How to Cheat

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In this funny and honest depiction of the messiness of modern marriage, Beth, a woman of child-bearing age and inclination has been struggling to conceive with her husband Mark. Beth is a woman betrayed by her own body, while Mark, who is awkward, confused and frustrated, turns to online dating, where he shops for the perfect affair to shake up his life. Given Mark's counterproductive tendency to reveal his motives up front, his encounters tend to be short and ugly, until he meets the avid Louise, whose complex attitude sets them all down an unexpected path.

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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4)

  • It's not groundbreaking stuff, but the ample time spent on the husband's pain and frustration creates an unexpectedly complex portrait of an ordinary, often annoying man trying to avoid being crushed by the upheavals in his ordinary life.

    Nov 7, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Sealey's patient screenplay has a clean, intelligent structure that could easily become watered down for Hollywood treatment, but she defies expectations with a suitably ambiguous conclusion.

    Nov 7, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    indieWire
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  • Sealey's direction and dialogue aim for the believable strangeness of real human relationships instead of the schematics of melodrama. With the exception of a brief moment or two, the film definitely hits the mark.

    Nov 2, 2016 | Full Review…
  • A distressingly thin slice of frustrated middle-class ennui cut from the scrappy mumblecore mold.

    Jun 18, 2011 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Variety
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  • Essentially a commercial film in mumblecore drag, with Kent Osborne giving a great, funny performance as a hapless, unhappily married man.

    Nov 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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