WRITTEN BY: Leslyle Headland
DIRECTED BY: Leslyle Headland
STARRING: Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas
RATING: 3 stars
After losing their virginity to each other in a one-night stand at college, Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) meet by chance 12 years later and realise they are both terrible at romantic relationships. Although they are attracted to each other, the pair decide to keep things platonic. But that proves to be more difficult than they expected.
Sleeping With Other People hardly presents an original concept, but there are unique moments in this raunchy film that will genuinely make audiences laugh. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of random and awkward scenes, such as when Jake shows Lainey how to masturbate by demonstrating on an empty tea bottle. Written and directed by Leslye Headland, the film tries to be sexy and insightful, but falls flat as often as it hits the (G-)spot. Thankfully, Sudeikis and Brie are both so cute to watch that they help elevate the film. Meanwhile, Adam Scott was an interesting choice to play the nerdy gynaecologist who Lainey could not stop obsessing over and Jason Mantzoukas was a fun sidekick for Sudeikis, but Amanda Peet was not given much to work with as an alternative love interest for Jake. Sleeping With Other People has some sweet and funny moments, but it is no better than Friends With Benefits, No Strings Attached or any of the other similarly themed films we have seen in recent years.