Random Netflix Movie Night — Sleeping With Other People

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Cineplex called this movie a “romcom for the Tinder age” but it’s so far from that. Who, in this Tinder-inspired hookup culture, is as honest as the characters in this movie?

After losing their virginity to each other in 2002, Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) reconnect an a sex addicts meeting. Although they both have a hard time in relationships and can’t stop cheating, their friendship helps to put them back on the right track.

While I expected to find a fun, silly romcom I was surprised by the emotional depth and playing off of genre norms that I found as well. There were moments I was laughing out loud, but in other times I was tearing up.

Flawed people make for the best movies, since there’s so much more to them, and this instance is no different. Brie and Sudeikis have an insane chemistry, both comically and romantically, and managed to appear as real people despite the genre they found themselves in. The supporting cast also holds their own against the two leads, bringing some of the big laughs while still seeming like real characters and not just placement holders for some jokes.

This movie lives up to the romantic comedy genre of the 2000s, yet still feels fresh and alive in the modern age. Without the pointed attack at the rom-com genre, this was still able to quietly break some traditions and utilize others intelligently. Although a rare grade for a romantic comedy, it’s because of the raising of this genre that they’re getting an A.

Sleeping with Other People can be found on Netflix. Did you like this movie? Let me know in the comments, and tweet me @reviewsbylauren to let me know what movie I should check out next week!

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