CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

"Thanks for Sharing" is like "AA," but it is really about "SA"

For almost 15 years, **Roadside Attractions** has distributed independent motion pictures with consistently profitable results and mostly critical acclaim. **Super Size Me** was their first documentary to be nominated for an Academy Award, **The Cove** won the golden idol and has become the blue print for all documentaries about animal rights.
Regarding their fictional projects, **Roadside Attractions** has earned a reputation for high artistic standards upon a frugal budget. **Winter Bone,** **Biutiful** and **Albert Nobbs** earned Oscar nominations for Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem and Glenn Close respectfully. With this success rate, high priced actors often take a cut in salary to be in a motion picture distributed by **Roadside Attractions.**
**Thanks for Sharing** must have been produced when Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow had some free time during the production of **Marvel's The Avengers.** **Thanks for Sharing***gives these actors some scenery to chew with moments of light hearted comedy about the subject of sexual addiction.
Much like an Alcoholic Anonymous meeting, **Thanks for Sharing** introduces three characters on a first name basis. Adam (Ruffalo) is celebrating 5 years of sobriety (actually, no sex). Adam's sponsor is Mike (Tim Robbins), a married man with a troubled son Danny (Patrick Fugit). New to the Sex Addiction Meeting is Neil (Josh Gad), a medical doctor who makes inappropriate moves upon his boss and females in the subway.
At first, dealing with this addiction is treated like a comedy. Adam and Phoebe (Paltrow) exchange banter as if they were Tracy & Hepburn. Being the youngest of the three, the overweight Dr. Neil gets involved with moments of slapstick and video technology. Being the oldest of the three, Mike shares some quiet moments with his wife (Joley Richardson) while performing miracles for strangers.
Of course, relationships unravel and the three men must confront outside forces that make their addictions more profound. At this point, **Thanks for Sharing** tries to change it's tone from comedy to tragedy. The transition is not successful, despite some interesting performances (Kudos to rock singer Pink aka Alecia Moore as the one with the worst sexual addiction issues).

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