For Sharing (9/10)
Time 112 minutes.
time director/writer (with Matt Winston) Stuart Blumberg makes an
auspicious debut with this deep analytical film based upon addiction in
general and sexual addiction in particular. He takes an A-list cast
consisting of Gwenyth Paltrow, Timothy Robbins, and Mark Ruffalo and
creates a spellbinding drama about people with serious problems in their
lives that necessarily affect their relationships.
never ceases to impress me with the depth and range of her performances.
While her role as Ruffalo’s girlfriend is a romantic one, he is a guy
with big problems and the way those problems affect her is reflected by
her facial expressions. This is acting at its best.
good acting is not limited to the big names. Josh Gad gives a
spectacular performance as a sloppy fat guy who is overwhelmed by his
sexual urges. He is paired with Dede (pop star Alecia Moore in her first
film role) and they make an unlikely couple.
the interesting aspects of this is how does one form a relationship with
a person who is a sexual addict? This is the problem that faces Paltrow.
Emily Meade appears as Becky, who enters the film in its latter stages
and gives one of the most affecting, frightening performances in the
Finally, giving even more depth to the film is Patrick Fugit, who plays
Robbins’ son, Danny. Their relationship is troubled like all the other
relationships in the film.
all this is a realistic film of words and emotions, the type in this day
and age of special effects and idiotic cartoon characters, one generally
only finds in art houses specializing in foreign films.