Life Partners (2014)
Critic Consensus: With two appealing leads adrift in a sitcom-worthy plot, Life Partners doesn't do quite enough to earn viewers' commitment.
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Critic Reviews for Life Partners
Why does it feel nearly revelatory to see a film that treats female friendship with respect?
The two stars display a winning chemistry in this amusingly observant study of female friendship.
Meester and Jacobs have an easy, authentic chemistry, but there isn't enough structure or storytelling thrust to sustain interest in the plot: Triumphs, calamities and reunions keep happening, but none contains real dramatic heft.
Fogel refuses to pander by pretending that the girls can fix everything with a hug. Sacrifices must be made.
The charming story about millennial confusion is deftly written by Susanna Fogel (who also directs) and Joni Lefkowitz, and the dialog actually sounds like the way a pair of smart and funny twentysomethings might really talk.
Audience Reviews for Life Partners
Great movie. Loved the relationship between the two best friends and how things change as they move along with their lives. Really relatable and well done. Very pleasantly surprised.
Gillian Jacobs and Leighton Meester have a true and relatable chemistry here. Every character is different, with their own set of defining (exaggerated but still realistic) traits. Certainly a teen movie for those of us who were teens when the "teen movie" thing kicked off back in the late 90's, in that, these "teens" are jaded 29 year olds who have no idea where the Hell their lives are going and are surrounded by the drama of the technological age, trying to ignore it and hope that it will all go away, while simultaneously acting like they know how to handle it better than anyone else. There are truths to be found in Life Partners, but is there a grade-a story, career-defining roles or off the rails staying power? No. So please do support this sweet little Indie, it's well worth it, but don't think you'll be getting the best the genre has to offer either.
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