A romantic comedy with a twist is what Paramount Home Media has at the ready on Jan. 5 with the delivery of both DVD and Blu-ray editions of writer/director Leslye Headland’s Sleeping with Other People.
The ARR for this indie pick up is 116 days and ticket sales for the film’s limited theatrical break came to $360,579.
About a dozen years ago — as the film opens — college students Jake (Jason Sudeikis) and Lainey (Alison Brie — perhaps best known as Annie on the Community sitcom) have an “accidental” one-night stand. They were actually looking for other hook-ups, but settled for what was available.
That would be the end of it, but then we wouldn’t have much of a movie about these two. And Sleeping with Other People is not what you think.
Skip ahead to present day New York City and the lonely college guy — Jake — is now a first class womanizer, he’ll sleep with anyone, including friends of friends and this lifestyle has become a genuine addiction. He needs help.
Lainey, now also in the city, was desperately in love with a fellow college student way back then when she settled for an evening with Jake. That hasn’t changed. His name is Matthew (Adam Scott), he’s married and is a successful gynecologist and Lainey throws herself at him at every opportunity — it’s unrequited love to the tenth degree. And when he is busy or blows her, she’ll takes whatever is available because … she needs help.
These two sick love hounds end up reunited at a support group for — are you ready for this? — sex addicts. It’s a terrific set up that filmmaker Leslye Headland has concocted, it’s like having two alcoholics meet at a bar and help each other NOT to drink.
Which is precisely what the pair sets out to do, keep each other out of trouble by being a friend and an all-knowing one member support group(ie)!!! Sleeping with Other People is, like we said, an interesting “twist” with the romantic comedy stable of movies — neither Jake or Lainey are particularly likeable (especially Jake who comes across as creepy at times) and so it takes time for us to warm to them; to root for them to get beyond the forest and see the trees (metaphorically speaking).