Seeing Other People (2004)
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Critic Reviews for Seeing Other People
There's a lost-and-found innocence in their characters which Ms. Nicholson and Mr. Mohr express beautifully.
... sharp, sometimes nasty and truly funny ...
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 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.
Audience Reviews for Seeing Other People
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.
[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?
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