Can’t We Just Be Friends?
By Skip Sheffield
If you think the title “Sleeping With Other People” sounds salacious and sexy, think again. This rom-com, written and directed by Leslye Headland (“About Last Night,”) is more ironic than erotic.
Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudekis) are college students when we first meet them. Lainey has a fight with her boyfriend, and she is comforted by Jake in his room. The comfort soon leads to seduction and they have the proverbial one-night stand.
The story vaults ahead 12 years. Jake has been dumped yet again by his latest girlfriend because of his chronic infidelity. Lainey guiltily confesses to her boyfriend (Adam Brody) that she has cheated on him. She gets dumped and Lainey and Jake reunite and conclude they need to go to sex addiction meetings.
The rest of the film is a cat-and-mouse game. Can Lainey and Jake “just be friends?” Can any woman and man be close friends without sex entering to complicate things?
At this point I foresaw the obvious conclusion and lost interest. If you enjoy clever banter, you might like this for awhile. For me even 95 minutes was too long.