Thanks for Sharing tells the story of Adam (Mark Ruffalo), a recovering sex addict who begins falling for a woman named Phoebe (Gwyneth Paltrow). As their relationship develops into more serious territory, he realizes he has to come clean about his past and his addiction, but of course, also fears that such a reveal could scare away the love of his life. Fortunately, his support group - which is also made of up his friends - helps him to discover what's most important and he returns the favor in supporting them as they embark on their own personal journeys of self-discovery and in searching for healthy relationships.
The film marks writer/director Stuart Blumberg's feature directorial debut, although he has plenty of experience in relationship comedies as a writer on The Kids Are All Right - for which he was nominated for an Oscar - and The Girl Next Door. Co-written by character actor Matt Winston (Scrubs), the film stars Josh Gad (Jobs), Pink, Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) and Joely Richardson (The Tudors) alongside Ruffalo (The Avengers) and Paltrow (Iron Man 3).
Based on the trailer (above), we can see plenty of familiar rom/com set-ups and narrative through-lines, but what the film seems to be doing that's quite refreshing is tackling its subject matter with grounded realism, which generates more organic laughs and genuine heartfelt emotion, as opposed to cheap sex joke punchlines.
In some ways, it's hard to tell if the film is closer to a dramedy in the way it approaches its subject and its humor. Though there are many light moments in the trailer, the film appears to be treating the issue of sex addiction quite seriously, which is something we can't say for almost any other comedy that even addresses the topic.
Another good sign is that the film is even self-aware enough to point to the fact that many consider sex-addiction to be a joke itself, with Paltrow's line: "Isn't that just something guys say when they get caught cheating?"
With a seemingly good balance of heart and humor, and a talented cast of funny people mixed with acclaimed dramatic actors, Thanks for Sharing could pull of the rare feat of making audiences respond and engage on a variety of different emotional levels. Obviously, we'll need to see more than two and a half minutes of the movie to know for sure, but the trailer has definitely piqued our interest.
How about you? Is Thanks for Sharing something you would want to check out? Let us know in the comments.
Thanks for Sharing hits theatres on September 20, 2013.
Source: Yahoo! Movies
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