Seeing Other People (2004)
Directed by Wallace Wolodarsky, Seeing Other People features Jay Mohr and Julianne Nicholson as Ed and Alice, a soon-to-be married couple with one rather significant problem facing them: Alice doesn't think she's had enough sex to excuse settling down with one man for the rest of her life. Though reluctant, Ed agrees, at Alice's insistence, to have a premarital free-for-all of sorts; a period in which both Alice and Ed are allowed to explore sexual and emotional relationships with other people. Complications ensue when it turns out that fooling around with multiple partners as a method of strengthening the sanctity of marriage isn't as easy as it appeared. Seeing Other People also stars Lauren Graham, Bryan Cranston, Josh Charles, and Matthew Davis. … More
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Critic Reviews for Seeing Other People
...possesses the feel and tone of a typical sitcom, albeit a sitcom with several distinctly R-rated quirks.
There's a lost-and-found innocence in their characters which Ms. Nicholson and Mr. Mohr express beautifully.
dwells on the realistic effects of a fairly ridiculous idea - one that is clearly better suited to farce
The great cast should work together again on a project that aspires to be more than just pleasent. Not a bad movie, just a little too obvious.
The snappy one-liners, stereotypical characters, and labored narrative contrivances are all here in this episodic romantic comedy -- all that's missing are commercial breaks.
It's a credit to that talent that this film, with it's completely implausible plot, never loses the audience, delving cleverly into male and female nature for some good belly laughs and, dare I say it, some thought-provoking insights as well.
Premise sounds implausible, but Nicholson's thorough rendering of Alice as a willowy, intelligent and more than a bit self-deluded naif puts it over.
A genial, harmless, uneventful little film that will have you smiling while you're also thinking about what to get for dinner after it ends.
It's not only sexy, clever and well-acted by a fine cast of mostly TV actors, but it's also a grown-up comedy about honest-to-God grown ups.
A premise that is equal parts silly and cynical is stretched over 90 uncomfortable minutes, hitting just about every relationship cliché imaginable with incongruous spurts of graphic sex talk spiking the mostly ho-hum dialogue.
It lacks the wit and depth to make it anything more than a mediocre tale of Hollywood malcontents.
This whiny, unpleasant comedy of infidelity makes a good case for staying celibate with the phone unplugged.
A hit-and-miss sex farce that, though recognizably independent and refreshingly raunchy, could've benefited from less sitcomy slickness.
There are so many different pairings to keep track of that the movie loses focus and becomes a juggling act.
Sharply scripted, well cast and good-looking on a budget, Seeing Other People is a sex comedy full of insights about monogamy, promiscuity and other human endeavors.
This small-scale flick manages a kind of knowing intimacy in its only slightly exaggerated characters and situations...
In the end, it's an okay comedy of manners, but it offers no insight or surprises to add to the book of love.
A crass, clumsily constructed romantic comedy.
Audience Reviews for Seeing Other People
[font=Century Gothic]"Seeing Other People" is about Alice(Julianne Nicholson) and Ed(Jay Mohr) who have just gotten engaged after dating each other for five years.(There is also a lull in their sexual relations.) Alice recognizes her lack of sexual experience and that this might be her last chance to have random sexual encounters before she marries(like that would stop anything...), so she suggests her and Ed should see other people. Ed reluctantly agrees.[/font]
"Seeing Other People" is a tired, unfunny, predictable comedy that supposedly comes down on the side of monogamy but is also strangely less than thrilled with marriage.(Ed and Alice are probably happy until they got engaged and there is not a happily married couple around for miles. All of which brought back unhappy memories of "The Last Married Couple"(1980) starring Natalie Wood and George Segal.) But Julianne Nicholson does have an awkward sort of charm; Jay Mohr deserves better; and Lauren Graham should do amusingly illegal things to her agent for getting her parts in garbage like this.
And could somebody please explain why Andy Richter was given his very own subplot?
Ed and Alice are engaged. They love each other and feel comfortable in each other's presence. He has slept around before meeting Alice. She has a lot less experience. Alice suddenly gets restless because she imagines she's lacking experience in that area. She suggests to Ed that they have sex with other people before getting married. He doesn't want to, but she insists that if they are both completely honest, it could work. He very reluctantly agrees they should both see other people for a while.
The film shows that guys are sensitive at heart and have morals. Most of the male characters are the moralistic, straight forward types, while the women are by far the most promiscuous as they speak of nothing but pleasure and what it would be like to have sex... with someone else. They have amicable traits though, even though they are covered by the image of sex driven kittens.
The moral of the story is that sex without love means nothing; you can see the train wreck coming but this movie is not bad at all.
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