If rom-com-of -the-year is what you are after, it doesn't sound like "Sleeping with Other People" is going to be that stand-out flick - but if you're seeking a light piece of sexy entertainment, then it is likely you won't be disappointed with the movie that hits theaters on Friday.
Director Leslye Headland's Sundance-debuted film about two serial cheaters (Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie) who develop feelings for one another is praised by some critics for its wit and panned by others for being a bit too all over the place. Rotten Tomatoes gave it an overall rating of 52 percent.
"'Sleeping with Other People,' described by its own writer-director Leslye Headland as 'When Harry Met Sally for A–holes,' is so deeply in debt to its predecessor that it’s a near-remake. Which could be awful, except Headland’s script is so hilarious, so full of achingly well-observed one-liners on sex and relationships and parenting, that it qualifies as a sparkling new rethink of a beloved film we’ve all seen too many times. I didn’t enjoy some of the early scenes; it’s distracting to watch Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie (especially the former) pass for Columbia students who lose their virginity to each other in a strange meet-cute ..." -- Kyle Smith, NYPost.com
"There might have been a worthy romantic comedy within this mess, but Headland pursues the currently fashionable penchant for raunch at the expense of her characters and not as a means of revealing them as [Amy] Schumer did in ['Trainwreck']. None of the action, comic or otherwise, comes off as believable but rather a search for laughs by a filmmaker unsure of what she wants to do with her material. Thus the tone shifts from scene to scene or even within scenes and the characters are unsure even of what they wish to be insincere about." -- Kirk Honeycutt, HoneycuttsHollywood.com
"It’s silly and funny and charming in a way you’d absolutely expect from its stellar comedic cast, but ultimately Jason Sudeikis fingering an empty bottle of green tea just isn’t enough to dig the film out of its corny rom-com grave ... Looking a little out of place in every film festival its visited, 'Sleeping With Other People' was described best by Variety as 'too broad for the arthouse and too small for the multiplex' — diving in and out of sincerity and sap, it seems really unsure of what it wants to do." -- Meg Watson, TheJunkee.com
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