Thanks for Sharing

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Thanks for Sharing
Thanks for Sharing Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Stuart Blumberg
Produced by
  • William Migliore
  • David Koplan
  • Leslie Urdang
  • Dean Vanech
  • Miranda de Pencier
Written by Stuart Blumberg
Matt Winston
Starring
Music by Christopher Lennertz
Cinematography Yaron Orbach
Edited by Anne McCabe
Production
company
  • Olympus Pictures
  • Class 5 Films
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release date
  • September 6, 2012 (2012-09-06) (TIFF)
  • September 20, 2013 (2013-09-20)
Running time
112 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.1 million[2]

Thanks for Sharing is a 2012 American comedy-drama film directed by Stuart Blumberg, from a screenplay written by Blumberg and Matt Winston. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Gad, Joely Richardson, and Pink with supporting roles from Patrick Fugit, Carol Kane, Michaela Watkins, and Isiah Whitlock, Jr.

The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival to mixed reviews,[3] and was released in the United States a year later.[4]

Plot[edit]

Set in New York City, Thanks for Sharing centers around three people undergoing a 12-step process to recover from their sexual addiction.

Adam (Mark Ruffalo) walks along the streets of New York, tempted to have sex by various advertisements and women on his way to work. Neil (Josh Gad), a doctor who is addicted to sex and masturbation, purposely grinds against a stranger in a train on the way to attend a sex addiction meeting. Mike (Tim Robbins) is a married recovering sex addict who leads the group, he sponsors Adam, who has not had sex in five years. Adam sponsors Neil, they are all at the sex addiction meeting, talking about their progress. Adam proclaims he's been 'sober' for five years, while Neil cracks jokes and admits he is only there because the court has forced him to, he goes back to masturbating the same night, and lies about being one month sober to the addiction group.

Adam meets Phoebe (Gwyneth Paltrow) at a 'bug party' and they go out on a date, she reveals that she is a breast cancer survivor and that her ex-boyfriend is an alcoholic; he does not tell her about his own addiction for fear that she will reject him. They begin a relationship. Dede (Alecia Moore) joins the sex addiction meetings, and reveals at her first meeting that she has been addicted to sex since she was a young girl. Neil, a doctor, is caught secretly filming under the skirt of his boss, and is fired, he then begins to take the meetings more seriously, and admits he has a problem. Meanwhile, Mike's son Danny (Patrick Fugit), a recovering drug addict, has returned home and is attempting to make amends to Mike and his mother Katie (Joely Richardson).

Phoebe eventually finds out about Adam's sex addiction when finding an addiction token in his pocket the morning after sleeping with him, she takes some time away from him, but eventually agrees to continue their relationship. Neil talks Dede out of having sex with her abusive ex-boyfriend, and they go to a dance together, they come close to kissing, but don't. Mike and Danny get into a fight when Mike assumes Danny stole his mother's pills. Danny reveals that Mike gave Katie Hepatitis C, and confronts him about hitting him when he was a child. Mike slaps Danny, who attacks Mike and knocks Katie over; upon realizing what he has done, Danny panics and runs out of the house.

Phoebe has become frustrated with Adam's reticence to be physical with her, and breaks it off after they have a fight. Adam sleeps with a prostitute. Dede comes over to Neil's place, and helps him clean up his house and burns his porn, she admits she's never been 'just friends' with a man before. Mike finds Katie's pills, and realizes Danny didn't steal them after all, he and Katie get into a fight, and Mike goes to find Danny. While he is out, Katie calls him to tell him Danny is in the hospital after a DUI. Mike hugs his son in the hospital, who turns out to have been sober for the past eight months. Adam invites his ex-girlfriend Becky (Emily Meade) over, and as they start out by reenacting her father issues, she then wants Adam to slap her. When he refuses, she breaks down, locks herself in the bathroom and attempts suicide. Neil takes the train to get over to Adam's and breaks down his bathroom door to rescue Becky. Adam gets sober and goes back to Phoebe, who admits she too is not perfect. Neil confronts his inappropriately sexual mother, Roberta (Carol Kane), and all the addicts celebrate their sobriety.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Thanks for Sharing was met with mixed reviews, with a Rotten Tomatoes approval rating of 50% (based on 109 reviews)[5] and a Metacritic score of 54 out of 100, based on 38 reviews, indicating "Mixed or average reviews".[6]

Richard Roeper gave the movie a largely positive review, saying "First-time director Blumberg does a fine job and makes some brave choices."[7] Laremy Legel of Film.com was among the most critical, giving the film a D+, and commenting that it "can't quite find its footing as either a drama or a comedy, and near the end it's actively sliding off the rails".[8] Nigel Barrington of the Daily Chronicle also criticized the film heavily, dubbing it First World Problems: The Movie.[citation needed] Otherwise, Alecia Moore's role was praised by critics. Dan Callahan writes about her performance saying "Of all the cast here, the least experienced is the pop singer Pink, yet she does the best acting in the film: natural, a little harsh, a little unstable. Pink, like Macy Gray in her Lee Daniels movie roles, knows instinctively how to behave on camera by just pretending that the camera isn’t there.”[9] Sandy Schaefer praised the film, arguing that "the good elements outweigh the bad in Thanks for Sharing and the final result is a commendable examination of addiction, sex and the nature of grown-up relationships (among other issues that are rarely black and white)."[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THANKS FOR SHARING". British Board of Film Classification. July 18, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ Thanks for Sharing at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ Kroll, Justin (2013-06-26). "Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow Addicted to ‘Thanks For Sharing’ (VIDEO)". Variety. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  4. ^ Oldenburg, Anne (2013-06-27). "Gwyneth Paltrow strips in 'Thanks for Sharing'". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  5. ^ "Thanks for Sharing (2013)". Flixster Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  6. ^ "Thanks for Sharing". CBS Interactive Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  7. ^ RICHARD, ROEPER. "'Thanks for Sharing' Makes You Care About Sex Addicts". Chicago Sun Times. 
  8. ^ Legel, Laremy (2012-09-12). "Review: 'Thanks for Sharing'". Film.com. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  9. ^ http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/thanks-for-sharing-2013
  10. ^ Schaefer, Sandy. "'Thanks for Sharing' Review". ScreenRant. 

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