Sleeping With Other People Movie Review
Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis star in Sleeping with Other People, a comedy that would have worked better as a drama. Not particularly funny in any way, shape or form, the movie is about two emotionally incapable people who form a platonic relationship and eventually fall in love.
Sudeikis plays a cynical womanizer and Brie a serial cheater who utterly fail when it comes to healthy relationships. In the context of a comedy, neither are particularly likable--especially Sudeikis, who arguably has the lead role. Most of the comical situations the characters get into are sadder than they are funny--in fact, Sleeping with Other People is most definitely not funny.
Had the story been developed as a drama, writer/director Leslye Headland would have been onto something. As a character study of two damaged individuals who find solace in one another, the movie works much better--Brie is especially convincing as a woman who wants more, but is incapable of breaking her own depressing cycle. The two actors have great chemistry together, and while even though their exchanges aren’t as humorous as intended, they do feel earnest and believable--well, except for when Sudeikis teaches Brie’s character how to pleasure herself (shouldn’t she have figured out how to pleasure herself by now?).
Unfortunately, Sleeping with Other People isn’t a drama--it’s a comedy that isn’t funny. The movie slogs along for quite a while, and then ultimately becomes your cliché romantic comedy: you know the two protagonists are going to end up together, but Headland keeps them apart just long enough to fill out the film’s running time.
Sleeping with Other People isn’t terrible, largely thanks to the strong chemistry between Brie and Sudeikis, but it’s a comedy that largely doesn’t work.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.