Written By: Daniel Kinsley
This is a difficult time. The world is riddled with anxiety, fear, and a deadly disease that has radically interrupted the daily life of nearly everything and everyone. So, for the whole month of April, The Porkchop Express presents: THE QUARANTINE STREAM, a 30 day series designed to help shine a light on a film that is worthy of your time and might very well be the distraction you need. In an effort to keep it fresh, we will be alternating between the big three services (Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu) and trying to keep the choices as varied as possible.
For Day Twenty-Seven, let’s keep the romantic streak going, but with a few more laughs this time around! Now available on Netflix.
Sleeping With Other People (2015)
Writer-director Leslye Headland has described her romantic-comedy as “When Harry Met Sally (1989) but, with assholes.” While it feels like a fitting description, it may not convey quite how much heart there is underneath all of the vulgar hilarity on the surface. Some films reinvent the genre wheel, while others just do something familiar really well; Sleeping With Other People is mostly a case of the latter, and that is okay when there is so much to enjoy. This is arguably the most likeable Jason Sudeikis has been onscreen and the always ebullient Alison Brie gets a role deserving of her comedic talents. When the chemistry is this off the charts, the laughs are steady, and the stakes feel real, what more can you want? Most importantly, Headland has sharp and honest things to say about the complex relationship between sex and love. It all adds up to a film that lands in the upper echelon of recent rom-coms.