Friday, October 2, 2015

Sleeping with Other People

Writer/director Leslye Headland's indie romcom doesn't stray far from the basic formula of the genre. After meeting, and loosing their mutual viriginity to each other one steamy night in college, Jake (Jason Sudeikis) and Lainey's (Alison Brie) paths cross again years later. Despite their mutual attraction, the two agree to keep things platonic given Jake's womanizing ways and Lainey's hang-up on an old college ex (Adam Scott) who she still carries a torch for despite how awful he's treated her over the years.

There's little to no surprise in Headland's script and when Sleeping with Other People works it does so on the talent and likability of its stars and supporting cast that includes Scott, Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas, Andrea Savage, Natasha Lyonne, and Margarita Levieva (in an opening cameo so good she nearly steals the entire film). We know where Jake and Lainey are going, how long it will take to get there, and can guess (pretty accurately) on the stops they'll take along the way. Thankfully the movie's cast keeps the predictable story from becoming stale and boring. It's far from a must-see, but if your girlfriend is determined to drag you to a romcom you could do far, far worse.

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