review: thanks for sharing (2012)

This film gives a very interesting insight into the world of addicts. However, this is refreshingly not just another one of a million other flicks about alcoholism, drug addiction, etc.

What is this movie about then?

Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, and Josh Gad star as Adam, Mike, and Neil respectively – as three sex addicts struggling to fit into the challenging, trigger-ful world outside. While each facing distinct obstacles regarding relationships, family, and self-confidence, the three take turns helping each other out in times of need.

Adam and Mike.

Adam (Ruffalo) and Mike (Robbins).

While the topic at hand definitely has potential for a film with a darker tone (think Shame), Thanks for Sharing actually takes a lighter, more “chick-flicky” route at indulging into this unfamiliar world. While some argue that this is a bad thing, I actually enjoyed it. Films like Shame are truly beautiful and haunting, but sometimes you are just looking for a lighter, more pleasant, more comedic, somewhat casual watch – and this film is perfect for just that.

Adam and Phoebe enjoying their first date.

Adam and Phoebe enjoying their first date.

I’ll finish this post off with one thing I liked, and one thing I didn’t.

One thing I liked? Pink as Dede, who’s character counter-balances with Neil through an unexpected, budding friendship. While unsure of her performance at first (mainly due to shock from seeing her on the screen), she settled comfortably into her role and gave of a vibe of true authenticity with her character.

One thing I didn’t like? How Adam’s relationship with Phoebe (Gwyneth Paltrow) ended. While an overall happy ending, their final meeting just left so many things, problems and issues untied and un-concluded. Don’t get me wrong – it was nice, just unsatisfying.

just my rating: ★★★½

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