Sleeping with Other People
Directed by Lesley Headland
Written by Lesley Headland
Starring: Alison Brie, Jason Sudeikis, Natasha Lyonne, Amanda Peet, Adam Scott, and Jason Mantzoukas
Sleeping with Other People is a romantic comedy made for a contemporary twenty-first-century audience. Sex, love, and relationships always have been tied together, but since the latter half of the twentieth-century, sex and relationships have become synonymous. The one and the same association between sex and relationships has been on the rise since the dawn of the twenty-first century, at least based on my experience both personal and as represented in the media. Sleeping with Other People explores this dynamic between sex and relationships, and the place of the former in the latter. The characters played by Brie and Sudeikis build their relationships based on sex. Sudeikis’ character is a known man whore, think Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, he just goes from hook up to hook up. Brie’s character is in a purely sex-based relationship with Adam Scott’s character, in which she is “the other woman”. The only relationship that the characters played by Brie and Sudeikis have with each other is the only relationship they have not based on sex.
Sleeping with Other People is a funny movie, but like most of its contemporary R-rated romantic comedies relies heavily on sex jokes. The film’s reliance on sex jokes makes the film, at points, dull and uninspired. Thankfully, the movie contains a talented comedic cast, in both the lead and supporting roles. The talented cast of Sleeping with Other People makes the film an enjoyable watch. You can not blame a movie about sex for having too many sex joke can you?
Overall, Sleeping with Other People is an enjoyable watch, boasting a talented cast that make the otherwise one-note comedy enjoyable. What makes Sleeping with Other People a worthwhile watch is what the film has to say about the dynamics of sex and relationships. Sleeping with Other People receives 3.25/5.