Writer and director Leslye Headland proposes the age-old question of whether or not a man and a woman can be strictly-friends, without one eventually developing feeling for the other, to a new generation of moviegoers with ‘Sleeping with Other People.’ It’s an updated, and slightly more modern, version of the classic dynamic from ‘When Harry Met Sally,’ this time starring internet favorite Alison Brie, and funnyman Jason Sudeikis. This time neither one of them are meant to be as charming, instead, they are both terrible people to begin with.
Set in New York, it’s a romantic-comedy built on a plot-device trying to rule out romance. For a younger generation that may have missed the Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan classic from 1989, the film does a great job of navigating the awkward relationship of two friends trying to stay at a distance, and the popular cast will most likely draw a crowd to local theaters.
Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) meet in college, both struggling to hold any real relationship and wind-up meeting one another (and almost instantly sleeping with one-another) only to have Lainey disappear from Jake’s life the next day.
The film picks-up more than a decade later, with Jake now a serial-cheater that can’t commit to any one-person, and we find out that Lainey is cheating on her current boyfriend (played by Adam Brody) and decides to come clean.
As fate would have it, both former lovers wind-up in the same sex-addiction counseling group, and the story moves on from there. The two reminisce quickly and think about the friendship they could have shared had things gone differently in the past. The duo decide to help each other through this trying time in both of their lives, but only as friends.
To make things even more complicated, Lainey is still head-over-heels for her college-crush (played by Adam Scott) who she runs into again later on in the film.
Amanda Peet, Natasha Lyonne, Andrea Savage and Jason Mantzoukas are also featured in the film, each adding to the wonderful comedic backdrop used in the two stars’ character development.
It’s not an entirely original plot, as most romantic-comedies go, and older patrons might feel that the film is a standard rom-com. The film will more likely be a hit to younger viewers, who most likely haven’t seen as many rom-com scripts in the past.
Alison Brie has proven to be a comedic-star on her series ‘Community,’ and since her breakout performance on that show she has taken on larger roles in films like ‘Get Hard’ with Will Ferrell, ‘BoJack Horseman’ with Will Arnett and other projects with some of comedy’s leading actors.
Jason Sudeikis has already cemented his comedic timing as the snarky leading-man, and fans will most likely love his new role of a charming, terrible person.