“Sleeping With Other People”, Oddly Refreshing

Leslye Headland’s “Sleeping With Other People” was a quirky romantic comedy. Certainly not flawless, yet different enough that I felt momentarily changed to a slightly less inhibited state.

So first, the bad news, as in unrealistic dialogue. When Jason Sudeikis sleeps with Amanda Peet (and let’s be clear, Sudeikis is not Peet-worthy in the real world, but for the sake of the movie, ok), totally unfathomable was his moaning another woman’s name during his first encounter with AP and post coital, she calmly inquires if JS would like to talk about her. Empathetic inquiry is not exactly how I believe the majority of women would react. Slink off and feel unworthy, yes. But perhaps Peet caliber women could be secure enough to want to chat it up about said other woman.

On the flipside, aka vulnerable, I wasn’t exactly believing the doe eyed fluffiness of Alison Brie. Her panic attacks at seeing her married lover (Adam Scott as a total d-bag) seemed acted, for sure.

Two supporting stars who I hope get more and larger roles are Jordan Carlos and Andrea Savage.
These two as married friends of JS are funny and irreverent to the point that they make the institution (of marriage) appear fun. Now that’s a magic trick:)

Sleeping with Other People is only playing at two theaters around Rochester, but definitely unique enough to view as an alternative to the gratuitously violent pablum. As Americans we act so sad and shocked at horrific gun deaths and yet the majority of our tv and movie theaters are chocked full of violent images…doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out, we should be ingesting more humor.

By Goldie

Aspiring writer who has retired from the institution of education. I've written plays, three of which have been performed both in Rochester NY and here in Sarasota FL. I also write stand up and obviously, film critique. My comment section does not work, so please email me your comments at irun2eatpizza@hotmail.com

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