When critics compare an upcoming film to When Harry Met Sally, arguably the best romantic comedy of all-time, you start to pay attention to what that movie is. Sleeping With Other People, which first premiered at Sundance back in January, is the second directorial effort from Leslye Headland (Bachelorette, About Last Night) and stars Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses 2, We’re the Millers) and Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men). And while the small sampling of reviews for the film haven’t been universally positive, those who love the movie are truly passionate about it, making the claims I stated above and calling it one of the freshest and best romantic comedies in years. All of that hype is why I was so excited when the trailer for the movie was finally released today, and I wasn’t disappointed.
The trailer for the film (which probably shouldn’t be watched around younger kids, if you have them) lays out the basic story of the movie. Jake (Sudeikis) and Lainey (Brie), both serial cheaters who can’t seem to get into a relationship without hurting the other person, haven’t seen each other since college, when they both lost their virginities to one another. However, after bumping into each other again after all these years, they rekindle their friendship, promising that they will be never anything more than that: just friends.
Obviously, as the trailer shows, situations like these are never simple, and feelings always end up complicating matters, even if both people swear they won’t. But what makes Sleeping With Other People look fresh and fun is that it appears to be both coarse and crude but still have a lot of heart, a tough balancing act that not many romantic comedies can perform. Plus, it’s great to see talented actors like Sudeikis and Brie headline a film like this, since they’re typically relegated to supporting roles in other movies.
In addition to Sudeikis and Brie, Sleeping With Other People‘s cast reportedly includes Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Jason Mantzoukas (The League), Amanda Peet (Togetherness), Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is the New Black), and, as seen in the trailer, Adam Brody (The O.C.).
Sleeping With Other People hits theaters on September 11. Check out the trailer below and comment to let us know what you think about it.