Sleeping with Other People (2015)

What a gem. Really.

Following in the same vein of charmingly dirty romantic comedies as No Strings Attached and Friends with Benefits, Sleeping with Other People stars Jason Sudeikis (SNL) and Alison Brie (Community) as Jake and Laney. They lost their virginity to each other one night in college, and then they went their separate ways, both sort of becoming sex addicts.

Bear with me. This is no Rogen raunch fest. Laney’s crush got married, and Jake just drifted from girl to girl as he grew his company—then they run into each other at an Addicts Anonymous meeting. Naturally, the sparks fly, and Jake and Laney grow closer. But they know better than to give in since they know it wouldn’t end well. They develop a sort of system, saying “Mousetrap” anytime the feelings come to the surface. The friendship is so important to them, they couldn’t bear to ruin it.

Yes, they get together at the end, but that’s almost guaranteed. As I’ve said before, the trick is to make the audience believe otherwise. The trick is to make you want it before they give it to you. Sudeikis and Brie have such phenomenal chemistry, it’s almost painful to watch them reject their affections for the sake of their friendship. No, not almost—it’s agonizing.

Sleeping with Other People is the kind of film you just don’t see coming, even if you can generally predict what will happen. It has emotion and laughs. I watched it on a plane, and I’ve brought it up in almost every conversation since. Decent romantic comedies are a dime-a-dozen, but it’s rare to find one this well-done. I view my life differently having seen it, and you might too.

3.5 Green

Sleeping with Other People is availably on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital.

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