|September 20, 2013|
|Comedy, Drama, Romance
Rated R for language and some strong sexual content
|Thanks For Sharing
Sex addiction is often misunderstood or simply stated, unrelatable. However, in the directorial debut of writer Stuart Blumberg (“The Kids Are All Right”), “Thanks For Sharing”, Mark Ruffalo takes front and center as our protagonist Adam, a sex addict that has been clean for five years. Similar to Alcoholic Anonymous meetings, sex addicts share in groups and thrive in the buddy system to help one another kick their temptations. These people’s jobs, health, social status, and self esteem are on the line, and the idea of sex addiction becomes real as you feel for each and everyone of these characters, Ruffalo offers a perfect performance in the film, as he struggles to stay “sober” while facing a new, and very sexual relationship with Gwyneth Paltrow, who has never looked better.
Following the normal romantic comedy story arc, complete with lying, finding out, and reconciliation, the film reaches some dark moments and benefits from every single one. Tim Robbins and Josh Gad offer up the film’s intersecting story-lines, both recovering sex addicts dealing with different parts of the addiction spectrum. Robbins’ character is a huge support system for addicts, mentoring many different people, but skipping some duties as husband and former-deadbeat dad. Patrick Fugit, as Robbins’ son, offers up one of the most powerful performances and even though his arc delves into the melodramatic, his outbursts and reactions are the highlights of his scenes. Josh Gad then plays the immature sex addict, not ready to take responsibility for his actions, but facing the loss of dream job as a doctor, he is forced to face himself as well as a fellow addict, played by Alicia Moore (Pink). Although this often feels like the lower tier storyline, there’s plenty of emotions to be felt, as well as some much needed comic relief.
The relationships in the film feel real and come from a very natural place. Very similar to the writing of “The Kids Are All Right”, the dialogue reads very natural and cohesive, never wasting a breath and developing the characters through and through. “Thanks For Sharing” tackles the world of sex addiction from a straightforward standpoint and spells out the distinction of what this “disease” really is. Marked with several outstanding performances and an emotional connection to the characters and the material, the film accomplishes so many things without adhering to either the dark world of addiction like in “Shame” or to the hokey romantic comedy side of film, but straddles a line in between that is entertaining from beginning to end.