The movie is both a comedy and drama and they make a good job bringing both genres into it. This helps it to be entertaining but at the same time not lose out on the seriousness of the topic.We have some great characters that are very well performed by pretty well known actors. The story is interesting to follow and one can connect to them pretty well. One likes the characters but at the same time sees how their issue causes trouble to people around. It was also interesting to see Pink in this movie. She is actually a very good actress and I liked her character's friendship with the young sex addicted doctor a lot as well.I also really liked the story about the older sex addict and his troubles with his drug addicted son. It was really developed very good and engaging with a very strong ending.It is also good that they chose sex addiction for the movie. We have a lot of movies about drug and alcohol addicts. It was nice to see this kind of a problem shown in a more serious and realistic manner.
Stuart Blumberg directs "Thanks for Sharing", arguably the best of a recent spate of films about sex addiction ("Don Jon", "Shame", "Nymphomaniac", "Welcome to New York" etc).The plot? Several men and women assemble periodically at a support group for addicts. Some are alcoholics, some have anger issues, some have eating disorders, but most are addicted to pornography or intercourse. All find their public lives wrecked by seemingly uncontrollable urges.Though flatly photographed, and though peppered with indie-clichés, "Thanks for Sharing" is elevated by some fine acting. Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow are cute as a couple of dysfunctional lovers, and pop-star Pink is excellent as Dede, a young woman addicted to bouts of sex. Tim Robbins, always charismatic, gets the film's least interesting subplot; he's a middle aged man attempting to reconcile with his wayward son.Whilst "Sharing" has a certain wisdom about it, it nevertheless never really gets to the root of why its characters are suffering. The external factors, or social causes, which push these characters toward addiction are never brought up, though this is largely because Blumberg's characters are all shameful and so guarded about their pasts. "Sharing" was Blumberg's debut.7.9/10 - Worth one viewing.
I hadn't heard of this before watching it. Didn't really even know about the plot, other than that it would portray people with different addictions. Most of the characters suffer from sex addiction and they attend a group meeting like AA for alcoholics.This is a very good "dramedy", it works very well as a drama, but there is a healthy dose of humour that really works and never feels pushed or appearing in a wrong place. Even if the "funniest" character is your stereotypical Jack Black kind of guy.Mark Ruffalo is probably the lead here, but there are quite a few characters getting pretty much equal screen time. Tim Robbins, Josh Gad, Pink, Gwyneth Paltrow. Patrick Fugit and Joely Richardson in a little smaller roles. All in all this has some of the best acting I've seen in a while. Especially Tim Robbins and Patrick Fugit really create strong roles. I would've liked to see a bit more of Carol Kane tho, her character seemed like an interesting one, but the role was very small.I just recently watched Shame with Michael Fassbender, which portrays a bit of the same subject. Shame being very bleak and depressing, this is much lighter, although it does have quite dark moments. Still very well balanced as a whole. Recommended.
I have to laugh at some of the pretentious comments about this movie. Courageous? Daring? Open a window, people! The subject matter is ridiculous, in my opinion. Whenever I hear people talk about sex addiction I roll my eyes. Times we live in, I guess. It's not a comedy like the trailer made it out to be. It's a drama with some bits of 'comedy' here and there, mostly from Josh Gad, whose character we first see physically molesting a woman on a subway train. But he's an addict, folks! Not a pervert. He can't help himself. You would think any movie with Pink playing a sex addict can't be all that bad, but you'd be wrong. An overlong, boring mess of a movie rife with clichés and misplaced priorities. A low point in the careers of Ruffalo, Robbins, and Paltrow.