Thanks for Sharing
Facts and Figures
Run time: 112 mins
In Theaters: Saturday 14th September 2013
Box Office USA: $1.1M
Distributed by: Roadside Attractions
Production compaines: Class 5 Films, Olympus Pictures
Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 49%
Fresh: 54 Rotten: 56
IMDB: 6.4 / 10
Thanks for Sharing Movie Review
Even if we've never been to a 12-step meeting, an intelligent script and sharp performances help us see ourselves in these characters and situations. The film may sometimes get a little preachy, but writer-turned-director Blumberg (The Kids Are All Right) strikes a terrific balance between comedy and drama.
At the centre is Adam (Ruffalo), who has just passed the five year mark in his battle against sex addiction. His sponsor Mike (Robbins) is proud of him, but he and his wife (Richardson) have their own issues since their ex-addict son (Fugit) has just returned home. Meanwhile, Adam is sponsoring Neil (Gad), who was court-ordered to attend rehab and doesn't take his addiction seriously until he gets to know Dede (Moore aka P!nk), a fellow rebel in the group. Then out in the real world Adam meets Phoebe (Paltrow) and has an instant spark of attraction. But as their relationship develops, he knows he'll have to tell her about his addiction.
The script is very tightly constructed to explore the topic from several angles through a handful of characters and sideplots. But while this may feel a bit tidy, Blumberg keeps everything grounded in honest experience. So the comedy is edgy and surprising, while the dramas avoid the usual cliches, never going quite where we expect them to as Blumberg and the cast explore the deep flaws all of these people have. So we can cheer for their small victories and sympathise with their failures. And each actor is excellent.
Ruffalo and Paltrow hold things together with the central storyline, and their spiky chemistry keeps things lively and unpredictable. For comedy value, Gad gets all of the best lines as a slacker who finally realises he has to do something with his life. His scenes with Moore have a nice snap to them as well. For a story about sexuality, the film is strangely un-sexy, and Blumberg never quite convinces us that sex addiction is a "disease", since recovery involves discipline, focus and tenacity rather than treatment. But the story's strongest kick is in the way it shows these characters being forced to rely on each other if they want to get back on track.