivity to cheat. After catching up and discussing their lives over dinner, they both hint that they're still attracted to each other, so they agree to just be friends – with a safe word for times when one says or does something that the other thinks could result in things getting sexual between them. This way, they can enjoy each other's company while still… sleeping with other people.

This arrangement works pretty well… for a while. Lainey and Jake treat each other as best friends, but carry on with their own romantic relationships, and even discuss details with each other. Lainey is trying to get past a long-term obsession with her college boyfriend – turned gynecologist (Adam Scott) who is about to get married – to someone other than her. Jake is pursuing his new boss (Amanda Peet), but his friend and co-worker (Jason Mantzoukas) and his wife (Andrea Savage) are convinced that Jake wants to sleep with Lainey. Lainey's friend, Kara (Natasha Lyonne), is concerned that she's spending too much time with (or obsessing over) unavailable men. Soon, even Lainey and Jake have to admit to each other that they're acting like a couple and they need to figure out what to do about that mutual realization.

You've likely seen this story before. It has elements of the very similar 2011 romantic comedies "No Strings Attached" and "Friends with Benefits", with a touch of 2013's "Thanks for Sharing" and "Don Jon" (also very similar), but this film's biggest influence seems to be 1989's "When Harry Met Sally…" Unfortunately, unlike that rom-com classic, "Sleeping with Other People" lacks likable characters whose actions make sense. Instead, with this movie we get crude sexual discussions between two people who are each such a mess that we don't really care if they get together in the end or not.

"Sleeping with Other People" was written by one person (Leslye Headland, who also directs), but feels like it's written by about five different people – who never conferred with each other. The script shoots off in several different directions, seemingly randomly. Jason Sudeikis is usually pretty funny and Alison Brie is pretty… pretty, but they don't make a very cute couple. These two actors do have some chemistry between them, but it seems to be theirs alone. Even as these characters bounce between their various emotional extremes, they somehow seem to be in sync with each other. That means there are at least two people who know what's going on in this movie. The romance in the story only shines through in brief moments and the humor, even less. I enjoyed catching the frequent movie references tossed around by Sudeikis' character, but I stopped caring about the plot when it became clear that I was basically watching the 2015 versions of Harry and Sally, but not enjoying them nearly as much. "C-"


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