Sex. Monogamy. Cheating. Drugs. Friendship. That right there is quite an accurate description of Sleeping With Other People, the latest directorial effort from the director of Bachelorette..... the movie I'm sure everybody remembers, right? Oh. Never mind. Well, she also made About Last Night. That was a bit more memorable, wasn't it? What was that? Nobody saw that movie either? Aaaaaaalrighty then. Never mind. At least people are seeing this movie, correct? They're not? Well, fuck. I just don't know anymore, man. Since when was The Last Witch Hunter a better choice than this?
Sleeping With Other People opens in 2002. We're introduced to an enraged Lainey (Alison Brie) knocking away at the door of an aspiring doctor, Matthew (Adam Scott). Despite all her best efforts, he won't let her in. Because of this situation, she meets Jake (Jason Sudeikis), and after spending the night chatting on the rooftop of a college building, the two loose their virginity to each other. Cut ahead 13 years and the two run into each other for the first time since that well remembered night. They're both in a sex meeting trying to deal with their commitment problems. The two start to hang out for a little bit, and before you know it, they're best friends. Best friends who are doing their best to stay friends. No sex for them. They're just two people, hanging out, talking about their sex life, but never actually having sex with each other. Yes, it plays out just how you'd expect.
There really aren't too many surprises with this movie in terms of plot. After hearing the premise, you pretty much know what the final scene of this movie is. And guess what? It's the exact scene you have playing over in your head right now. I don't even need to describe it. You know what it is. Thankfully, the journey there is enjoyable. There's plenty of entertainment to go around. It's just predictable as hell, trying to make everything appear as if it won't become a cliché, but it always does.
Jason Sudekis and Alison Brie are great, and the two have some excellent chemistry. While neither of their characters start out overly likeable, thanks to their witty and energetic performances, the characters grow on you. They gradually become more and more charming as the film goes on, and by the time the final credits role, I legitimately cared about them. They were interesting people and they made the somewhat sludgy journey worthwhile, although this is the type of film I'd watch once and never again. It doesn't have any rewatchability to it, unfortunately.
For a one time viewing, however, it's a decent enough experience. It doesn't break any boundaries within the rom-com genre, although it's a funny and likeable movie with a lot of charm and a hilarious scene in which the two of them get high and attend a little kid's dance party. Sure, it's in the trailer, but the scene in the film is a whole lot funnier. It's a film that manages to be your typical sleazy comedy at the same time as being a mature and heartfelt movie dealing with some serious topics. I dug it.
To sum up, Sleeping With Other People contains just about every single cliché you'd expect a movie like this to have, but it manages to throw in some serious charm and humour, resulting in a surprisingly decent movie.