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This isn’t your normal romcom, I promise

Sleeping With Other People added some more depth to the typical formula.

Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis play the two leads in the romantic comedy Sleeping With Other People. Being of this new age, the film certainly differs from the traditional romcom. As evident in the title, it focuses a lot on sex and in particular female sexuality. Brie and Sudeikis play Lainey and Jake; two characters who had a one-night-stand back in college and after a chance encounter embark on a platonic relationship, despite the fact that they both obviously want more.

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Both Jake and Lainey are a bit lost in the love department. Jake is a womanizer and Lainey is hung up on a man who is about to get married and start a family. Sleeping With Other People breezes past the meet-cute and embraces the awkward, uncomfortableness of reality (not to say it still doesn’t hold true to the inherent values of escapism in films). The humor cut with sometimes harsh, sometimes comical truths really helps set up a balance between a sense of familiarity with the stories and characters and a scripted story for our enjoyment.

As a sucker for romcoms, it would be almost impossible for this movie to let me down. As long as there is romance, conflict and the inevitable reuniting I am satisfied. Nicely enough, Sleeping With Other People added some more depth to the typical formula. It doesn’t just rely on being raunchy, but the characters carry very realistic emotions. I appreciated the balance of bluntness to softness. And while the movie contained its fair share of sex, each scene seemed to explore something new: why some women don’t orgasm through sex, how to be a little more helpful in making the prior not happen and even bits the psychology of sex. Brie’s character Lainey isn’t the stereotypical uptight working woman or the fun loving free spirit, she’s a kindergarten teacher who lost sight of some of her goals and has trouble with monogamy. Sudeikis, who can be seen as the male perspective, allows the film the flexibility to approach the two sexualities complexly represented with feeling overly preachy or judgmental.

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Jason Mantzoukas and Andrea Savage play the married friends of Jake. They’re the parents who definitely love their kids, but find parenting them to be ridiculous. They give a nice balance to the single life being put on display and some of my favorite moments are between the two of them. These character types are becoming more common in modern day cinema (as the image of parenthood is shifting). It’s important that each director/writer who decides to include them doesn’t turn these characters into caricatures. I founds Mantzoukas and Savage to be more than acceptable.

While everything (at least from the point of view of the main characters) ends up peaches and gravy (as any romcom should), Sleeping With Other People goes a little further. Whether or not I’m ready for the romantic comedy to enhance itself is up for debate, but the movie was definitely enjoyable and full of big laughs. Plus the supporting cast was delightful. Adam Scott, Natasha Lyonne, Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas and Andrea Savage all help to mold the film. All-in-all it is definitely worth seeing.

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