Sleeping With Other People (Movie Review)


I haven’t done a movie review in a while, but I recently watched Sleeping With Other People and I just couldn’t not write a review about it!

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Length: 101 min
Cast: Alison Brie, Jason Sudeikis, Amanda Peet, Adam Scott, Jason Mantzoukas, Andrea Savage, Adam Brody …
Director/Writer: Leslye Headland

(Click here if you want to see the Red Band Trailer!)

More than ten years ago Lainey and Jake had their first time with each other. Ever since then, neither one of them had much luck in the department of love since both seem to purposely sabotage their relationships. Upon a chance meeting, they rekindle their friendship and are determined to keep it platonic … but that isn’t as easy as it sounds.

I offered you the possibility to watch the Red Band Trailer for the movie because I think it has a more accurate depiction of what’s going on, even though both trailers can still be a little misleading – like none of the characters actually have a sex addiction. The movie obviously involves a lot of of sex and jokes about that topic though. Just wanted to get that out of the way!

I am confused about all the reviews out there. So many people seem to either completely dislike Sleeping with Other People or only find it mediocre. They criticize that it is very humorous in most parts, but streaked with real sincere and more serious moments. They say the movie doesn’t know what it wants and that it’s a wannabe retelling of “When Harry Met Sally” filled with clichés, but I wonder, what’s wrong with having both? Yes, I mostly laughed throughout the movie, but I was equally touched during some of the scenes that went deeper. Why aren’t they allowed to play with the mood a little?

Lainey and Jake’s relationship is the kind without boundaries and with endless trust and that’s something beautiful. So what if they start out as friends and then fall for each other? There are worse things than being in love with your best friend. The important thing was that it didn’t feel like they were pining for each other most of the time, instead their relationship progressed nicely and they knew what was going on. They weren’t fooling themselves, they just weren’t ready either. The happy ending probably wasn’t necessary, but I am still glad it happened. Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie had mad chemistry and that is the main reason why I loved the movie so much. 

In the end I really enjoyed the movie! I hope I can feel secure enough with someone to have such an open relationship with them like Lainey and Jake did! Have you watched the movie? What are your thoughts on it?

11 thoughts on “Sleeping With Other People (Movie Review)

  1. This was such a great post to read!! And you reminded me that I heard about this movie a little while ago, and then kind of forgot about it. That’s a shame, because I really wanted to see it. I want to even more, after reading your thoughts about this. Sleeping with Other People is exactly the kind of movie I love, and I’m so glad to hear that it’s a relationship evolving though time. I need to watch it soon!! 😀

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    • I am glad that I got to you to want to see the movie 🙂 It’s silly and romantic and funny. I just think that people should give it a chance and not take it so seriously! It’s a romantic comedy, they simply follow a certain formula, but I don’t see what’s wrong with that 🙂


  2. I hadn’t heard of it, but your review definitely makes me want to see it!

    One of the things I love most about anime (and while I’m no expert, I think it may apply to other Asian media?) is that a single show isn’t stuck with one genre. I watched Fruits Basket, which is mostly incredibly silly and romantic, but would occasionally have me bawling my eyes out a few minutes after laughing. I hope Western media will do the same, because life doesn’t happen in genres!

    (I think How I Met Your Mother managed to do this too, sometimes, like the storylines about Marshall’s dad or Robin’s infertility).

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    • It is definitely not handling the genre-mix as well as some other shows and movies, but I think Sleeping With Other People, which in all fairness is a silly movie in most parts, has some honest and sincere moments. I can really only appreciate those in movies, especially in comedies.


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