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Issue: Spring 2015

Sleeping With Other People (2015) movie review

Playing With Fire

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Two college students lose their virginity together. Twelve years later they are a good-natured womanizer and a serial cheater and when they meet again they form a platonic relationship that helps reform them..

There's a whole sub-genre about how today's twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings handle their sexual relationships. These are the descendants of the 'me' generation, who were born and raised in an age where women can be sexual beings, there is 99% reliable contraception, and somehow our communities have learnt to live with HIV.

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Movie poster, Sleeping With Other People
a romantic comedy with commitment issues

Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) have freedom, but they are toxic, to themselves and others. What they are missing is the essential ability to form and participate in healthy loving relationships.

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Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) in Sleeping With Other People

This is all dressed up in the romantic comedy format.

Sleeping With Other People is When Harry Met Sally for a new age. Our protagonists' behaviours are not new, but asking for symptathy for them is. Somehow we are asked to give these people a pass on their behaviour and embrace them.

Watchable, but a minor blip in the history of cinematic storytelling.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 29 Oct 2015
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Just the facts:

Title: Sleeping With Other People (2015)
Written by: Leslye Headland
Directed by: Leslye Headland
Running time: 101 mins
Rating: MA15+

The Players: Alison Brie, Jason Sudeikis,

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