One step at a time.
Director Stuart Blumberg‘s THANKS FOR SHARING (2013) is an unconventional comedy that centers on a trio of sex addicts. Not that the topic of sex addiction is something to laugh about, however, the situations a couple of the characters finds themselves in, are. “Thanks” seem to have trouble getting a handle on whether or not it wanted to be a comedy encompassing serious subject matters or character drama about sex addiction. The overall strength of the movie is not in the brevity of its dialogue but it’s flawed and personable character performances.
First up is Adam (Mark Ruffalo), a sex addict who has not masturbated or has not had sex in five years. He champions himself on his fortitude. He sticks to a very strict no computer and no television regimen to keep a handle on temptation. He is an astute mentor to Neil (Josh Gad), the movie’s “Jack Black’esq” character (also a sex addict) who has a strong penchant for groping women on the subway. Also, using a discretely mounted “foot camera” to film up women’s skirts–even his boss–who haphazardly discovers what he is doing. Of course, he loses his job and decides to take his mentors’ advice a bit more seriously.
Imparting guidance to Adam and Neil and a group of sex addicts are Mike (Tim Robbins), who is himself a recovering sex addict, husband, and father to Danny (Patrick Fugit) also a recovering drug addict. Here, there is generational and familiar drama between father and son; however, the melodrama gets serious when the relationship between Adam and his newly acquired girlfriend Phoebe (Gwyneth Paltrow), who avoids addicts of any type. After Adam’s big sex-addiction reveal, the movie, and his character falls off the wagon. Adam binges on porn, masturbation, prostitution, and a not-so-random encounter with a former girlfriend.
The movie does bring to light some of the reasons for these men additions; however, it is very careful not to focus specifically on the seriousness of sex addiction. Sure in some scenes it shows how the men conquer or succumb to their sexual urges, however, without certainty. A lot of the situations are defined by its miscommunications between characters and unfortunately, is the bulk of the dialogue. It carefully navigates the dangerousness of impromptu sexual activity with strict moral correctness.
Overall, Thanks For Sharing is an enjoyable watch.
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