Sleeping With Other People
Despite a positive reception at Sundance and an engaging and attractive cast led by Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis, writer-director Leslye Headland's raunchy rom-com (romch-com?) Sleeping with Other People was dumped into Sacramento-area theaters last Friday without any advance notice. It's a shame, because while Sleeping with Other People does little more than update When Harry Met Sally for the “Netflix and chill” generation, it's better than this summer's lucrative and overhyped romch-com Trainwreck. Sudeikis and Brie play casual college hook-ups and mutual de-virginizers who reconnect later in life as sweetly self-destructive sex addicts. They have fantastic chemistry, and a close friendship quickly blossoms, but (stop me if you've heard this one before) can a man and woman really be friends without wanting sex? Headland writes the standard-issue surplus of subplots and scene-hogging supporting characters into the script, but a loose vibe and a cast of adept improvisers push it over. D.B.