Though it’s been described as “When Harry Met Sally for assholes”, the Sundance, R-rated rom-com Sleeping With Other People may be closer to When Harry Met Sally meets Shame.
Director Leslye Headland’s comedy is about two ex-lovers and now platonic friends who remain “just friends” because of their exhaustive sex addictions, fearing that sex might ruin the relationship they have. Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie are the titular couple who in the film’s first trailer can be seen getting stoned at a children’s birthday party and sleeping around in destructive fashion. Here’s the official synopsis:
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. Fresh, funny, and full of witty insights about modern love, this hilariously heartfelt film “is the rare rom-com that reminds us why we love them so much in the first place” (Time Out New York). Amanda Peet, Adam Scott, Natasha Lyonne, and Jason Mantzoukas co-star.
Though it has a solid 77 on Metacritic, Sound on Sight had two differing opinions when we first saw it at Sundance. Lane Scarberry felt Sleeping With Other People “suffers from being a little too in love with itself but hits a few notes of authenticity and elicits enough raucous humor to make it a mostly worthwhile exercise in deciphering how love and sex fit together,” while J.R. Kinnard felt the sex-pot set-up and meet-cute could happen on “absolutely no planet capable of sustaining life.” Ouch.
Sleeping With Other People also stars Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, and Jason Mantzoukas. The will they/won’t they drama commences on September 11. Watch the trailer below: